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This section lists all the materials which have been digitized as part of the Wales-Ohio Project to date.

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At present the Digital Library contains 4825 images from 64 collections:
thumbnailPeat family letters
A series of 40 letters sent by Edward Peat from Liverpool, Ebensburg and Gomer, Ohio, to his brother Dafydd Peat, Glan-llyn, Llanbryn-mair. The manuscript also includes letters by Ann and Edward, his children, and letters sent from Ebensburg and Iowa by Morris Peat, another brother. Peat Family Letters (Features) >>
Transcripts and English translation available.

1868-1887   Reference:NLW 14111D       (263 images)
thumbnailLetters from emigrants to the U.S.A.
A letter by William a Margaret Bebb describing their new life in Van Wert County, Ohio.

1850   Reference:NLW 6174D – Frondirion 21       (4 images)
thumbnailLetters from emigrants
5 letters by Humphrey and Sarah Roberts, Jackson County, including descriptions of life in south east Ohio and numerous references to the Civil War.
Letters of Humphrey and Sarah Roberts (Features) >>
Transcriptions and English translation available.

1856-1864   Reference:NLW 2600E       (20 images)
thumbnailJ Luther Thomas Archives (Box 2)
A letter by George Roberts, a member of the first group of Welsh settlers which emigrated to Ohio in 1795.
Transcript available.

1850          (4 images)
thumbnailEvan Edward Davis, Industrial History, Oak Hill, Ohio (Portsmouth : Ohio, 1980)
The history of the main industries in the Oak Hill area, Jackson County, and the Welsh pioneers who founded them.

1980          (170 images)
thumbnailEvan E. Davis (ed.), Our Heritage: Early History of Tyn Rhos Welsh Congregational Church and its neighborhood (1979)
A booklet on the history of Tyn Rhos and the Welsh community in the Oak Hill neighborhood, Jackson County, edited by Evan E. Davis.

1979          (32 images)
thumbnailLetters to Governor William Bebb
A collection of 28 letters sent to William Bebb, the Governor of Ohio (1846-1848). It seems that Bebb had sent them to his cousin, the Rev. Samuel Roberts (S.R.) in 1849. One of the letters from the collection was sent to He. Lathrop, Columbus, Ohio.
Transcripts available.

1846-1849   Reference:NLW 13203D       (71 images)
thumbnailD. Morgan Lewis I. 'Clwydwenfro' Album
A letter by Marth[a] James, Raccoon Township, Gallia County. It includes information about the death of her husband, her possessions and stock, the price of land and food, her neighbors and the latest industrial developments in the area.
Transcript and English translation available.

1855   Reference:NLW 11614E       (4 images)
thumbnailGomer's First 150 Years (Vol. I)
The Allen County Reporter, Vol. No. XXIX, 1983, No.2.
Courtesy of the Executive Committee of the Allen County Historical Society.

1833-1983          (51 images)
thumbnailGomer's First 150 Years (Vol. II)
The Allen County Reporter, Vol. No. XXIX, 1983, No.3.
Courtesy of the Executive Committee of the Allen County Historical Society.

1833-1893          (51 images)
thumbnailLetters to David Howell, Machynlleth
A letter sent by Wiliam Bebb to his cousin, David Howell, and three other letters sent by the Rev. B. W. Chidlaw. One of them includes a list of deaths in the Paddy's Run neighborhood in 1841.
Transcripts available.

1840-1848   Reference:NLW 13196D       (14 images)
thumbnailLetters and notes
A summary of Ezekiel Hughes' life history by the Rev. Samuel Roberts. Ezekiel Hughes was the first Welshman to buy land in Ohio.
Transcript available.

1882   Reference:NLW 491E       (1 images)
thumbnail(George Eyre Evans Bequest 382) Miscellaneous Letters
A letter by Eliza [Thomas?] from Lower Salem, Washington County, describing her new home and the school in Marietta.
Transcript available.

1849   Reference:NLW 13594C       (4 images)
thumbnail(Harris Williams 28) Miscellanea
Letters by Evan M. Williams (a native of Merthyr Tydfil) from Mineral Ridge, Trumbull County, to his family in Wales.
Transcripts and English translation available.

1872   Reference:NLW 5631B       (16 images)
thumbnailEzekiel Hughes - Indenture of Apprenticeship
The apprenticeship deed of Ezekiel Hughes from Cwmcarnedducha, Llanbrynmair, with John Tibbot the clockmaker and watchmaker in Newtown. Ezekiel Hughes was the first Welshman to buy land in Ohio.

