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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Welsh St Donats St Donat


The Parish

The parish of Welsh St Donats lies in southern Glamorgan about 2 miles east of the market town of Cowbridge. Welsh St Donats is a small and compact village which sits, in lanes, about 2 miles north of the A48 road which connects Cardiff with Bridgend. Most of Welsh St Donats is built around an oval of narrow lanes. The village sits within the fertile Vale of Glamorgan and would have been underpinned by a mixed farming regime, almost equal parts grazing, mainly cattle, with arable farming. Welsh St Donats is drained eastwards by small tributaries of the Ely River which heads through western Cardiff to reach the Bristol Channel through Cardiff Bay. Welsh St Donats is sited at around 110 metres above the sea and sits on something of a local height, albeit only reaching a further 10 metres or so higher. Parishes in this portion of the county are rather small in extent and Welsh St Donats parish was no exception, comprising a little less than 2,200 acres it would have supported a population of just under 300 parishioners. Like most of Wales Welsh St Donats was not mentioned in Domesday Book which did not cover this area.

The Church

St Donat's church stands to the northwest of most properties and sits on the northern edge of that oval shape of lanes. The church is late mediaeval in origin, Pevsner gives only 16th century dates but some of the fabric is clearly earlier than those dates. A simple church of nave and low chancel augmented by hugely massive western tower, appearing out of all proportion to the remainder of the church. This feature is one given an early 16th century date. As is usual a restoration took place in Victorian times but changed little of the building. Approaching from the south the church stands ahead when the lane bends towards the east and a few parking places sit outside the gates. A lengthy path leads across the churchyard to the church which sits within an area almost totally devoid of photographic obstacles.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 14th February 1757 - 14th July 1759 Glamorgan Archives - Cardiff - Reference - P25CW/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 26th May 1760 - 19th December 1812 Glamorgan Archives - Cardiff - Reference - P25CW/3 Standard preprinted and self-numbered Marriage register with 4 entries per page Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None
3 11th September 1813 - 17th December 1836 Glamorgan Archives - Cardiff - Reference - P25CW/4 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 2 Register - not a perfect read but with a low likelihood of misreads None

Ystradowen St Owain
Llantrisant St Illtyd, St Wonno & St Dyfodwg
Llantrisant St Illtyd, St Wonno & St Dyfodwg
Llanbleddian St John the Baptist
Pendoylan St Cadoc
St Hilary
Llantrithyd St Illtyd
Llancarfan St Cadoc

1760 1770 1780 1790 1800 1810 1820 1830

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
1 14/02/1757 John MOSES     Jane HOWEL    
2 14/11/1758 Thomas BASSETT   Cowbridge Jane LEYSON    
3 26/12/1758 George BASSETT     Jane JENKYN    
14/07/1759 James THOMAS     Margaret JOHN    
1 26/05/1760 Henry NICHOLL     Catherine WILLIAM    
2 24/12/1760 Evan LEWIS     Friswith BASSETT    
3 08/05/1761 Henry WILLIAM     Mary LEWIS    
4 16/05/1761 David OWEN     Anne WILLIAM    
5 04/06/1761 Richard GRIFFITH   Cowbridge Mary THOMAS    
6 10/05/1762 Thomas EVAN Widower   Margaret HERBERT Single  
6 17/02/1765 Richard JENKIN   Coychurch Mary JENKIN    
7 05/07/1765 John EDWARD   Ystradowen Anne SAMUEL    
8 23/11/1765 David RICHARD   Llantrisant Mary THOMAS    
9 21/01/1766 Watkin THOMAS   St Fagans Mary THOMAS    
10 19/05/1766 David LEWIS   Llantrisant Catherine JOHN    
11 24/03/1767 John RICHARD     Joan THOMAS    
12 09/05/1767 David JOHN   Pendoylan Anne JOHN    
13 09/06/1767 John THOMAS     Anne WILLIAM    
14 09/06/1767 George MILWARD     Mary LEWELYN    
15 21/06/1768 Benjamin LLOYD     Margaret MORGAN    
23 13/08/1773 Rowland WILLIAM Single Llancarfan Jennett LLEWELYN Single  
24 17/09/1773 William JONATHAN Single Penarth Rachel WILLIAM    
25 13/08/1774 Evan ROBERT Single   Jennett JOHN    
26 30/08/1774 John FRENCH Single   Margaret MADDOCK Single  
27 20/12/1774 David PARRY Single   Mary GILES Single Llantrisant
27 13/03/1776 William HARRY Single Pendoylan Wenllian EVAN Widow  
28 11/04/1776 Richard JOHN Single   Catherine DAVID Single  
29 13/07/1776 William GWYNNE Single Llanmaes Mary LEWIS Single  
30 07/04/1777 David RICHARD Single   Ann JAMES Widow Cardiff
31 01/04/1778 Edward RICHARD Widower Pendoylan Mary WILLIAM Single  
32 04/05/1778 William DAVID Single Pendoylan Mary JENKIN Single  
33 08/05/1778 William JOHN Single   Margaret EVAN Single  
34 30/05/1778 Jenkin JOHN Single   Mary DEERE Widow Penmark
35 11/08/1779 Henry WILLIAM   Whitchurch Mary MORGAN    
36 04/09/1779 Evan HUGH Single Llanbleddian Cecill JONES Single  
37 17/08/1782 Robert WILLIAM Single   Sarah MORGAN Single  
35 12/05/1783 John THOMAS Single Bonvilston Ann MORGAN Single  
36 15/09/1784 Morgan REES Single Cowbridge Mary DAVID Single  
37 01/06/1785 William WILLIAMS Single   Mary THOMAS Single  
38 03/08/1786 Morgan GIBBON Single   Margaret JENKINS Single  
39 30/12/1786 Evan MILES Single   Anne GRIFFITH Single  
40 31/12/1786 Edward LEWIS Widower   Anne HARRY Single  
40 13/06/1787 Lewis DAVID Single   Mary BASSE Single  
41 26/04/1788 Jeremiah DAVID Widower Laleston Catherine WILLIAM Single  
42 04/07/1791 Thomas PHILLIP     Mary GRIFFITH    
43 07/01/1793 Lewis GRIFFITH Widower   Gwenllian MORGAN Single  
44 10/05/1794 John JENKINS Widower Llancarfan Catherine JOHN Single  
44 09/05/1795 Morgan JOHN Single   Catherine BASSETT Single  
12/05/1795 Richard THOMAS Single Llantrisant Ann JOHN Single  
30/05/1795 David JOHN Single Pendoylan Margaret REES Single  
48 15/08/1795 John JOHN Single   Mary MADDOCK Single  
49 29/10/1796 William DAVID Single   Sarah WALTERS Single  
50 05/05/1798 William JOHN Single Pendoylan Mary GIBBON Single  
51 24/11/1798 Edward LEWIS Single   Elizabeth MILES Single  
52 31/12/1798 Edward LEWIS Single Llantrithyd Mary JOHN Single  
53 18/05/1799 Morgan THOMAS Single Llantrisant Jane JOHN Single  
01/06/1805 Thomas HOPKIN Single Llanharry Mary WILLIAMS Single  
