Catherine Pritchard

1789 ~ 1892

Mrs, Pritchard (nee Catherine Williams) at the age of 103. Photographed by Mary Godley, on Aug 30th 1892, at the gardenerís (her sonís) cottage at Madryn. She died about three weeks later. Born 1789 at Llwynon, Rhosddu near Llaniestyn. "When we saw her she was well but very deaf, and only moved about the room with two sticks. She quite understood everything said to her (in Welsh) and was quick and intelligent in manner." As a girl she lived in service with an Aunt at Cors Iago, but left there when 22 in 1811.

Register at Llaniestyn, (certified copy by Canon Johnson the Rector, 1889)

[October]

1789. Baptized Catherine daughter of Hugh Williams of Blackheath (Rhosddu) by Catherine his wife December 25th 1789.

The above information was written on the back of the framed photograph.

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1881 Llandudwen Census

Dwelling: Madryn Yard
Census Place: Llandudwen, Caernarvon, Wales
Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Cathrun PRICHARD W 91 F Llaniestyn, Caernarvon, Wales
Rel: Head
Occ: Annuitant
Thomas BELLSHAID U 60 M Aberdaron, Caernarvon, Wales
Rel: Boarder ((Lodger))
Occ: Game Keeper
William E. WILLIAMS U 39 M Llaniestyn, Caernarvon, Wales
Rel: Boarder ((Lodger))
Occ: Groom (Dom)

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She was born in the same years as the mutiny on the Bounty, and the storming of the Bastille in Paris, lived through the battle of Trafalgar, Waterloo, the American civil war, and several other skirmishes. She died in the year that the river Fyrnwy north Wales was dammed to create a water supply for Liverpool. And Gladstone began his fourth term as British Prime Minister at the grand old age of 83.

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(Footnote) According to Tudweiliog church record Catherine, passed away just five days after this photograph was taken, on September 4th 1892, she lived with her son John Pritchard at "Wyddgrug" Llandudwen.

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