i had to just come back to write more on my family tree...yesterday i...with swampys help...he is far more logical than i am!...found out so much more information. i have gone back as far as 1837 to this point.
tracing my great grandad Gauls family further...i found that he was one of five children, all born in Swansea, Wales to a Welsh mother, Margaret and Irish Father, James. Margaret's mother my great, great, great gran, Bridget (associations with the Celtic fire goddess Brighid here!)was also born in Wales, marrying an Irish Gaul, we have yet to discover his name.
in the 1901 census James was a stoker in the gas works and the eldest som Thomas Robert was a coal miner and the spelling of my great grandad's name had changed to Johney!
we also discovered that during the years between the 1891 and 1901 census another boy, Michael had been born but died age three.
my great grandad John Williams on my dad's side of the family was one of seven children to Thomas and Mary-Ann Williams, one, Jospeh died age three in 1883. John by the age of 14 was working down the mines, as was his brother Thomas, age twenty, as was their father Thomas.
We have been able to find birth dates for everyone so far and in the Gaul family marriages and other children...so it looks like we will be busy in the days to come.
its just so exciting to find all of this information as until now what we knew really stopped at our grandparents, now i really have ancestors to look back on!
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