Post by janemarymorris on Jan 19, 2010 23:22:37 GMT 1
The Chapel which has now closed was probably the one in which your parents were married. It was built through the energies of my great great grandfather Benjamin Owen, who was the minister there between 1837 and 1864, so he probably married your ancester. There is a record of all the baptisms in the Glamorgan Family History book kept in Merthyr Library. The chapel itself is hidden away behind the High street and is currently being changed into an arts centre. The building is being preserved. Hope this is of help.
My 3Xgt.grandfather, Thomas HAWKINS, was the owner of the Zoar Chapel in the late 18th century. Described as furnace manager. Son, Llewellyn, lived in Potteries Row. Family, later, in Aberdare, White Lion Public House, and Llantrisant
I am currently writing a book on the history of Zoar Chapel. Your ancestor didn't actually own the chapel, but he did own the ground that the chapel was built on.
A large piece of land stretching from the High Street, Merthyr Tydfil all the way back to the Morlais Brook was leased at Cae’r Ysgol in Pontmorlais from Mr Thomas Hawkins an iron founder from Llangyfelach, Swansea for a term of 200 years at a cost of £2.12.0 per annum.
Hi, I am having a hard time trying to find out where my ancestors are burried in Dowlais. I have 3 of their dates of death, and I know they were married in the Zoar Chapel, but I was told they were not buried in the Pant Cemetery, and to check the church grave yards. Does Zoar Chapel have a cemetery/ graveyard? I also know that one my ancestors marriage records states "rite of the Independents". Is that a different church?
this is the original email I sent out.
Hi, I was hoping someone in Dowlais could help me. my ancestors lived in Dowlais and I contacted the Pant Cemetery in regards to my Rees ancestors who lived on Bryn Sion st. Mr. Smith of the Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council (which is responsible for that cemetery), emailed me stating my Rees ancestors were not buried there and to check the Dowlais church grave yards. I have the dates of death of my Rees family, but the record does not say where they were buried in Dowlais. I was hoping that someone from Dowlais could shed some light on what churches are there, and if there are any grave yard records. On the Internet I can only find the Pant Cemetery listed in Dowlais, so I assumed they were all buried there. I also found out that Dowlais is missing from the 1841 Census.
David Rees d. March 5, 1877. lived at 32 Bryn Sion St. Dowlais Charlotte John Rees d. May 24, 1861 19 Bryn Sion St. Dowlais Gwellian Rees (1st wife) d. July 6, 1849 Bryn Sion St. Dowlais.
any information would be appreciated, and hopefully I can find where they and others are buried. Sincerely Yours. Jason Bahrt Bronx, New York
Last Edit: Mar 16, 2015 21:45:36 GMT 1 by policiaboy
Zoar Chapel did have a graveyard at one time, but it was built over in the late 1800's. There was actually a chapel in Bryn Sion Street in Dowlais, and that had a burial ground. Unfortunately, I don't know the whereabouts of the records from the chapel. I'll pass your information on to my friends at the Glamorgan Family History Society, and perhaps they could help you.