Biographies

Thomas ROBERTS – Sawyer at Erddig

by Jill Burton. Thomas was born in 1834 in Wrexham, the son of William (farm Labourer) and Jane Roberts. He began work as Sawyer at Erddig in about 1858. He would have worked in the […]

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George ROBERTS – Erddig Under Gardener

by Jill Burton. George was born in 1859 in Erbistock, the son of an agricultural labourer. On the 1881 census he was a lodger in Bersham and working as a railway plate layer. He also […]

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Maria WRIGHT – Erddig Head Housemaid

by Jill Burton. Maria was born in 1870 in Chester. On the 1871 census she was 10mths old and lived at 1 Union Place, off Cuppin Street, Chester with her father Robert b1844, a coachmaker, […]

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Joseph WRIGHT – Erddig Blacksmith

by Jill Burton. On the 1861 census he was living at the blacksmiths shop, Smithy Lane, Pentrebychan, with his family – father Thomas Wright, blacksmith b1811, mother Ann nee Roberts b1820, plus siblings John b1843, […]

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William GITTINS – Estate Foreman at Erddig

by Jill Burton. William was born in 1855 in Ponciau (Philip Yorke II’s poem says he lived in Rhosllanerchrugog, but census tell us it was Ponciau.) His father William (1823-1885) came from Ellesmere, Shropshire, his […]

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Martha Louisa GITTINS – Erddig Housemaid

Martha was born in 1870 in Frodesley, nr Acton Burnell, Shropshire On the 1871 census she was living with her Grandparents Philip (a quarry man) and Mary Davies in Acton Burnell, Shropshire with her older […]

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Edith Marie GOULDING – Erddig Laundry Maid

by Jill Burton. Edie was born in Long Stratton, in Norfolk, the daughter of George and Maria Fairman. George was a wheelwright. Their children were           Edith Maria                             b 1880           Jane Elizabeth (Jinnie) […]

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Isaac JONES – Sawyer at Erddig

Isaac was born in 1885 the son of Pryce George Jones, an agricultural labourer on the Erddig estate. In 1891 aged 6 he was living with his father Pryce at Plas Grono cottages. His mother […]