Griffith Thomas

Ael y Bryn

Diary 

"1915"

 

 

January

Sunday 3– R M Williams Cricieth, Wil Terfyn calls in the evening. Shift the stop has broken down.

Monday 4– Hunting with Dick and his ferret, caught three rabbits. Shift.

Tuesday 5 - Hunting with Dick caught four rabbits. Shift. Presented Williams (the minister) with the gift at Pisgah Chapel.

Wednesday 6 – Shift.

Thursday 7 – Rain all day. Pay £2-14/4d. Shift.

Friday 8 – Shift. EW misses.

Saturday 9 – Williams has a gift at the School.

Sunday 10 – No chapel. Wind and rain all day.

Monday 11 – Shift. Parry misses a quarter.

Tuesday 12 – Shift. Had a letter from Nel saying that she was ill. The last Fellowship meeting with Williams. R Owen, William Jones, Mary Tyn Gamfa, Catherine Refail and Margaret, Maria, Eliza, Barbera, Catherine Owens, Kate Jane Hughes, the maid from Meillionydd and I are present.

Wednesday 13 – Shift. Hugh Jones Trip dies at 92.

Thursday 14 – Shift. Williams preaches at Tan y Foel before going to America. John 3 3-5 verse.

Friday 15 – Shift.

Saturday 16 – Shift. The Sheepdog Trials Committee give Williams a leaving present of £5 at the School.

Sunday 17 – Collection at school 1/-. Neven at 2. Night shift.

Monday 18 – Hugh Jones Trip’s funeral. E Williams and I collect money for the Belgians 14/3. Shift.

Tuesday 19 – Shift. An unknown ship is anchored at Graig Ddu. Dick and Rolant Tyn Cae lose a ferret.

Wednesday 20 -No work.

Thursday 21 – Shift. Griffith Ty Rhedyn finds the two ferrets.

Friday 22 – Shift. E Williams has lost a lot. Go home at supper time.

Saturday 23- Go to Abererch to see Isaac. Williams the minister goes to Llandudno by train at four from Pwllheli.

Sunday 24 – Merfyn Jones at 2. Fine day a little ice.

Monday 25 – Shift. Had a letter from Nel to say that she has recovered. EW tipping in the afternoon.

Tuesday 26 – Shift. EW tipping and I’m with the tram.

Wednesday 27 – Shift EW tipping and I’m with the tram.

Thursday 28 – Shift Evan Williams tipping.

Friday 29 – Shift.

Saturday 30 – Shift. Inaugurated the ‘policemen of Rhiw’ (watchmen for the coastguard) Owen Owens, Tyn Fron, Carreg Lefain and I, Richard Roberts, Big Thomas, Pwllmelyn, Evan Salfur, John Talafon, Jones the School or ‘Dewyrth as he is known.

Sunday 31 – WG Hughes. Shift at 6.

 

February

Monday 1 – Shift.

Tuesday 2 – Shift.

Wednesday 3– Shift.

Thursday 4– Shift. Pay £2-15/-

Friday 5 – Shift. EW misses.

Saturday 6 – Went to Graig Ddu to fetch wood. (driftwood)

Sunday 7 – No minister. No school. Rain.

Monday 8 – Shift. Parry misses. Went to get the wood with T Hugh Garth.

Tuesday 9 – Shift. Went to Garth to fetch the wood.

Wednesday 10 – Shift. Went to fetch wood.

Thursday 11 – Shift. Paid £2-6/- to Evan cooperative.

Friday 12 – Shift. Sent a letter to Nel. Sack for the hens.

Saturday 13 – Shift. Went to fetch wood to Garth. Hugh came here to get maize.

Sunday 14 – The hospitals collection at 6. Hugh Hughes, Cricieth at 6. Night shift starting at ten.

Monday 15 – Shift. Put a new shaft on the pump at Nant.

Tuesday 16 – Night shift.

Wednesday 17 – Shift.

Thursday 18 – Shift. EW misses half.

Friday 19 – Shift. Pay £2-15/-. Paid for my shoes at Sarn.

Saturday 20 – Sent a letter to Nel.

Sunday 21 – Had a cold so didn’t go to chapel. Edward Jones’s son preaching at Pisgah.

