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Jeffreys and Powell, Solicitors of Brecon Archives

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Title: Jeffreys and Powell, Solicitors of Brecon Archives

Short title: Jeffreys and Powell of Brecon Archives

Dates of creation: 1619-1975

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium:

Name of creator(s): Jeffreys and Powell


Administrative and biographical history: Jeffreys and Powell is a firm of solicitors in Brecon. They accumulated probates, letters of administration and related papers relating to their clients' interests in the course of their work. Sir John Conway Lloyd of Abercynrig (1878-1954), a public figure, was born on 18th April 1878 in Dinas Mansion, Brecknockshire. He was the son of Thomas Conway Lloyd and Katherine Eliza Campbell-Davys of Neuadd-Fawr, Llandovery. He married Marion Clive Jenkins in 1903, settled in Dinas, and took part in the public life of Brecknockshire. He was made Sheriff of Breconshire in 1906 and knighted in 1938. Tyr Eskir Dreddvyn and Tyr y Graig are situated in Llywel, Brecknockshire. Sarah Evans (1868-1948) of Ynisfaen, Llywel was married to Richard Watkins (d. 1937), a farmer, of Meity Isaf, Traianglaes in 1926. Thomas Jones of Glyncorrwg, Glamorgan (d. 1908) was a brewer and wine merchant. He owned properties in Glamorgan and Brecknockshire. Edward Dumaresq Thomas of Abergavenny Esq. married Violet Isabella Elliot Clare Ouchterlony (b.1849) in 1869. She was the daughter of Alice Trevor Ouchterlony of Tredillion Park, Abergavenny, and John Ouchterlony, a soldier in the Madras Engineers. Thomas parents were Ann Elizabeth and Rev. William Jones Thomas. In 1881, when he was in Columbo, Ceylon, Thomas married Anina Margaret of Llan Thomas of Hay, widow of Edward Lechmere Thomas of Lindoola, Ceylon. Edward Dumaresq Thomas brother was Evan Henry Thomas of Westwood Vicarage, Coventry, Clerk in Holy Orders and his nephew was David Williams Evan Thomas of Brecon, a solicitor. Thomas died 1 March 1911, had properties in the Federated Malay States (Malaysia) and Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Mary Llewellyn was married to James Davies Llewellyn of Gorphwysfa, Glamorgan, a surgeon. She died in 1897. Elsie Margaret Llewellyn of Brynhyfryd, Glamorgan (fl. 1908-1928) might have been her daughter. Her brother, Harold Alfred Llewellyn, a Lieutenant Of the 8th Service Battalion of South Wales Borderers died at Salonika, Greece on 14 June 1916. Evan Bevan Watkins, Esq. of Bronllys Court died 9 April 1866. He was married to Gwenllian Parry of Broyn Llis. They have a daughter Mary Jane Gwenllian (b.1858). His nephew Lewis Watkins, Esq. (fl. 1861-1868) was the executor of his estate. John Maybery (d. 1784) married Anne Wilkins, daughter of John Wilkins, the deputy prothonotary of the Brecon circuit of the Court of Great Sessions. Their son, Thomas Maybery (1759-1829), succeeded his uncle, William Wilkins (d. 1812), as prothonotary of the Brecon circuit. His eldest son, Walter Maybery (1800-1862), was the last to hold that office. Walter married Diana Middleton Phillips and they have a daughter, Julia Martha Diana. She married Charles William Best of Penbryn, a civil engineer in 1880. They had a son, Charles Walter Maybery Best. Thomas Maybery's second son, Henry Maybery, was treasurer of Brecknockshire and deputy-registrar of the Brecon Consistory Court. He became the head of the firm of Maybery, Williams, and Cobb, who were the successors of the firm of solicitors Walter and John Powell, later Powell, Jones, and Powell. David Williams, Evan Thomas and Molyneux Francis Thomas are a firm of solicitors in Brecon. Their clients include William Symonds Bass of Berkely House, the Breconshire Territorial Army Association, Mary Jane Brown of Newmarch Street, Mary Davies Of Glannant (nee Williams of Castle Madoc), Games family of Glasfryn, Pritchard family of Cardiff and Mary Elizabeth Thomas of Brecon. Hugh Powell of Castle Madoc, was High Sheriff in 1666. He married Catherine Vaughan of Merthyr in 1655. Their son and heir, Charles Powell married Elizabeth Gwyn of Llanelwedd. Their eldest son Hugh Powell (1683-1749) became the High Sheriff in 1712. He married Margarett Thomas of Thomas Talwen-fawr. She was the cousin and heir to Howell Lewis of Talwen. Their eldest son, Charles Powel became the High Sheriff in 1738. He married Catherine Penry of Cefnbrith. Their eldest daughter, Catherine died in 1799 and left the estate to her cousin Rev. Hugh Price of Little Illford and Rettendon, Essex. He was the eldest son of her aunt, Penelope Price of Llangamarch. She was the only daughter of Hugh and Margaret Powel of Castle Madoc. Hugh Price's son, also called Hugh Price (d. 1856) came to the estate in 1803 and was the High Sheriff in 1815. He married Sophia Juliana Bulama, daughter of the late Francis Brodie. Their son Hugh Powell Price was the present owner of Castle Madoc. Castle Madoc was originally built by Thomas ap Howel in 1588 and continued to be occupied by his male descendants until 1796, when Charles Powel died and left it to his unmarried daughter, Catherine. Hugh Powell Powel of Castle Madoc died 26 May 1907. He was married to Margaret Emily Grizel Powel. Howell Harvard, (fl. 1879-1903) of Finsbury Park, cowkeeper, had properties in Defynnog, Brecknockshire, and Hackney Wick, Middlesex. Catherine Constance Mills of Ty'r-bryn, Talgarth died 31 October 1926. Lewis Powell (fl. 1834-1855) of John St, Berkley Square was a surgeon in London. His uncle was John Powell of Senny-Bridge, Devynock. Charles Vaughan of Skethrog, Llansanfraed, was the son and heir of Hugh Powell, clerk, late 'Presentor' of Saint Davids. He married Rebecka Price Killmery [Cilmeri], Llanganten, daughter and heir of William Price and Posthuma. Their eldest son and heir was Charles Vaughan the Younger of Skethrog (fl. 1765-1785). John Jones the Elder (fl. 1804-1831) of Brynbrain, Carmarthenshire was married to Jane. Their children were Evan, Gwen, John of Dolaucothy and Jonah. Jonah died 17 October 1880, leaving a widow, Sarah, and 3 daughters. Sarah died 27 May 1882 and administration was granted to one of her daughters, Jane, wife of Rees Williams. David Morgan of Ystradgynlais, a farmer was the administrator for his son John Morgan of Garth who died 15 February 1860. His children were Thomas of Ynysbodafe, Howell of Llwynturnor, Daniel, Elizabeth of Garth, David and Rachel of Werngafaele, wife of Evan Williams. Howel Morgan of Llwynturnor died 16 April 1884 and his property was divided between his brother Daniel and sister Elizabeth. Daniel Morgan died 20 April 1885 and his property was transferred to his nephew Rees Williams. Rees Williams of Memorial College, Brecon was offered pastorship at Congregational Chapel, Devynock, in 1882. Reverend Rees Williams of Tirwern died 3 July 1937. His wife, Mary Anne Williams, daughter of Samuel Griffiths of Wern Cottage and Anne Griffiths, was the administrator. Velinnewydd is in the parish of Llandefalle. The Games family owned land in Brecknockshire and Radnorshire during the 19th century. William Games of Brecon was a solicitor. D. W. E. Thomas and M. F. Thomas were solicitors based in Brecon.