1786   Reference:NLW Misc. Records 35       (2 images)
thumbnailR. D. Thomas, Hanes Cymry America (A History of the Welsh in America) (Utica, 1872) [English translation]
The first attempt to recount the history of the Welsh in the United States. The volume also includes useful information about the voyage and information about the Welsh press and its publications in America. The state of Ohio is described in Chapter 5.
English translation by Phillips G. Davies.

1872          (538 images)
thumbnailAmerica, or, Divers notes on the United States useful for immigrants
Notes on the Welsh settlements of Ohio, by R. D. Thomas ('Iorthryn Gwynedd').

NLW 9521A: Notebook (Features) >>

1851-1852   Reference:NLW 9521A       (204 images)
thumbnailW. R. Evans, Hanes Sefydliadau Cymreig Siroedd Jackson a Gallia O[hio] (Utica, 1869)
The history of the first Welsh pioneers to settle in southeast Ohio as well as the chapels and churches established there.
An English translation is available - see History of the Welsh settlements in Jackson, Gallia Ohio.

1896          (189 images)
thumbnailIsaac Smucker, History of the Welsh settlements in Licking County, Ohio : the characteristics of our Welsh pioneers- their church history with biographical sketches of our leading Welshmen (Newark : Ohio, 1869)
The history of the Welsh communities of Granville, Newark and Welsh Hills, Licking County, as well as the history of the Welsh chapels and churches and some of the renowned Welsh settlers in the area.

1869          (27 images)
thumbnailR. D. Thomas, Hanes Cymry America a'u sefydliadau, eu heglwysi a'u gweinidogion, eu cerddorion, eu beirdd a'u llenorion ... (Utica, 1872)
The first attempt to recount the history of the Welsh in the United States. The volume also includes useful information about the voyage and information about the Welsh press and its publications in America. The state of Ohio is described in Chapter 5.
English translation by Phillips G. Davies is available (see above).

1872          (563 images)
thumbnailLetters by Jack Edwards
More than 130 letters describing life in Cincinnati by Jack Edwards, who originally came from Aberystwyth.
Letters of Jack Edwards (Features) >>
Transcripts and English translation available.

1880-1887   Reference:NLW 20995       (696 images)
thumbnailWilliam R. Evans, History of Welsh Settlements in Jackson and Gallia Counties, O., (Chatham, Ohio : 1989) [English translation]
History of the Welsh pioneers and Welsh settlements of Jackson and Gallia counties. Welsh version (Hanes Sefydliadau Cymreig Siroedd Jackson a Gallia, O.) published in 1896. English translation by Phillips G. Davies, edited by Lillian Thomas Brownfield.

1896          (89 images)
thumbnailRees Jenkin Jones - Family Papers
Letter by Humphrey Bromley describing the journey he made with his family from Wales to Ohio in 1833.
Transcripts and English translation available.

1833          (4 images)
thumbnailOwen Prys Manuscripts, Aberystwyth
A letter by John M. Jones, Saron, Welsh Hills, near Newark, Delaware County.
Transcript and English translation available.

1870   Reference:CMA 4 (B) 22331        (4 images)
thumbnailLetters from Emigrants
A letter by Gryffith Thomas in Delaware and a letter by Jenkin T. Jenkins, Centreville, Gallia County.
Transcripts and English translation available.

1846; 1851   Reference:NLW 16704E       (8 images)
thumbnailVirgil H. Evans, The Family Tree of John Jones (Tirbach), elder or Patriarch of the Welsh Settlement of Jackson and Gallia (Columbus, 1929)
Information on the descendants of John Jones, Tirbach, as well as a description of the lives of the early Welsh pioneers.

1929          (54 images)
thumbnailLetters from Ohio
20 letters from Ohio to the Rev. Rees Jenkin Jones.
Transcripts and English translation available.

1862-1914   Reference:NLW 14158B       (213 images)
thumbnailAcrefair Papers
A letter by Thos. and Margaret Mickael, Coalport, Meigs County as well as a series of letters recounting the sad tale of William and Hannah Morgan and their children on a journey from Ohio to California.
The story of William and Hannah Morgan (Features) >>
Transcripts and English translation available.

1852-1865          (26 images)
thumbnailLetters by Margaret Mostyn Jones
7 letters sent by Margaret Mostyn Jones to her family in Llanasa, Flintshire, when she was living in Oak Hill, Jackson County.

1890–1893   Reference:NLW 23512E       (127 images)
thumbnailCalvinistic Methodist Archives: Prys family letters
18 letters sent by members of the Brees and Prys families from America between 1840 and 1883. Amongst them there are letters from the capital Columbus, Granville and Newark, Licking County and Radnor, Delaware County.
Transcripts and English translation available.

