Diary

 Griffith Thomas

Ael y Bryn

"1916"

 

January.

Sunday 30 – Thomas Tyn Llan finds a body at Porth Ysgo.

Monday 31 –  Another shift taking the water tanks and the engine all the way down through the big quarry.

 

February.

Tuesday 1 – Shift on the level that goes under the big quarry.

Wednesday 2- Shift.  First meeting of the Literary Society.

Thursday 3 – Shift. Wind and rain.

Friday 4 – Shift. Pay £2-2/4d. Went to Sarn to get shoes for Bob and Isaac.

Saturday 5 – Shift ‘til 4.

Sunday 6- John Price Cricieth at 2.

Monday 7 – Shift.

Tuesday 8 – Shift.

Wednesday 9 – Shift.

Thursday 10 – Shift.

Friday 11 – Shift. Sold the white legged cow.

Saturday 12 – Shift.

Sunday 13 – Neven ar 2. Shift at ten at night. EW misses.

Monday 14 – Shift. EW misses.

Tuesday 15 – Shift. EW misses.

Wednesday 16 – Cold wind. Eliza and mother have gone to town. Had a letter from the south.

Thursday 17 – Shift. Sent a letter to the south.

Friday 18 – Shift. Pay £2-2/4d.

Saturday 19 – At Tan y Ffordd muck spreading.

Sunday 20 – Jones Rhiw.

Monday 21 – Shift. Parry misses.

Tuesday 22 –  Shift. Parry misses. The Company are at the mines.

 Wednesday 23  - Shift. Freezing hard.

Thursday 24 – Shift. Freezing hard.

Friday 25 – Shift. W Roberts comes for the tax. Auction at Plas yn Rhiw.

Saturday 26 – No work I have a heavy cold.

Sunday 27 – Mostyn Jones at 2. Eliza is in bed with rheumatism on her knee.

Monday 28 – William Ty Croes is ploughing at Tan y FFordd. Shift 4 ‘til midnight.

Tuesday 29 – Snow. Shift.

 

March.

Wednesday 1 – Shift. Roberts comes to say that there’ll be a ship tomorrow.

Thursday 2 – Loading SS Maddie 52 rounds.

Friday 3 – Shift. Pay £2-4/-

Saturday 4 – Eliza is in bed with backache. No work.

Sunday 5 – No chapel Eliza is ill. No work.

Monday 6 – Shift. Parry goes home at three his wife is in labour.

Tuesday 7 – Shift. EW and Parry miss.

Wednesday 8 – Shift Parry misses.

Thursday 9 – The tracks come to Penarfynydd. The sheep has two lambs. Parry misses.

Friday 10 – Shift. Parry misses. Freezing weather.

Saturday 11

Sunday 12 Prayer meeting at 2 and 6.

Monday 13 – Day shift.

Tuesday 14 – Shift.

Wednesday 15 – Thrashing at Penarfynydd.

Thursday 16 – Shift. Dug the border. Fine day.

Friday 17 – Pay £1-17/6d.

Saturday 18 – Shift.

Sunday 19 – John Price at 2.

Monday 20 – Shift 4 ‘til 12.

Tuesday 21 – Shift.

Wednesday 22 – Shift.

Thursday 23 – Shift.

Friday 24 – Shift.

Saturday 25 – Shift. EW misses.

Sunday 26 – RM Williams Cricieth. Isaac goes to get medicine for his mother. Shift starting at 10 EW misses.

Monday 27 – Midnight shift.

Tuesday 28 – Shift.

Wednesday 29 – Shift.

Thursday 30 – Shift. Had a letter from the south.

Friday 31 – Shift. Pay £2-2/4d.

 

April.

Saturday 1 – Fine day furrowing at Pwllmelyn.

Sunday 2 – Mostyn Jones at 2 and 6. Fine day.

Monday 3 – Mother goes to town to the tribunal with Dick. Day shift.

Tuesday 4  - Shift.

Wednesday 5 – Shift.

Thursday 6 – Shift.

Friday 7 – Shift. Started furrowing cae big.

Saturday 8 – Shift. Tyddyn Corn misses. Finished furrowing at Tan y Ffordd.

Sunday 9 – Jones Rhiw at 6.

Monday 10 – Shift at 4 pm.

Tuesday 11 – Planting potatoes at Tan y Ffordd. EW and I miss work. Dick has train ticket for Bangor.

Wednesday 12 – Shift.

