Tonna (Welsh: Tonnau) is the name of a village and a coterminous electoral ward and community in Neath Port Talbot, Wales, located to the north-east of Neath town, of which it is effectively a suburb. Once mainly agricultural fields, the name derives from the archaic Welsh tonnau, meaning grassland and not, as is sometimes assumed, the modern Welsh for “waves”. Some areas of pasture remain.
William was one of my great-grandfathers. He was born in about 1882 in Neath, Glamorgan, the eldest son of John and Elizabeth Ann (née Edwards). I was able to discover William’s mother’s maiden name through the purchase of his brother Morgan Arthur’s birth certificate.
In 1891, John, Elizabeth, the 9 year old William and Morgan Arthur (aged 3) were living in Neath at 18 Tonna Road.
Ten years later, John had died, but Elizabeth, William and Morgan were still living together in Neath at 32 St Ann’s Terrace.
William married Miriam Jones in 1912. After John’s death, Elizabeth married John Jenkins, and died in 1925.
Miriam was one of my great-grandmothers. She was born on 12 October 1888 to Daniel and Margaret (née Thomas), in Neath, Glamorgan.
In 1891, the 2 year old Miriam was living with her parents and sisters – Elizabeth Ann aged 16, 10 year old Mary and Catherine aged 6 at 4 Forest Terrace, Dylais Lower.
Ten years later, Daniel, Margaret and the girls had been joined at Chapel House, Aberdulais, by David, aged 9.
In 1911, the widowed Daniel, Elizabeth, Miriam and David were still living at Chapel House. Miriam was a Teacher.
Miriam gave her address as Chapel House in 1912 when she married my great-grandfather, William THOMAS.