In the GVHS photo gallery under Bettws there is a photo BTW000067 entitled "The Riggs Family". A cousin of mine by the surname Elias (can't remember her name at present)married a Mr Riggs and I think their graves are in St Davids', Bettws. Can anyone please tell me anything about the people in the photo or perhaps put me in touch with the person who donated the photo?
Hi Colin, I took a quick spin through my WW1 newspaper file re: the Riggs family. A very musical family, chapel, church, concerts. One casualty in WW1 Gunner Clement Riggs Royal Garrison Artillery, in 1918. I have a R. W. Riggs in the South Wales Borderers, in 1914 but I have not checked him out yet. Also a Charles Riggs was employed by the Council as a baths attendant. I do not know who gave us the original photo. I am sure someone will come forward and help.
Colin, I have just come across an obituary for Rev. T.B.Phillips, Pastor at Tylagwyn in 1915. Died from a stroke, but he is listed as having written; The History of the Baptist Movement in West Glamorgan; but also: A History of the Farmhouses in the Garw Valley. The latter may be of service to you in your quest for farming information?
Thank you Gerald for both the Riggs family and T B Phillips replies. I think looking at the Riggs photo again it may be too early to include the husband of my Elias cousin. Perhaps her future father-in-law is amongst the younger children.
As for TB Phillips articles neither have come to light so far. My grandfather did submit an article on the early Baptists in the Welsh Baptist Magazine, but neither of Rev Phillips' papers has surfaced. I hope to visit my cousin again soon and have another look with him through any papers he has inherited.
I have now made contact, via a cousin in the USA; with a member of the Riggs family who lives our side of the big pond. I shall now be able to get names etc of those in the "Riggs Family" photo on our Gallery. Thanks Colin