Diary

 Griffith Thomas

Ael y Bryn

"1919"

 

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January

Wednesday 1 – Shift 4 ‘til 12. Heavy rain all day. Pay £3/16/4d

Thursday 2 -  Shift.

Friday 3 – Shift.

Saturday 4 -  Shift.

Sunday 5 – JTW Pistill at 2, prayer meeting at 6. A pound for Isaac.

Monday 6 – At Tan y Foel listening to Ffoulk Roberts Rhydbach. Shift.

Tuesday 7 – Shift. Wet weather.

Wednesday 8 – Shift. Wet weather.

Thursday 9 – Shift laying a road to get the stones to the wagons. Strong winds today.

Friday 10 -  Shift. Owen Jones Mountainman is preaching at Nebo.

Saturday 11 – Shift.

Sunday 12 – Prayer meeting at 2 and 6. A pound for Isaac.

Monday 13 – Shift 4’til 12.

Tuesday 14 – Shift. Wet weather.

Wednesday 15 – Shift. Wet weather.

Thursday 16 – Shift. Wet weather.

Friday 17 – Shift. Pay £4/3/4d.

Saturday 18 –

Sunday 19 – WR Jones Cricieth at 2. Eliza is ill.

Monday 20 -   Shift tramming ? through the hole. Wet weather.

Tuesday 21 – Shift.

Wednesday 22 – Shift.

Thursday 23 – Shift.

Friday 24 – Shift.

Saturday 25 – Shift.

Sunday 26 – John Williams Ty Newydd. Went to pump instead of Sam at midnight.

Monday 27 – Pumping instead of Sam.

Tuesday 28 – Pumping. Had quarter of a shift for loading the Agnes Ellen.

Wednesday 29 – No work.

Thursday 30 – Shift 4’til 12. Pay £4/3/4d.

Friday 31 – Shift. Icy weather.

 

February

Saturday 1 – Shift.

Sunday 2 – RO Pritchard. Went to Pencaerau to listen to John Roberts Penrhyn.

Monday 3 – Shift.

Tuesday 4 – Shift.

Wednesday 5 – Shift.

Thursday 6 – Shift.

Friday 7 – Shift. Icy weather.

Saturday 8 – Shift. Icy weather.

Sunday 9 – Prayer meeting at 2 and 6. Icy weather.

Monday 10 – Shift 4’til 12.

Tuesday 11- Wil Ty Fry died.

Wednesday 12 -  Shift.

Thursday 13 – Shift. Pay £4/5/4d.

Friday 14 – Shift.

Saturday 15 – Wil Ty Fry’s funeral. Eliza, Nell and I go. Heavy rain.

Sunday 16 – JT Williams Pistill. Prayer meeting at 2 and 6.

Monday 17 – Day shift.

Tuesday 18 – Shift.

Wednesday 19 – Shift.

Thursday 20 – Shift.

Friday 21 – Shift.

Saturday 22 –

Sunday 23 – Went to Ty Fry to see Richard.

Monday 24 – Shift 4’til 12. Pound for Isaac.

Tuesday 25 – Shift.

Wednesday 26 – Shift.

Thursday 27 – Shift. Loading SS Madey 50 rounds. Pay £3/16/4d.

Friday 28 – Shift.

 

March

Saturday 1 – Shift 7’til three. Waiting for a ship. Sion Griffith Carreg Lefain died.

Sunday 2 – WR Jones Cricieth.

Monday 3 – Day shift.  Meeting at the school to raise money to get the soldiers some presents.

Tuesday 4 – Shift.

Wednesday 5 – Shift.

Thursday 6 – Half shift. Sion Carreg Lefain’s funeral

Friday 7 – Shift.

Saturday 8 – Shift.

Sunday 9 – Owen Lewis a young man who’s been in France for three years.

Monday 10 - Shift pumping. I’m ill. Rain all day. Bob pays the union 6/-.

Tuesday 11 – Heavy rain again today. Shift pumping again. Snow. The wall of the lake collapses.

Wednesday 12 – Sleet today. Shift pumping.

Thursday 13 – Shift pumping. Pay £/19/10d.