Thursday 13 – shift.

Friday 14 – Shift. Pay £2-7/4d.

Saturday 15 – Finished planting potatoes. Shift. Parry misses to go with Tyn Mynydd’s donkey to fetch coal.

Sunday 16 – Rain this morning. Williams Neven at 2 and 6. Half shift. EW misses.

Monday 17 – Shift.

Tuesday 18 – Turn. EW losses a cow whilst calving.

Wednesday 19 – Shift.

Thursday 20 – Shift.

Friday 21 – Shift.

Saturday 22 –

Sunday 23 – Young man from the college.

Monday 24 – Mist and rain all day. Sent a letter to the south.

Tuesday 25 – Shift.

Wednesday- 26 – Shift.

Thursday - 27 – Shift.

Friday 28 – Shift. Pay £2-3/4d.

Saturday 29 – Shift.

Sunday 30 – W Jones Owen Dinas.

 

May.

Monday 1 – Shift 4 ‘til 12.

Tuesday 2 – Shift.

Wednesday 3 – Shift. Received the egg box from the south.

Thursday 4 – Rain on the way to work.

Friday 5 -  The little cow has a calf. Rain all day. Shift.

Saturday 6 – Shift.

Sunday 7 – John Price Cricieth. Shift starting at midnight. Ianto misses.

Monday 8 – Quarter shift. Wet weather.

Tuesday 9 – Came at six in the morning to go to the tribunal. Bought a paraffin stove.

Wednesday 10 – Mother and I go to the tribunal at Pwllheli, it’s passed that Dick goes before the doctor. We had rain as we went. Shift.

Thursday 11 – Seeing to the potatoes. Shift. Ianto misses.

Friday 12 – Rain all day. Dick has his papers to go to Bangor. Pay £2-3/4d.

Saturday 13 –

Sunday 14 – Mostyn Jones at 2 and 6. Rainy Sunday. Dick goes to Pwllheli to be ready to go to Bangor.

Monday 15 – Dick comes back from Bangor. ‘Dewyrth the School dies. Shift.

Tuesday 16 – Shift.

Wednesday 17 – Shift.

Thursday 18 – Shift. Ploughing the land for the Swedes. Hot day.

Friday 19 – Shift.

Saturday 20 –

Sunday 21 – School meeting at Pisgah.

Monday 22 – Shift at four in the afternoon.

Tuesday 23 – Shift. Mist.

Wednesday 24 – Shift.

Thursday 25 – Shift. Rain all day.

Friday 26 – Shift. Pay £2-2/4d. Huw Jones goes to maes mawr to sell the lambs.

Saturday 27 – Shift. William Tyddyn Corn hasn’t come in because his sister has died, she lived at Safn Pant. EW misses.

Sunday 28 – JM Williams. Fine Sunday. No work, waiting for a ship.

Monday 29 – Loading coal in the morning then went to carry wood with John Nant for the shaft at Tyn Fron until two. The ship came at six. Loading the Agnes Ellen.

Tuesday 30 – Finished loading the Agnes Ellen by ten 53 rounds. EW misses. Shift at midnight.

Wednesday 31 – Shift.

 

June.

Thursday 1 – Shift.

Friday 2 – Shift. EW misses he went to the funeral of the daughter of Cae Mur. Nell starts off for Mary, Charles’s daughters wedding.

Saturday 3 – Isaac pay 15/-. Nedw and I cut gorse at Parc Conion.

Sunday 4 – Jones Rhiw. Heavy rain.

Monday 5 – Shift. Took the roller to Tyn Fron from Nant.

Tuesday 6 – Shift with the surveyor levelling at Nant.

Wednesday 7 – Shift with the surveyor again.

Thursday 8 – Shift with the surveyor. Pay £2-7/4d.

Friday 9 – Shift in the water level. Singing Festival at Tudweiliog MC.

Saturday 10 – Shift.

Sunday 11 – Prayer meeting at 6.

Monday 12 – Shift 4 ‘til 12.

Tuesday 13 – Shift.

Wednesday 14 – Shift.

Thursday 15 – Went to Nant at seven to wait for the steamer. Shift at Tyn Fron Shaft. Isaac‘s pay £2-5/-.

Friday 16 – Quarter of the morning at Tyn Fron. Loading the SS Catherine in the afternoon 47 rounds. Dick goes to the tribunal.

Saturday 17 – Shift in the shaft. Cold dry wind.

