Children of Sarah Morgan

and Daniel Evans

1. David John Evans (1877-) married Elizabeth Ann Phillips (1881-)

This couple married in 1902.  In 1911 the family is shown at “Glanynant Huts”, Banwen, next door to David’s parents, Daniel and Sarah.  These dwellings appear to have been themselves adjacent to the recently erected (1907) terraced houses of Roman Road. They are maybe the same “cluster of corrugated iron huts named ‘Dulais Gardens’, built by the Dulais Anthracite Colliery Limited for workers at their Cwmmawr Colliery" (Evans, 1977).

How aspirational an address for a house built from corrugated iron!  And sufficient for the local MP to raise the matter in Parliament: 


asked the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware that the number of iron huts at Onllwyn, including the part locally known as Tin Town, is fifty and not twenty-four as reported to him, and some of these dwellings have been regularly occupied for about ten years, and that seven additional dwellings of the same type are about to be erected in the adjacent village of Seven Sisters; will he state what action, if any, he proposes to take with regard to the closure of those already occupied or the prevention of the erection of others; and whether, in view of the scarcity of dwelling accommodation in this area, he will represent to the Neath Rural District Council the advisability of taking  immediate action under Part III. of the Housing of the Working Classes Act, 1890?

Hansard 25 July 1912


Dai John Evans  is pictured left (bottom centre) in June 1925 at the opening of the Coelbren Miners’ Welfare Hall. To his top left is Howell Jeffreys (brother in law) with the Rev. Davies (Coelbren Chapel). Source, Davies, (2002).  “Dai John” Evans served in Malta in the first world war and  was known as “Dai John Temperance”.

He was posted to Malta and wrote to his uncle (Daniel Jones of Coelbren House) in January 1917:

“Just a few lines to let you know that I am still at Malta and enjoying good health so far which I hope all of you at Coelbren House are the same.  I wrote a letter to Dannie [cousin Daniel Jones, serving in France] the other day, I should like to know how they are getting on.  I am very sorry about [corner identifying name ripped out] so you can see there’s two gone and nobody knows how many more of us will lose his life by doing his bit for his country by helping Right to conquer might, which I thoroughly believe we are doing…

…always thinking of home and wondering shall we see it again.  God only knows where I will finish my days…I am thinking often of my little children at home by themselves only their mother.  I have been away now near 15 months and no sign of coming home yet but one thing I am happy when I am having good news from home.

I see that [indistinct] has been visiting Kemeys’ family of late, very sorry for them in their troubles.

Also very glad that he has turned in at last with his two boys at Calfaria [possibly the Baptist Chapel in Ystradgynlais] which I believe will be a blessing for the family….hoping that the good cause at Moriah is going strong although losing many from there, our hearts are still there with you.”

Dai John wrote again in February 1917 from a Military Hospital temporarily housed in the Palazzo Baviere in the Maltese capital, Valletta:

“I am very pleased to her that all of you are in your usual health at home especially Mamgu [grandmother Gwenllian Morgan, who was to die in 1918] in her old age, may God spare her for me to see her once again.  I’m thinking often of her, that she has seen many of the cousins going away.  As we know to our sorrow already of some of us that will never return.  May God spare the others that are left behind so that we can rally round her to tell her our tales after the War is over.  I had a letter from Dick [cousin Richard Jones of Coelbren House] in India the other day, it seems to me that he is alright there.  I’m very sorry about Ryce [cousin Rice Jeffries].  I wrote to Dannie the other day, but no reply yet, hoping that he is alright and all the others out there.

Well as for me I’m in good health, just recovering from the effects of vaccination, and there’s more to follow in another time.

At the age of 62, Dai John is still recorded as a colliery hewer on the 1939 register.


Violet Evans (1903-)

David Tudor Evans (1906-)

Richard Morgan Evans (1907-)

William Emrys Evans (1908-)

Dannie Tydwtn Evans (1910-1920)  He may have died from eating deadly nightshade berries (Davies, 1994)

2. Gwenllian Evans (1879-)


3. Margaret Ann Evans (1881-1949) married Richard John Evans (1877-)

This couple married in 1903 and by 1911 the family is in Coelbren at Bryn Villa - otherwise known as “Temperance”.  They are also shown there later, with their four children, on the 1939 register.

Richard’s mother was Jane Jeffreys (1854-) daughter of Howell Jeffreys and Elizabeth Benjamin, some of whose other children also married into the Jones and Morgan families: David Jeffreys to Ann Jones (Camnant) and Rhys Jeffreys to Margaret Morgan (Penygraig).

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Richard Moses Evans (1905-1968)

Gwenny Evans (1908-)                          

William D Evans (1909-1962)

Mary E Evans (1918-) married Clifford Bowen in the last quarter of 1941.

4. Mary Evans (1885-1926)  

No further information known.  In 1911, she is still resident, aged 26, with her parents at Glanynant Huts, Banwen.


5. Richard Evans (1887-)

Richard was the first pupil from Coelbren school to later graduate from university (Davies, 1994).  He is recorded as a Mining Lecturer in Wigan, in 1911.  On the 1939 register, he is perhaps the Lecturer in Mining and Surveying recorded in Park Road, Hengoed in the Rhymney valley.  This was near the famous Penallta colliery, one of the most modern and highest-producing collieries in the south Wales coalfield.  On the 1939 register, he is shown married to Mary.


6. Rachel Evans (1893-1895) died in infancy

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