1840-1883          (71 images)
thumbnailMrs D. Davies Aberystwyth Coll.
Miscellaneous letters sent from Ohio to Wales between 1849 and 1911.
Transcripts and English translation available.

1849-1911          (37 images)
thumbnailRegister/Minute book of Paddy's Run Congregational Church (1)
Register and minute book of Paddy's Run Congregational Church, Butler County (Part 1)

Courtesy of Miami University, Ohio. [Walter Havighurst Special Collections. Miami University Libraries, Oxford, Ohio.]

1803-1900   Reference:NLW Microform 401-02       (209 images)
thumbnailRegister/Minute book of Paddy's Run Congregational Church (2)
Register and minute book of Paddy's Run Congregational Church, Butler County (Part 2)

Courtesy of Miami University, Ohio. [Walter Havighurst Special Collections. Miami University Libraries, Oxford, Ohio.]

1803-1900   Reference:NLW Microform 401-02       (184 images)
thumbnailRegister/Minute book of Paddy's Run Congregational Church (3)
Register and minute book of Paddy's Run Congregational Church, Butler County (Part 3)

Courtesy of Miami University, Ohio. [Walter Havighurst Special Collections. Miami University Libraries, Oxford, Ohio.]

1803-1900   Reference:NLW Microform 401-02       (32 images)
thumbnailRegister/Minute book of Paddy's Run Congregational Church (4)
Register and minute book of Paddy's Run Congregational Church, Butler County (Part 4)

Courtesy of Miami University, Ohio. [Walter Havighurst Special Collections. Miami University Libraries, Oxford, Ohio.]

1803-1900   Reference:NLW Microform 401-02       (202 images)
thumbnailRees Powell: Notebook (1828-1863)
Notebook of the Rev. Rees Powell (1782-1865), Onnen-fawr, Llandeilo Fawr. It includes copies of draft letters to his sons, John and Rees, ministers with the Congregationalists in Ohio.
Huw Walters, 'Cofnodion Powell, Cross Inn', Cylchgrawn Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru: The National Library of Wales Journal, Vol. XXVIII, 1993-4, pp. 315-24.
Transcripts and English translation available.

1839-1841   Reference:NLW 21975C       (10 images)
thumbnailLetters to 'S. R.'
Letters to the Rev. Samuel Roberts ('S.R'.). Amongst them there are 10 letters by John Roberts Jones, Gomer, Ohio.
Transcripts and English translation available.

1858-1860   Reference:NLW 3265D       (36 images)
thumbnailEdward Jones, Y Teithiwr Americanaidd : Neu Gyfarwyddyd i Symudwyr o Gymru i America (Aberystwyth, 1837)
A guidebook by Edward Jones for prospective emigrants to the United States. He praises the state of Ohio and describes Jackson and Gallia as the best counties to settle in.

1837          (40 images)
thumbnailLetters to the Thomas family, Pantyclochydd, Llanwenog
Letters sent to the Thomas family, Pantyclochydd, Llanwenog, Cardiganshire. Amongst them there is a letter sent in 1832 recounting the voyage across the Atlantic and two letters by T. Evans sent from Cleveland in 1879.
English translatios and transcript available.

1832; 1879   Reference:NLW 6426D       (12 images)
thumbnailUnited Church of Christ, Gomer, Ohio : 150th anniversary 1839 - 1989
A booklet charting the history of the church in Gomer, Allen County, between 1839 and 1989. It also includes some pictures.

1839-1989          (9 images)
thumbnailL. D. Davies, Some Facts with Reference to the Welsh of Columbus, Ohio, From its earliest times up to 1860 (1910)
The history of the Welsh settlement in Columbus and some of the city’s famous Welshmen up to 1860.

1910          (47 images)
thumbnailLetters by John and Hugh Pugh
The letters of John and Hugh Pugh, two brothers from Castell Hen, Bala, written from Liverpool, Columbus, Cincinnati and Portsmouth. The original copies are kept in the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor (Bangor Ms 5417).

