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Saturday, 11 February 2012

Ancestry of the Curry family in Gower

My great aunty Violet who is now in her late eighties has been kind enough to share her memoirs and given me permission to add her recollections to this site. Violet  Edwards daughter of Olive Edwards nee Curry has always been a very creative lady, learning to read when she was only five recalls having read every book including adult novells in grandfathers study as a small child at Bryn Llanerch Farm where Curry Close in Hendrefoilan is today.  With poems and short stories to add to her list of talents, she also painted and for years fundraised for the church by offering her hand made gifts for sale. Her account of our family history is mostly from memory.Violet still has many endearing stories to share from times in her life that she cherishes. I find her accounts of her youth facinting. Many of the hardships and challenges that our ancesters over came on a daily basis  are sometimes  remarkable and unimaginable in this day and age.

Ancestry o f Curry family 1836-1998
Henry Curry born 1836 was a coachman for William George Amherst Tyssen the first baron of Hackney,who owned Diddlington Hall , Foulden. He married Rebecca and had 10 children, 6 of whom emigrated to America.
William Curry son of Henry and Rebecca was born in 1862 at Diddlington Hall, Norfolk married Rose Bowers.They had a duaghter Alice. Rose died at childbirth.
Willaim Curry worked as a trainee Gamekeeper for Lord Surtees.It was often the case that employees of one Estate would help out at other Estates when there was a big game shoot.This happenend to William, he was sent to Sandringham to help out where the Vivian family were accompanying Edward V11 on a shoot. They asked William if he would accept a job as a gamekeeper at the Le Breos Estate,Gower and the family moved in 1884.He Accepted and moved to the house in Green Cwm,Parkmill, Gower.William when working as a gamekeeper was to stock the marsh fields at Oxwich for Lady Blythswood and established pheasants in the woods and stocked the ponds with fish there. He also planted the trees at Ilston Cwm.



Green Cwm Cottage, Parkmill, Gower




 William Curry married a lady from Cilibion ,Gower Elizabeth Roberts.
Elizabeth and William had seven children, Kate (who died at birth1886) Annie, Henry, Gladys, John,William and Olive.
As a wedding gift Elizabeth who lived at Penyfordiorde House with her uncle David Harry from Cilibion, was given the fields adjacent to Bryn Llanerch called Cwm Llwyd.
The family moved from Green Cwm to Bryn llanerch in 1906 where they farmed until 1961.
Bryn Llanerch was the last slate fronted house in the area.It was origionally two houses converted into one farmhouse. Attached to the house were the stables where the large shire horses were housed.They could be heard kicking the walls from inside the house.There was a large kitchen with a marble slab where Aunty Gladys used to cure the hams.Upstairs Elizabeth(grandmother)was to sprend much of her latter years bedridden.
Willaim used to allow the gentry to shoot on the fields of Cwm Llwyd. He used to order  a crate of brandy now and again from grants of london who used to send it down by train from London. He spent much of his time in the Black Boy public house in Killay. The farm was quite prosperous, William used to sell the produce to ships in the port and in the market.


I found these photographs in an old album of Violets. A few generations of the family .

Olive Curry marries Mr Edwards


















































 William Curry married a lady from Cilibion ,Gower Elizabeth Roberts.
Elizabeth and William had seven children, Kate (who died at birth1886) Annie, Henry, Gladys, John,William and Olive.
As a wedding gift Elizabeth who lived at Penyfordiorde House with her uncle David Harry from Cilibion, was given the fields adjacent to Bryn Llanerch called Cwm Llwyd.
The family moved from Green Cwm to Bryn llanerch in 1906 where they farmed until 1961.
Bryn Llanerch was the last slate fronted house in the area.It was origionally two houses converted into one farmhouse. Attached to the house were the stables where the large shire horses were housed.They could be heard kicking the walls from inside the house.There was a large kitchen with a marble slab where Aunty Gladys used to cure the hams.Upstairs Elizabeth(grandmother)was to sprend much of her latter years bedridden.
Willaim used to allow the gentry to shoot on the fields of Cwm Llwyd. He used to order  a crate of brandy now and again from grants of london who used to send it down by train from London. He spent much of his time in the Black Boy public house in Killay. The farm was quite prosperous, William used to sell the produce to ships in the port and in the market.
























































































Original photograph