Saturday, 6 November 2021

Death on the Canal - 1882, Daniel Evans

Death on the (Mon & Brec) Canal

I did the basic research for this blog series a couple of years ago. Then, as usual, flitted along to the next thing that caught my interest. Now I'm trying to flesh the cases out and present to you my justification for not being a fan of walking along the canal on dark and lonely nights... For more canal deaths, check out the master post.


This week we have the case of Daniel Evans, a 66 year old labourer whose body was found in the canal at Cwmbran on Monday 17th July 1882. The Monmouthshire Merlin of Friday 21st July reported that Daniel had been in 'delicate health'. He went out for a walk on Sunday 16th July and was not seen alive again, apparently having fallen into the canal. The inquest was held by the district coroner, Mr. Brewer, on Tuesday 18th July.

Monmouthshire Merlin 21st July 1882

The same details were also reported in the Weekly Mail of Saturday 22nd July and Y Dydd of Friday 28th July.

Weekly Mail 22nd July 1882
Y Dydd 28th July

Daniel Evans is a very common name in South Wales which makes searching more difficult, but I think this is probably the correct man on the 1881 census. Daniel, listed as a general labourer, was living with his wife Elizabeth on Free Trade Row in Llantarnam. On the day of the census they also had a visitor, Philip Evans (a relative?), staying with them.

Daniel Evans 1881 census

On the 1871 census the family were living at Chapel Row - Daniel, Elizabeth, and Elizabeth's children from a previous marriage, Edward (b. 1848) and Luisia (b. 1851) Jones.

Daniel Evans 1871 census

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