From Gerald. I have a list of farms in the Garw. It is taken from an old list of sheep marks. But no actual locations. They are from the top of the valley down: Blaengarw farm. Pwllcarn farm. Nanthir farm. Tymeinor farm. Gelliron farm. Fforchwen farm. Fforchlas farm. Pantygog farm. Llest farm. Ffwyddwg farm. Tynton farm. Tynant farm. Braichycymmer. Nantymoel farm. Nantdyrus farm. Llwynffynnon. Fronwen farm.
Hello, Although some of these farms had land that may have stretched over the mountain into the Garw, I am fairly sure at least five of them are actually in the Ogmore Vale. Nantdyrus, my late Uncle William and Auntie Nansi Lewis's farm and Fronwen are in the Wyndham, and also Nantymoel Pantyrawel and Cae Du.
Regarding the sheep brands. Apparently, due to the dissolution of the monasteries and the break up of Margam Abbey, their flock of sheep was split between three farms (Nantdyrus being one) and the Margam sheep brand of a holy orb and cross was similarly divided into three - each farm having a third. If my memory serves me Nantdyrus's portion looking like a reversed numeral 5.
Gelli Farm could be the Jenkins' family farm in Llangynywd or, perhaps more likely, Cefn Gelli above the Bettws road from Llangeinwyr.
I have had a brief look for Caedu Farm information. A Glamorgan Gazette report of 1915 tells of a two year old Garw boy, Ronal Webber, who had been missing since mid April was found dead from exposure on land belonging to Caedu farm on the 23rd of April, 1915.
The owner/tenant of the farm at the time was a John Thomas.
The only other reference I have found is that Caedu farm is near a New Street, Ogmore Vale. Caedu is a popular name ,because there is/was Caedu Boys School, Caedu Villa's, and a Caedu road. Also a Caedu Wood and in Caedu Quarry another young Garw lad fell and broke his skull, but he recovered. If I find out anything more I will let you know. regards Ge jarvis.
My father was born in Caedu Farm ,as was his brothers ,his name was Howell Thomas better known as Howell Tyn-Ton ,he also lived in Tyn-Ton .My ancestors also lived on Gelli-ron farm ,they were were on the land registry in 1801,he was born in Glyncorrwg 1776
I have made a study of the families descended from my ancestors Thomas & Elizabeth Thomas who came to Gelli'ron Farm from Glyncorrwg about late 1801 but in time to appear in the Land Tax Assessments for Llangeinor parish in 1802. Their descendants include those who lived at Ty'nton and Caedu.
I have sent a hard copy to the GVHS for general reading.