The 70-ton St. Dogmaels schooner ‘Abigail’ was built in Cardigan in 1836. William Griffiths was the master of that vessel and lived here, having had the property built and named after his ship. Captain William Griffiths had two sons – John and David Griffiths, who also became captains. In 1851-61 Captain William Griffiths lived here. In 1851 the following persons lived here: Anne Griffiths, 53, mariner’s wife; Catherine Griffiths, 25, her daughter; Jane Griffiths, 20, daughter; and John Griffiths, 17, son, mariner. In 1855 the ship “Abigail” was lost. On 14th March 1857 Jane Griffiths married Shadrach Lloyd, sailor, the son of George Lloyd and Margaret Lloyd nee’ Griffiths. In 1861 the following persons lived here: AnneGriffiths, 64, master mariner’s wife; and Catherine Griffiths, 35, her daughter, farmer’s wife. Jane Lloyd lived here in 1871-1914. In 1871 the following persons lived here: Anne Griffiths, 76, sailor’s widow; Jane Lloyd, 41, daughter, sailor’s wife; Annie Lloyd, 11, grand-daughter; Catherine Jane Lloyd, 4, grand daughter; John Lloyd, 4, grandson; Mag Lloyd, 2, grand-daughter; and Maria Evans, 20, servant. On 3rd December 1878 Ann Griffiths of Abigail House was buried at St. Thomas Church, having died aged 82.
In 1881 the following persons lived here: Shadrach Lloyd, 55, mariner; Jane Lloyd, 50, his wife; Anne Lloyd, 20, their daughter; Catherine S. Lloyd, 17, daughter; Maggie Lloyd, 11, daughter; John J. Lloyd, 13, son; and David Lloyd, 8, son. In the late 1880’s Abigail House was occupied by Shadrach Lloyd, Jane Lloyd and Maggie Lloyd. On 15th July 1886 Catherine Jane Lloyd of Abigail House married Mr. J. R. Griffiths, schoolmaster, of Wellingborough. Captain Shadrach Lloyd of Abigail House died on 1st May 1888 aged 62.
In 1891 the following persons lived here: Jane Lloyd, 58, widow; David G. Lloyd, 18, son, draper; and Evan Jenkins, 24, visitor, student in Baptistry (b. Cilgerran). On 19th May 1896 Thomas Griffiths, late of Bryngwyn, died here aged 77. He was the brother of Jane Lloyd. On 23rd November 1899 Catherine Jane Griffiths, wife of J. R. Griffiths of Wellingborough, daughter of Jane Lloyd, died aged 36. In 1901 the following persons lived here – Jane Lloyd, 70, widow; Mag Lloyd, 30, daughter; David G. Lloyd, 27, son, draper’s assistant, and David Alun Griffiths, 3 grandson of Jane Lloyd. All were bilingual and born in the parish. On 31st December 1907 J. R. Griffiths, widower of Catherine Jane Griffiths of Abigail House, died aged 49. In 1911 the following persons lived here: Jane Lloyd, 79, widow; Margaret Lloyd, 41, her daughter; David Lloyd, 39, son, draper’s assistant; Caradog Gruffydd, 23, grandson, architectural student; and Dewi Gruffydd, 13, grandson, scholar. All were St. Dogmaels born and bilingual. On 30th December 1914 Jane Lloyd, widow of Captain Shadrach Lloyd, died here aged 83.
On 17th June 1915 Caradog Griffiths, son of Mr. & Mrs. J. R. Griffiths, died aged 28. In June 1918 Private Dewi Alun Gruffydd of Abigail House was in service in Baghdad. On 16th June 1919 David Griffiths Lloyd of Abigail House married Miss Hetty Owens of Pendre, Cardigan. In 1935 Miss Lloyd lived here. In 1938 Margaret Lloyd lived here. In September 1946 the property was referred to as ‘Abigail Poultry Farm’ – the home of D. G. Gruffydd. On 16th January 1947 Miss Margaret Lloyd of Abigail House died aged 76.
On 24th April 1948 the 4-bedroom property, then a poultry farm, was sold by auction, together with numbers No. 1-5 Baptist Street. In January 1949 Mr. & Mrs. D. Morgan lived here, having recently moved in. On 25th February 1966 the 3-bedroom property was advertised for sale. The property was advertised for sale again in autumn 2004 and was sold in 2006.
Detatched two storey two window C19 house in banded rubble with slate roof and red brick end stacks. Central ground floor door flanked by windows with corresponding first floor windows to outer bays, all with stone sills, painted stone voussoirs. All windows & door replaced in uPVC. Railed forecourt.
Pembrokeshire Record Office: Port of Cardigan Shipping Registers
Census Returns 1851; 1861; 1871; 1881; 1891; 1901; 1911
Parish Registers for St. Dogmaels.
Cardigan & Tivy-Side Advertiser 1886; 1888; 1896; 1911; 1914; 1918-19; 1935; 1946-50; 1962; 1965-66; 2001
Accounts – Rebuilding of Blaenywaun Chapel, St. Dogmaels 1891
Occupiers List of Voters – St. Dogmaels 30/07/1894
Hanes Blaenywaun, Benjamin Rees 1899
Blaenwaun Baptist Chapel Annual Report 1938
Maritime Heritage, J Geraint Jenkins 1982
Monumental Inscriptions, Blaenwaun Chapel cemetery.
Sale Particulars – Abigail House, John Francis 08/10/2004
Sale Particulars – Abigail House, West Wales Properties 08/12/2005.
© Glen K Johnson 17/08/2013.