Sunday 18 – Annual School meeting. Went to Tyddyn for the first school meeting. A cold day, windy.

Monday 19 -  Shift in the shaft.

Tuesday 20 – Shift in the shaft. Went fishing for wrasse caught 5.

Wednesday 21 – Shift in the shaft starting at four. Robert Evans and Parry start here. Lost my knife.

Thursday 22 – Heavy rain today. Isaac misses three quarters. Shift EW misses after being putting out the fires. Pay £2-(/4d.

Friday 23 – Shift.

Saturday 24 – Shift.

Sunday 25 – Big  Hughes, Aberdaron.

Monday 26 – Day shift. Fishing in the evening with Owen Owens Isaac and Dick caught 58 mackerel.

Tuesday 27 – Shift. Big Hughes Aberdaron lectures on the four qualities.

Wednesday 28 – Loading the Conovion 28 rounds. Quarter in the shaft. Fishing with Dick and Bodgrugyn caught 50 mackerel.

Thursday 29 – Shift putting the pump lower down in the shaft.

Friday 30 – Shift in the shaft. Had a letter from the south.

 

July.

Saturday 1 – Shift in the shaft. Eliza has a letter from her sister in Denbigh. Clearing Rhuol in the evening.

Sunday 2 – JM Williams Neven. Took the black cow to the bull.

Monday 3 – Loading the SS Elizabeta 99 rounds.

Tuesday 4 – Went to Chwilog to look at a mare for mother.

Wednesday 5 – Shift at four. Mother goes to buy the mare to Ty Corniog.

Thursday 6 – Shift Pay £2-8/7d.

Friday 7 – Shift.

Saturday 8 – Shift. OP misses. Dick goes to fetch the mare.

Sunday 9 – John Price Meillionydd for tea and to get a swarm of bees into a hive.

Monday 10 – Day shift in the shaft.

Tuesday 11 – Shift went to Benallt.

Wednesday 12 – Shift six in the morning ‘til two in the afternoon.

Thursday 13 – Shift.

Friday 14 – Shift.

Saturday 15 – Shift.

Sunday 16 – Jones Rhiw at 2.

Monday 17 – Shift at 2 EW misses.

Tuesday 18- Shift.

Wednesday 19 – Shift. EW misses with his back. Eliza and mother have gone to town.

Thursday 20 – Carrying hay at Tan y Ffordd 14 loads, the fields next to Conion.

Friday 21 – Pay £2-4/6d. Shift. EW misses.

Saturday 22 – Went to Nant by six am to wait for the ship, she comes at one, we load ‘til ten 62 rounds the SS Florence. EW misses. We had £2 from the owner.

Sunday 23 – Hugh Jones Cricieth. The bees swarm.

Monday 24 – Shift 6 ‘til 2. Carried clover six loads from the field near the chapel.

Tuesday 25 – Shift .Fishing with RE and Nedw caught 32.

Wednesday 26 – Shift. Two loads from cae big. Bad news from France William Ty Uchaf has been killed.

Thursday 27 – Shift. Two loads from cae big. The lads go to raise a shft. Hot week.

Friday 28 – Shift.

Saturday 29 – Shift. Fishing with Bob, Nedw and RE we catch 160 mackerel.

Sunday 30 – Mostyn Jones. Prayer meeting at ten. Hot day.

Monday 31 – Shift starting at six am. The other lads are putting wood in the shaft.

 

August.

Tuesday 1 – Shift. The bees swarm.

Wednesday 2 – Shift 6 ‘til 4. The bees escape to Nant.

Thursday 3 – Auction at the School House ( ‘Dewyrth).

Friday 4 – Shift. Pay £ 2-6/0d.

Saturday 5 – Shift. The bees swarm. Morgans Tyn Llyn is buried. Hot day. Isaac goes to town.

Sunday 6– Jones Rhiw. Went to Tan y Ffordd to get ? for the bees.

Monday 7 - Put the bees on frames in the third hive.

Tuesday 8 – Shift.

Wednesday 9 – Shift.

Thursday 10 – Shift.

Friday 11 – Shift.

Saturday 12 – Shift. Have orders to go to the shaft at Tyn Fron.

Sunday 13 – RM Williams Cricieth at 2. Prayer meeting at 6. Started to rain.

Monday 14 – Shift in the shaft at Tyn Fron.

Tuesday 15 – Raining. Shift at the shaft in Tyn Fron for two hours starting at five.