Scope and content: Papers of Sir John Conway Lloyd of Abercynrig, 1876-1966; Thomas Jones of Glyncorrwg, 1831-1975; trustees of Evan Bevan Watkins of Bronllys Court 1776-1898; Tyr Eskir Dreddvyn and Tyr y Graig deeds, 1666-1855; Sarah Evans Watkins of Ynisfaen records, 1734-1960; Edward Dumaresq Thomas of Abergavenny archives, 1869-1936; Elsie Margaret Llewellyn of Brynhyfryd estate papers, 1874-1947; Wilkins, Maybery and Best families deeds, 1730-1900; clients of David Williams, Evan Thomas and Molyneux Francis Thomas, 1877-1937; records of the Powell family of Castell Madog, 1619-1959; Howell Havard of London, 1781-1896; estate papers of Catherine Constance Mills of Talgarth, 1926-1949; trustees and executors of Lewis Powell, 1678-1937; Vaughan of Sgethrog, 1727, 1765-1785; Rees Williams of Defynog, 1804-1884; and trustees of D.T Jeffreys of Velinnewydd, 1686-1820; Games family papers relating to estates in Brecknockshire, Radnorshire and Bristol, 1799-1899; records of the clients of D. W. E. Thomas and M. F. Thomas, Solicitors, Brecon, 1879-1934; miscellaneous maps, 1830-1970.


