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Pomeroy, Minersville and Syracause
According to an article by W. G. Morgan published in Y Drych on 8 October 1908, the first Welsh people to move to the Jefferson and Pomeroy area were Thomas Edwards and his family who came originally from Denbigh in north-east Wales. They arrived in the area in 1839 and during the following decade, more and more of the Welsh were drawn to Pomeroy by the work opportunities offered by the coal mines. The California Gold Fever was apparently very dominant in the town in the beginning of the fifties, and letters sent home by one family from Wales testify to that fever. Hannah Morgan mentioned in a , that her husband had gone to California and in she says that they intend to move there as a family.
The Welsh settled in Minersville and Syracuse as well, as there were many coal mines and salt works there.
W. G. Morgan noted that nearly all the Welsh had moved away from this area by the beginning of the twentieth century.
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A short description of Pomeroy, Minersville and Syracause can be found in:
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General BibliographyW. G. Morgan, 'Pomeroy 50 mlynedd yn ol a heddyw' (Pomeroy 50 years ago and today), Y Drych (8 October 1908)