Wednesday 16 – Went fishing. SS Elizabeth comes we load ten rounds.

Thursday 17 – Finished loading. Pay £2-2/4d.

Friday 18 – Shift in the water hole.

Saturday 19 – Shift.

Sunday 20 – John Price. Prayer meeting at 6

Monday 21 – Shift seven ‘til three. Expecting a ship.

Tuesday 22 – Shift seven ‘til three. Sent for the chapel reading material.

Wednesday23 – Shift seven ‘til three. Rain from the east.

Thursday 24 – Shift.

Friday 25 – New water. Shift.

Saturday 26 – Shift. Dick goes to Pengroeslon to fetch two sacks of feed.

Sunday 27 –  JM Williams Neven.

Monday 28 – Shift.

Tuesday 29 – Shift.

Wednesday 30 – Shift.

Thursday 31 – Water at its highest 19. Pay £2-7/4d.

 

September.

Friday 1 – Shift. The drilling machine has broken.

Saturday 2 – Put the bees in the hive at Tyddyn Meirion. Shift 4 ‘til 12. Cut the corn at Tan y Ffordd. Dick has his papers to go to Bangor.

Sunday 3 – Wet and windy, nobody’s been to chapel.

Monday 4 – Day shift. Started to churn the honey.

Tuesday 5 – Shift. Churning the honey at Meillionydd.

Wednesday 6 – Half in the morning. Loading the SS Agnes Ellen in the afternoon 60 rounds.

Thursday 7 – Shift. EW misses. Went to Porth Cadlan to get the boat.

Friday 8 – Shift.

Saturday 9 – Shift. Gather at Tan y Ffordd.

Sunday 10 – Went to Uwchmynydd.

Monday 11 – Loaded the Florence 63 rounds. Went to fetch the Captain from Pwllheli (Henry Parry, Eliza’s father).

Tuesday 12 – Shift. EW misses. Robert Parry Ty’r Efail dies.

Wednesday 13 – Shift.

Thursday 14 – Shift.

Friday 15 – The Captain goes to Aberdaron without his pension book. Shift. Pay £2 –10/6d.

Saturday 16 – Fishing with Isaac and Nedw.

Sunday 17- WO Evans Porthmadog. Heavy rain all day.

Monday 18 – Shift 8 ‘til 4.

Tuesday 19 –Shift. Cold wind from the north.

Wednesday 20 – Carrying corn from Tan y Ffordd to Ty Croes Bach for thrashing.

Thursday 21 – Shift. Thrashing at Ty Croes Bach, and thrashing barley at Ty Canol.

Friday 22 – Shift started at seven waiting for the Florence.

Saturday 23 – Shift ‘til three. Fishing with Isaac and Nedw caught 20 mackerel.

Sunday 24 – Conwy Pritchard.

Monday 25 – Shift. 4 ‘til 12.

Tuesday 26 – Shift.

Wednesday 27 – Shift.

Thursday 28 – Shift. Pay £2-0/-

Friday 29 – Shift. Seven ‘til five waiting for the Agnes Ellen.

Saturday 30 – Loaded the Agnes Ellen 57 rounds. Isaac catches mackerel with Dick and Now bach.

 

October.

Sunday 1 – Prayer meeting at 2 and 6.

Monday 2 -  Shift. The lads go to Pwllheli to unload the traction.

Tuesday 3 – Shift on the incline at Benallt laying sleepers.

Wednesday 4 – Shift with Thomas on the incline. The traction comes to the mines.

Thursday 5 – Shift at Nant. Paid for the Gwyliedydd.

Friday 6 – Shift. Went to buy shoes for myself Isaac and two pairs for Bob and a pair of best Sunday shoes for Eliza.

Saturday 7 – Shift.

Sunday 8  – Williams Neven, the same sermon as Uwchmynydd !!

Monday 9 – Shift 4 ‘til 12.

Tuesday 10 – Shift EW misses.

Wednesday 11 – Water level 20 .2. Shift.

Thursday 12 – Shift. Started using the drilling machine again.

Friday 13 – Mist and rain today.

Saturday 14 – Shift. EW misses. Sunday 15 – EW misses.

Sunday 15 – John Williams Neven.

Monday 16 – Thanksgiving.

Tuesday 17 – Shift. They bury Wil Jones Aberdaron’s daughter. Prayer meetings every evening.

Wednesday 18 –Shift. Eliza and mother go to town. Mother is fined for not having a licence for the cart.

