In 1375 the property, referred to as “…cors Granant…”, with standing buildings, was probably held by Rees ap Griffith ap Gwilym and his wife, Gladws, daughter of Lewelyn. Reference was made in 1442 to “…dominiurium de graunt et lefose…” – the property of William Lloyd. In 1584 the property comprised “..Granant ycha…” and “…Granant ysha…” Hendre was closely associated at that time. Reference was made in 1587 to “Granant manerium alias Hendre”. On 8th January 1596 Thomas Lloyd of Hendre set up a trust for his son, Ieuan (a. k. a. Evan, John) Lloyd. This included the manor of Granant. The property was mentioned again in 1599. In 1603 George Owen of Henllys gave a genealogy of the then owner, John Lloyd of Hendre, of which Granant Uchaf was effectively the manor farm. It was recorded again in 1639. Baptist services were probably held here for a time during the C18.
John Rees the elder of Granant died in 1764. He left a widow, Mary Rees, a son, David John Rees, and a daughter – Mary Phillips, wife of John Phillips of Pantgwyn, Moylegrove. David John Rees of Granant Uchaf (b. 1730) was the son of John & Mary Rees of Granant Isaf. He married Mary Rowland. Their eldest son John Rees lived at Granant Uchaf. Ca. 1765 Mary Rees, daughter of David John Rees & Mary Rees was born here. Ca. 1775 David Rees was born here, the son of David John Rees & Mary Rees nee’ Rowland. In 1786 David Rees of Granant became a warden of St. Thomas’ Church. In 1786-88 the Vaughan family owned Granant Uchaf and David John Rees was the tenant, remaining resident until his death in 1806. In 1794 reference was made to “…the manor of Granant Dee Lee Phose…” of which Morris Williams was the Lord of the Manor and Rowland Watkins was his steward. In 1795-99 David John Rees of Granant was a parish constable. On 24th March 1800 John Rees of Granant Uchaf married Catherine “Bethanne” George. On 23rd August 1806 David Rees of Granant, farmer, wrote his will. He referred to Mary David, wife of Eli David, his daughter – living at Graig alias Granant Isaf; son Daniel Rees; daughter Rachel Harry – widow of Chancy Harry of Cippynfach; David Rees, son; daughter Dina Llewelyn – wife of Thomas Llewelyn of Esgair; Rees Rees, son; wife Mary Rees; son John Rees; and son William Rees. David Rees Snr. of Granant died in 1806.
In 1809-27 John Rees the elder lived here. In 1809-61 William Rees lived here. In 1810 William Rees of Granant was a collector of the Land Tax. In 1813 Phoebe Rees was born here, the daughter of John & Catherine Rees. In 1816 William Rees of Granant became a warden of St. Thomas’ Church. On 3rd September 1817 Catherine “Bethanne” Rees nee’ George, wife of John Rees of Granant Uchaf, died aged 45. In 1818-26 David Rees lived here. His daughter, Anne Rees, died on 8th July 1818, aged 19. On 21st February 1820 Mary Rees of Granant, widow, wrote her will. She referred to her son Rees Rees; grandson Daniel Rees, son of Rees Rees; son John Rees; daughter Mary David; son David Rees; son Daniel Rees; daughter Dina Llewelyn; daughter Rachel Rees; son William Rees; and a servant at Granant named John Philip. In 1826 David Rees owned shares in the 24 ton Cardigan ship ‘Letitia’. On 1st December 1826 John Rees of Granant Ucha, farmer, wrote his will. He referred to his son John Rees; daughter Mary Rees; daughter Hannah Rees; son David Rees; daughter Anne Rees – a minor; son Joseph Rees; daughter Phoebe Rees; brother William Rees; and brother Daniel Rees. John Rees the elder died on 4th December 1826. He left children – John, Mary, Hannah, David, Anne, Joseph and Phoebe Rees. His brother William Rees succeeded as farmer at Granant.
In 1827-37 John Rees lived here. In 1827 William Rees owned shares in the 54 ton Cardigan ship “Hannah”. In 1827-36 John Rees owned shares in the same ship. In 1827-36 William Rees also owned shares in the 93 ton ship ‘’Margaret’ and in 1828-36 shares in the 61 ton ship ‘Gratitude’. In 1830-37 John Rees owned shares in the 61 ton Cardigan ship ‘Phoebe’. On 27th June 1831 Mary Rees, widow of David Rees the elder of Granant Uchaf, died aged 92 (will dated 1820). On 21st June 1832 William Rees was ordained a Deacon at Blaenywaun Baptist Chapel. In 1837 John Rees owned shares in the 102 ton ship ‘Magdalen’. On 24th October 1837 Phoebe Rees married John Thomas. In 1838-62 Granant Uchaf was owned by William Rees, though he had moved to Granant Isaf by the latter date. In 1840 William Rees owned shares in the Cardigan ship ‘Sincerity’. In October 1840 Mary Rees of Granant married David Lloyd, master of the sloop ‘Hope’ of Cardiff.
