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Mary Jane MORRIS



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25 May 1887 Merthyr Tydfil (J/1887, 11a, 608)


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2 Jun 1914

Tabernacle Deri Newydd, Gelligaer, Merthyr Tydfil
(J/1914, Merthyr T., 11a, 1546) (Free BMD)

spouse James John BROWN

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23 May 1965 

buried Gelligaer Cemetery, Mid Glamorgan (CG-K)


1891 census 29, Lake Street, Home Penrhys, Ystradyfodwg, Glamorgan
  2 Jun 1914   2, Cambrian Street, Deri (locate CF81 9HD on Multimap)

census1939 register  11, Glynmarch Street, Deri, Gelligaer



29 Sep 1939 School Cleaner (1939 register)

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After her mother died in March 1888, Mary Jane was brought up by her mother's eldest sister Mary, known as "Granny Rhondda",  who was married to Thomas JAMES, so was known to all as Mary Jane JAMES.
At school, Mary Jane completed some cookery courses and received First Class certificates in 1899 and 1900.
Before she was married, Mary Jane lived on the same street as Tommy FARR, the boxer.
Not long before she met James John BROWN, Mary Jane was being courted by some chap who gave her some silver buckles. These she put away after she met James, only to get them out and display them after his death, when she also got her ears pierced!
Mary Jane worked as barmaid in her uncle's pub in Aberystwyth for a while - as she was less than 5' tall, she had to stand on an up-turned crate to serve the customers!
She also worked as a "journeyman" tailoress, traveling about using her skills for work such as sides-to-middling sheets, as well as tailoring clothes for the workers on farms.

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