Oldest Schoolmaster 1928

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  1. Chimp

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    Looking for information on David Rees (Rhys) Davies.

    David was born in July 1838. He was the son of Davis Davies, a miller by trade. David says he was born in Kilgerran Pembrokeshire.

    He married Frances Charlotte Homfray on 7th September 1865, in the parish church at Llansantffraed near Talybont, Breconshire. They had a total of 12 children with 1 not surviving.

    I have some of the birth dates for his children and all the baptisms.

    I have the censuses from 1861 - 1911

    David took charge as schoolmaster of Talybont School (Breconshire) in 1858 until 1879. He then moved to Whitton, Radnorshire to become schoolmaster at the Dame Anne Child's endowed school.

    David was purportedly the oldest schoolmaster in 1928 at the age of 92.

    He died on 24th March 1928 and was buried on 27th March 1928 at Whitton.

    I have one picture of him, found in an Australian newspaper.

    Are there any school records for Talybont or Whitton on-line?

    Is there any other info that can be found on David? (Baptism)

    Who was Dame Anne Childs ?
     
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    The school opened in a barn in the village in 1724 after Dame Anna Child, who died in 1703, bequeathed £500 to set up a trust to pay for a schoolmaster to teach the children of Whitton and Pilleth.
    (Source: bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-25200521)
     
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    Gosh that was quick :) Thank you very much Jan. Sadly they are fighting to keep it open at the moment.
     
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    What would be the equivalent value of £500 in 1724 in today's money?
     
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    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    http://welshjournals.llgc.org.uk/br...91402/llgc-id:1195034/llgc-id:1195074/getText

    This looks helpful Chimp.
     
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    Thank you very much Wendy :) I have to go to work now ;)
     
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    According to TNA's Currency converter...

    In 1720, £500 0s 0d would have the same spending worth of 2005's £42,375.00

    The buying power would be...

    1720.JPG
     
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    Thank you Jan
     
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    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    Oih! I thought you were at work, can't hardly call us work!!
     
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    I was on my break earlier Wendy. It is dinner break now. No laptop but i do have a smart phone so can pop in here to check on you all :D
     
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    There's dedication... or is it addiction? ;)

    If Dame Anna died in 1703 and left a bequest, I wonder what else might be in her will?
     
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    Dedication Boss :D

    I lie, I'm addicted......:oops:

    They say the first steps to a cure is admitting your an addict....... But what happens if you don't want to be cured? :nailbiting:
     
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    Update - David says he was born in Kilgerran, that is a mis-transcription of Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire.

    Haven't found a baptism as yet.
    According to David's marriage cert of 1865 his father was a Slate Merchant.
     
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    Just been over to Whitton and now have a picture of his headstone.
    20150425_103236.jpg
     
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    I hope you realize how lucky you are to just be able to "pop" over to a cemetery and get a picture like you can. :)
     
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    There's a 1713 PCC will for an Anna Child of Kinlet, which would fit with what it says about Anna in the article quoted by Wendy in post #5.
     
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    It's only 3 miles away Sue, could have walked it, but have you seen the hills in Wales :eek:
    I bet that's easy to read :oops:
     
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    Don't know - can't see it :( and even if I could I'm afraid I couldn't transcribe it as I am only popping in on a borrowed iPad. Sorry :(
     
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    Have found some info on one of David and Florence' son's. Frederick Homfray Davies.

    http://www.
    canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetail.asp?Id=37630

    His date of birth, given on enlistment, was 23rd July 1877.

    I have most of the birth dates and and all of the baptisms for the children. Frederick must have knocked a few years off his age.

    Frederick Homfray Davies
    Born: 23rd July 1870, School House, Talybont, Brecknockshire
    Baptised: 13th November 1870, Llanddetti (Llanthetty), Brecknockshire
     
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    Wondering about this, Chimp?
    1851, Kilgerran, HO107; Piece: 2481; Folio: 268; Page: 6;
    Maria Davies 53, widow, annuitant, Kilgerran
    David Davies 15, pupil teacher, Kilgerran
     
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