Islwyn Watkins, 1938 to 2018 Welsh artist and more

Tonypandy born, Knighton resident and keeper of various family archives Islwyn Watkins has sadly died, aged 80.

Most widely known as an artist, a long-standing member of the Welsh Group which recently celebrated its 70th anniversary, he was also a teacher, ceramics expert and a Knighton community activist, amongst other things. Various of the wider Watkins family photos on Cutlock & Co came from his archive of material – he’s a cousin to our mum. Your editor was privileged to stay overnight at his home in the centre of Knighton, which was crammed with stacks of found material which could be turned into future artwork.

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Political shocks ruin the inventing business Glass and electrical innovator crushed by patriotic efforts

It’s not often that you find records concerning a (distant) relative that have been locked away by the state for a hundred years. And even more notable when the story that is uncovered includes political intrigue, Ireland’s fight for independence and a major change in circumstances for said relation.

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The Jearys in sundry Seward stories More Nebraskan nitty gritty

This piece delves wider and deeper into local news items not-so-newly available online for Seward, Nebraska, as described in the Cutlock & Co piece Local papers for local people (March 2017). That looked at a family reunion, one listing of local family visits and an obituary.

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Not quite teetotal Norwich ancestors A pub for every day of the year

One of the first stories to emerge when reviewing my initial family history research some years ago was the contrast between my Norwich born grandparents tendency to alcohol abstinence and the number of pubs managed by relatives. I made some notes at the time but never quite got round to turning them into an article. A U3A group session on ‘Pubs and Publicans’ {1} has spurred me on.

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Making the freeman cut at the stationers Cutlock test does its job

My standard ‘Cutlock test’ of new online databases has come up with the goods on the recently released ‘Norwich Freemen Records Online’. Just using Cutlock as the search term throws up one result, John Cutlock as a new freeman in May 1857. This is down to his apprenticeship – at the 1851 census 15-year old great great great uncle John was recorded as an apprentice to a law stationer. The search result includes ‘linked records’, as there will be a sponsor for any new freeman (later, any new freewoman too), here showing his master as John Thomas Stephens, law stationer.

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