Friday 14 -  Shift  pumping. Bought a quarter side of bacon from Efail Bwlch Clawdd.

Saturday 15 -  Shift pumping.

Sunday 16 – Joseff Davies Llaniestyn. Fine Sunday.

Monday 17 – Day shift, pumping. Took the cow to Sarn. Shift started at midnight pumping

Tuesday 18 - Shift, pumping.

Wednesday 19 – Shift, pumping.

Thursday 20 – Shift, pumping.

Friday 21 – Shift pumping.

Saturday 22 – Shift pumping.

Sunday 23 – Hugh Hughes Cricieth at 2 and 6. Betsan Bryntirion dies. Shift pumping 4’til 12. Hugh Owen starts.

Monday 24 – Shift. Icy. Seen a mast floating and stuck at Porth Cwn.

Tuesday 25 – Got up early to go and see the mast at Porth Cwn, Shift 4’til 12.

Wednesday 26 – Icy. Shift.

Thursday 27 – Shift. Pay £4/12/1d. Got a sack of India corn for Tan y Ffordd. Betsan Bryntirion’s funeral.

Friday 28 – Shift. Snowing.

Saturday 29 – Shift. Finished digging the border.

Sunday 30 – Jones Rhiw from Clynnog School.

Monday 31 – Shift 6 ‘til 4 pumping.

 

April

Tuesday 1 – Shift pumping. Heavy snow. Expecting the SS Florence.

Wednesday 2 – Shift pumping. Loading the SS Florence she came in at ten in the morning.

Thursday 3 – Shift pumping. Fine day.

Friday 4 – Shift pumping. Fine day.

Saturday 5 – Shift pumping. Fine day.

Sunday 6 – Robert Jones CM Chwilog. Shift 12’til 8.

Monday 7 – Shift.

Tuesday 8 – Shift.

Wednesday 9 – Shift.

Thursday 10 – Shift.

Friday 11 – Dr Thomas dies. Pay £4/10/4d. At Ty Corn putting in the oven.

Saturday 12 – Finished digging the garden.

Sunday 13 – Owen Ty Llwyd at 2 and 6. School in the morning. Shit oumoing 4’til 12.

Monday 14 – Shift.

Tuesday 15 – Shift.

Wednesday 16 – Shift. Planted the patch by the hen coop. Gave up the tobacco.

Thursday 17 – Shift. Rain all day. Everyone stops working ‘til Tuesday.

Friday 18 – Shift. Finished planting the border.

Saturday 19 – Finished furrowing the big patch. Shift.

Sunday 20 – E Lloyd Porthmadog.

Monday 21 – Shift pumping during the day.

Tuesday 22 – Shift. Furrowing the potatoes in the upper end of the field below the house at Tan y Ffordd.

Wednesday 23 – Shift pumping. Loading the SS Agnes Ellen 55 round. Finished planting in the field below the house.

Thursday 24 – Shift pumping. Loading the SS Seala 69 rounds. Finished planting potatoes at Ael y Bryn.

Friday 25 – Shift. Put six rows of manure in the field next to Conion. Pay £4.10/4d. Isaac is ill in Cadlan.

Saturday 26 – Cold north wind. Finished planting potatoes in the field next to Conion. Cold day.

Sunday 27 – Roberts Pen y Groes at 2. Eliza goes to see Isaac at Cadlan as he is ill. Heavy sleet today. Shift 12’til 8 blizzards as I went down.

Monday 28 – Shift.

Tuesday 29 – Shift.

Wednesday 30 – Shift.

 

May

Thursday 1 – Shift.

Friday 2 – Shift.

Saturday 3 – Shift.

Sunday 4 – Prayer meeting at 2 and 6. Foggy Sunday. Capt Parry my father in law dies.

Monday 5 – Shift 4’til 12.

Tuesday 6 – Shift.

Wednesday 7 – Shift. Pay £4/10/4d.

Thursday 8 – Capt Parry’s funeral.

Friday 9 – Shift. Loading SS Elizabeta.

Saturday 10 – Shift. Put lead under the window.

Sunday 11 – Prayer meeting at 2 and 6. Pumping until 4.

Monday 12 – Shift.

Tuesday 13 – Went to the fair.

Wednesday 14 – Shift.

