Thursday, 14 February 2013

The birth of Thos Davies

We have established that our 4xgreat grandfather, Thomas DAVIES, was buried in Rhuddlan on 12 February 1856; but to date we have been relying on estimates of when he was born.

Thomas's burial record states that he was 49 years old at his death. So his calculated date of birth falls in the range February 1806 to February 1807. On the 1841 Census return, Thomas's birthplace was recorded as Flintshire, Llanasa.

A search of the Flint Baptism Transcriptions shows that no record meets those constraints exactly. Opening the time window to Jul 1805 - Dec 1807 yields just two possible candidates; born in July 1805 or September 1807.

A man born in July of 1805 would have turned 35 before the 1841 Census and would not have had his age rounded down to 30 as "our" Thomas did. On that basis, this is the most likely baptismal record for our 4xgreat grandfather.

Thomas was baptised at Llanasa on 27 September 1807. His parents were Thomas and Jane. Unlike some other documents of Flint baptisms, this page offers little in the way of additional information. We are not told Jane's maiden name or young Thomas's actual date of birth. The record does indicate that his father was from Gwespyr (an ancient village about a 15 minute walk from Llanasa).

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