Language/script: English, Welsh, Latin

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Sir John Conway Lloyd of Abercynrig; Thomas Jones of Glyncorrwg; T. & G.P.; Evan Bevan Watkins of Bronllys Court; Wilkins, Maybery and Best families; David Williams, Evan Thomas and Molyneux Francis Thomas, solicitors, of Brecon ; Powell family of Castell Madog; Howell Havard of London; Catherine Constance Mills of Talgarth; Lewis Powell; Maesporth estate; Sgethrog and Vaughan of Sgethrog; Rees Williams of Defynog; D. T. Jeffreys of Velinnewydd; Games family; D. W. E. Thomas and M, F. Thomas, solicitors; Miscellaneous maps.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Powys County Archives Service.
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Powys County Archives Service have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Messrs Jeffreys & Powell, solicitors, Brecon, 1984.


Related units of description: Further papers are in the National Library of Wales, Schedule of Jeffreys and Powell Deeds; Schedule of the Maybery Collection


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Powys County Archives Service, Jeffreys and Powell; Powys County Archives Office website (http://archives.powys.gov.uk); Nicholas, Thomas, Annals and Antiquities of the County Families of Wales (London, 1875); Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of description: April 2005



Bates family, | of Gyrn | Archives

Best family, | of Penbryn | Archives

Breconshire Territorial Army Association | Archives

David Williams, Evan Thomas and Molyneux Francis Thomas | Archives

Deeds | England | Middlesex

Deeds | Wales | Abergavenny

Deeds | Wales | Brecon

Deeds | Wales | Bronllys

Deeds | Wales | Glamorgan

Deeds | Wales | Powys

Jeffreys and Powell, solicitors | Records and correspondence

Jones family, | of Llangadog | Archives

Lloyd, John Conway, | Sir, | 1878-1954 | Archives

Morgan family, | of Ystradgynlais | Archives

Powel family, | of Castle Madoc | Archives

Solicitors | Wales | Powys | Archives

Thomas, Edward Dumaresq, | d. 1911 | Archives

Vaughan family, | of Skethrog | Archives

Watkins, Evan Bevan, | d. 1866 | Archives

Wilkins family, | of Breconshire | Archives

Williams, Rees, | d. 1937 | Archives

Personal names

Bass, Williams Symonds, of Berkeley House

Best family, of Penbryn

Brown, Mary Jane, of Brecon

Davies, Mary, of Glannant

Evans, Sarah, 1868-1948

Games family, of Glasfryn

Havard, Howell

Jones family, of Llangadog

Jones, Thomas, d. 1908

Llewellyn, Elsie Margaret, of Sully

Lloyd, John Conway, 1878-1954, Sir

Maybery family, of Breconshire

Morgan family, of Ystradgynlais

Powel family, of Castle Madoc

Powell, Lewis, surgeon

Pritchard family, of Cardiff

Thomas, Edward Dumaresq, d. 1911

Thomas, Mary Elizabeth, of Brecon

Vaughan family, of Skethrog

Watkins, Evan Bevan, d. 1866

Wilkins family, of Breconshire

Williams, Rees, d. 1937

Corporate names

Breconshire Territorial Army Association

David Williams, Evan Thomas and Molyneux Francis Thomas

Jeffreys and Powell, | solicitors
















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