Thursday 19 – Shift. John Pugh prays at Pisgah.

Friday 20 – Shift.

Saturday 21 – Shift.

Sunday 22 – Prayer meeting.

Monday 23 – Shift. Hugh Thomas and I move stone on the mountain.

Tuesday 24 – Shift. Took out the frames in the hives at Meillionydd.

Wednesday 25 – Shift. With the beehive at Penarfynydd.

Thursday 26 – Shift. Strong winds from the east blow down the haystacks at Penarfynydd.

Friday 27 – Shift. Rain.

Saturday 28 – Shift. Went to Tan y ffordd to secure the haystacks.

Sunday 29 – John Price Cricieth.

Monday 30 – Shift. Pay £2-3/4d.

Tuesday 31 – Shift.

 

November.

Wednesday 1 – Shift.

Thursday 2 – Shift. Bull for the little black cow.

Friday 3- No work wind and rain.

Saturday 4- Shift Nant. Bag of feed from Talafon £1-13/-. Went to get the butter pot from T Hughes ‘s new Shop.

Sunday 5 – Conwy Pritchard.

Monday 6 – Shift 4 ‘til 12. EW and Erw not turned up for work. Took the sheep to the ram.

Tuesday 7 – Found a ships mast as driftwood. Shift. Uncle Tan y Graig dies.

Wednesday 8 – Shift.

Thursday 9 – Shift. Sent a letter to the south.

Friday 10 – Shift Pay £2-2/4d

Saturday 11–Lost a quarter because of the funeral

Sunday 12 – Prayer meeting.

Monday 13 – Day shift.

Tuesday 14 – Shift.

Wednesday 15 – Shift.

Thursday 16 – Shift.

Friday 17 – Shift.

Saturday 18 – Shift.

Sunday 19 – J H Jones Rhiw.

Monday 20 _ Shift. 4 ‘til 12. Charles starts work at the lower works.

Tuesday 21 – Shift. On the lower levels.

Wednesday 22 – Shift. EW has gone to town about the wool.

Thursday 23 – Shift.

Friday 24 – Shift. Pay £2-6/4d

Saturday 25 – Shift.

Sunday 26 – John Price.

Monday 27 – Day shift. Putting the little winch in place so we can wind with steam. At Nant.

Tuesday 28 – Day shift. Thomas Mur Poeth is buried. Cut my hair.

Wednesday 29 – Shift.

Thursday 30.

 

December.

Friday 1 – Shift.

Saturday 2 – Shift took the drum of the oil engine up to Groeslon so it could be taken away to be repaired. Dick has a warrant to go to Bangor on the 2nd of January.

Sunday £ _ JM Williams Nefyn at 2.

Monday 4 – Shift on the level 4 ‘til 12.

Tuesday 5 – Shift. Nel goes to Abersoch.

Wednesday 6 – Shift.

Thursday 7 – Shift. EW misses. Thomas Bodwyddog is buried. Thomas Owen Siop Isaf dies. Evan Hughes Siop Newydd goes to be a soldier.

Friday 8 – Shift. £2-7/4d.

Saturday 9 – Shift.

Sunday10 –Jones Rhiw.

Monday 11 – Shift.

Tuesday 12 – Shift.

Wednesday 13 – Shift.

Thursday 14 – Shift. Sent a letter to Nel. Eliza pays for the butter at Meillionydd.

Friday 15 – Shift. Eliza goes to the cooperative at Llangwnadl.

Saturday 16 – Shift.

Sunday 17 – RM Williams didn’t come. Prayer meeting at 2 and 6.

Monday 18 – Shift 4 ‘til 12.

Tuesday 19 – Shift. William Bodlondeb brings quarter a pig for £1-15/0d

Wednesday 20 - Shift.

Thursday 21 – Shift. Went to the traction at Tocia.

Friday 22 – Shift started at 4. Waiting for a ship. Pay £2-7/4d.

Saturday 23 – Shift 7 ‘til 3. Waiting for the ship’

Sunday 24 - Joseff Jones.

Monday 25 –

Tuesday 26 – Shift on the level. Thomas Abererch at Tan y Ffordd.

Wednesday 27 – Shift. Eliza and Dick go to see Nel at Abersoch.

Thursday 28 _ Shift.

Friday 29 – Shift.

Saturday 30 – Shift. The old bachelor Griffith Griffiths Meillionydd Bach dies.

Sunday 31 – Prayer meeting at 2 and 6.

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