Monday 22 – Shift.

Tuesday 23 – Shift.

Wednesday 24 – Shift. Mother and Dick have gone to Pwllheli to buy two shafts for the cart. Wil Penclawdd misses. EW misses to go to town to elect a new minister.

Thursday 25 – Shift. Parry misses a quarter. Wil misses a whole shift.

Friday 26 – Shift.

Saturday 27 – Shift.

Sunday 28 – Night shift.

 

March

Monday 1 – Shift.

Tuesday 2- Shift.

Wednesday 3 – Shift. Mother goes to Pwllheli to buy piglets.

Thursday 4 – Had a letter from Wil Ty Fry. Shift.

Friday 5 – Shift. Pay £2-7/-

Saturday 6 -  Went to gather gorse at Brynfran when I got up, then went with John Parry. Went to Tyn Gamfa to take EW his money.  Ty Fry stays the night.

Sunday 7 – Collection at school.  Eliza and I go with Ty Fry to Abersoch to see Capt. Henry Parry (Eliza’s father, who lived on his schooner in the harbour)

Monday 8 – Started digging the garden. Had a letter from Williams in America.

Tuesday 9 – Shift. Parry misses.

Wednesday 10 – Shift. Parry on a day rate.

Thursday 11 – Shift. Had a letter from William Clwt y Bont from Essex.

Friday 12 – Half shift. Dick comes to fetch me to see to the ewe. Had a letter from Nel.

Saturday 13 – At tyn Gamfa with the ewe. Pwllmelyn and Mari Ffor buy the lambs.

Sunday 14 – No chapel, no preacher. Eliza keeps watch with Ellen Llawenan who is gravely ill, she dies. Griffith Jones Groeslon also dies. Shift.

Monday 15 – Shift.

Tuesday 16 – Shift.

Wednesday 17 – Shift. Dick goes to town to buy coal.

Thursday 18 – Griffith Jones Groeslon’s funeral. Snow showers. Pay £2-1/4d. Sent a letter to William Clwt y Bont.

Friday 19 – Shift. The funeral of Ellen Llawenan.

Saturday 20 – Went to Syntyr to fetch hay. Went to load the Katherina at three.

Sunday 21 – Esiah 13 –2-2.

Monday 22 – Finished loading the Katherina 207 rounds. Planted potatoes.

Tuesday 23 – Shift.

Wednesday 24 – Shift.

Thursday 25 – Shift. The rope on the pump breaks down.

Friday 26 – Shift.

Saturday 27 – Shift.

Sunday 28 - Meeting of Horeb school WG Hughes Cricieth questions. Shift.

Monday 29 – No work the place is flooded.

Tuesday 30 – No work.

Wednesday 31 – Shift. Had a letter from the South.

 

April

Thursday 1 – Shift. Pay £2-8/7d.

Friday 2 – Shift. Finished planting the border, rain later.

Saturday 3 – Rain and mist. Sent a letter to Wil Ty Fry to Glasgow. Docked the tail of the mare at Tan y Ffordd.

Sunday 4 – Choose two to inspect E Hughes and W Jones for the meeting of Sunday schools.

Monday 5 – Went for corn for the hens, feed and hay from Tocia Bach.

Tuesday 6 – Shift.

Wednesday 7 – Shift.

Thursday 8 – Shift.

Friday 9 – Went to Tan y Ffordd to furrow. Auction at Tir Felin. Rain.

Saturday 10 – Shift. Went to Tir Felin to fetch hay in the afternoon. Sent a postcard to Nel. Rain.

Sunday 11 – Collection in school 4d. Prayer meeting at 6. Three soldiers from Bodwyddog were at the chapel at 6.

Monday 12 – Shift.

Tuesday 13 – Shift.

Wednesday 14 – Shift.

Thursday 15 – Shift.

Friday 16 – Shift. Pay £2-10/-.

Saturday 17 – Finished planting potatoes. Went to meeting at the School. Paid for painting Tan y Foel MC chapel.

Sunday 18 – Jones Owen Dinas.

Monday 19 – Shift.

Tuesday 20 – Shift.

Wednesday 21 – Shift. Sent a letter to the South.

Thursday 22 – Shift. Mother sent eggs to the South. Had a letter from the South.

