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ABER DAR, in the Cwmwd of Meisgyn, Cantref of Penythen (now called the Hundred of Miskin), Co. of GLAMORGAN, South Wales: a Curacy, not in charge, to the Vicarage of Llan Trisaint: Patron, The Vicar of Llan Trisaint: Church dedicated to St. John the Baptist.  The Resident Population of this Parish, in 1801, was 1486. The Money raised by the Parish Rates, in 1803, was 436..12..7 1/2, at 13s. 11 1/4d. in the pound.  It is 4 m. S.W. from Merthyr Tudfyl.  The Fairs are holden on the 19th of April, Whitsun Monday, and 14th of November.  This Parish contains about 2000 acres of cultivated land, and about 2000 acres which are uncultivated.  Here are extensive Iron works, belonging to Messrs. Tappenton and Co., and Messrs. Scales and Co. According to the Diocesan Report, in 1809, the yearly value of this Benefice, arising from Stipend, and Augmentation, was 34..13.  The Rev. EDWARD EVAN, an eminent dissenting preacher, philosopher, and poet, was a native of this place; and was one of the few who, according to Mr. Owen, being initiated into the Bardic mysteries, have helped to preserve the institution to the present time.  He died on the 21st of June, 1798, being the day fixed for him to meet the other Bards of the Chair of Glamorgan.  JEUAN DDU AB DAFYDD AB OWAIN, an eminent poet, was also a native of Aber Dar; and flourished from about the year 1440 to 1480.  He was a gentleman of a large estate: and a great patron of the Bards, whose various acts of munificence are still traditionally told in the neighborhood where he resided.
From: A Topographical Dictionary of The Dominion of Wales by Nicholas Carlisle, London, 1811.

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Bibliography

Here is a substantial reading list of books which relate to Glamorgan, either county or parish.

References to the town of Aberdare at

Business and Commerce Records

Cemeteries

The Glamorgan Family History Society have produced a set of microfiche containing Monumental Inscriptions for the following burial grounds :-

Census

The Glamorgan Family History Society have produced a set of microfiche containing an enumerated transcription and a personal name index. These are available for the years :

Church History

Chapels Database  - a  list of all known non-conformist chapels or other non-Anglican religions in the parish

Church Records

For full and up-to-date details of their holdings see the sites of Glamorgan Record Office and/or West Glamorgan Archives

See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg for St John's

The church is dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is in the Benefice of Aberdare, and Diocese of Llandaff. Details of the present incumbent of this benefice can be found at the Church in Wales website. The church can be found at grid reference SO000026.

A transcription of the registers is available from the Glamorgan Family History Society for the years: Baptisms, 1734-1900, Marriages, 1717-1837, Burials, 1734-1924. Visit their website for information on how to purchase these fiche.

Anglican Parish Registers Held at the Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns Bishops Transcripts
1734-1917 1734-1753, 1769-1937 1734-1916 - 1717, 1724-1837

Modern Parishes & Chapels of Ease :-

Non Conformist Registers Deposited
Chapel Baptisms Marriages Burials OS Map Ref Deposited/
Copies
Carmel Baptist, Monk Street 1806-1837 - 1814-1837 SO 00160251 PRO
Bethania, Calvinistic Methodist - 1914-1958, 1960-1969, 1975-1983 - SO 00210248 NLW
Nazareth, Calvinistic Methodist 1940-1969 - 1952-1970 SO 00530273 NLW
Quaker - - 1862-1871 - GRO

Salem Congregational

1790-1837

 

1790-1837

 

WGAS

Sion, Wesleyan 1857-1968 - - SO 00310240 NLW
Sion, Wesleyan*
*not on WGAS online list
1966-1968 - - SO 00310240 WGAS

GRO - Glamorgan Record Office, Cardiff
NLW - National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
WGAS - West Glamorgan Archive Service
PRO - Public Record Office, London

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

A set of fiche have been produced by the Glamorgan Family History Society covering registers of some Aberdare Chapels, for the period 1788-1951 (baptisms) and 1809-1836 (burials).     "..... records including registers of baptisms, 1854-1975; marriages, 1854-1953; burials, 1855-1942"

The following Religious Institutions are covered in the Mormon International Genealogical Index (IGI) :-

Description and Travel

Places, villages, farms etc within Aberdare parish 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 John Ball)

Description of parish from A Topographical Dictionary of Wales (1833) by Samuel Lewis.

Aberdare online  - the site for Cynon Valley and Rhondda Cynon Taff

Aberdare Canal -  6 miles of canal from Ty-draw near Aberdare to Abercynon where it joined the Glamorganshire Canal

Aberdare Canal - on wikipedia

Aberdare Walks

Aberdare - on the Rhondda Cynon Taf Libraries Heritage Trail site

Aberdare - on Wikipedia

Directories

Transcript of complete name listing for Merthyr Tydfil and Aberdare, from Slaters Directory for 1858-1859.

Genealogy

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

Land and Property

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

Maps

View maps covering the area of this parish and places within its boundaries

Medical Records

The People's Collection Wales site has material for Aberdare, use the onsite search box

Names, Geographical

Cynon Valley Place-Names  by Deric John 1998. An insight into the meanings and derivations of the place-names of the Cynon valley.The index from the book is reproduced here

Newspapers

Occupations

The People's Collection Wales site has material for Aberdare, use the onsite search box

Local Collieries not shown anywhere else on this site;

Politics and Government

Poorhouses, Poor Law etc

The People's Collection Wales site has material for Aberdare, use the onsite search box

Population

The Population of Aberdare was as follows, and a more detailed breakdown is available.

1841 - 6,471 1851 - 14,999 1861 - 32,299 1871 - 37,774 1881 - 35,533 1891 - 40,917

Public Records

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

Religion and Religious Life

Schools

Aberdare Girls' School

Aberdare Boys' Grammar School - a history,  1896-1978

Aberdare Girls' Grammar School  

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

Hamlets, Towns and Villages

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