17/10/1805 Thomas GRIFFITH Single   Cecil THOMAS Widow  
08/04/1806 John HARRY Single Pendoylan Jane MILES Single  
07/06/1806 John DEERE Single   Mary REES Single  
12/09/1807 Morgan THOMAS Single Llantrithyd Blanch EDMONDS Single  
07/11/1807 Thomas DAVID Single   Gwenllian JOHN Single  
08/09/1808 Richard REES Widower Llanbleddian Jane THOMAS Single  
01/05/1810 David WILLIAM Single Ystradowen Ann JONES Single  
29/04/1811 David WADE Single   Ann MILES Single  
30/09/1811 Thomas JOHN Single Llanharry Mary DAVID    
02/05/1812 Richard MEASY Single   Mary WILLIAM Single  
04/05/1812 Richard LEWIS   Llantrisant Jane ROBERTS Single  
19/12/1812 Thomas JOHN Single Llancarfan Mary MILES Single  
1 11/09/1813 Christopher MORGAN Widower Llantrithyd Margaret DAVID Single  
2 04/05/1814 William BEVAN Single Llantrithyd Mary SANT Single  
3 20/08/1814 David REES   Llanmaes Teran EARL    
4 22/08/1814 John DAVID Single   Ann MILES Single  
5 04/04/1816 Edward JOHN Single   Mary LEWIS Single  
6 06/05/1816 David HOWELL Single   Hannah JOHN Single  
7 11/05/1816 Morgan GRIFFITHS Single   Mary JENKINS Widow Llanbleddian
8 19/08/1816 William JENKINS Widower St Fagans Ann ROBERTS Single  
9 04/11/1816 David WILLIAM Single   Ann LLOYD Single  
10 05/04/1817 Evan WILLIAM Single Llanbleddian Mary THOMAS Single  
11 26/07/1817 William JOHN Single   Sarah HARRY Single  
12 15/04/1818 William STEPHEN Single   Mary WILLIAM Single  
13 15/08/1818 Thomas WATTS Single Ystradowen Margaret THOMAS Single  
14 02/09/1818 Jenkin JOHN Single   Rebecka DAVID Single  
15 10/06/1820 John THOMAS Single Fishguard, Pembrokeshire Mary Ann JONES Single  
16 29/07/1820 Matthew PRICE Single Llantrithyd Gwenllian THOMAS Single  
17 01/10/1820 William JAMES Single St Mary Church Ann LLEWELLYN Single  
18 25/03/1823 William MILES Single   Jane MEZEY Single  
19 15/05/1824 David EDWARD Single Pendoylan Jennet JOHN Single  
20 16/11/1824 William WILLIAMS Single   Ciscil HARVEY Single  
21 03/05/1825 Richard THOMAS Single   Catherine LEWIS Single  
22 11/05/1825 John THOMAS Single Ystradowen Mary PARKER Single  
23 02/06/1825 Thomas HOPKINS Single   Margaret ROBERTS Single  
24 06/01/1827 Thomas WILLIAMS Single   Gwenllian JOHN Single  
25 20/01/1827 Evan JONES Single   Ann DAVIES Single  
26 30/04/1827 John REES Widower   Margaret DAVID Single  
27 11/08/1827 William WATTS Single Ystradowen Ann WILLIAMS Single  
28 26/05/1828 Thomas JOHN Single Llanbleddian Catherine DAVIES Single  
29 02/05/1829 Edward DAVID Single   Cathrine JAMES Single  
30 02/05/1829 Thomas PARKER Single   Margaret WILLIAMS Single  
31 22/01/1832 Henry PACKER Single Llanharry Mary DAVIES Single  
32 09/05/1832 Llewelyn JOHN Single   Anne REES Single  
33 21/05/1832 John EVAN Single   Margaret MORGAN Single  
34 14/09/1832 Thomas PHILLIP Single Llanbleddian Mary JOHN Single  
35 27/03/1833 John THOMAS Single   Mary WILLIAMS Single  
36 04/05/1833 Evan JOHN Single   Mary HARRY Single  
37 10/05/1834 Thomas LLEWELLYN Single Llanbleddian Cecil THOMAS Single  
38 10/05/1834 John JOHN Single Llanbleddian Margaret MORGAN Single  
39 20/09/1834 Thomas WILLIAMS Single   Ann MORGAN Single  
40 28/05/1836 Morgan WILLIAM Single Llandough Juxta Penarth Margaret THOMAS Single  
41 23/07/1836 Edward HUSSEY Single Llantwit Fardre Catherine GWYN Single  
42 17/12/1836 John THOMAS Single   Elizabeth HOPKINS Single  

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