by Annette Edwards.

JOHN PRITCHARD 1838 – 1894

John Pritchard was born in 1838 in Gwyddelwern, which was in the Vale of Edeirnion.

His parents were John and Ann Pritchard.

In 1851 they are at the Harp Inn, Market Place, Corwen.  John snr is 46 and the innkeeper.  

John is confirmed again as being born Gwyddelwern, he has one sister and two brothers.

The 1861 census is missing for most of this area, but there is a newspaper report in 1866 of the death of John Pritchard on 2 January 1866 at the Harp Inn, he was aged 60.

In early 1867 John married Sarah Maria Roberts in a civil marriage at Conway.

By 1871 they are at Edernion House, Wrexham, which is possibly named after his place of birth.

John isn`t at home, but Sarah aged 27 is a drapers wife, born in Montgomeryshire.

There are two daughters; Edith aged 3 and Gertrude just 5 months old.

Another daughter named Ethel Irene was born but sadly died at a young age (11 months), her gravestone describes her as an infant, she was buried on 30 March 1876, this was the first burial in Wrexham Cemetery.

Sarah died just 2 years later and in 1878 the Wrexham Advertiser announced her death.

“December 3, Mrs Pritchard wife of Mr J Pritchard, draper Wrexham, and only daughter of the Rev John Roberts, Conway. She has left a father, a husband and 5 young children to mourn her loss” Sarah was buried with her daughter.

By 1881 John moved to Longfields, on Sontley Road, he was still a draper, but has expanded his business as there are 3 female assistants living there, a dressmaker and two milliners. There is also a cook and another housemaid, so he and his 5 children were well looked after. Edith 13, John R 11, Gertrude 10, William Selwyn 9 and Thomas Howard 6.

They stayed at Longfields, and at the age of 16 Thomas Howard had become a bank clerk,

John died in 1894 and was buried on 17 November with Sarah.

John R, and William Selwyn took over the business, and stayed at Longfields, Edith was with them and they still had 3 servants.

By 1911 William Selwyn is still a draper, Edith and Gertrude are still with him and all are still single. They are living at 2 Belgrave Road, still in the same area of the town, and still have 2 servants.


Sarah Maria was the daughter of the Rev John Roberts and Ann. Both Sarah Maria and her father were born in Llanbrynmair, Montgomeryshire, Ann was from Denbigh. Her father was also the son of a Rev. J. Roberts, who died October 8th, 1835

The family moved around quite a bit and in 1851 they are at Pen Lan on Mwrog Street Llanfwrog, which is just outside Ruthin.

Her father is 45 and a Minister of Independent Chapel, Ann is also 45 Sarah is the only child there and is 7 years old.

Ten years later and they are in Glan y don, Eglwys Rhos, Caernarvonshire.  In early 1867 John married Sarah Maria Roberts in a civil marriage at Conway.

The Wrexham Advertiser announced the death of Sarah`s mother. On the 27 January 1871 at Llanbrynmair, aged 60 years, Ann, the wife of the Rev. John Roberts, Conway.

In 1878 the Wrexham Advertiser announced the death of Sarah.

Her father John outlived his daughter; he remained in Conway where his younger brother Richard, his wife and daughters lived with him for over 10 years. Rev John Roberts died in September 1884 in Conway.  Many of his close male family were also Ministers.

He was editor of the Welsh monthly periodical, Y Croniol, published at Bala, and also wrote several books, and published two or three volumes of sermons.


Thomas Howard was the youngest child, born about 1875. In 1891 he is still with his family, he is 16 and a bank clerk, but he is remembered on the gravestone and it states he died in Middleburg Transvaal in 1901. He was a civilian clerk with the Army Service Corps, but had become ill and he died on 21 December 1901 of enteric disease, which was typhoid.

Records show that he was awarded The Queen’s South Africa Medal which is a British campaign medal which was awarded to British and Colonial military personnel, civilians employed in official capacity and war correspondents who served in the Second Boer War in South Africa.  Also he had the “DEFENCE OF KIMBERLEY” clasp which was awarded to all troops in the garrison of Kimberley, Cape of Good Hope between 14 October 1899 and 15 February 1900 inclusive. It`s not certain if he went out as a civilian and then joined the army, or the other way around. The records also reveal that his medals were returned, presumably after his death.

Wrexham Cemetery 2017-12-04
Wrexham Cemetery 2017-12-04
Wrexham Cemetery 2017-12-04

Researched by Annette Edwards. Military records supplied by Max D. Source: In Memoriam by S Watt. Gravestone photographs by Graham Lloyd.

Grave ref: Wrexham Cemetery M-03450 & 03451