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Re: Traveller musicians
« Reply #54 on: Thursday 10 October 19 11:43 BST (UK) »
While researching my own family background in the parish registers for St Cadfan's Chyrch, Tywyn (Towyn) Merionethshire I came across the following consecutive entries for baptisms in 1817:

April 16 Edward Woods son of Thos. Wood and Silvina Wood. Place of abode Parish of Dolbenmaen Father's occupation Fidler

April 16 Jeremiah Woods son of Jeremiah Wood and Anne Wood Place of abode Parish of Penmorfa Father's occupation Harper

All spelling is as it in the register including the disparities between surnames of sons and fathers. Interestingly, most of the other entries in this period record the mother's maiden name.

Dolbenmaen and Penmorfa are both located near to each other in Caernarfonshire.

The patriarch of the family, Abram Wood (named in the original post), is buried in the churchyard of Llangelynnin which is a few miles from Tywyn. He is known in Wales as the king of the gypsies. The Woods were such a large family that a common expression in Wales to describe a large family is that they are "fel teulu Abram Wood" (like Abram Wood's family).

Hope this is helpful.