Friday 23 – Shift. Had a letter from Nel to say she had been ill.

Saturday 24 – Shift. Sent a letter to Nel. Heavy rain.

Sunday 25 – Mostyn Jones at 2. Shift.

Monday 26 – Went back, expecting a ship. Richard and Lewis filling for three quarters.

Tuesday 27 – Loading the Elizabeta 73 rounds.

Wednesday 28 – Shift. Eliza and Bob go to Chester to bury John, the son of my Uncle William.

Thursday 29 – Letter from Chester. Shift.

Friday 30 – Loading Katherine, starting at 5pm 23 rounds. Pay £2-10/-.

 

May

Saturday 1- Went down by 5 am, the ship doesn’t come to the pier. Rain. Sent a letter to Eliza in Chester.

Sunday 2 – Prayer meeting.

Monday 3 – Loading Katherine, two hundred less two rounds. Three quarters in the level, I was filling for half.

Tuesday 4 – Shift two filling all day.

Wednesday 5 – Shift two filling all day.

Thursday 6 – Shift. E Williams and I filling all afternoon. Germany has sunk the SS  Lusitania 1500 have drowned.

Friday 7 – Shift. R Jones and W Evans filling, Lewis and I in the afternoon. Sam puts new pipes in the pump.

Saturday 8 – Shift.

Sunday 9 – R Williams at 6. Night shift.

Monday 10 – Shift.

Tuesday 11 – Shift. EW misses. The cow has a calf.

Wednesday 12 – Shift.

Thursday 13 – Went to the fair.

Friday 14 – Shift. Pay £2-8/7d.

Saturday 15 – Drill with the Big Gun 2/6d.

Sunday 16 –Collection at school 10/-. Prayer meeting. Heavy rain at night.

Monday 17 – Ellis W Davies and Hugh Pritchard are at the School wanting people to enlist. Shift. Robert Syntyr, Griffith Tyn Lon and Sam’s boys start. Rain all day.

Tuesday 18 – Shift. Fine day weeded the hawthorn on the hedge.

Wednesday 19 -  Shift. Expexting a ship. The lads loose half of Tuesday night. Isaac (son) goes to get his trunk.

Thursday 20 – Shift.

Friday 21 – Shift.

Saturday 22 – Loading the SS Elizabeta 62 rounds.

Sunday 23 – WJ  Morris Neven at 6. Shift.

Monday 24 – Loading Agnes Ellen.

Tuesday 25 – Shift.

Wednesday 26 – Shift EW goes to town. Eliza has gone to town to buy new clothes for me.

Thursday 27 – Strong dry wind.

Friday 28 – Finished digging the late potatoes. Shift. Collected sand eels. Pay £2-11/-

Saturday 29 – Brought in the net caught three bass and two plaice. Strong dry wind.

Sunday 30 – Jones Rhiw at 2.

Monday 31 – Loading the Catherine 46 rounds.

 

June

Tuesday 1 – Shift.

Wednesday 2 – Shift. EW looses a hammer.

Thursday 3 – Shift.

Friday 4 – Shift.

Saturday 5 – Shift.

Sunday 6 – Vacant Sunday. Night shift.

Monday 7- Went to Tan y Ffordd to weed the potatoes in the morning. Shift.

Tuesday 8 –Shift. Dry weather.

Wednesday 9 – Shift.

Thursday 10 – Went to the singing festival at Aberdaron.

Friday 11 – Shift. R Evans is ill. Pay £3-0 –6d.

Saturday 12 – Washed the sheep at Tan y Ffordd.

Sunday 13 – WG Hughes the last time. School meeting at Tan y foel.

Monday 14 – Shift Hugh Griffith and Robert Evans miss because of shearing at parc Plas Newydd.

Tuesday 15 – Shift. Hugh Jones filling. EW misses half to wash (dip) the sheep.

Wednesday 16 – Shift. EW goes home at 9 am to shear the sheep. Dry weather.

Thursday 17 – Loading Agnes Ellen 58 rounds.

Friday 18 – Shift.

Saturday 19 – Shift. Went to Efailnewydd to look for a bike for Isaac.

Sunday 20 – Ismael Evans at Horeb. Night shift.

