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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 10:03 pm    Post subject: The Reed Family in Abertillery  Reply with quote

Hi. I'm researching my Reed family ancestors from Abertillery. My great granddad was William Reed, born in 1871 and died I think in 1943. His wife was Mary Ann Reed, (nee Webb). Born in 1876, died in 1951 in Oakdale. They had four children. Thomas j Reed, born in 1895, died I think in 1916 in France. I'm sure he is on the war memorial, and he was in the South Wales Borderers. William H Reed was born in 1896, but that's pretty much all I know about him, although I think he was living at113, Princess st in 1943. Edward born in 1900 and died in 1948. Last but not least my granddad John Trevor Reed, born in 1904 and died in 1941 in Crete. My great granddad William was living at 56 Somerset st from 1911 until his death in 1943. Any information would be most helpful. Thank you.
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 5:26 am    Post subject: The Reed family in Abertillery Reply with quote

Probably not a member of your family but Charles Sidney Reed lived in Oak Street, taught at Abertillery Grammar School and was highly regarded.
Lost his life in The Great War and is mentioned in the book "With Rifle and Pick".
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, but I think you are right about him not being related. Strangely enough though, when my grandad joined the navy in 1921, his address was 19 Oak Street, but I think he was living with his aunt.
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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 1:56 pm    Post subject: The Reed family in Abertillery Reply with quote

Electoral Registers 1922-1938 and 1945-1962
56 Princess Street, Abertillery.

William Reed & Sarah Reed (1922-1938)
William Trevor Reed (1935-1936)
Gwyn Irving Reed (1937 and 1946-1953)
Sarah J Reed (1945-1962)

Saw no Reed's listed for Somerset Street, same period.
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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, that is really interesting. For some reason I got the addresses wrong and I meant William Reed was living at 56 Princess St from 1911 to when he died in 1943, and his son was living at 113 Gladstone St in 1943. You have given me so much very interesting information. Is it possible to find William his son in Gladstone St? Thank you once again.
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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 4:10 pm    Post subject: The Reed family in Abertillery Reply with quote

Possibly, but there's no books 1939-1944. Will look next visit.
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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you. That info has really opened up a can of worms.
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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would appear from the information you have given me, that my granddad had two half brothers, one born in 1914, and one born in 1916. Although on the birth register the mothers name is Reed,(maiden name Arndell) they didn't marry until 1930!! So does anyone remember a Gwyn or a William Reed in Abertillery. William lived at 113 Gladstone Street.
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 5:24 am    Post subject: The Reed family in Abertillery Reply with quote

Saw a few books yesterday and a family surname Arndell was in one of them. It would have been at Princess or Somerset Streets if Abertillery, could have been any street if they lived in Llanhilleth as I was looking for information from there mostly.
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like my Sarah J Arndell came from Aberdare. In 1911 she was working in the Blaengwawr Inn in Aberdare. I wonder how my great grandad met her. Was she staying with Arndell relations in Abertillery? My poor grandma had to leave the family home and stay with her sisters. I think one house she stayed at was 19 Oak Street. This has always been a family mystery. Guess people didn't talk much about these things in those days.
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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 1:21 pm    Post subject: The Reed family in Abertillery Reply with quote

113 Gladstone Street

William T Reed and Edith Reed (1945-1948)
also at this address
Walter Churcher (1946-1948)
Samuel Shrapnell (1947-1948).


52 Gladstone Street 1937.

George Henry Reed and Edna May Reed


30 Princess Street 1938.

Arthur Reed and Elizabeth Reed.

Didn't see Sarah J Arndell with the other Arndells at 59 Princess Street, but will look at Oak Street another day.
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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, you really are a star. There is an Arthur Reed in my family, brother to William senior, so that's a possibility. Sarah J Arndell was using the Reed name as early as 1914, even though she didn't marry William Reed until 1930, presumably because he couldn't get a divorce until then. Hopefully when you get a chance to look at Oak Street, you will find Mary Ann Sister, Margaret James. Like I said, I know My granddad was there in 1923, but I'm not sure where my gran was. My gran lived in Oakdale with another sister in the 1930s and up until her death in 1951.
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 1:19 pm    Post subject: The Reed family in Abertillery Reply with quote

19 Oak Street.

David Henry James (1922-1950).
Margaret Jane James (1922-1953).
John Trevor Reed (1928-1932).
Lilian Carter (1930-1934, 1937-1938, 1948).

1938-1945

21 Beech Grove, Oakdale.

James Reed and Annie Reed.


51 Markham Crescent, Oakdale.

William Reed and Ethel May Reed.


94 Markham Crescent, Oakdale.

Arthur Owen Reed and Doris Reed.


No joy Sarah J Arndell.
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 4:02 pm    Post subject: reed family Reply with quote

Thank you once again. I don't think you will find Sarah J Arndell, because she was using the Reed surname from at least 1914. The Oak street names are very interesting and maybe you could help clear up a bit of confusion. My granddad, John Trevor Reed joined the Navy in 1923, and married my gran in 1929. They were living in Southampton. Did the person on the electoral roll have to physically live at that address? Lillian Carter was Margaret James daughter from her first marriage. I had her down as marrying Thomas Penny in 1923, looks like I was wrong. I'm not sure if the Reeds in Oakdale are related, a bit more research needed there. My gran was living with her sister(Emily Smith) and her family in Oakdale in the 30s 40s and early 50s. Its the years after 1911 to 1938 that are a mystery. You have given me a lot of food for thought. Thank you.
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 5:01 pm    Post subject: The Reed family in Abertillery Reply with quote

Next to John Trevor Reed's name were the letters N M which stood for Naval or Military and the letter A for absent voter.


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