Friday, January 20, 2012

“By hard work and economy”

A few of the old gravestones in Old Radnor Welsh Cemetery (also known as Troedrhiwdalar Cemetery) are broken, but the cemetery and the church building are being well cared for. In fact, the old church building recently underwent a renovation and, at the time of my visit, was flying a Welsh flag.

The monument at the grave of David Lewis (b. 1817, d. 1877) is a handsome draped obelisk. It offers what I think of as a family history bonus: Place of birth.

in Trelech Parish
SEP. 28, 1877
60 Yrs. 29 Ds.
For to me to live is
Christ, and to die
is gain.
History of Delaware County and Ohio by William Henry Perrin and O.L. Baskin & Co. (1880) includes a short biographical sketch of David Lewis:

One by one the old settlers of Delaware Co. are passing away; among the highly honored men of the county may be mentioned Mr. Lewis, who was born in South Wales Aug. 29, 1817. He was married in that county at 19 years of age to Miss Anna Thomas, and came to America with his wife and one child and located in Newark, Ohio, where he remained some ten years; he then moved to Delaware Co., and settled on a farm about one and a half miles northwest of Delaware; he worked at his trade of bricklaying in Delaware for a number of years; by hard work and economy he managed to save enough money to purchase a farm, where he engaged in farming for a number of years before his death. He was a member of the Welsh Church from the time the present church was build, for a number of years being a Deacon of this church. After the death of his first wife, he married Miss Margaret Griffiths; five children are living. Mr. Lewis accumulated a good farm of some 240 acres. He departed this life Sept. 29, 1877, a Christian man and a kind father and husband, and respected by his fellow-men. Geo. W. Lewis, who was born in Delaware Co., is conducting the farm.

Old Radnor Welsh Cemetery aka Troedhiwdalar Cemetery, Delaware County, Ohio


  1. Love it when tombstones add the place of birth bonus.

  2. Me too! And it's especially interesting when the place of birth is so far away--which is maybe one motivation for putting it on the gravestone in the first place, I supposed.


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