Monday 21 – Loading SS Florence 360. The bees take flight.

Tuesday 22 – Took the bees to Meillionydd. Shift.

Wednesday 23 – Rain. Shift.

Thursday 24 – Shift.

Friday 25 – Heavy rain. Isaac is sleeping here. Finished banking up the potatoes at Tan y Ffordd. Shift. Pay £2-15/11d.

Saturday 26 – Went to fetch the boat from Pencaerau.

Sunday 27 – Vacant Sunday. H H Cricieth didn’t turn up.

Monday 28 – Shift last stamp on a card I had in January 1915.

Tuesday 29 – Shift.

Wednesday 30 – Shift. EW and Hugh Garth go home to carry hay.

 

July

Thursday 1 – Home putting the door in place. RE has gone to deliver the fatted lambs. The bees are swarming for Rowland.

Friday 2 – Shift.

Saturday 3 – Shift Rain.

Sunday 4 – Mostyn Jones at 2. Eliza goes for a walk to Tan y Ffordd. Slept for a long time and missed school. The bees take flight from Penarfynydd hive.

Monday 5 –Shift.

Tuesday 6 – Shift.

Wednesday 7 – Shift.

Thursday 8 – Shift.

Friday 9 – Shift. Pay £2-16/-.

Saturday 10 – Went to fetch the boat from Porth Ysgo to take it to Rhiw. Went to Efailnewydd to get the bike for Isaac, cost £5-15/-.

Sunday 11 – Humphries Llanbedrog.

Monday 12 – Shift.

Tuesday 13 – Shift.

Wednesday 14 – Shift.

Thurday15 – Shift. Missed a quarter slept late. EW misses.

Friday16 – Mr Evans Llanfair is here. Went to Meillionydd to work with the bees there.

Saturday 17 – Shift. Fishing with Owen Owens and Nedw. The fox has been to Brynfran.

Sunday 18 –Jones Rhiw at 2 and 6. Shift EW misses.

Monday 19 – EW misses.

Tuesday 20 – Shift.

Wednesday 21 – Shift. The oil engine gets started again, the oil pump had broken down.

Thursday 22 - At Tan y Ffordd repairing the wall near the hovel. Shift.

Friday 23 – Shift. Pay £2-16/-

Saturday 24 – Fishing.

Sunday 25 – Neven at 2. Prayer meeting at 6, Evans Llanfair is here.

Monday 26 – Shift. Hugh Jones and William filling in the morning and Sam and R Evans in the afternoon.

Tuesday 27 – Shift.

Wednesday 28 – Shift.

Thursday 29 – Half morning. Loading, SS JK Monk.310 tons.

Friday 30 – Missed the first quarter. EW misses.

Saturday 31 – Shift. Put the sails on the big boat, caught 8 mackerel.

 

August

Sunday 1 – Tyddyn school meeting. Jones Rhiw at 2.

Monday 2 – Shift.

Tuesday 3 – Shift.

Wednesday 4 – Shift

Thursday 5 – EW starts at supper time.

Friday 6 – Shift . Pay £2-19/-.

Saturday 7 – Went fishing in the morning with O Parry, RE and Dick, got soaking wet.

Sunday 8 – RJ Parry Holyhead his circuit is Penygroes, at 10.

Monday 9 – Went with the motor (bus) to Llandudno.

Tuesday 10 – Lost a quarter. EW lost a day.

Wednesday 11 – Shift.

Thursday 12 – Shift.

Friday 13 – Shift.

Saturday 14 – Shift. Moved the sheep to Tanymuriau.

Sunday 15 – Jones Rhiw at 2. Shift.

Monday 16 – Shift. Fishing caught 80 mackerel. EW has been to ffatri.

Tuesday 17 – Missed a quarter. Fishing caught another 80 mackerel

Wednesday 18 -  Lost a day waiting for the steamer.

Thursday 19 – Sheepdog trials. Lost a day.

Friday 20 – Loading SS Catherine 50 rounds. Pay £2-4/7d.

Saturday 21 – Fishing Nedw, RE and I caught three score and ten plus ten!!

Sunday 22 – Prayer meeting 2 and 6 . Fine day Bob Berch calls.

