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Betws Ifan

"BETTWS-IEUVAN, or EVAN (BETTWS-IEUAN), a parish in the lower division of the hundred of TROEDYRAUR, county of CARDIGAN, SOUTH WALES, 5 Miles (N.) from Newcastle-Emlyn, containing 386 inhabitants. This parish is situated a short distance to the east of the turnpike road leading from Cardigan to Aberystwith. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed, with that of Brongwyn, to the vicarage of Penbryn in the archdeaconry of Cardigan, and diocese of St. David's. The church, dedicated to St. John, has been recently repaired, and has received two hundred and fifty additional sittings, of which one hundred are free, the Incorporated Society for the building and enlargement of churches and chapels having granted £25 towards defraying the expense. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £ 124.6."  [From Samuel Lewis's A Topographical Dictionary of Wales 1833]

Memorial Inscriptions have been produced by Dyfed FHs for   Betws Ifan: [Sant Ioan, Beulah, Bryn-gwyn, Watch Tower]


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Betws Ifan area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

 St John, Betws Ifan - photograph on  Dyfed FHS

Some church and chapel data from The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales. Ed. by   I.G   Jones, & D. Williams. UWP,   Cardiff, 1976. The names are those of the informants.

  • Bettws Evan Parish Church     "No Sunday school"        John Morgan, Registrar
  • see Chapels database

Parish entry for Bettws Evan with Bryngwyn from The Welsh Church Year Book, 1929 (Cd by Archive CD Books).

  • St John
  • &
  • St Mary (Bryngwyn)
  • Incumbent and Curates; R L Jones
  • Rural Deanery of Sub Aeron
  • Acreage 2,536 & 1,645 ; Population 537

Church Records

See Notes on Church/Chapel Records page

Parish Register;
Baptisms 1726-1992. Marriages 1726-1813, 1816-1967. Burials 1726-1992   NLW/Cer.RO
Copy manuscripts PR[Extracts] CMB 1792-1832 NLW
Bishops Transcripts;
1678, 1680-1, 1688, 1703, 1799, 1801-3, 1806, 1808-63, 1865-6, 1873-8, 1882-3, 1885-8, 1890-3, 1896-7 NLW

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on FreeReg

I.G.I; Baptisms 1806-61

Nonconformist Chapels;  see Chapels database

Cardiganshire Family History Society - Index to deaths and burials in Cardiganshire from non-conformist records is available on fiche. Check details on their site, for this parish includes ; Beulah (Ind., 1862-80).

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Betws Ifan which are provided by:

The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1, South Wales., byJones, I.G. & Williams, D.   UWP,   Cardiff, 1976.  These statistics for this parish are extracted from this book which in turn got them from the 1851 census itself;

  • Area 2640 acres; Population 184 males, 220 females, total 404

Places, villages, farms etc within Betws Ifan as shown on the online parish map from the CD of  Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file]. (Kain, R.J.P., Oliver, R.R.). (Extracted by Gareth Hicks)

  • Betws Ifan (95); Afon Dulas; Bettws Evan (village); Beulah; Blaen-Sylltyn; Bron-Wion; Bryn-gwyn; Coed-perthi; Cwm-Sylltyn; Dinas; Ffynnon-ddeiniol; Glan-Medini; Gors-lwyd; Pant Daniel; Pant-seiri; Pant-y-bettws; Pant-y-bwla; Pant-yr-onen; Parc-llyn; Parc-y-bwla; Pen-lon-Bettws; Pen-allt-yr-hebog; Pen-y-gaer; Wern

Kelly's Directory South Wales 1910

Emigration and Immigration

The Welsh Congregational Church of Richville, New York  ....."was organized in the spring of 1858. Religious services were held in the Welsh language prior to that date. The first Welshman to settle in this community was James Griffis in June of 1849. James Griffis, his wife and four children came here from Bettws Efan, Cardiganshire County, Wales, and were soon followed by other families from that part of the principality.
Over the last two years (2005) Lance Gillette  has been researching the genealogy of the pioneers located on the tablet installed at the right front of the church and trying to locate were each family lived in Wales before emigrating to America. The results to date are included on the site.


Jones, Francis. Walters of Perthcereint. Ceredigion, journal of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society, Vol VI/2, 1969. This Walters family was closely associated with the parishes of Penbryn and Betws Ifan.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Betws Ifan has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Meyrick, Sir Samuel Rush.(1783-1848) The History and Antiquities of the county of Cardigan. Collected from the few remaining documents which have escaped the ravages of time, as well as from actual observation. Longman: London ,1810. The history and antiquities of the County of Cardigan ... to which are now added a parliamentary history, list of High Sheriffs, some notes on the present county families, &c., &c. repr. Brecon: 1907. This 1907 print  has now been reprinted. The very brief entry relating to this parish is on page 212; it is described as a chapel of ease to Penbryn.

Land and Property

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • Tyllwyd estate, records   "Deeds relating to the Tyllwyd estate mainly in the parishes of Betws Ifan and Blaenporth, Cardiganshire, 1566-1852, but also including land in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire; and to the Brynog estate in the parishes of Cilcennin and Trefilan, Cardiganshire, 1817-1835."

Held at the NLW ;

  • Deeds relating to the Ty-Llwyd estate, parishes of Betws Ifan and Blaenporth, Cardiganshire, and other property in Cardiganshire,Carmarthen and Pembrokeshire, 1590-1852.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SN303477 (Lat/Lon: 52.101503, -4.479143), Betws Ifan which are provided by: