Evan Thomas (1856-1916)   and Jane Thomas nee Quick (1868-1919)

EVAN was born on 3rd March 1856 at Penrhyddlan, Llanwrthl. Breconshire to Samuel Thomas, and Ann Lewis, and was an elder brother of my great grandmother Elizabeth Thomas 
Evan THOMAS married Elizabeth CHIVERS on the 10th Dec 1877 at the Manvers Street Baptist Chapel in Bath, Somerset. (MARRIAGE Dec 1877 quarter Chivers, Elizabeth Bath Volume 5c page 1134 - THOMAS Evan - Elizabeth Chivers, born on the 26th February 1855 (BIRTH Jun 1855 quarter Chivers, Elizabeth Bath Volume 5c page 727)

Evan's occupation is given as Railway Guard whilst Elizabeth's occupation is that of a Dressmaker. The interesting element of the certificate is that Evan's address is given as 16 Davis Street Newtown, Cardiff whilst Elizabeth's address is given as 23 Julian Road, Bath. The assumption is that the couple met as a result of Evan's job on the railway but that is pure speculation. The witnesses are from Elizabeth's family - Albert and Mary Ann Chivers whilst her father is listed as Henry Chivers - Coachman

The 1881 CENSUS gives the following information on the Household:

Source Information: Dwelling 7 Station Street Census Place Ystradyfodwg, Glamorgan, Wales
Family History Library Film 1342275 Public Records Office Reference RG11 Piece / Folio 5300 / 40 Page Number 9

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation Disability
Evan THOMAS Head M Male 28 Brecknock, Wales Railway Guard
Elizabeth THOMAS Wife M Female 26 Bath, Somerset, England

Elizabeth died 14 years later on 30th November 1895 aged 40yrs she was buried in Locksbrook Cemetery, Bath, Somerset, there was no children. The death interestingly enough was registered in South Wales which may indicate that there was a family plot in Bath (DEATH Dec 1895 quarter - Thomas Elizabeth Age 40 Pontypridd Vol 11a Page316)

EVAN married a second time to JANE QUICK who was born on 3rd April 1868  in Devon. There is a birth registered in the June quarter of 1868 for a JANE QUICK - Dulverton Volume 5c Page 378). The marriage took place on the 13th July 1897 at Chelsea Chapel, White Lion Street, Lower Sloane Street, Chelsea, London. (Marriages Sep 1897 QUICK Jane Chelsea Vol 1a page 922 - Thomas Evan). The certificate shows Evan Thomas, 41yrs Widow, Railway Clerk, living at 9 Station Terrace, Treherbert, Glamorganshire, and Jane Quick, 29yrs Spinster, Domestic Servant, living at 20 St Leonard's Terrace, Chelsea. None of Jane's parents are named but the marriage was witnessed by Evan's sister and my great grandparents Elizabeth Hobbs and her husband James Hobbs.

EVAN and JANE THOMAS had the following children:-

1. CHARLES EVAN Thomas born 1st May 1898 at 9 Station Terrace Treherbert, Ystradyfodwg, Wales.  CHARLES was 24 when he married ETHEL MAY WORTHY at Pontypridd on April 16th 1923 (GRO Reference Pontypridd June Quarter 1923 Volume 11a Page 1041). Ethel was nearly three years younger than EVAN, her date of birth is given as 30th March 1901 ( GRO Reference Pontypridd June Quarter 1901 Volume 11a Page 635). Charles and Ethel had two children - Hattie Jane Muriel who was born on September 3rd 1927 and Ivor Thomas who was born July 19th 1930 but sadly died three months later on October 25th 1930.