Monday 23 – Loading the Agnes Ellen 59 rounds. Cut the barley at Tan y Ffordd.

Tuesday 24 – Shift.

Wednesday 25 – Shift. Letter from the South. Dick and the children go fishing with Isaac Meillionydd.

Thursday 26 – No work, Eliza is ill all night.

Friday 27 – Shift.

Saturday 28 – Shift. Fishing with Nedw, RE , RH and Thomas Syntyr.

Sunday 29 – W J Morris Neven. Shift.

Monday 30 – Loading the SS Florence 69 rounds.

Tuesday 31 – Shift. Williams misses a quarter to take the cow to the bull. Fishing Robert Evans and I catch 200 mackerel.

 

September

Wednesday 1 – Shift. Isaac comes home with a sore throat.

Thursday 2 – Shift. EW misses. Pay £1-13/5d (paid for candles)

Friday 3 – Shift.

Saturday 4 – Fishing with Dick and John Owen MA. Went to fetch the bird from Brynllan.

Sunday 5 – Martyn Jones at 6.

Monday 6 – Shift. H Jones in the morning.

Tuesday 7 Shift.

Wednesday 8 – Shift.

Thursday 9 – Shift.

Friday 10 – Half. Began loading the SS JJ Monk. Association at Pwllheli. (chapels)

Saturday 11 – Began at 6 finished loading at 10 62 rounds. Carrying wheat at Tan y Ffordd.

Sunday 12 – Jones Rhiw at 2. Prayer meeting at 6. Shift.

Monday 13 – Shift.

Tuesday 14 – Shift.

Wednesday 15 Shift. Eliza and mother have gone to town.

Thursday 16 – Shift. Pay £2-12/1d. Evan Pig y Parc gets killed on the bridge at Llangwnadl.

Friday 17 – Shift.

Saturday 18 – Went to Nant at 10 to wait for a ship. The Big Gun at 2pm 2/6d (coastguard) Very hot day.

Sunday 19 – R Williams Cricieth at 2.

Monday 20 – Had a letter from the south.

Tuesday 21 – Shift.

Wednesday 22 – Shift.

Thursday 23 – Shift.

Friday 24 – Shift.

Saturday 25 – Shift. Auction at Ty Howel.

Sunday 26 – John Price Llanfyllin, Cricieth now, Shift EW missed.

Monday 27 – Shift.

Tuesday 28 – Began picking late potatoes. Shift.

Wednesday 29 – Shift. EW missed, Robert, Parry and I digging down.

Thursday 30 – Shift. Pay £2-19/6d.

 

October

Friday 1 – Loading the SS Maddie, 53 rounds. Began loading the Agnes Ellen.

Saturday 2 – No loading today the ship has gone away. Bag of feed from Talafon paid £1.

Sunday 3 – Shift.

Monday 4 – Shift.

Tuesday 5 – Shift.

Wednesday 6 – Shift.

Thursday 7 – Went to the auction at Trefaes with EW.

Friday 8 – Shift.

Saturday 9 – Shift. At Meillionydd with the bees.

Sunday 10 – Jones has gone home. Prayer meeting at 2 and 6. Shift.

Monday 11 – Shift. EW misses.

Tuesday 12 – Shift EW misses. Auction of Plas Newydd.

Wednesday 13 – Shift. Put a roof on the porch.

Thursday 14 – Fine dau. Auction at Crugerran. Shift. Pay3”-16/6d

Friday 15 – Shift.

Saturday 16 – With the bees. Went to Llangwnadl to buy candles four packs. William Roberts sprains his foot.

Sunday 17 – Mostyn Jones.

Monday 18 – Thanksgiving. Eliza is sick.

Tuesday 19 – Shift. Auction at Ty Fair.

Wednesday 20 – Shift.

Thursday 21 – Shift. Funeral of Griffith Hirwaen the liberal member of the County Council.

Friday 22 – Shift.

Saturday 23 – Shift. The mare is put in the cart for the first time.

Sunday 24 – RO Humphrey . EW Misses a shift.

Monday 25 – Shift. EW misses. Prepared the stalls for the cattle.

Tuesday 26 – Working the gorse engine at Tan y Fforrdd.

Wednesday 27 – Shift. The mare breaks the shafts, whilst Mother and Dick are holding her.

