Edwin & Eleanor Parry of Moss, Broughton

Edwin Parry, a son of Samuel and Sarah, was born in the parish of Broughton in about 1839. He was a collier from at least the age of 12 according to the 1851 census.

Eleanor Thomas, daughter of a collier, Evan, and his wife Eleanor, was born at Brymbo on 19 April 1839. She had been married in 1861 but widowed shortly afterwards.

Edwin Parry married Eleanor, widow, in Brymbo parish church on 27 December 1862 and Samuel Parry and Sarah Thomas were witnesses. They are known to have had five children:

Price Isaac

26 Jun 1865

Moss, Broughton

Mary Ellen

Q3 1870

died same quarter


Q3 1870

Mary Ellen

Q4 1873


Q3 1877

In 1871 Edwin and his family were living near the Globe Tavern and in 1881 his address was just given as Moss. In 1891 Edwin and Ellen were at Pentre with just their son Samuel. Edwin was a checkweighman and Samuel was a coal miner.

In 1901 Edwin and Ellen were at 16 Black Lane Road, Brymbo, with their son Samuel. 15 and 16 were probably Ty Newydd and Awelfa, the cottages built by Edwin’s mother.

Edwin was said to have been something of a poet and apparently went up into the hills to recite. Ellen died in 1907 and Edwin in 1910.

Of their children:

  • Price Isaac married Pheobe Davies in 1887 and lived in Moss.
  • Sarah married John Price Fisher, a coal miner, in Q3 of 1889. In 1891 they were in Pentre, Brymbo, and in 1901 they were in Chapel Road, Brymbo. Their known children (all born Broughton) were:

    Catherine Ellen

    Q3 1890

    Emily May

    Q2 1893


    Q3 1895

    James Samuel

    Q3 1898

    George Herbert 

    Q4 1900

    died 1903

    Robert Goronwy

    Q3 1903

    John Ellis

    Q3 1905

    died 1905

    Hannah Maria 

    Q2 1909

    died 1909

    By 1911 they had moved to County Durham and were living in Ferryhill. It is known there was 1 other child who had died before 1911, but not traced.

  • Mary appears to have been a servant in Burslem, Staffordshire, in 1891. She married John Matthias, a coal miner, early in 1892 and in 1901 they were at 2 Gwersyllt Hill, Brymbo, with the first two of their three known children:

    Margaret Ann

    Q4 1893


    Q3 1897

    John Samuel

    Q2 1906

    Presumably John Matthias died (possibly registered in Swansea in1906) as in 1907 Mary married James Thomas.

  • Samuel was a coal miner and married Sarah Jane Edwards in Brymbo on 8 April 1901. At the 1911 census they were living at 16 Black Lane Road, Pentre Broughton, which was one of the cottages earlier owned by Samuel’s grandparents, Samuel and Sarah Parry. Their known children were:

    Sarah Jane 

    Q3 1903

    died 1905 aged 2


    Q1 1905


    Q3 1907

    Margaret Ann

    Q3 1909

    died 1911 aged 1

    Samuel died in 1940.