Editor: “Powys Cronicl

Articles, photographs and fillers are sent in by members of the Society for inclusion in “Cronicl.” We are always looking for articles of genealogical interest.

To celebrate the 100th edition of Chroncil Powys due out this April (2017), we are offering free membership for one year to the writer of the best article submitted for consideration before the closing date of February 28th 2017.  The competition has now closed and the winning entry has been chosen.

Contact Jenny Caines:                                             Address: The Old Manse, Scarr, Lydeard-St-Lawrence, Taunton, Somerset TA4 3RH

December 2016 Contains the first part of ‘Life of Kurt Ockert’, a German prisoner of war in this country, who after being sent to work on Welsh farms married and settled for the rest of his life in Presteigne. There is an article on Richard Jerman (and family) and the emigrants from Llangurig to Wisconsin in the early 1840s.

August 2016 Chronicl includes an article on the Victoria Cross in Montgomeryshire, another article on ‘A life spent teaching’ about Ida Stoddard of Presteigne, and a photographic record of the Radnor transcribing Group at work, plus all the usual informative snippets of information.

April 2016: Includes a report from a memorial card/newspaper cutting about a Mr Robert Roberts of Meifod entitled: ‘Sudden death at Meifod’: The death occurred suddenly on Wednesday of Mr Robert Roberts, blacksmith, of Bronymaen Cottages.  During the day Mr Roberts had been working for Mr Joseph Evans of Pant-y-Factory. He left about 7pm, wheeling his bicycle. He was crossing Pant-y-Factory bridge when a man in a field heard a noise on the road probably caused by the bicycle falling, and on going to the spot found Mr Roberts lying on the ground in a state of collapse. He rendered what assistance he could, but Mr Roberts died a moment or two after he arrived. He had not been in good health for some time and death is attributed to heart failure. He leaves a widow and a family of four daughters and two sons. He died June 11th 1924, aged 62 years.

The December 2015 Chronicl featured an article on Isaac Jones of Llangynog, Montgomeryshire County Council’s first steamroller driver (circa  1892) sent in by member T. Elwyn Jones, grandson of Isaac. Isaac was born January 1852 at Glyndu in Llangynog Montgomeryshire. It is recorded that he was a carrier of slates, then later worked throughout the construction of Lake Vyrnwy dam operating a rail mobile steam driven hoist/crane in their stone quarry, lifting slabs of slate rock on to trucks of a narrow gauged railway which transported them to the dam site. Over several generations, the Jones family completed a total of 121 years employed by Montgomeryshire County Council Highways department – quite a record.

This turned out to be the last contribution from T. Elwyn Jones as he passed away in 2016. His first contribution entitled ‘Just Jones’ was published in the autumn of 1981(Cronicl no 2.).  It will be reprinted in the April Cronicl, number 100.