From USA to Troed-y-rhiw

Troedyrhiw recently welcomed American visitors who had been in touch with Friends of Saron and were looking for a family grave in Saron Graveyard. Greg Flint with his daughter Heather Chatto and her husband Chris arrived at very short notice and were given access to the graveyard by Friends of Saron supporter Brian Ward. They were delighted to find the grave of William Sharp who, as village postmaster and in many other ways, had been a notable man in the village over 100 years ago. William was well travelled and, in 1915, wrote that he had once “had a run, accompanied by my daughter, through the United States of America, from east to west, thinking to end my days in California”. In the event, Troedyrhiw proved to be more attractive than California and William continued to live here until 1917 when he died at the ripe old age of 87 years. Other members of William’s family, including two of his sons and several nephews, did, however, emigrate to the USA and were to establish a large and successful extended branch there.
Friends of Saron are disappointed that they missed our visitors but are extremely pleased that Greg, Heather and Chris had been able to find what they were looking for and had left with such a good impression of our village and its people.


About davidjcollier

Originally from South Wales I have lived in Nottinghamshire for over forty years. I am married and have three grown up children and two grandchildren. Having worked in education for 43 years I will retire in July 2012. My interests include history (general, local and family), rugby union, swimming, photography, bird watching and gardening. For the benefit of anyone who may actually read this (extremely unlikely, I admit) please do not confuse 'interests' with knowledge or skill. My involvement in a community project which aims to rescue a graveyard from the effects of almost 30 years of neglect. also keeps me quite busy. View all posts by davidjcollier

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