The portrait above is of a poet I believe, so not at all the right kind of person, for John was a working man. I also suspect it is from a later time than our John’s. However, the face somehow matches with my perception of John - a man of many trades and places. A restless soul perhaps.
Jenkins, of course is a common Welsh name and John is a hugely popular name, even now. And his wife’s name is no more unusual - Jane Evans. So not easy tracking them down, but with the help of the Glamorgan Family History Society I did indeed track them down - at least in their later lives, though their early lives are somewhat more hazy. A country boy who, in later life, settled in Bridgend - perhaps to be near his daughter Margaret. One of the records we have describes his occupation as Traveller and I think this is what he was - not literally in the Gypsy sense - but someone who liked to move around.
I don’t know a lot about him really but I will try to construct a story out of the few facts I have. And maybe more have come to light since I last looked.
b 1822 Bonvilston, Glamorga,
c 28 July, St. Nicholas, Glamorgan
m Jane Evans 22 November 1848, Wick, Glamorgan
d 1888 Bridgend, Glamorgan?
Mary Jane 18958-?
Annie Maria 1860-?
Elizabeth Ann 1862-?
George Duncan 1865-?
Margaret Louisa 1866-1922
Sidney Alban 1868-?
Parish christening record
Census for 1851-1881
Birth certificate of Margaret Louisa
Hebrew meaning ‘favoured of God’. An all-time favourite name. II do not know who he is named after - if anyone, but he did pass it on to two sons, one of whom died as a baby
Jon, Jonathan, Johan, Jean
Johnny, Johnno, Jack