Thomas PARRY the Saddler 1827 – 1908


Thomas Parry was born 27 April 1827 in Llangollen, he was the son of William Parry and Ann Griffiths. He was baptised at Ty Cerrig Chapel (Welsh Calvinistic Methodist), Glyndyfrdwy.

His early life isn`t known about and he isn`t found until 25 December 1851 when he married Dinah Francis of Tyn Ddol at Penybryn Chapel, Wrexham. The event was announced in the Welsh Newspaper – Y Amserau. Both Thomas and Dinah were Welsh speakers.

They had two children who died young, Emily Maria died in 1865 aged 1 and Thomas Godfrey died aged 6 in 1868, they were buried in the Rhosddu Dissenters burial ground.

Thomas was a saddler by trade and they lived at 15 Town Hill, he was employing 2 men in 1871, Dinah had a “Fancy Repository” shop.

They moved to 22 Percy Road and Thomas expanded his business on Town Hill with more workers. His son John William is also a saddler, Dinah still has her business on Town Hill and Sarah Jane and Mary E are assisting her.

Wrexham Directory 1886

Sarah Jane died on 7 October 1887, she was only 33. Her funeral was reported in the Wrexham Advertiser dated 15 October.

“On Wednesday, the remains of Miss Sarah Jane Parry, eldest daughter of Mr Thomas Parry, saddler, Town Hill, were interred in the Ruabon Road Cemetery. The late Miss Parry, who had endeared herself to a large circle of friends, by reason of her amiable disposition, had during the last twelve months had a most painful illness which terminated fatally on Friday night. The funeral was largely attended and left the house in Town Hill headed by the ministers and deacons, members of the Zion (C.M.) Sunday School classes, in which she had taken an active interest, and a very large number of the general public. The old Welsh hymn, Bydd myrdd o ryfeddodau,” was sung at the grave, and the effect was singularly impressive”

In 1895 a property sale was held at the Wynnstay, Lot 2 began at £800, and after some very sharp bidding it was sold to Mr Thomas Parry, King-street. Lot 2 -consisted of two dwelling-houses, Nos. 14 and 15, Regent-street, so Thomas was a property owner as well.

Thomas and Dinah had moved to 16 King Street and he was still running his saddlers business.

His son John William married Mary Dewhurst Roberts about 1889.

Thomas retired and died at his home “Pengwern” at 16 King Street on 27 November aged 81 and was buried with Dinah who had died not long before him in October 1908.

An obituary was published in Y Goleuad which was a Welsh Newspaper.

This is a brief translation:

“Thomas Parry, a saddler, husband to Dinah, was the son in law of Edward Francis, who was the author of a renowned local book on Methodism in Wrexham. Thomas continued to serve the Methodist community, as a man of firm convictions, for the last twenty years of his life. Thomas’ mind, described as “vibrant” and having a “strong imagination,” was sometimes considered to be stubborn and intense, but his sense of humour allowed him to see greatness and beauty in life, and he had a sense of humor as well as his faith to sustain him. With six months to go before his 80th birthday, he died about a month after his wife Dinah, who was already an octogenarian herself. The couple had celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. They were buried together.”

Thomas had made a will, he left effects of £1217 3s.


DINAH PARRY 1929 -1908

Dinah Francis was born on 11 April 1929 in Minera, she was the daughter of Edward Francis and Sarah Rogers and was baptised at Adwy`r Clawdd Chapel in   Coedpoeth.

In 1841 the family are in Pentrefelin, Edward is a miller and Sarah has 5 children.

Edward Francis moved to Town Hill, where he was a grocer and flour dealer. In 1851 Dinah isn`t at home, she is in Wern, Esclusham where she is a house keeper for her Uncle John Rogers who has a large farm with 4 workers.

On 25 December 1851 Dinah married Thomas Parry at Penybryn Chapel, her residence was Tyn Ddol which was part of the Plas Power estate.

Dinah didn`t depend on Thomas as she eventually started her own business, in May 1861 she is advertising it in the papers. She also placed an advert for an assistant, preferably Welsh!

Dinah’s shop advert 1861.

SMALLWARE, TOY, AND FANCY REPOSITORY. MRS. THOMAS PARRY, 15 TOWN HILL (Entrance from Brook-street), RESPECTFULLY invites the attention of the public  to the new and choice stock of useful, fancy, and ornamental articles etc.

Dinah`s mother Sarah died on 26 March  1873 at 22 Abbot Street, and her father Edward Francis died 16 May 1876 at 15 Town Hill, the executors were Thomas Parry saddler and John Francis, chemist of Chester Street.

The Town Hill shop was later called “Gwalia Wool Shop” and in 1881 she announced that she was moving the business to 38 High Street.

15 Town Hill was still the base for their businesses, and in 1887 she was offering a dyeing and curtain cleaning service. In that same year her daughter Sarah Jane died. Dinah was still placing adverts in 1895 for the High Street shop, so it was a successful business.  Dinah died in October 1908 just a few weeks before her husband.

An obituary was published in Y Goleuad which was a Welsh Newspaper.  This is a shortened translation.

“Mrs Dinah Parry, of King St. Wrexham, daughter of a flour merchant, was a successful teacher for most of her life. What sustained her through the trials and tribulations of all mortals was her family’s Calvinistic Methodist faith. Her father, Edward Francis, who wrote a scholastic treatise on Methodism in Wrexham between 1769 and 1870, had been a pillar of the Methodist community, and his legacy was his daughter, married to Thomas Parry. Her husband, also a staunch Methodist, continued to represent the faith in Wrexham, but it was her death which the community considered to be the end of an era, a lineage she had continued through her father and his line before her. Her funeral was well-attended. Her husband joined her a month after her funeral.”

Dinah’s shop advert 1887
Dinah’s Shop advert 1881
Wrexham Cemetery 04/12/2017
Wrexham Cemetery 04/12/2017
Wrexham Cemetery 04/12/2017

Researched by Annette Edwards, with the obituary translations from Welsh by Alex Greene. October 2018.

Gravestone photographs by Graham Lloyd.

Grave ref: Wrexham Cemetery L-03429.