James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Elijah Trevethan (aka Elijah Trevethan Roberts; aka Elijah Trevallon Roberts)

The fifth child of Isabel (née Owen), Elijah Trevethan was born on 8 October 1868 [Newtown 1868, 4th qt] in Bethel Street, Llanidloes, which is where his mother was living at the time. His father was stated to be Ezekiel Osborne Trevethan, a lead miner, and his mother was ‘Isabel Roberts formerly Owens’. Elijah later adopted the name Elijah Trevethan Roberts but in all his World War I service records he was 'Elijah Trevallon Roberts'.

It would appear that Ezekiel Osborne Trevethan did not exist; the only Ezekiel Trevethan alive in England or Wales at that time was born in Perranzabuloe, Cornwall, in December 1840 [Truro 1841, 1st qt]. He was the son of Mathew Trevethan and Jane (née Holman) of Perranzabuloe and he became known as Ezekiel Holman Trevethan. Trevethan was an unusual name; in 1871 there were approximately two hundred people of that name in England, principally in Cornwall and only sixteen in Wales. It would appear to be more than a coincidence that eight of those sixteen were members of a family living in Llanidloes. The head of this Llanidloes family was Thomas Trevethan, aged 47, who was also a lead miner and was also born in Perranzabuloe. In the nineteenth century being a miner could be an itinerant occupation and it is quite feasible that Ezekiel, between the years 1861 and 1871 when the censuses show him living Perranzabuloe, could have spent some time in Llanidloes and, whilst Ezekiel like his father was generally a tin miner, his father had also spent some time as a lead miner. By an even greater coincidence both Isabel and Ezekiel had a younger brother called Elijah; hence, presumably, the choice of name for their son.

After his marriage in Gloucestershire in 1876 Ezekiel Holman Trevethan was a Grocer (1881) and a dairyman (1891) in Gloucester before becoming a coal miner in Glamorgan (1901), where he died in 1916. (see photo)

In 1871 Elijah was living in Bethal Street, Llanidloes with his step-father, George Gibbons, his mother and half-siblings, Timothy and Victoria. In 1881 he was a scholar living with Timothy and his mother, in Birkenhead. In 1891 he was a grocer's cart driver, living with his mother, Timothy and half-sister, Isabel Ann. Thomas Maskrey and his family lived at the same address and on 1 May 1892 Elijah married Thomas’s sister, Mary Emma Maskrey, at St Nicholas church, Liverpool [Liverpool 1892, 2nd qt]. She had been born in Birkenhead in 1870 [Birkenhead 1870, 2nd qt] to parents Elizabeth and Ralph Maskery, a cab driver. In 1891 she was a shop assistant living in Collingwood Street, Birkenhead, with her mother, her brothers, John and Edwin, her stepfather, Thomas Reed, and his son, James; Thomas, James and John worked in the shipyards.   >