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Annie Cadman


Annie's Needlework

One of my projects this year is to pull together a biography about one of my ancestors. I really want to write something about one of the women in my family and so I’ve chosen to work on my great grandmother on Mum’s side – Annie Cadman.  As a result of some digging around I recently obtained Annie’s death certificate. Poor Annie was only 64 when she died of heart problems.

She married George Henry Cadman in 1893 and they had two sons. Both of the boys saw active service in France during WWI. When Mum and I were chatting recently at a Family History meeting, Mum remembered that she had some needlework packed away that Annie had done. I presume that perhaps this tablecloth and the tea cosy that matches it, were done when Annie & George’s sons came home from the war. The work is lovely and has the words “Welcome Home” on each of the long edges. I’ve been told that the needlework is probably crewel and the outside edges are crochet. If anyone has any other ideas, I’d love to hear from you.

The more I find out about this couple, the more I wish I’d known them, they seem to have been a loyal, hardworking and caring family.

As an aside to this story, Mum said she didn’t know them that well either, but that her Grandad always had sweets when he came to visit.

Funnily enough my fondest memories of their son and my Grandad involve sweets as well. He used to drive a bus for the Crosville. His route from Abersytwyth just happened to come through the village of Talybont and when I stayed with my grandparents he would pick me up there and I’d proudly ride behind him as he drove the bus to Tre’r ddol, a village close by, where we’d head to the sweet shop to fill me up for the ride back. In those days the buses had conductors and the conductor on Grandad’s bus was Aneurin, who taught me many children’s songs along the way. Once grandad was done for the day, I’d sit on the step outside the house watching for his bus to come and wait for him to park it at the local garage and come home. I was only 9 when he died in his early 60′s, and yet the memories of him are still very strong.

Through one of my mailing lists, I discovered this little Welsh gem which I’ll be adding to the website.

Ancestral Wales Website

Let me start by saying that there are many fantastic sources for Welsh genealogical links out there including, but not limited to, the fabulous GENUKI (my ‘bible’ for all things related to Welsh Genealogy) and Cyndi’s list.

I started this little project for my own amusement, when I just got completely bogged down with my web browser’s bookmarks. I’ve wanted to build my own website for a long time and this seemed to just be the right venue and time to do it. There is a ton of work still left to do and it will keep me going for a long, long time. You’ll find that there are many gaps, but now that the site is up, I can concentrate on checking out links and adding them.

As I check out links and add them, I find I’m learning more and more about parts of Wales that I am less familiar with, along with the genealogical resources available for those areas. I’ve been able to put many of these resources to good use and share with others, however it does slow down the process as I check each source out. When I recently found a resource for Cardiganshire photographs I completely lost track of time and spent the whole night looking at photos instead of what I should have been doing! Great fun though and I sure hope that this might be just one more useful resource for genealogists researching in Wales.

You can find Ancestral Wales at

I read today that has added Merchant Seamen’s Crew Lists for 1860-1913. Sure enough I quickly looked for my Claytons and was thrilled to find John, Thomas and William listed there. I’ll be looking at it again in the next couple of days to see the details. Read the article here at .

Happy Hunting!

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