My husband's grandmother Elizabeth jane James was born in 1863, daughter of Edward James born 1835. His father also an Edward James was born about 1808 in Llanover, son of another Edward James born 1774 in Llanover. The later James families live in Sirhowy. In 1884 Elizabeth Jane married Thomas Williams born 1863 The list above is from a Family Bible. In a history of Tredegar Edward James and his sons were said to have been 'prolific mine sinkers'. a list of mines that were sunk in the area in 1800's was given and included wer several attributed to Edward James. My question:- is our James Family the one who sank mines? Any help would be much appreciated.
An excerpt from a list of Sirhowy Company pits in Oliver Jones' Early Days of Sirhowy and Tredegar:-
quote: Edward James's Pit - No. 8 - Near Ebbw Vale Cemetery First Class Pit - No. 9 - Near Georgetown. Known later as Graham's Navigation
And this is what he has to say about Edward James:-
quote:All these pits began as balance pits, but a few went over to steam winding at a later date. No. 7 and No. 8, though close to Ebbw Vale, were included in the Sirhowy number sequence because they were on the old Sirhowy lands. The Edward James who gave his name to No. 8 was one of the master sinkers of the time. With his sons, he sunk a number of the Sirhowy pits including No. 9 which was called Edward James's First Class Pit until it was numbered. He also sank some of the early Tredegar pits, beginning with Bryn Bach in the year 1818.
Thank you, I have a copy of this history it is what started my interest as a James family is part of our ancestry. I hope to prove (or disprove) that they are one and the same. again thanks for your reply.