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England & Wales Hardwicke Marriage Index
Marriages 1754 - 1837
Jordanston St Cwrda


The Parish

The parish of Jordanston lies in western Pembrokeshire about 4 miles southwest of the port of Fishguard. Jordanston is sited a mile south of the A487 road which connects Fishguard with the tiny city of St Davids. Modern Jordanston is very small, not even a hamlet, marked on the map by the parish name is a farm and church, with other scattered farms and cottages across the wider parish. The economy of the area is farming related with a mixed regime pertaining even today. Jordanston is drained by the upper headwaters of the Western Afon Cleddau, draining southwards through Haverfordwest to reach the Irish Sea through the vast estuary of Milford Haven. Jordanston is sited at around 80 metres above the sea in rolling countryside where local heights rise to around 150 metres on the coastal hills of Rhos y Clegyrn. Jordanston parish was fairly typically sized for this area, covering around 1,900 acres it would have supported a population of 150 parishioners. In common with most of Wales Jordanston is not mentioned in Domesday Book which did not cover this area.

The Church

St Cwrda's church sits, accompanied by the neighbouring farm, in splendid isolation amongst the fields on the western side of the lane leading from the A487 towards Letterston. Sadly St Cwrda is not a mediaeval church but a Victorian replacement built in 1863. A "plain, little church" according to Pevsner with a rather thin western tower. Despite this recent build there have been later modifications, that thin tower required restoration just 18 years after completion whilst the southern vestry was added in 1909. The church sits just inside the gateway to the farm, Jordanston Hall, behind local Preseli stone walls, the churchyard has a few trees but is relatively free from photographic obstructions.

The Records

Register No Covering Dates Deposited With Register Style Quality Standard Comments
1 1754 - 1803 No registers survive for this period, the BTs which start in 1799 also have no marriages prior to 1803
2 7th August 1803 - 19th July 1812 Pembrokeshire Archives - Reference - HPR/124/2
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 It is almost miraculous that the entries for this register remain legible as the book has suffered considerable damage and is quite fragmentary with holes through the paper and some staining.
3 5th April 1814 - 30th August 1836 Pembrokeshire Archives - Reference - HPR/124/3 Standard Rose style preprinted and prenumbered Marriage register Grade 3 Register - there are sufficient quality issues with this register to indicate that some misreads will occur albeit few in number This register has also suffered damage with torn pages, staining and some fading. It is also rather irregular in its completion. As a result there is a possibility of one or two misreads

St Nicholas
St Nicholas
Manorowen St Mary
St Nicholas
Granston St Catherine
Manorowen St Mary
Llanstinan St Justinian
Mathry Holy Martyrs
Mathry Holy Martyrs
Mathry Holy Martyrs

1810 1820 1830

Register Reference Date Groom Forename Groom Surname Groom Status Groom Abode Bride Forename Bride Surname Bride Status Bride Abode
1 07/08/1803 David THOMAS     Margaret HITCHINGS   Llanstinan
2 05/10/1804 David MATTHIAS     Keturah JENKINS   Prendergast
3 10/11/1804 William EDWARD     Rachael HOWELL    
4 04/12/1805 John WILLIAM   Brawdy Mary MATHIAS    
5 09/03/1806 William JOHN     Sarah DAVIES    
5 21/06/1806 John LEWIS     Elizabeth ROACH    
6 16/12/1806 John LEWIS     Phebe JENKINS    
7 26/05/1807 Daniel DAVID   Llandilo Mary EVAN    
8 14/08/1807 David OWEN   Fishguard Mary DAVID    
9 04/10/1807 John OWEN     Rachael MATHIAS    
10 13/11/1807 William THOMAS   Brawdy Elizabeth MATHIAS    
11 02/02/1808 Enoch JOHN   Fishguard Mary THOMAS    
12 25/03/1808 David HOWELL   Manorowen Mary DAVIES    
13 24/10/1809 John EVAN   Fishguard Mary RICHARD    
14 26/10/1809 John BEDO     Margaret PARRY    
15 22/04/1810 John JONES     Anne JENKINS    
16 01/05/1812 John THOMAS   Llantood Margaret THOMAS    
17 22/06/1812 Thomas OWEN Single St Marylebone, Middlesex Mary BROWN Single  
18 19/07/1812 William DAVIES Single   Sarah PHILLIPS Widow  
1 05/04/1814 Thomas KORNOCK Single St Martin, Haverfordwest Mary GRIFFITH Single  
2 01/11/1814 William NARBET   Llawhaden Mary JAMES    
3 12/08/1815 William NICHOLAS Single St Mary, Haverfordwest Sarah THOMAS Single  
4 10/10/1816 John REES Single Manorowen Margaret PHILLIPS Single  
5 27/04/1817 David JONES Widower   Mary JONES Single  
7 23/05/1819 John BOWEN Single   Martha HUGH Single  
10 01/02/1820 John JAMES   Granston Elinor JENKINS Single  
15 00/00/1821 John JAMES Widower   Elizabeth OWEN Single  
13 13/01/1821 David EVANS Single St Nicholas Anne GEORGE Single  
8 05/03/1821 John JAMES   Fishguard Sarah WILLIAMS    
14 04/10/1821 John EDWARDS Single Manorowen Ann LLOYD Single  
16 00/00/1822 Levi HOWELL Single Camrose Anne JENKINS    
17 00/00/1823 John CORNOCK Single Letterston Elinor JOHN Single  
19 22/11/1825 David JAMES Single   Elizabeth JAMES Single  
18 17/07/1827 John THOMAS     Martha NICHOLAS Single  
22 29/07/1828 Thomas PHILLIPS Single Granston Anne JAMES Single  
23 27/01/1829 David JAMES Single St Nicholas Hannah GEORGE Single  
24 07/07/1829 Evan MARKS Single   Phebe JOHN Single  
25 01/10/1829 Henry NICHOLAS Single   Dorothy STEPHENS Single  
26 01/04/1830 Benjamin WILLIAMS Single Castlebythe Mary GEORGE Widow  
27 07/10/1830 William LEWIS Single   Ann RICHARDS Single  
21 18/10/1830 John JAMES Widower Little Newcastle Sallina THOMAS Widow  
28 27/02/1831 John THOMAS Single Letterston Phebe GEORGE Single  
29 03/07/1831 William DAVID     Lettice BEYNON Single  
30 18/10/1831 William LEWIS     Hannah WATTS Single  
31 20/10/1831 James MORGANS Single Letterston Sarah JOHN Single  
32 11/01/1832 Thomas BEYNON Single   Ann MORSE Single Hayscastle
33 13/03/1832 Thomas JAMES Single   Elizabeth OLIVER Single  
34 08/12/1832 John MATHIAS Widower   Margaret HOWELLS Single  
35 03/07/1834 John BATEMAN     Elizabeth JAMES Single  
36 28/09/1834 David THOMAS Widower   Martha MORGAN Single Mathry
37 04/10/1834 Levi JAMES   St Nicholas Mary GEORGE Single  
38 22/12/1835 William BOWEN     Ann JAMES Single  
39 30/07/1836 John HOWELL   Manorowen Martha HARRIES Single  
40 30/08/1836 William REES   St Nicholas Martha DAVID Single  

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