1843–1852   Reference:NLW 19331E       (42 images)
thumbnailRegister of the Welsh Pioneers of Mahoning Valley and their descendants (1898-1922)
A register by Welsh emigrants during the annual reunion of the Association of the Welsh Pioneers of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties. It has 7 columns in order to record: name; residence; age; date emigrated to the U.S.; home in Wales; occupation; remarks. It includes nearly 150 pages and 4000 records.
Register and Minute Book of the Welsh Pioneers (Features) >>

1898-1922   Reference:NLW 21578E       (154 images)
thumbnailThe Minute Book of the Welsh Pioneers Association of the counties of Trumbull and Mahoning, Ohio (1895-1905)
The Minute Book of the Welsh Pioneers Association of Trumbull and Mahoning, Ohio. It includes minutes from the society's meetings and newspaper cuttings describing the annual reunions. A list of the society's members is also given.
Register and Minute Book of the Welsh Pioneers (Features) >>

1895-1905   Reference:NLW 21577E       (83 images)
thumbnailB.W. Chidlaw, Yr American : yr hwn sydd yn cynnwys nodau ar daith o Ddyffryn Ohio i Gymru, golwg ar dalaeth Ohio ... (Llanfair, 1839)
A guidebook by B. W. Chidlaw for those who intended to emigrate from Wales to Ohio.
Yr American (Features) >>

1839          (47 images)
thumbnailGymanfa Ganu Program (1976)
1776 - Bi-Centennial - 1976
Gymanfa Ganu

1976          (2 images)
thumbnailThe Saga of The Welsh Congregational Church
History of The Welsh Congregational Church, Lawrence Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1840-1952.

1840-1952          (38 images)
thumbnailThe Saga of The Central South Welsh Congregational Association and Y Gymanfa, 1840-1954
History of the chapels in the Oak Hill area, the Gymanfa and a list of ministers.

1840-1954          (25 images)
thumbnailWelsh-American Heritage Museum flyers
A selection of flyers promoting The Welsh-American Heritage Museum (1972, 1974 and 1981).

1972-1981          (6 images)
thumbnailOak Hill, Ohio - Now 1976 and Then 1876
Leaflet prepared by the Bicentenary Committee of the Oak Hill Area.

1876-1976          (2 images)
thumbnailThe Ninety-Ninth Welsh Gymanfa of The Central South East Ohio Association of The United Church of Christ (Nebo, 1971)
Program including a brief history of the Gymanfa.

1971          (4 images)
thumbnailGwledd Dewi Sant, Oak Hill and Columbus (1980-1983)
Programs of the "Gwledd Dewi Sant" held in Oak Hill (1980, 1982 and 1983) and Columbus (1983).

1980-1983          (16 images)
thumbnailNiles Annual Gymanfa Ganu Program (1982)
Fifty-Sixth Annual Gymanfa Ganu Welsh Hymn Festival: The Niles Gymanfa Ganu Association.

1982          (4 images)
thumbnailNiles Annual Gymanfa Ganu Program (1975)
Forty-Ninth Annual Gymanfa Ganu Song Festival.

1975          (4 images)
thumbnailGomer Annual Gymanfa Ganu Program (1977)
Fifty-ninth Annual Gymanfa Ganu, Gomer United Church of Christ, Gomer, Allen County.

1977          (4 images)



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thumbnailVenedocia Gymanfa Ganu Program (1984)
Annual Gymanfa Ganu, Salem Presbyterian Church, Venedocia, Van Wert County.

1984          (3 images)
thumbnailNewspaper cuttings
Two short articles on the Annual Gymanfa Ganu held in Salem Presbyterian Church, Venedocia, Van Wert County.

          (2 images)
thumbnailSt David's Day Dinner Program, Cincinnati (1983)
Fourth Dinner of the Welsh Society of Greater Cincinnati

1983          (4 images)
thumbnailEisteddfod Program
Eisteddfod Program of the Jackson City schools, Jackson, Ohio (1983).

1983          (4 images)
thumbnailGymanfa Ganu Programs: The Welsh Gymanfa of the Central Southeast Ohio Association of the United Church of Christ
Programs of the Gymanfa Ganu held at The Welsh-American Heritage Museum in Oak Hill (1975 and 1981) and Tyn Rhos Church (1982).

1975 - 1982)          (12 images)
thumbnailThe One Hundredth Anniversary of the Welsh Gymanfa: The Annual Conference (Tyn Rhos and Nebo, 1972)
Program including a brief history of the Gymanfa and the local chapels.

1972          (16 images)
thumbnailNewsletter (1982)
The Welsh Society of Greater Cincinnati newsletter

1982          (6 images)
thumbnailGymanfa Ganu Programs Columbus (1960 and 1980)
Programs of the Twelfth Annual Gymanfa Ganu (23 October 1960) and the 32nd Annual Gymanfa Ganu (19 October 1980) held by The Welsh Singing Society of Columbus, Ohio.

1960-1980          (8 images)
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