A formal photo of Charles and Ethel - date unknown

2. PHYLLIS JANE Thomas born 4th September 1899 at 8 Station Terrace Treherbert, Ystradyfodwg. The birth was registered at Pontypridd Ystradyfodwg by her mother Jane Thomas nee Quick on 9th October 1899. Phyllis married a SIDNEY CHARLES TIDBALL in 1919 when she was twenty years old. (GRO Reference December Qtr 1919 Pontypridd Volume 11a Page 1391). It looks as though Sidney was from the West country or more specifically the Plympton district for there is a birth registered there in the December quarter of 1898 for a Sidney Charles Tidball (GRO Reference Plympton Dec Quarter 1898 Volume 5b Page 170). The 1901 Census gives the place of birth as Yealmpton which is about seven miles east of Plymouth in the South Hams. They had one daughter Wyn Jane Tidball.  Phyllis Tidball nee Thomas died at the relatively young age of 41 on 19th April 1941

A formal photo of Phyllis taken by a local photographer in Treherbert

3.ALBERT EDWARD Thomas born 9th March 1903 in Treherbert, Ystradyfodwg, Wales. Albert was 25 years old when he married a GWLADYS JONES (born 2nd December 1905 in Tynewydd) on December 1st 1928 - Pontypridd. Glamorgan (Marriage registered at Pontypridd in December Qtr 1928 Volume11a Page 1109)

4. FFREDRICK WILLIAM Thomas born June Quarter 1910 Volume 11a Page 7[56][39] died 23rd June 1911 (GRO REF Pontypridd Vol 11a Page 334)  and was buried in Treorchy Cemetery - Plot number JB-14 on the 27th June 1911. He was just 15 months old

5. CYRIL JAMES  Thomas born June Qrt 1912 Vol 11a Page 1346 died 5th May 1912 Vol 11a Page 662 in Pontypridd he was buried with his brother in Treorchy Cemetery Plot number JB-14 on the 7th May 1912. Cyril was just two days old 

The 1901 census shows Evan Thomas resident at 8 Station Terrace, Treherbert, Glamorgan.

Evan Thomas Head 44 Railway Clerk, Llanwrthwl, Breconshire.

Jane Thomas Wife 43 Devon.

Charles E Thomas Son 2 Treherbert, Glamorgan.

Phyllis J Daughter 1 Treherbert, Glamorgan.

Just as a matter of interest Evan's neighbour at No 7 Station Terrace was a Thomas Quick aged 53 a railway guard with his wife Ann and a family of two boy's and a girl, this may have been Jane's relative?. It also looks as though Evan had changed his job on the railways as he is no longer a Railway Guard but a Clerk.

The 1911 Census shows the family still living in Treherbert

Name Jane Thomas Relationship to Head of Household Wife Condition Married Gender F Age 43 Estimated Year of Birth 1868 Occupation Laundress Employed N Working at Home Y Place of Birth Dulverton Somerset Language English 0 Enumerator Information Address 15 Station Terrace Treherbert Parish Rhondda Town Treherbert Type of Building Private House Number of Rooms 5 Inhabited Y Reference RG14PN32335 RG78PN1853A RD589 SD4 ED7 SN282 Administrative County Glamorganshire Registration District Pontypridd Registration Sub District Rhondda Enumeration District 7

EVAN died, age 60, on 23rd June 1916 at 15 Station Terrace, Treherbert (GRO ref Pontypridd Vol 11a Page 691)  and was buried at Treorchy Cemetery Plot number JB-14, four days later on the 27th June 1916, with two sons CYRIL and FREDRICK who predeceased him. Evan died and was buried five years to the day since his young son Frederick died and was buried. His occupation was given as Railway Goods Clerk and cause of death was listed as a cerebral haemorrhage and cardiac failure. His eldest son Charles was present at his death and registered it the following day

His wife Jane THOMAS died on the 18th March 1919 and is also buried in Treorchy Cemetery.

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I would like to acknowledge the help and assistance that has been provided by my Dad's cousins Ray Hobbs and Dennis Hobbs With the information that he has passed on to me, we now have a far fuller picture of our ancestors. Without Ray's commitment and enthusiasm this would not have been possible. This help was, and still is, greatly appreciated