Land transactions to which the family of the Rev. J. Lewis Richards, Wesleyan minister (d. 1865) were concerned

Scope and Content

(i.) Conveyance to his father John Richards once of Cae'rberllan by Abergynolwyn and later of Llanfair Isaf, parish of Llanfair, by Sir Watkin W. Wynn [fifth baronet], of Carreg Fawr and Hafod-y-Mynydd in the parishes of Llanfrothen and Llandecwyn, for a consideration of £1,520, later followed by several licences granted by his grand-daughters (Misses C. & J. Richards) to various mining agents to work for minerals and slate, while document CYN/45 is a conveyance of a strip of land by them to the Ffestiniog Railway Company in 1886.

(ii.) Purchase of land under the Inclosure Acts at Morfa Mawr (about 70 acres). These documents include the original Act (CYN/46), conditions of sale (CYN/47), assessments between neighbouring landowners (CYN/48), a release of 23 and 24 August 1835 (CYN/49), and an agreement for partition in 1861 between the Rev. Richards and his two nieces (CYN/50).

Administrative / Biographical History

From all accounts, J.L. Richards was a most active and estimable minister. (Hanes Wesleyaeth Gymreig, 111, 968-970). His father John seems to have had two sons besides the minister, Richard Humphrey Richards [the father of C. & J. Richards] and Griffith the youngest (see CYN/37) - R.H. was so called, most probably, not in respect to his uncle, the well-known Rev. Richard Humphreys of Dyffryn, but to his grandfather on the father's side [p.10]. For all that, relations were close between the Llanfair Isa family and the Rev. Humphreys of Faeldref, as witness the fact that the latter was one of the parties to the transaction of 1835 (CYN/49).

It is rather important to remember that Gwen, the wife of Richard Humphreys Richards, and mother of the two sisters Catherine and Jane, was a cousin to the Rev. Griffith Owen of Llanenddwyn, grandfather of G.H. Owen of Ymwlch (Pedigrees, 288).