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Bangor University
Edern Manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0222 ED

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Edern Manuscripts

Short Title: Edern Manuscripts

Creation date(s): 1806-1881

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 0.25 linear metres

Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history: This collection relates in the main to the donor's grandfather, Ellis James, who farmed the Vaynol home farm near Bangor, from 1840 to 1870 and Ty'n Llwyn, Pentir, from 1870 until his death in 1878. He was the son of Robert and Grace James of Tygwyn, Llanberis, born in Dyffryn Mymbyr, Capel Curig, on 21 January 1813, and was raised by his grandfather and grandmother. As a highly religious man who had attended chapel from a very young age he was called on to be a deacon for Rehoboth Chapel in 1840. In 1846, at a monthly meeting in Dinorwig, he was appointed secretary for the Arfon Monthly Meeting. In 1840 he moved from Tygwyn to the Vaynol near Bangor, which was one of the biggest farms in the area. His Uncle, Edward Roberts who had previously farmed the Vaynol, had died and therefore it fell on Ellis James to carry on the work there. In 1850 he married Jane Griffith of Pen-y-bryn, Edern. She was daughter to Catherine Roberts. His mother-in-law remarried a man called Evan Roberts, and after his death half of the land and all of his possessions at Pen-y-bryn went to her. After her death it was left to Ellis James's family. In 1869, on the death of Mrs Asheton Smith, owner of the Vaynol, Ellis James was requested to leave the farm and he and his family moved to Ty'n Llwyn, Pentir. It is believed that Ellis James had shares in Rhiwbach Quarry as early as 1848, and had for some years shares in Dorothea Quarry until he sold them in 1862. He died in 1878.


Scope and content/abstract: A collection of 48 items which includes accounts and miscellaneous papers relating to Graig C.M. Chapel (near Bangor), 1843-1869; detailed notes of proceedings of, and sermons preached at, the Arfon Monthly Meeting, 1848-1875; notes of proceedings at C.M. Assemblies held in Caernarvonshire, 1853-1858 and the Associations of 1864 and 1870; letters addressed to Ellis James in his capacity as secretary of the Arfon Monthly Meeting; Vaynol farm accounts, 1840-1865, and rent receipts for Vaynol and Ty'n Llwyn, 1844-1873. Eleven of the items consist of the papers of Evan Roberts of Pen-y-bryn, Pwllheli, the second husband of Catherine Roberts, mother of Ellis James's wife. These include accounts relating to Edern C.M. Chapel, 1806-1827, and to Penmount C.M. Chapel, Pwllheli, 1822-1833; treasurer's accounts of the Arfon Monthly Meeting, 1828-1838; various household and miscellaneous accounts relating to Ellis James's wife's family, 1832-1878.


Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement: Chronologically mainly

Conditions governing access: Open to all users

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics made at the discretion of the archivist.

Finding aids: Catalogue at item level

Language codes: welsh and english


Accruals: None expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Presented by Mrs James Robertson of Swansea and Pen-y-bryn, Edern.


Related material: Bangor Manuscripts 313-344, 370, 5708 (9) Nantlle Manuscripts 18

Publication note: John Jones, Hanes Bywyd y Diweddar Ellis James, Ty'n Llwyn , (Bangor, 1881). W. Hobley, Hanes Methodistiaeth Arfon , (Caernarfon: Cyhoeddedig gan Gyfarfod Misol Arfon, 1910-1924) (Dosbarth Bangor, tt. 196-202). Access Points


Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: Prior to 16-11-2004

Business records | Wales | Gwynedd
Methodists | Wales | Gwynedd
Personal archives | Wales | Gwynedd
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