One of the most popular posts on this blog has been the discussion of the St Issells Burial Board register and its importance in recording non-conformist burials in the area. That so few records for local chapels have survived makes the register an important tool for finding the burials of around 400 people who do not appear in the parish registers.
Not everyone was buried at St Issells church. Many were buried in large chapel graveyards. To help those readers who do not live close to the area locate these burials I have published on the GENUKI site 2 sets of data I have collected in the past few years for each of the following four chapels:
Ebenezer Baptist Chapel, Cold Inn, East Williamston
Zion Calvinistic Methodist Chapel
Bethesda Calvinistic Methodist Chapel
Sardis Independent Chapel
Partial transcriptions of stones in chapel graveyards
Although far from complete I have transcribed genealogical information from gravestones in these chapel yards. There will no doubt be some errors in this work as many stones are difficult to read – especially as one of the masons had a penchant for an illegible gothic script! Do let me know if you spot mistakes or have material to add.
The lists are in no particular order.
Lists of burials extracted from the Narberth, Whitland & Clynderwen Weekly newspaper (1906-42)
I have published on the GENUKI site details of burials reported in the Narberth Weekly. It was a marvellously chatty newspaper during this period, a journalistic equivalent of parish pump gossip. Often lengthy reports of both deaths and funerals include the cause and location, extensive biographical material, names of attendees at the funeral with relationship to the deceased and even details of the wreaths.
You may find an ancestor appears in both the graveyard and newspapers lists.
If you find anything of interest and want to check the newspapers, the following repositories hold copies:
- British Library (Colindale): 1906-42 (1912 incomplete)
- Haverfordwest Library: 1910-23 (incomplete)
- National Library of Wales: 1916 (incomplete), 1924-26, 1928-34, 1937-40
Alternatively post a note on this blog or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will return any additional material I extracted.
As ever I wish to express my thanks to Gareth Hicks for letting me publish this information on the Pembrokeshire GENUKI site he maintains.