Thursday 15 – Shift.

Friday 16 – Shift.

Saturday 17 – Shift.

Sunday 18 – Stranger at 2. Prayer meeting at 6. Shift 12’til 8.

Monday 19 – Shift.

Tuesday 20 – Shift. Raining.

Wednesday 21 – Went to Sarn fair to look for a heifer. Shift.

Thursday 22 – Shift.

Friday 23 – Shift. Pay £4/3/4d.

Saturday 24 – Shift.

Sunday 25 – WR Jones Cricieth.

Monday 26 – Shift.

Tuesday 27 – Shift.

Wednesday 28 -  Shift. Mother buys three piglets in Pwllheli.

Thursday 29 – Shift pumping. Loaded the SS Agnes Ellen.

Friday 30 – Shift.

Saturday 31 – Shift.

 

June

Sunday 1 – Owen Ty Llwyd at 2. Wind.

Monday 2 – Day shift. Erw pays Bob 1/6d. Jenny Pwllmelyn dies.

Tuesday 3- Shift.

Wednesday 4 – Rain in the morning. Shift. Pay £4/10/4d.

Thursday 5 – Shift.

Friday 6 – Shift. Jenny Pwllmelyn’s funeral.

Saturday 7 – Shift.

Sunday 8 – WR Jones.

Monday 9 – Shift 12’til8.

Tuesday 10 – Shift.

Wednesday 11 – Shift.

Thursday 12 – Shift. Heavy rain. The sheep that had been shorn die.

Friday 13 – Shift.

Saturday 14 – Shift.

Sunday 15 – John Lewis Pwllheli at 2. Pumping 4’til 12.

Monday 16 – Shearing at Tan y Ffordd. Shift 4’til 12.

Tuesday 17 – Shift.

Wednesday 18 – Shift. Sian Terfyn dies.

Thursday 19 – Shift.

Friday 20 – Shift. Pay £4/3/4d.

Saturday 21 – Shift.

Sunday 22 – Prayer meeting at 2 and 6.

Monday 23 – Day shift.

Tuesday 24 – Shift.

Wednesday 25 – Shift.

Thursday 26 – Shift.

Friday 27 – Thomas Fourcrosses Rhiw dies. Went to Caernarfon in the motor ( bus)

Saturday 28 – Shift.

Sunday 29 – A young man from Dolwyddelan at 2 and 6. Shift 12’til 8.

Monday 30 – Shift.

 

July

Tuesday 1 – Thomas Ffor’s funeral. Shift.

Wednesday 2 – Shift.

Thursday 3 – Shift. Pay £4/10/4d.

Friday 4 – Shift.

Saturday 5 – Shift.

Sunday 6 – Jones Rhiw at 2. Unitarian meeting at Tan y Foel to give thanksgiving for peace.

Monday 7 – Shift 4’til 12.

Tuesday 8 – Shift.

Wednesday 9 – Shift.

Thursday 10 – Shift.

Friday 11 – Carrying hay at Tan y Ffordd. Shift.

Saturday 12 – Loading the SS Anne. Shift.

Sunday 13 – John Roberts Penrhyn.

Monday 14 – Day shift.

Tuesday 15 – Shift.

Wednesday 16 – Shift.

Thursday 17 – Shift.

Friday 18 – Shift. Mrs Newman and her daughter come here from Chester.

Saturday 19 – Shift. Celebration tea at the school to mark the peace.

Sunday 20 – WR Jones Cricieth. Shift 12 ‘til 8 in the morning.

Monday 21 – Shift.

Tuesday 22 – Shift.

Wednesday 23 – Shift.

Thursday 24 – Shift.

Friday 25 – Shift. Started loading the SS Opher.

Saturday 26 – Loading the SS Opher 55 tons. Came out on strike at the lower mines.

Sunday 27 – Went to Aberdaron with the car ( trap). Hot weather.

Monday 28 – Shift. 4’til 12.

Tuesday 29 – Shift. Finished haymaking at Tan y Ffordd. Hot weather.

Wednesday 30 Shift. Hot weather.

Thursday 31 – Shift. Hot weather.

 

August

Friday 1 – Shift. Pay £$/10/4d.

