Five Williams brothers

Sue Kempe
Peter Williams' shop in West Street
Vergam Stores

This fine image was taken by Charles Edwards, photographer of Fishguard and likely dates from around 1910.

The brothers were the sons of Thomas and Martha Williams and the family lived in Hottipass Street  and later West Street – on early census records, Thomas is recorded as a labourer and then later, a farmer.

The eldest of the sons was William, born in 1848 who as an adult  became a rural postman covering the Pencaer area. He served the area faithfully for 33 years and was awarded the Imperial Service Medal for his loyalty and dedication. William is seated far right and can be seen proudly wearing his medal.

Seated next to William, is Thomas Walter born 1851. He married Margaret Williams of Manorowen in 1880 and they raised four daughters at their home in Cnwcysandy, Manorowen. During his working life Thomas was an agricultural labourer –  he died in 1939 having lived to the good age of 89 years.

Standing to the left was Peter Williams, born 1865. Census records record him as a post office clerk however the County Echo elevates his position to Postmaster of Fishguard !            He was an active member of the Rechabites in the town and for a period, was their Secretary. Upon his retirement on ill health from the postal service in 1902, he opened a stationers and fancy goods shop at Castle Hill. By 1911 it appears that he moved premises down to the Bridge, West Street which would have been the area at the top of the Slade.

George, standing in the middle, was born in 1857. He worked for many years as a tailor in West Street, but by the turn of the century he had become a collector of rates and taxes in the town. He and his wife Martha had 8 surviving children and were the owners of Vergam Stores.

Finally, Evan, born in 1860 like his brother George, started out as a tailor.  By 1891 however, he had decided to enter the Church and so had become a student of Theology. He was subsequently ordained and became the curate in charge at St Asaph Welsh Church, Kirkdale, Liverpool. He lived in nearby Bootle for over 30 years until his death in 1938.

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  • Hi Pamela, Anne Walter Evans was my great grandmother. She lived at Carngowil, Llanwnda. My father always said that the name Walter was because we were related to Lucy Walter. I think one of my grandfather’s first cousins, Maggie was Margaret Walter Williams, one of the four CnwcySandy girls all of whom are buried in the churchyard at Manorowen. Are you on the Fishguard/ Goodwick Facebook page? Liz

    By Liz Carnell (30/01/2023)
  • William married my 1st cousin 3x, Anne Walter Evans. Would like to know significance of middle name Walter used in both families.

    By Pamela Smith (17/12/2022)

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