ROBERT BLUNDELL was born in Upham, Hampshire, England to Robert and Mary (Thorn) Blundell and was baptized
12 March 1800. Robert was employed as a coachman throughout his life.
Robert died 9 Jan 1889, Aryn LodgrS/Ketty Swansea Lower, R.S.L.
He married Ann Sambrook. 9 Oct 1825, in Saint Mary, Swansea, Glamorgan,
Wales. Ann was born in 1800 in Landore, Glamorgan, Wales to Ebenezer and Ann Sambrook. Ann died of "Cancer of the mouth" 7 January 1848 in Sketty, Swansea, aged 47.
Robert remarried 3 May 1851 in Swansea to Ann Davies, widow, daughter of Moyan Rees. Ann was listed as 45 years of age in her marriage certificate. Ann died Dec 18, 1891, Bank Cottage, Cockett, Swansea.
Robert Blundell and Ann Sambrook had the following children:
i. George Blundell "The Grand Old Man of Sketty" b. 12 Apr 1826, Sketty, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales, (baptised
at St. Mary's, Swansea on 10th May 1826) occu: Blacksmith, m. 17 Jan 1853, in Swansea Parish, Mayzod Davies, b. abt. 1821, in Lunnon, Wales, (daughter of Samuel Davies). George died 2 Jan 1907, 15 Margaret Terrace (86 Vivian Rd) Sketty, buried: 5 Jan 1907, Bethel Methodist Graveyard, Carnglas Rd., Active in public speaking and the Sketty Temperance Union.
George had 2 sons and at least 6 daughters. One of them, Annie, went to
Ireland. Norman L. Thomas in his Story of Swansea Districts and Villages has this to say about him: "A strong force in 19th century Sketty methodism was, among others, George Blundell, village blacksmith. He was converted at a temperance meeting held by Rev. Chas. Cook in 1859, and afterwards became an ardent temperance worker within the neighbourhood. With the coming of the Good Templar Movement, George Blundell worked in close cooperation with Mrs Welby, sister of Mr Dillwyn and an aunt of Sir J.T.D. Llewellyn. Although a nonconformist he became chairman of the Anglican temperance movement as well as the president of the Sketty Temperance Union. When he died in January 1907, the village's registered public houses had been reduced in number from four to two." An obituary to Blundell, headed "Death of Sketty's Grand Old Man" in the South Wales Daily Post records that he was born in Sketty in 1825 the son of John Henry Vivian's coachman. As a page he rode with his master from Singleton to London and back for the coronation of Queen Victoria. His childhood days were spent in the family home on the spot where Sketty Church (St. Paul's) now stands. After little schooling he served his apprenticeship in Swansea and from there went to the Vivians' works at Taibach. In 1843 he returned to Sketty and opened a smithy on his own account where for many years without opposition he was the village blacksmith a title "The Village Blacksmith" (Postcard postmarked "Sketty Oc.24'06") which stuck to him. The writer of the obituary adds "in his early manhood George took too freely of the intoxicating cup", and then goes on to praise his work as a temperance advocate. George was baptised at St. Mary's, Swansea on 10th May 1826 (beneath the date the vicar has recorded "born April 12" which may mean that he was born in 1826 and not 1825). His father's occupation is shown as "coachman at Marino" J.H. Vivian's residence. From Gower vol 34 1983
ii. Emma Blundell b. 12 Dec 1827 at Sketty, Glamorgan, Wales and baptized 16 Jan 1828 at St Marys, Swansea, Wales.
iii. Robert Blundell b. abt. 1832, Hampshire, England (1851 Census), m. Mary, b. abt. 1831, Merthyr, Glamorgan, Wales. Robert was also a Blacksmith who lived in Gam Street Swansea and then moved to Briton Ferry.
iv. Jane Blundell b. abt. 1831. The 1851 census for Sketty Village lists her occupation as DRESSMAKER , age 19. She married John Phillips.
v. Ann Blundell b. 10 Apr 1834, Sketty, Glamorgan, Wales and baptized (non-conformist) 25 May 1834 at St Mary, Goat Street Wesleyan Methodist, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales. The 1851 census for Swansea lists her occupation as Servent, age 18, living with Eliza John at Calbank Cottage. Ann married John Griffiths 9 Aug 1863 at St Mary, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales. John was born in 1839 in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, Wales to John and Elizabeth (Moss) Griffiths. John was employed as a hotel porter at Sea View Cottage in Swansea during the 1871 census for Wales. John and Ann had the following children in Cardiff and Sketty: Elizabeth Annie b. 1863, Lilian G. b. 1865, Ernest John b. 1868, Ethel Moss b. 1870, Ada Moss b. 1872.
vi. Thomas Blundell b. 19 Feb 1836, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales. No further record.
vii. James Blundell b. 1836, Sketty, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales. No further record.
viii. Mary Blundell b. 1837, Sketty, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales. She died in 1880, aged 46, in Carmarthenshire, Glamorgan, Wales.
ix. Ruth Alice (Ann) Blundell b. 29 Jan 1840, Sketty, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales, married 28 April 1863, in Saint Alkmund, Derby, England, to George Joseph Nichols.
x. Rachel Blundell b. Summer of 1843, Sketty, Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales, m. Abt 1863, Patrick Hartigan, b. 30 May 1839, (son of Patrick Hartigan and Gertrude Rose). Rachel died Castle Connell, Limerick, Ireland.
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