Powes or Brecknock?

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  1. Ma-dotcom

    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    I was wandering through the Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario & found additions to newly found cousins who arrived in Canada from UK in 1923/4
    When searching for more history- birth etc. I found a mention of Hereford. [UK] I think on travel manifest.
    Going further I learned she was born in 'Maescar' in Brecknock.
    Searching maps made 'Maescar' look like a tiny dot at a turnoff opposite Lewis D.A., while another offered a larger area which was named as Brecknock. I finally found it , still a turn off from the road to—join another one.?

    It seems to be a very small rural place & in 1906 I wonder if it was all [small] farms.

    Later in Canada her name seems to have been noted as Price unless I have another Gladys Mary Preece. However this was her name on UK Birth & Ontario marriage.
    Would it have been a hearing/ sounding thing to change in that way? [I did find one Gladys mary Price from Minnesota.]
    In all I'm just very happy to wander about in Ontario again, & happy to revisit Wales on the Heritage trail. and so glad to be able to concentrate enough again to go looking. :D

    Anyone familiar with maescar?
     
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    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    Brecknock is another name for Brecon. ;)

    From GENUKI:
    "DEVYNNOCK, a parish in the hundred of Devynnock, in the county of Brecon, 7 miles S.W. of Brecknock. It is situated on the river Usk, and contains Ystradyelltey, Llanulid, Glyntawe, Llaniltid, Maescar, Glynn, and Senny.
     
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    Chimp Moderator & Cheeky Human IMP Staff Member

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    As Jan says 'Maescar' is in Brecon.

    Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire and Brecknockshire (M.R.B.) used to be stand alone districts/counties in Wales. Each county was allowed a High Sheriff. On 1 April 1974, Powys was created under the Local Government Act 1972, Then on 1 April 1996, the districts (M.R.B.) were abolished, and the county of Powys was installed as a unitary authority. So although I live in the old county of Radnorshire, I now live in the county of Powys. They still use the names of the old counties for voting purposes. Our voting area is Brecon and Radnor. Powys is the largest county in Wales 5,200 km² but its population is only 132 thousand. It is a very rural area with farms and houses dotted all over the place. You would find a lot of places with one or two houses with an actual place name. Some places were so rural people up'ed sticks and moved to bigger villages and towns and these places became derelict and no longer exist and can no longer be found on modern maps.

    Back in 1911 Breconshire had 1 person for around every 8 square kilometres, for some of them the only time they would see a neighbour was when they visited a nearby town on market day.
     
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    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    Wow, thank you both, it seems what I 'saw' was real. Later found 1911 census had the father b. Hereford, England- civil parish Maescar - Class: RG14; Piece: 33544; Schedule Number: 34
    There-in the dtr was listed as born 'Tralong, Brecon', next child b. Maescar.
    Confusing enough to compete with Canada at times. ;)
     
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