Saturday 2 – Shift lifting the pump from Nant.

Sunday 3 – William Humphreys Llanbedrog.

Monday 4 – Hot weather. On Strike.

Tuesday 5 –

Wednesday 6 –

Thursday 7 –

Friday 8 – Hot weather. On Strike.

Saturday 9 -  Carrying bracken from parc.

Sunday 10 – Griffith John Owen at 6.

Monday 11 – Thomas G Ellis, first on a Monday.

Tuesday 12 – Fishing caught 260.

Wednesday 13 – Fishing caught 140.

Thursday 14 – Cutting gorse on the cliff.

Friday 15 – Went to the Saethon factory.

Saturday 16 – Topping the hayrick. Hot weather.

Sunday 17 – Prayer meeting at 2 and 6.

Monday 18 –

Tuesday 19 –

Wednesday 20 – Went to town with mother and John.

Thursday 21 –

Friday 22 –

Saturday 23

Sunday 24 – Conway Pritchard at 2.

Monday 25 – Tidying the gorse stack.

Tuesday 26 – Weeks pay £2/7/5d. Went to Groeslon for a meeting with the Styb, settled to work.

Wednesday 27 – Shift putting the pump in place. Shift midnight ‘til four.

Thursday 28 – Rain.

Friday 29 – Shift.

Saturday 30 – Shift.

Sunday 31 – Moved the pump down, midday ‘til midnight.

 

September

Monday 1 – Shift 4’til 12.

Tuesday 2 – Shift.

Wednesday 3 – Shift. Maurice Meillionydd Bach’s trial. Ned is casking. (?)

Thursday 4 – Rain. Tan y Foel trip. Shift. Malicious lies are being spread.

Friday 5 – Shift. The black heifer gets the bull.

Saturday 6 -  Sheep dipping. Shift.

Sunday 7 – Shift pumping.

Monday 8 – Shift.

Tuesday 9 – Shift. Finished pumping after the strike.

Wednesday 10 – Shift blasting the boiler and cleaning it inside and putting a new valve on it.

Thursday 11 – Shift. Pay £4/13/4d, half a day short. Had tea at Llawenan on my way home.

Friday 12 -  Shift.

Saturday 13 – Shift. Practise with the big gun ( coastguard) Tommy ‘ Berch is here.

Sunday 14 – Shift 12 ‘til 8.

Monday 15 – Harvesting the barley at Tan y Ffordd. Shift 12 ‘til 8.

Tuesday 16 – Shift. Hot weather.

Wednesday 17 – Shift. Harvesting the barley at Penarfynydd.

Thursday 18 – Shift. Thomas breaks the tap on the bottle of the boiler.

Friday 19 – Went to Penrhyn Canol to see a heifer. Shift.

Saturday 20 – Cold wind from the north.

Sunday  21 -  Shift 4’til12.

Monday 22 – Shift.

Tuesday 23 – Went to the fair at Sarn.

Wednesday 24 – Shift.

Thursday 25 – Pay £5/18/11d. Shift. Nailed the door at Tyddyn Simsan.

Friday 26 – Shift.

Saturday 27 – Carrying corn at Tan y Ffordd. Shift.

Sunday 28 – Day shift.

Monday 29 – Finished carrying corn at Tan y Ffordd.

Tuesday 30. – Shift. At Erw putting cement on the byre loft.

 

October

Wednesday 1 – Shift.

Thursday 2 – Shift.

Friday 3 – Shift.

Saturday 4 – Shift. Sam Pryddarch leaves.

Sunday 5 – Jones Rhiw at 2 and 6. Shift 12 ‘til 8.

Monday 6 – Shift.

Tuesday 7 – Shift.

Wednesday 8 – Went to town with Eliza and mother.

Thursday 9 – Shift.

Friday 10 – Shift. Pay £5/6/7d.

Saturday 11 – Shift. Penrhyn dogs

Sunday 12 – Thomas G Roberts minister, his first time. Shift 4’til 12.

Monday 13 – Shift.

Tuesday 14 – Shift. Erw builds the hovel wall.

Wednesday 15 – Shift,

Thursday 16 – Shift.

Friday 17 – Shift. Plas Newydd Auction.

