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Everyday life in Ohio
A selection of materials from the Digital Library describing the everyday life of the Welsh settlers in Ohio
Virgil H. Evans, The Family Tree of John Jones (Tirbach), elder or Patriarch of the Welsh Settlement of Jackson and Gallia (Columbus, 1929)
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which is the story of the pot taken over to Ohio by the cohort of John Jones, Tirbach, in 1818.
William R. Evans, History of Welsh Settlements in Jackson and Gallia Counties of Ohio, O. (Utica, 1896)
The first chapter of this book describes the difficult circumstances of the first Welsh settlers in southeast Ohio.
The Letters of Jack Edwards (NLW 20995)
Jack Edwards' letters give us a picture of a Welshman's life in Cincinnati during
Amongst them there are letters describing:
The notes of Iorthryn Gwynedd
Between May 1851 and May 1852, R. D. Thomas (Iorthryn Gwynedd) went on a journey through New York state, Ohio and Pennsylvania. He recorded his observations on the development of the country and the Welsh settlements in a comprehensive journal, called: America: neu Amrywiaeth o Nodiadau am yr Unol Daleithiau; Buddiol i Ymfudwyr (America: miscellaneous notes about the United States; useful for emigrants) By Iorthryn Gwynedd (NLW 9521A).
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Gomer's First 150 Years
"I remember the cold winter nights as we sat by the fire, while outside, the wind howled through the forest that surrounded our cabin; the snow sifted through the old clapboard roof, and onto our beds in the loft."Some of the recollections of Gomer residents were published in this small volume: Gomer's First 150 Years (Vol. I), The Allen County Reporter, Vol. No. XXIX, 1983, No.2
A Letter from Washington County, Ohio (NLW 13594C)
Letter dated 10 August 1849 by Eliza [?], Lower Salem, Washington County, describing her new home. She writes about the kitchen and making cheese and also about the school in Marietta.
The Letters of Edward Peat (NLW 14111D)
Edward Peat and his family emigrated to America in 1868 and they settled in the Gomer area, Allen County, Ohio. The family managed to secure forty acres of flat and fertile land to farm.
Edward came across many things which amazed him about this new country, such as how impressive the town of Lima was, for example. He gives a detailed description of the shops and the town center in one of his letters.