While searching the 1861 and 1871 census returns for the area now covered by Aberbargoed for members of my Edmunds family, I discovered a number of defects relating to missing schedules. The following notes might help other researchers working with census data for these years.
Missing from my family are:
Looking now at the 1861 census returns on Ancestry, browsing Monmouthshire, Civil Parish of Bedwellty, Sub-registration District of Rock Bedwellty, there are 4 Enumeration Districts numbered 1 to 4.
ED 1: the description of the district is missing, but the summary page, although damaged, shows there are 21 pages, 120 schedules, 100 houses, 1 uninhabited house, 267 males and 246 females.
For ED 1, there are 21 images:
So, ED 1 is all to the east of Aberbargoed.
ED 2: "Charlestown including all the farm houses, cottages and other tenements, between the Parish Roads from Rock Vach (on the left) to Bedwellty Parsonage, thence by Tynewydd Cottage down to Ynuspwwldu Bridge"
For ED 2, there are 25 images:
Schedule 119 was missed on image 21 and included at the end on image 25, so assume its address was Charlestown. Also noted on image 25 were Cwmy Gelly Chapel of Ease, Charlestown Wesleyan Methodist Chapel and Rock C Methodist Chapel. The Charlestown shown here is now part of Blackwood, and is different to the Charlestown that is now part of Bargoed.
So, ED 2 doesn't look like it relates to our area of interest - it's all to the south east of Aberbargoed.
ED 3: "Blackwood including the Village of Blackwood from the Post Office down to the Coach and Horses on the south of the Parish road from Ynuspwlldu Bridge to Twynyffald, including Ty Isha and Place farm houses and the adjacent houses"
For ED 3, there are 34 images:
The enumerator mixed up the schedules several times!
ED 4: "Trelyn & Pengam, all that part on the right or South of the Parish road from Pengam Bridge to Twynfald thence down to Darren Place along the Parish Road to the Parish Boundary below the Place Barns, then down by Darren Place to Fleur de lis including the Ivy Bush and three houses on the same side up to Brittania and Cefn Forest"
For ED 4, there are 29 images:
This last page (page number obscured) is obviously not part of the previous pages in this ED. This last page includes Richard and Mary WILLIAMS, address Bargoed, living next door to Naboth & Rachel WILLIAMS (was this Rachel aged 34y the same as Rachel EDMUNDS d/o Thomas & Jane?). Naboth & Rachel had two lodgers, Thomas WILLIAMS 37 from Breconshire and John WILLIAMS 32 from Aberystruth.
The enumerator mixed up a lot of schedules in this ED - evidently quite a number missing.
ED 1 has folios 2 to 12, so where is folio 1?
Are these "missing" folios just the printed front matter (eg instructions) for each booklet?
Image 29 in ED 4 is a problem as it doesn't belong, and indicates many missing schedules (1 to 64) that probably covered Cwrt Coch, Ty Llwyd and nearby.
The Tredegar sub-registration district has 48 EDs and I haven't look through them all to see if some of the lost schedules have been included there, but as the missing names don't appear in available indexes, I don't think they will.
Folio 1: Description of ED 1 - "Argoed. The whole of Argoed Village and Cwmcorrwg including the Farm Houses and Cottages from Rock Inn to P... Farm House between the Parish Road from Pont Syr Davydd to Coedmoeth Common and the Sirhowy River".
Folio 15: Description of ED 2 - "Charlestown including Farm houses cottages tenements between the Parish Road from Rock Farm left side to Bedwellty Vicarage House by Tynewidd Cottage down Ynyspwlldu Bridge (East limits) Sirhowy River."
Folio 28: Description of ED 3 - "Blackwood including the village of Blackwood from the Post Office down to the Coach and Horses on the South of the Parish Road from Ynyspwlldu Bridge to Twyn y ffald including Ty Isa and Place Farm houses and adjacent houses."
Folio 46: Description of ED 4 - "Trylin and Pengam and all that part on the right or South of the Parish Road from Pengam Bridge to Twyn fald thence down to Darran Place along the Parish road to the Parish boundary below the Place Barns, thence down by Darran y Place to Trylin including the Ivybush and those houses on the same side up to the Britannia."
Folio 65: Description of ED 5 - "Bargoed and Bedwellty Village including all the houses between Forest to Coedmoth Common in the West of the Parish Road to Rhymney River from Gwaelod y waun to the Boundary and then two Cottages in the middle of Coedmoth Common."
Folio 68 Page 1 Schedules 1 to 6: Pencoed Cottage, Gwaelodwaun, Cottage, Ty fry, Bargoed, Church Inn.
Folio 68 Page 2 Schedules 6 (continued) to 11: Church Inn, Bedwellty Village, New Inn, Church Cottage (3 schedules).
Folio 69 Page 3 Schedules 11 (continued) to 16: Church Cottage (2 schedules), Penywaun (3 schedules), Coedmoth Common.
Folio 69 Page 4 Schedules 16 (continued) to 20: Coedmoth Common (2 schedules), Pantyfid Farm, Coedybrain Farm, Neuaddwen Farm.
Folio 69 Pages 5 and following Schedules 21 to 51 are missing. These schedules, I surmise, contain Cwrt Coch Farm, Pontaberbargoed (or Bargoed as it was probably called then) and surrounding areas between the river and Neuaddwen Farm. These schedules would have included my Edmunds and related families.
Folio 70 Page number obscured (perhaps deliberately) Schedules 51 (continued) to 57 (some schedule numbers missing on damaged edge of this folio): unknown continued location, Bargoed (5 schedules), Cefn Forest.
Folio 70 Page number obscured (perhaps deliberately) Schedules 57 (continued) to 60 (numbers not noted - I've just counted forward): Cefn Forest, the next three households are uninhabited, and are noted as follows:
58 - Bedwellty Village, "this ought to be
entered after schedule 4"
Then there is this notation at the bottom of the page: "End of Bedwellty Ecclesiastical District."
There are about 25 persons per page, and of the surviving pages, there are on average about 5 schedules per page. The missing 31 schedules then would have occupied about 6 pages containing about 150 persons. Most of these would have been resident in Pontaberbargoed, plus a few scattered rows and cottages around Cwrt Coch Farm. The last two of the three uninhabited houses fit this description.
It seems unlikely that the missing schedules will be found. Judging by the state of folio 70, I suspect that the missing schedules have become detached at some point in the past and thus lost. It seems miraculous that folio 70 survived.
So I have to conclude that schedules for the the area covered by modern day Aberbargoed are missing in the 1861 and 1871 censuses. It leaves a big gap in the available historical resources for the area.
© 2012 Peter J Williams.