Thursday 28 – Prayer beseeching Our Lord to bring an end to the war.

Friday 29 – Shift. Pay £2-18/2d

Saturday 30 – Made room for the heifer at Tan y Ffordd.

Sunday 31 – Jones Rhiw comes here from Mynytho.

 

November

Monday 1 – Shift.

Tuesday 2 – At tan y Ffordd putting a dividing wall in the pigsty. Dick goes to fetch the brindle heifer.

Wednesday 3 – Loading the SS Made.(Maddie?) 52 rounds.

Thursday 4 – Shift.

Friday 5 – Shift.

Saturday 6 – Shift. At Tan y Ffordd moving the heiffer’s stall in the second. Taook the old mill from Tyn Gamfa to Ty Croes Bach.

Sunday 7 – John Price Cricieth. Night shift.

Monday 8 – Shift.

Tuesday 9 – Shift. EW misses.

Wednesday 10 – Shift.

Thursday 11 – Went to the autumn fair.

Friday 12 – Shift. EW misses, heavy wind and rain. Pay £2-25/6d. Letter to W in the south.

Saturday 13 –

Sunday 14 – Evans Hebron at 2 and 6.

Monday 15 – Shift.

Tuesday 16 – Shift. EW misses.

Wednesday 17 – Shift. Mother brings a shovel from Pwllheli for me.

Thursday 18 –  Shift. Eliza is ill with rheumatism

Friday 19 – Shift.

Saturday 20 – Shift..

Sunday 21 – Shift. No chapel, Eliza is ill.

Monday 22 – Shift.

Tuesday 23 – Shift.

Wednesday 24 – Shift. EW misses and R Evans. Sian Grepach is buried.

Thursday 25 – Shift. Pay £3-4/8d.

Friday 26 – Shift.

Saturday 27 -  Shift.

Sunday 28 – New boy from Neven at 2and 6 . WO Jones at Tyddyn.

Monday 29 – Shift.

Tuesday 30 – Kate Ty Fry gets married. The brindle heifer at Tan y Ffordd has a calf at one in the morning.

 

December

Wednesday 1 – Shift.

Thursday 2  - Shift. Bob has the measles. At Ty Croes Bach. Paid £1-15/- to Evan Llangwnadl.

Friday 3 – Shift.

Saturday 4 – Shift. Heavy rain in the afternoon.

Sunday 5 – No chapel, cold and  wet. Shift.

Monday 6 – Sent a letter to the south.

Tuesday 7 – Shift.

Wednesday 8 – Shift.

Thursday 9 – Shift.

Friday 10 – Shift. Pay £2-13/6d. E Williams has lost a week of work. Went to Porth Llawenan.

Saturday11 – Morning off work. At Tan y ffordd putting the barley stack in the hay barn.

Sunday 12 – Jones Rhiw. Snowing today.

Monday 13 – Shift.

Tuesday 14 – Shift.

Wednesday 15 – Shift.

Thursday 16 – Isaac comes home from Meillionydd with the measles.

Friday 17 – Shift.

Saturday 18 –  Shift. Hannah Rhiwlas’s funeral. Hugh Garth and I go to Llangwnadl to buy candles.

Sunday 19 –Mostyn Jones. Shift.

Monday 20 – Putting gravel on the Conion road. Mostyn is preaching at Pisgah tonight. Shift.

Tuesday 21 – Shift.

Wednesday 22 – Shift. EW misses.

Thursday 23 – Shift. Hugh Jones and I go to Porth Llawenan in the morning. Pay £2-10/4d.

Friday 24 – Half shift, Friday night. Hugh Jones and I go to Porth Llawenan after work.

Saturday 25 – Went to look for driftwood in the morning.

Sunday 26 – John Preis Cricieth.

Monday 27 – Last stamp on the insurance card. Strong winds and heavy rain. Shift. EW misses. My brother Thomas is here. My Aunt from Tany Bryn dies.

Tuesday 28 – Lost a quarter due to sleep.

Wednesday 29 – Shift.

Thursday 30 – Shift.

Friday 31 – Half a morning. Went to my aunt Tan y Bryn’s funeral.

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Diary's from Mr E Morris, thank you very much.

 

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