The Dance Families of the Forest of Dean

THE DANCE FAMILY OF THE WYE VALLEY AND FOREST OF DEAN

 

HARRIET DANCE 1840 

 

 
 

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EDWARD DANCE

JOHN DANCE HER BROTHER

GEORGE DANCE HER BROTHER

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Redbrook in the 19th century

 

 

 

 

Edward's eldest daughter  was Harriet Dance (1840) who married Redbrook tinplate worker James Rogers in 1859. They had  two children, Mary Ann Rogers (1859) and Thomas (1861) at Redbrook. After the death of James Rogers Harriett married again at Bristol in 1869. 

He was Charles Watkins (1848) a miller who after their marriage changed his name to his mother's married name Powell.  

After a couple of years in Skenfrith, Monmouthshire the couple settled at Redbrook, Harriett's birthplace. They had seven children Harriet Powell (1870), Edward (1871), Eleanor(1873), Frank (1874), Jane (1876), John (1878) and Philip (1880). 

Their daughter Eleanor (1873) married John Henry Roberts (1872) from Penallt just across the river (and the Welsh border) from Redbrook.

Eleanor's daughter Kathleen Florence Harriet Roberts (1897-1962) was born at Penallt. She married William Evans (1896-1959) from Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil.

 

 

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The photo shows four generations. Harriet Powell (nee Dance) seated, with daughter Eleanor Roberts (nee Powell) on her left and grand-daughter Kathleen Roberts (1897) holding her daughter.

Photo kindly supplied by Mike Kohnstamm  whose mother is the baby of this group.

 

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John Dance (1838) who later joined his son in West Australia was employed as a mason at Cwmtillery colliery near Abertillery, Monmouthshire after finishing the Monmouth School contract in the Whitsun of 1896. 

His address then was Clarence Place, Blaenau Gwent. He was still in the area  in 1901 lodging with his niece Eleanor Roberts's family (pictured with her daughter above) at Glendower Street, Abertillery.

 

 

 

 

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