Matrilinial Monday – Hannah Jones

Name: Hannah Griffiths
Called by Grandkids: Gu (pronounced Gee, Southern Welsh for grandma)
Birth: 1849, Newcastle Emlyn, Wales
Death: 1933, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Spouse: Benjamin Jones
Marriage: before 1882
Children: Daniel Thomas, David, Joseph, Jack, William, May, Sophia
Parents: unknown
Siblings: unknown
About: Hannah was born near the west coast of Wales. I know nothing of her early life, only her birth date and location. I do know that she and her husband settled in the town of Merthyr Tydfil after marriage, and raised all their children there. They ran the town post office, though I am not sure when they began to run it, and she continued to run it even after her husband's death in the early 1900s.

Most of their children stayed close to home. I don't have specifics on most of the boys, but my great-grandfather, whom I believe was their eldest child, travelled to Canada with a group of friends, and ended up staying there and marrying a nice Welsh girl he met in Vancouver BC. The family came back to Wales to visit once or twice before Gu's death, and my grandmother remembered her fondly.

David, fondly called Davey, was recovering from a bout of flu when his mother's hat was swept away by a gust of wind and landed in a pond. He insisted upon retrieving it for her, and ended up with pneumonia and died. She always blamed herself for his death. Of the other three sons, I have no further information beyond names. May and Sophia married and settled happily with their husbands, staying near their mother. Sophia and her husband had at least three children I am aware of. Though I suspect that there were other children in the extended family, I have no record of them at this time.

I actually know relatively little about Hannah's life and how she lived, so any information from family would be greatly welcome.

Hannah with Eliza, Basil, May, Sofia and Ivor ca 1924.


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This blog is maintained by two sisters who have had a life long interest in geneology.
Mika writes here mostly about our family (Hansen, Hillinger, Bordewick, Park, etc), and her search for more information.
Shannon mostly uses this space as a place to make the many stories written about and by her husband's family (Holly, Walker, Walpole, etc) available to the rest of the family, present and future.

Our blog is named Oh Spusch! mostly because Shannon is bad at naming things. The first post I put up includes a story about the time Walker's great grandfather took his whole family out to see a play and the littlest kept saying "Oh! Spusch!" No one ever figured out what she meant by that.