Punchion Machine in Pontymoile
My great grandfather (Thomas Charles Farr, b. 28 Oct 1859) had a brother Edward John Farr who died on 19 Nov 1866, at the age of 13. His death certificate says the cause of death was "accident from falling within the wheel of a Punchion Machine". The location of his death was given as Pontymoile Paulcague (not sure of the spelling of the second word). Does anybody know of any source of information on Pontymoile at this time or exactly what a punchion machine actually is? I am guessing it is perhaps something to do with a textile mill and might be associated with a weaving loom/machine. Most of his immediate family emigrated to the U.S. (Nanticoke, Pennsylvania) in the early 1880s and were involved in the coal and railroad industries. Any/All sources or ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Posted: 2014, Member logged in: 2021 Pontypool, Monmouthshire
My name is James Farr.
My Farr lineage is from the Pontypool, Monmouth, Wales area:
1. William Farr (m) Catherine Williams
2. William Farr (m) Mary Edwards
3. Edward John Farr (m) Elizabeth Jane Evans (dau. of Enock Evans)
4. Thomas Charles Farr (m1) Eva Miller (m2) Lucy Evans
5. Albert Charles Farr (from m1) (m) Melinda Brown
6. Lynwood Albert Farr (m) Lura Annie Austin
7. James Bruce Farr
My Brown lineage is from the Midsomer Norton, Somerset, England area:
1. Henry Isaac Brown (m) Sarah Flower Hill (went by Turner because George Turner, b.1819, married her mother after she and her sister were born-whether he is the biological father not known)
2. Melinda Brown (m) Albert Charles Farr
3. Lynwood Albert Farr (m) Lura Annie Austin
4. James Bruce Farr
I am looking for the "missing links" for Farr, Brown, and Turner. There is a "Flower" link, because Sarah Flower Turner's middle name likely comes from her maternal grandmother, Mary Flower, who married Isaac Hill.
On my mother's side of the family are the surnames: Grindel/Grindell/Grindal, Austin, Benson, Blake, Snow, and Hopkins. Stephen Hopkins, who sailed on the Mayflower, and his daughter, Constant/Constance are my link to the Mayflower.
After gathering bits and pieces of information from the 1960s until now, I am now retired and have time to do some extensive research. Any information you would like to share would be greatly appreciated.
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