Papers of the Thomas Family, People's Café, Caernarfon

Scope and Content

Papers of the Thomas family, [c. 1730]-1971, including deeds, [c. 1730]-1934, relating to properties in Llanbeblig, Llandwrog, Llanddeiniolen, Clynnog, Llanddaniel, Llanfairfechan, Llanllyfni and Llanrug, Caernarfonshire; wills, 1868-1888; correspondence, 1845-1971, including letters from R. B. Pritchard, New York, 1871-1898, and correspondence of D. P. Thomas, London, and his parents, 1895; papers of Robert Thomas, 1856-1893, including shipping papers, 1856-1883; papers of Mary Jones, 1889-1890, and Mary Williams, 1911-1919; receipts, 1857-1927; shipping insurance policies, 1816; bank books of Margaret A. Thomas, 1898-1908; speeches and literary works, 1881-1891; printed ephemera, [1874]-1922; Oddfellows contribution cards of D. P. Thomas, 1891-1911; photographs, [c. 1905]-[1918], relating to Caernarfon.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Thomas ([1842]-1906) of Caernarfon, Caernarfonshire, was the son of John Thomas, a sailor. He himself was for many years a ship's carpenter. He married Margaret Ann Pritchard and returned to live in Caernarfon, working as a builder. The family lived at the People's Café, Castle Square, Caernarfon. Their son, David Pritchard Thomas (b. [c. 1869]) became a solicitor in Caernarfon and married Mary Williams (d. 1970). Margaret Thomas' brother, R. B. Pritchard (fl. 1871-1898), emigrated to New York, building up a successful slate business there.


Arranged into the following: deeds; correspondence; shipping and other papers of Robert Thomas; papers of Miss Mary Jones; papers of Miss Mary Williams; receipts; shipping insurance policies; bank books; speeches and literary works; booklets; programmes; timetables; contribution cards re. Oddfellows; papers of the Prince of Wales Hotel; miscellaneous; photographs.

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Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Papurau Teulu Thomas, Peoples' Cafe, Caernarfon/Papers of the Thomas Family, Peoples' Cafe, Caernarfon, catalogue; 1901 Census website (, viewed 6 September 2004.

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Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Caernarfon Record Office and the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available online.

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