This is great news, and many thanks and happy new year to my Morgan cousin Stuart Davies and all cousins in all directions! We must have a reunion soon in Craig y Nos Castle. This document means that all the generations of our family in the Morgan Awbrey line back to Prince Tewdwr Mawr are supported by source documents. This document took about six years to find and shows that Morgan ap Thomas ap Morgan y Garth was married to Angharad Bevan on 25th Feb. 1688 at St Cynog, Ystrad Gynlais. He was entered into the registry simply as Morgan Thomas, but the patronymic system was still in use. I give his correct name and title. Assuming that Morgan ap Thomas ap Morgan Y Garth was about 30 when he was married, he lived from about 1658 to 1749. His father Thomas ap Morgan ap John Y Garth lived from before 1610 to 26th June 1689, and was buried in Callwen on 27th June 1689. If he wishes, Sir Arthur Turner Thomas can complete the Garth line back to the point where it merges with the Awbrey line already on his excellent site “Celtic Royal Genealogy”. Our distinguished cousin Leonid Morgan worked out this Garth line a long time ago, but apparently he did not cite the source documents needed to authenticate the line. The latter have now all been discovered by Stuart Davies, Sir Arthur Turner-Thomas and myself. So our descent from the Princes and ancient British Kings is rigorously authenticated. This year I also discovered the only extant documents of Elizabeth Portrey of Ynys Cedwyn Hall (attached), proving beyond reasonable doubt that she did indeed live at Ynys Cedwyn Hall, and was the illegitimate daughter of Christopher Portrey, and in all probability, Gwenllian John, a servant at the Hall. Christopher Portey had the same rank as myself, Gentleman, or Squire, a member of the Gentry or untitled nobility. He inherited it, I earned it for distinguished service to science and education. The Ynys Cedwyn line also leads back to Prince Tewdwr Mawr, the ancestor of Queen Elizabeth and also her daughter in law, Sophie Countess of Wessex (formerly Sophie Rhys-Jones, a strong supporter of the Welsh language). Prince Tewdwr Mawr (Tudor the Great) was also the ancestor of Elizabeth Portrey of Ynys Cedwyn Hall, well known and very well liked in anecdote and reportage.
In a message dated 31/12/2012 17:26:37 GMT Standard Time, writes:
I have at last found one element of this, though I have not read the original document.
Listed on 25/2/1688, marriage of Angharad Bevan to Morgan Thomas at St Cynog’s church. Her Christian name was quite rare for that time. It was around 1800 that this Christian name became popular. It was fortunate that a record of it exists at all as the periods covered are 1686 to 1694 and then 1712 to the 20th century, but very fragmented for the early years of both periods. West Glamorgan Archives do not have the pre-1712 records.
Sent: Monday, December 31, 2012 2:41 PM
Subject: Question for Rev Alun Brookfield, Vicar of Callwen
I am pleased to send you the Royal Celtic line of Y Garth which has been incorporated in Royal Celtic Genealogy on the net. You were kind enough recently to find us the burial record of Thomas Morgan (Thomas ap Morgan) at Callwen on 27th June 1689. This has been incorporated as attached. Would you be so kind as to advise me whether you have the burial record of his son Morgan Thomas (Morgan ap Thomas ap Morgan in the patronymic system then in use), who died in 1749, and married Angharad Bevan, perhaps in Callwen? I note that the Callwen records are in the West Glamorgan Archives file number GB 0216 P301 CW, from 1685 to 1971. As you see there are source documents on all the line except for Morgan Thomas. It is probable that he his birth, marriage and death entries are in St John the Baptist Callwen or St Cynog. Thank you kindly in anticipation. This is just for completion of my records.
Prof. M. W. Evans, Gent., D. Sc. Wales