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Jimmy Wilde (the famous boxer), any info on family connection?
« on: Monday 28 November 11 20:52 GMT (UK) »
Hi,
does anybody have any details on the family tree of jimmy Wilde, the famous boxer who lived in Tylorstown?
I am interested because my Grandfather John Thomas (who was born in Llanhilleth 1913) mentioned a couple of times that Jimmy was a cousin of his, I'd be very interested in finding out more details. The maiden name of my Grandfathers Mother was Price.
Any info would be greatly appreciated,
thanks.

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Re: Jimmy Wilde (the famous boxer), any info on family connection?
« Reply #1 on: Monday 28 November 11 21:09 GMT (UK) »
Hi

There is a bit about him here, including someone who claims to be related

http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/southeast/halloffame/sport/jimmy_wilde.shtml
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Re: Jimmy Wilde (the famous boxer), any info on family connection?
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 29 November 11 09:17 GMT (UK) »
Many thanks for your reply,
I shall have a good look through it,
any more info from members would be fantastic.
Thanks again

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Re: Jimmy Wilde (the famous boxer), any info on family connection?
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 29 November 11 11:42 GMT (UK) »
Jimmy's miner father was James Wilde (b c1868, Llanfabon); his mother was Margaret Ann (nee Evans) (b c1873, Ferndale). Their marriage was registered in Pontypridd - which covered the whole of the Rhondda - in the last quarter of 1890.
         Jimmy had an older sister, Mary Ann (b c1891), two younger sisters, Catherine L (b c1896) and Ellen Jane (b c1899) and a younger brother, Elias John (b 1901). There may have been later children.
        His parents' marriage broke down and some of the children went into care before being reunited in the home of the recently married Jimmy and his wife, Elizabeth (nee Davies).
       Jimmy and Elizabeth had sons David (b 1910) and Verdun (b 1916 and named after the battle then raging).
       Hope this is of some help.
            Gareth
Scott, Dowdeswell (Merthyr Tydfil), Jones (Loughor and Merthyr Vale), Roberts (Nelson), Prichard (Collenna and Cefn Fforest); Evan Roberts (Corwen and Amlwch); Scott (Pentre); Scott (Ancrum); Thomas (Pantywaun and Bedlinog); Morgan Jones (Ystradfellte); Bowen (Loughor); Jenkins (Bridgend); Thomas Dowdeswell (b. Gloucester, 1829).

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Re: Jimmy Wilde (the famous boxer), any info on family connection?
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 29 November 11 17:08 GMT (UK) »
Thank you very much, your help is really appreciated, there's some great info here for me to look into, and hopefully find the connection.
Best wishes  ;)

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Re: Jimmy Wilde (the famous boxer), any info on family connection?
« Reply #5 on: Friday 02 December 11 11:08 GMT (UK) »
google james wilde there is lots of in fo and pictures. he was my grandfathers cousin my grand father was thomas gillgrass from tylorstown. all the best  haydon. jimms wife was elizabeth davies she was my grandfathers  sisters daughter.how is your grand father conected to jimmy and elizabeth
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Re: Jimmy Wilde (the famous boxer), any info on family connection?
« Reply #6 on: Friday 02 December 11 15:24 GMT (UK) »
Hi Haydon, thanks for that, good to hear from you.
I'm still trying to find out the details of the connection, my Grandfather, (John Thomas, sometimes called Jack), was born in Llanhilleth. He mentioned a few times that he was Jimmy Wildes cousin but thats all I know at the moment, boxing did seem to run in the family a bit, he had two other cousins who did well in the army team.
Do you live in Tylorstown?
Best wishes
Karl.

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Re: Jimmy Wilde (the famous boxer), any info on family connection?
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 03 December 11 11:25 GMT (UK) »
hi no i live in cwmbran. do you know who his parents where.where any of them a gillgrass.this might be connection . all the best. i do not know if this is correct  but a john thomas married Margaret  Ann gillgrass i 1886.  Margaret had a sister who was Sarah gilligrass she married a dai Davies they had a daughter  Elisabeth born  1894  who married jimmy Wilde  . haydon
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Re: Jimmy Wilde (the famous boxer), any info on family connection?
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 03 December 11 15:06 GMT (UK) »
Hi Haydon,
my Grandfathers parents were William Thomas and Sarah Ann Thomas, (but her maiden name was Price).
All the best.