The following persons lived here in 1841: William Rees, 55; Martha Rees, 50, his wife; John Rees, 20, their son; Margaret Rees, 15, daughter; Daniel Rees, 14, son; Benjamin Rees, 11, son; Richard Rees, 9, son; Eleanor Rees, 4, daughter; Servants – George John, 15; and Anne Griffith, 25. On January 30th 1844 David Jenkins, labourer here, married Eleanor Jenkins, a servant at Trefigyn, Monington. In 1847 Rev. William Rees was still resident. On November 21st 1849 John Rees became a Deacon of Gerazim Baptist Chapel. In 1851 the following persons lived here: William Rees, 68, farmer; Martha Rees, 66, his wife; John Rees, 31, their son; Margaret Rees, 26, daughter; Benjamin Rees, 21, son; Richard Rees, 18, son; Ellenor Rees, 14, daughter; and Margaret Thomas, 30, house servant.
On 16th August 1853 Hannah Richards, 21, a servant here, married Thomas Lewis, mariner of St. Dogmaels. In September 1853 Eleanor Rees, daughter of Joseph & Leah Rees, was born here. In early August 1854 James Phillips Rees was born here. On 29th August 1854 James Phillips Rees, son of Joseph & Leah Rees, died aged 3 weeks. On 23rd July 1855 Laetitia Rees, daughter of Joseph & Leah Rees, died aged 1 month. In September 1856 another James Phillips Rees was born here, the son of Joseph & Leah Rees. In October 1857 Daniel Rees was born here. On 18th May 1858 Daniel Rees, son of Joseph & Leah Rees, died aged 7 months. In December 1858 another Daniel Rees was born here to the same couple. In December 1859 another Letitia Rees was born here, the daughter of Joseph & Leah Rees. By 1861 William Rees had moved to Granant Isaf and Joseph Rees farmed here in 1861-62. In 1861 Richard Rees was born here, the son of Joseph & Leah Rees. In 1861 the following persons lived at Granant Uchaf: Joseph Rees, 42, farmer of 43 acres; Leah Rees, 31, his wife; Eleanor Rees, 7, their daughter; James Phillips Rees, 4, their son; David Rees, 2, son; Richard Rees, less than a year, son; and three servants – David Jones, 15; Anne Morgans, 21; and Anne Davies, 13. On 5th November 1861 Benjamin Rees, son of William Rees of Granant, married Elizabeth Thomas, daughter of David Thomas of Croesyforwyn, Llantood. In 1862 Nancy Rees, of Glanymor, widow of John Rees, married Thomas Llewelyn. The couple were the rightful owners of Granant, but Joseph Rees remained resident. In February 1864 Elizabeth Rees was born here, daughter of Joseph & Leah Rees. On 4th April 1865 Elizabeth Rees, daughter of Joseph & Leah Rees, died aged 14 months.
In 1871 the following persons lived here: George Rees, 37, farmer of 42 acres; Frances Rees, 28, his sister; Mary Phillips, 18, servant; and David Jones, 16, servant. In 1871-75 John Rees farmed Granant Uchaf. In March 1875 George Rees married Margaret Devonald. In September 1875 Richard Rees, son of Joseph Rees, died aged 14. Ca1877 Hannah Elizabeth Rees, daughter of George & Margaret Rees, was probably born here. In 1879 Elizabeth Rees was born here, the daughter of George & Margaret Rees. In 1881 the following persons lived here: George Rees, 48, farmer of 43 acres; Margaret Rees, 34, his wife; Martha J. Rees, 9, their daughter; John D. Rees, 5, son; Hannah E. Rees, 3, daughter; Elizabeth A. Rees, 1, daughter; John Morris, 21, servant; Anne Morris, 18, servant; and Mary Williams, 15, servant. In the late 1880’s George Rees and Ann Morris lived here. In 1884 Ann Francis Margaret Rees was born here, the daughter of George Rees & Margaret Rees nee’ Devonald. On April 5th 1889 William Henry Williams of Granant was buried at St. Dogmaels having died aged 11.