Saturday 18 – Shift.

Sunday 19 – Day shift.

Monday 20 – Shift. Thanksgiving.

Tuesday 21 – Shift.

Wednesday 22 – Shift.

Thursday 23 – Shift. Pay £5/5/4d. Heavy rain tonight.

Friday 24 – Shift.

Saturday 25 – Shift. Put new lines on the clock.

Sunday 26 – John Williams Gorffwysfa as was, The first Sunday for the new bible. Shift 12 ‘til 8am.

Monday 27 – At Tan y Ffordd placing wood between the two cows in the shed. Shift.

Tuesday 28 – Went to Talysarn auction. Shift.

Wednesday 29 – Shift loading the Mayflower.

Thursday 30 – Shift. Dry weather.

Friday 31 – Shift. Went to Meyllteyrn auction.

 

November

Saturday 1- Shift.

Sunday 2 – Shift 4’til 12.

Monday 3 – Shift.

Tuesday 4 – Shift. Loading the steamer Eborth.

Wednesday 5 – Shift. Pay £5/14/4d.

Thursday 6 – Shift. Dry weather.

Friday 7 – Thrashing at Ty Croes Mawr. A fine day. Shift.

Saturday 8 -  Shift. Snowing. A thunderbolt hitd Henllys Llanbedrog. Went to fetch the heifer from Neigwl Ganol.

Sunday 9 – Day shift.

Monday 10 – Thrashing at Tan y Ffordd.

Tuesday 11 – Shift.

Wednesday 12 – Shift.

Thursday 13 – Shift. Freezing hard.

Friday 14 – Shift. Loading the Anne.

Saturday 15 – Shift.

Sunday 16 – Rain today. Shift 12’til 8am.

Monday 17 – Shift.

Tuesday 18 – Bodwyddog auction. Shift.

Wednesday 19 – Shift. The first ‘Dinesydd’.

Thursday 20 – Shift.

Friday 21 – Auction Tyn Llan Rectory Rhiw.

Saturday 22 – Shift.

Sunday 23 – Shift 4’til 12.

Monday 24 – Shift.

Tuesday 25 – Shift.

Wednesday 26 – Shift.

Thursday 27 – Shift.

Friday 28 – Snow, a dark day had to light the lamp at two o clock.

Saturday 29 – Had tobacco from Hugh Jones from the South.

Sunday 30 – Jones Rhiw at 6. day shift.

December

Monday 1 – Day shift. Abram Fron Dywydd ‘e funeral.

Tuesday 2 – Shift.

Wednesday 3 – Shift. Eliza goes to town £30 to the bank.

Thursday 4 – Shift. Pay £5/9/0d.

Friday 5 – Shift. Heavy rain in the morning.

Saturday 6 – Shift.

Sunday 7 – Joseff Davies Llaniestyn. School 10 am. Shift. 4’til 12.

Monday 8 – Shift.

Tuesday 9 – Shift.

Wednesday10 – Shift.

Thursday 11 – Shift.

Friday 12 -  Fetched the sheep from the comins. Paid for the ‘Gweliedydd. Shift.

Saturday 13 – Heavy rain today. Shift.

Sunday 14 – Wr Jones Cricieth. School 10am. Shift 4’til 12.

Monday 15 – Shift.

Tuesday 16 – Shift.

Wednesday 17 – Shift.

Thursday 18 – Shift.

Friday 19 – Shift. Received a receipt for the books.

Saturday 20 – Shift. The big gun drill.

Sunday 21 – RM Williams Cricieth.

Monday 22 – Day shift.

Tuesday 23 – Shift.

Wednesday 24 – Shift. Work stops ‘til Monday.

Thursday 25 – Shift. Auction at the school.

Friday 26 – Shift.

Saturday 27 – Shift.

Sunday 28 – John Williams Ty Newydd at 2. Heavy rain. Shift. 12 ‘til 8.

Monday 29 – Heard that Mrs Evans has died. Evans comes to Ty Newydd, got some rope and driftwood from below the mountain. Shift.

Tuesday 30 – Shift. John Gorne gets wet.

Wednesday 31- Shift. Pay £5/14/10d.

 

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