The Blistors Bream (General)

by Linda63, Wednesday, June 03, 2020, 16:30 (107 days ago)


I am looking for more information about my great great grandmother- Mary Watkins ( nee Rickards Brain) and think I have found details of her death in Nov 1923; it states the residence as The Blistors, Bream.

She married William Watkins in March 1886, no children from the marriage.....although some info on this forum re The Blistors, can't seem to find out anything about 'the Watkins'.

Thank you,

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by MPGriffiths @, Thursday, June 04, 2020, 08:13 (106 days ago) @ Linda63


Two burials at Bream

William WATKINS - aged 77 c1846 : The Blistors Bream - 16 December 1923

Mary WATKINS - aged 84 c1839 : The Blistors Breakm - 11 November 1923


Baptism at Bream 27 December 1846, William son of William (Collier) & Fanny, Bream Woodside.



William WATKINS - and Mary RICKARDS - married Forest of Dean, Monmouth Register Office - 1886


Mary RICKETTS (in brackets RICKARDS) - on Ancestry 1881 Census : Bream Eaves

Mary RICKETTS - Head - unmarried aged 41, Scrower at Tinworks, born Bream
Reuben - son - aged 12 : Scholar - born Bream ******
Rose: 9


1891 Census, Bream

Reuben BRAIN - 22
Mary WATKINS - 51



Baptism at Bream: 22 August 1869

Reuben John BRAIN - mother: Mary

Residence: Breams Trump

Sponsors: Richard KEAR, Sarah KEAR

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by MPGriffiths @, Thursday, June 04, 2020, 08:27 (106 days ago) @ MPGriffiths

1871 Census, Ancestry has: RICHARDS (and Reuben is RICHARDS/RICKARDS/BRAIN (this is not on the census - so must have been added by a Contributor)


George - 60 - Head, Widr - aged 60 labourer, born Glos, Berekely
Mary - 32 - daughter unmarried - 32 Domestic
Hannah - 28 - daughter unmarried - 28 - Tin Worker
Barnard - 21 son - Iron Miner
Abraham - 11 - son
Samuel 9 - son
Sarah - 3 granddaughter ****
Reuben - 2 - grandson


This Sarah - could be

5 January 1868
Sarah Matilda RICKETTS - father, not stated, mother: Eleanor, residence, Breams Emend - Single Woman

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by MPGriffiths @, Thursday, June 04, 2020, 09:08 (106 days ago) @ MPGriffiths

Going back to my first message and the baptism of William WATKINS

He is on the 1871 census, at Bream with his parents William & Fanny WATKINS and lots of siblings.

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by Linda63, Saturday, June 06, 2020, 12:13 (104 days ago) @ MPGriffiths

Thank you for your replies, helps to update my family tree.

With baptism records showing Mary as daughter of Sarah Brain single woman and no fathers name recorded, not 100% convinced George Rickards was Mary's father, although Sarah married George within few months of the birth.....and the birth index states christian names as Mary Rickards and surname of Brain. Apparently not uncommon for the fathers name to be recorded as a middle name if the mother was unmarried. And of course when Reuben was born, he's recorded as a 'Brain' when you might have expected 'Rickards'?...again no fathers name recorded.

Thanks again,

Kind regards,


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by peteressex @, Monday, June 29, 2020, 09:30 (81 days ago) @ Linda63

Hi, Linda. I've only just spotted this thread.

I don't know if this will help your research, but with regard to Blistors if you go to, click on "Search" and enter "Blistors" you'll find that several references come up.

Sadly Roger Dennis who supplied most of the material died last year. I'm afraid I don't have any other information except, rather remotely, that I identified Nesta Fryer as probably having eventually owned a bungalow called Salmon Stone at Etloe, a hamlet about 5 miles from Blistors.

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by mossup12 @, Friday, August 07, 2020, 21:09 (42 days ago) @ peteressex

I still live in bream. My grandad owned the blistors xx

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by peteressex @, Saturday, August 08, 2020, 17:21 (41 days ago) @ mossup12

So Mossup do clue me in (by pm if appropriate) if you have a surname in the family like Sterry/Sterrey, Essex, Pritchard, Dennis...

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