In 1889-1905 George Rees lived and farmed here. In 1891 the following persons lived here: George Rees, 58, farmer; Margaret Rees, 44, his wife; Martha Rees, 19, their daughter; John Rees, 15, son; Hannah Rees, 13, daughter; Elizabeth A. Rees, 11, daughter; Frances Rees, 7, daughter; and William Daniel, 17, servant. On 23rd March 1892 Hannah Ellen Elizabeth Rees, daughter of George Rees, died aged 15. On October 29th 1893 George Rees became a Deacon of Gerazim Baptist Chapel. On 8th October 1895 Miss Martha J. Rees of Granant Uchaf married William James of Penrhyn Bach. On April 12th 1899 a body, later identified as Captain Constance Lepetit of France, was buried at St. Dogmaels having earlier been discovered on the sea shore at Granant. In 1901 the following persons lived here: George Rees, 68, farmer; Margaret Rees, 54, his wife (b. Moylegrove); John Devonald Rees, 25, their son; Eliabeth A. Rees, 21, their daughter; Frances M. Rees, 17, daughter; and Thomas Jones, 12, cattle boy. Except where stated otherwise, all were born in the parish and bilingual. On 6th May 1905 George Rees died aged 73.
William Morris was the farmer in 1906. In 1911 the following persons lived here: Margaret Rees, 64, widow, farmer (b. Moylegrove); John W. Rees, 35, her son, farm worker (b. Moylegrove); Francis Maggie Rees, 27, daughter, dairy worker; Elizabeth Anne James, 31, daughter; and Sarah Margaretta James, 11 months, grand-daughter. Except where noted otherwise all were St. Dogmaels born and bilingual. In 1914 Mrs. Margaret Rees and John Devonald Rees farmed here. On 10th August 1915 Margaret Rees, widow of George Rees of Granant Uchaf, died aged 69.
On 17th April 1921 Elizabeth Anne Rees, daughter of the late George Rees of Granant Uchaf, died aged 32. In 1926 John Devonald Rees and Miss Frances Rees lived here. On 19th August 1932 John Devonald Rees died aged 57. On 25th May 1933 Miss Retta Jones of Granant Ucha married Tom Picton Williams of St. Dogmaels. In 1934-38 Miss Rees lived here. In May 1938 Granant Uchaf was advertised for sale with 43 acres. On 22nd June 1943 Miss Frances Margaret Rees, daughter of George Rees of Granant Uchaf died aged 59, still resident here. In June 1945 Granant Uchafwas advertised for sale with 38 acres and a 3-bedroom house. It was sold on 20th July 1945. In February 1947 it was advertised for sale again.
In 1953-70 John Glyn Morris lived here. On 26th August 1960 Granant Uchaf was advertised for sale with a 2-bedroom farmhouse and 36 acres. In December 1967 Granant Precast Concrete was trading at Granant Ucha.
NLW Bronwydd MS 797
Pembrokeshire Record Office: HPR/145/15-18
Last Will & Testament – John Rees, Granant, 30/06/1761.
Land Tax Lists for St. Dogmaels 1786-1803
Last Will & Testament – John Rees 1827
Pembrokeshire Record Office: Port of Cardigan Shipping Registers
Pembrokeshire Record Office: Abstracts of Wills 1831
Tithe Map of St. Dogmaels Parish 1838
Census Returns 1841; 1851; 1861; 1871; 1881; 1891; 1901; 1911
St. Dogmaels Parish Register – Marriages 1837-1970
Marriage Settlement – Nancy Rees & Thomas Llewellyn 30/08/1862
Calendar of Deeds 04/07/1863
Cardigan & Tivy-Side Advertiser 1871; 1895-96; 1898-99; 1905; 1909; 1914; 1921; 1923; 1933-35;
1938; 1941; 1945-47; 1949; 1960; 1967; 1970; 1976
Kelly’s Directory of South Wales 1875; 1906; 1914; 1926
Poster – List of the Board of Guardians, Cardigan Union 28/04/1885
Accounts – Rebuilding Blaenywaun Chapel 1891
Occupiers List of Voters – St. Dogmaels 30/07/1894
Hanes Blaenywaun, Benjamin Rees 1899
Burial Register – St. Dogmaels Parish Register – Burials 1885-1952
Annual Report – Bryn Salem Chapel 1952
Post Office Telephone Directory 1955
George Owen of Henllys – A Welsh Elizabethan, B G Charles 1973
Strangers From a Secret Land, Peter Thomas 1986
The Place Names of Pembrokeshire, B G Charles 1993
NLW Journal – XXIII
Monumental Inscriptions, Blaenwaun Chapel cemetery
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