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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Llandilo Abercowin St Teilo


The Parish

The parish of Llandilo Abercowin (sometimes spelt Abercywyn) lies in southern Carmarthenshire roughly 8 miles southwest of the county town of Carmarthen. Llandilo Abercowin sits in an area devoid of significant numbered roads, the closest such road being west of the Afon Taf some 2 miles away to the west linking St Clears with Laugharne. Llandilo Abercowin is a tiny place, and has always been such, which sits at the western end of a narrow lane leading from Llanybri and sitting on the banks of the Afon Cywyn at its confluence with Afon Taf. The hamlet consists of a single farm group gathered around the ruins of the church plus a scatter of other farms and cottages across the wider parish. The parish would have principally engaged in pastoral farming of the rich water-meadows alongside the Afon Cywyn and adjacent salt-marshes. Said river drains the parish the short distance to Afon Taf and thence into the wider outer Bristol Channel. Llandilo Abercowin is sited, by the ruined church, at about 20 metres above the sea in gently undulating countryside, the local high point is Castell Cogan which summits at 119 metres and sits just over 2 miles northeast. Llandilo Abercowin was also a small parish of barely 900 acres within which it would have supported a population of a little over 50 parishioners. Like most of Wales Llandilo Abercowin is not mentioned in Domesday Book which did not cover the Principality.

The Church

St Teilo's church is an ivy-covered ruin which sits southwest of the farm complex which is found at the end of the lane. The church, and its equally ruined opposite of Llanfihangel across the Afon Cywyn, were once on a pilgrimage route to the cathedral at St Davids in Pembrokeshire and were linked by a ferry, now long since gone. The old abandoned church lost its roof in 1957 and little effort has been made to prevent it deteriorating into a mere pile of stones. The single nave and chancel from medieval times was extended in the 16th century and a southern porch added at a later date but with a falling congregation the church became redundant and was neglected. A pathway leads around the southern edge of the farm buildings, its sensible to announce one's presence, to the ruin, chest high nettles and brambles make access difficult, one only for the determined photographer.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 9th June 1764 - 6th April 1784 Carmarthenshire Archives - Reference - CPR/83/1 Plain, unruled book, a continuation of the extant composite register in contravention of Hardwicke's segregation & wording requirements Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
2 13th November 1787 - 4th November 1811 Library of Wales Bishops' Transcripts on loose-leaf folios Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
3 9th September 1819- 29th May 1832 Carmarthenshire Archives - Reference - CPR/83/3 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Llanfihangel Abergowin St Michael
Llangynog St Cynog
Llangynog St Cynog
Llanfihangel Abergowin St Michael
Llanstephan St Ystyffan
Laugharne St Martin
Laugharne St Martin
Llanstephan St Ystyffan

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
09/06/1764 Jeremiah OWEN Rachel JOHN
31/01/1767 John JONES Margaret RICHARD
01/10/1767 Edmund WILLIAM Mary JOHN
16/12/1767 David JOHN Rachel WEBB
29/05/1768 William THOMAS Martha WILLIAM
29/08/1770 Roger PRICE Llanfihangel Abergowin Elinor MORRIS
07/10/1773 Thomas PROTHEROE Sarah EVANS
06/04/1774 John FERROL Carmarthen Anne DAVIES Single
10/05/1775 David JENKIN Esther MOORPHY
07/10/1776 Joseph DAVID Mary OWEN
19/10/1780 William WILLIAM Llanstephan Elinor NICHOLAS
23/11/1783 John WILLIAM Cyffic Margaret NICHOLAS
06/04/1784 Richard LLEWELYN Llanstephan Margaret HOWELL
13/11/1787 Thomas WILLIAM Anna EDWARD
11/11/1788 Thomas HOWELL Anne LEWIS
14/05/1789 William THOMAS Elizabeth PHILLIPPS
29/11/1792 William LEWIS Sarah THOMAS
01/01/1793 William JOHN Anna HOWELL
04/11/1794 James WILLIAM Margaret DAVID
12/11/1798 David THOMAS Mary HOWELL
14/07/1805 John RICHARD Jane ROBERTS
22/12/1805 Stephen WILLIAM Mary HOPKIN
06/11/1806 Evan THOMAS Susanna REES
23/11/1809 David MATHIAS Elizabeth EDWARD
04/12/1811 John HOWELLS Mary HOWELLS
1 09/09/1819 Thomas RICHARD Cyffic Elizabeth WILLIAMS
2 13/12/1821 Eleazar EVANS Llangynog Susannah HOWELL
3 31/10/1822 William BOWEN Sophiah REES
4 12/11/1822 James JORDAN Llanstephan Mary WILLIAM Widow
5 03/12/1822 Josiah LEWIS Llangynin Mary MATHIAS
7 19/02/1825 Benjamin EVANS Llangynog Margaret HOWELL
8 25/08/1825 Theophilus THOMAS Llangynog Mary HOWELL
9 20/06/1826 Thomas DAVIES Ann WILLIAMS Single
10 11/11/1828 David GRIFFITH Jane CLARK
11 01/06/1830 John WILLIAMS Sara JOHN
12 29/06/1830 Daniel CLARK Margaret HOWELL Single
13 29/05/1832 Titus HOWELL Llanddowror Elizabeth GRIFFITH

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