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Any Welsh Copper Smelter Workers in Your Family Tree?

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By: mona everett
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WELSH ROW in Canton, Baltimore, Maryland USA--only remaining structures from 100s of rowhouses built to house the Welsh copper smelter workers and their families who settled this section on Baltimore in the 1840s.

PHOTO FOUND IN LLANELLI ATTIC--picture of David Davies and family in New Mexico, USA, 1880. David was born in Wales and came to Baltimore as a baby. He likely went to New Mexico to work with the silver or copper there and died there in 1881. He is buried in Baltimore.Hi,Just curious if any of the folks on Americymru trace their Welsh roots back to any copper smelter workers in South Wales? Particularly any that came to the US in the 1840s-50s to smelt copper in Baltimore, MD? My DAVIES/DAVIS and REESE/REES families lived in Llanelli (Seaside and Wern), Pontardulais (Llwyn Adam Farm), and Swansea (Cnap Coch) at least, before coming to the US.I have not been able to find any living relatives in Wales and think it is a shame, as it is not that long ago that these people left for America.Thanks!Mona

mona everett
01/28/10 12:29:10AM @mona-everett:
More about Baltimore--read the Baltimore County and City bits for info on copper and oysters and Canton!
mona everett
01/28/10 12:19:29AM @mona-everett:
Lisa--Oyster info from Baltimore:
Lisa Russell
01/27/10 04:03:28PM @lisa-russell:
BTW thanks so much for posting this picture and being such a great help!
Lisa Russell
01/27/10 04:02:50PM @lisa-russell:
Hi Mona,Thats what I figured! Ok, can you write me at, then I can send you his contact info.Are there other welsh industries that might have been in baltimore as well?Lisa
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01/27/10 03:06:28PM @mona-everett:
PS--there were a lot of oyster people around Swansea, I know, but I really don't know much about them in Baltimore--but it stands to reason they would have done the same type of work once they arrived in the US.Mona
mona everett
01/27/10 03:05:04PM @mona-everett:
Please do send Miles my info--thanks!Moa
Lisa Russell
01/27/10 02:50:57PM @lisa-russell:
Hi Mona, can I email you his information directly . He is very interestred in learning more himself and I have told him all about you. He has a photograph of his grandfather and uncle with the other men who worked at the factory. Early 1900s. There were numerous photos taken of baltimore industries. We found many of them through the Maryland Historical society and the Baltimore Museum of Industry. BTW our family also worked in the Oyster industry. Can I assume that this was also someplace welsh immigrants would have worked?to answer an earlier question. One of my hartlove ancestors was supposgly from wales. We know that all of the hartloves were born in MAryland based on our research. But my grandmotehr remember that her mother told her she had a brother who was living in wales. THis made me wonder if perhaps fora time one of the hartloves had gone to Wales to learn the trade. Her brother Louis eventually became a tinsmith and moved to New Jersy.The names I am exploring as Welsh are Simms, and Clarke, possibly bauer( although I believe this is german) But there is a listing of bauer as Bowers.You have been so helpful! Thank you and good luck talking with MilesLisa
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01/27/10 04:11:20AM @mona-everett:
Lisa--Yes, PLEASE! I would love to email this man! Ebery time I go to Baltimore, the first thing I do is go see if these are still standing....Thanks, so much!Mona
Lisa Russell
01/26/10 07:54:21PM @lisa-russell:
HiMonaI have been contacted by someone who is ad escendent of a Welsh Immigrant who was a coppersmelter. He knows tehse houses well and told me that they are going to be torn down. Sad he said as far as he knew the maryland historical society was not going to protect them. He did tell me a great story though! The last owner in this block had a pub. When the husband died the wife layed him out on the bar counter for his wake.... she refused to sell back then . When she finally had to let go, they simply closed the doors . Evidently the bar is exaclty as it was when she left.I told him about this website and you. If you are intersted in getting in touch with him let me knowLisa
mona everett
12/29/09 01:24:41AM @mona-everett:
Hello Lisa!No worries--my gggrandmother's name was Amy! :)This is a good site: I also recommend From Pig Iron to Cotton Duck by John W. McGrain (1985, Paperback, Illustrated)Publisher: Baltimore County Public LibraryPublication Date: 1985-01-01Series: A Baltimore County Heritage PublicationISBN-10: 0937076015ISBN-13: 9780937076019andKing CopperSouth Wales and the Copper Trade, 1584-1895Ronald Reeshardback pp viii179 March 2000 ISBN 0-7083-1588-7paperback ISBN 0-7083-1589-5 . . . the story of King Copper is well documented in a new book of that name by Ronald Rees. The story he tells has remarkable parallels with the modern tale of the British nuclear industry: first a military motive, then official lies, followed by a cry that criticism jeopardises jobs and wealth. (BBC History Magazine) read more here: and the Baltimore, MD, pages in this book (which mention my Davis and Reese (Davies and Rees) families):Hanes Cymry America: The history of the Welsh in America by RD Thomas, trans. by Phillips Davies: This book has been revised and is now available with corrections to the orignal translation and an index from the Great Plains Welsh Heritage Centre: --for a LOT less than the orignal.Another gem is: A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of theSwansea RegionYes, I was able to trace some of my relatives to the Llanelli Copper Works and others, to the Cnap Coch Works near Swansea/Skewen. As you will learn from Hanes Cymry, they were recruited to come to the states by my ancestor, David W. Davies, so I imagine, they were mainly from places he had family and friends working. Once in Baltimore, the families stayed close together, moving together when one smelter shut down for awhile, then moving back.HTH.What are the names of your ancestors that lived in Welsh Row? And/or might have worked in the copper industry?Mona