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Solicitors Deposits: John Evans Thomas, Liverpool

Acc. 485

Ref: D/HP

Reference: [GB 0212] D/HP
Title: Legal papers of John Evans Thomas, solicitor
Date(s): 1858-1937
Level: Fonds
Extent: 0.013m3

Source of Acquisition: Deposited by Humphreys & Parsons, Solicitors, Machynlleth, per Powys Archives, 19 February 1985

Administrative History: Thomas was born in 1877, son of David Thomas, builder, and Jane Thomas of 1 Rock Villa, Derwenlas, Machynlleth. Thomas was first articled to Messrs. Bone and Payne, solicitors, Llandudno, where he qualified c. 1901. He eventually set up his own practice at Liverpool in 1907 in succession to Alfred [later Sir Alfred] T. Davies. He later set up practice in Machynlleth with a branch office in Aberdyfi.
Thomas was a prominent educationalist, a freemason, served as solicitor to the Congregational Church of Wales, as chairman of the Montgomeryshire Liberal Association and as a governor of the National Library of Wales and the National Museum of Wales, although few papers survive to indicate his political interests or governorships.
Thomas died intestate at Liverpool 1st July 1934 and apparently left his legal affairs in disorder. Some, at least, of his papers were taken over by E. P. Humphreys, solicitor, Machynlleth, hence their survival among the records of Messrs. Humphreys and Parsons, Cambrian House, Machynlleth.

Archival History: Most of the papers bear red numbers; these seem quite arbitrary, frequently split related papers and were probably made by Humphreys in 1934. The bulk of Thomas's papers relate to his clients in Powys, Gwynedd and Merseyside; a small proportion relate to Clwyd and Dyfed.
[Original file references are given in square brackets.]

Scope and Content:
1. [329]
Draft will of Mary Davies of The Cross, p. Llangorwen, 12 April 1912

2. [371]
1. Letters of administration of Richard Adams of The Laburnums, Penllwyn, Co. Cardigan, 18 August 1915
1. Gwladys Jane Adams of the Laburnums, Penllwyn
2. Jane Ann Evans of Bryn Cottage, Talybont
Premises: Bryn Cottage, Talybont

3. [374]
1. Sir Pryse Pryse, bart, of Gogerddan
2. Pryse Pryse Pryse of Lodge Park, Llandovery, esq.
3. Herbert Vaughan of Brynog,esq. and Price Lewes of Ty glyn Aeron, Ciliau Aeron, major
4. Richard Adams of Penllwyn near Aberystwyth, schoolmaster

Premises: a parcel of land in Talybont pa. Llanfihangel Geneur Glyn with a house and two cottages
21 August 1888

4. [381]
1. Richard Thomas of 78 North Street, Llandudno
2. John William Thomas of Custom House Street, Aberystwyth
Premises: 8 Custom House Street, Aberystwyth

5. [397]
Schedule of deeds etc. relating to the messuage, farm and lands called Foesygravel, p. Llanfihangel Geneu'r Glyn from 1710 - 1910

6. [401]
1. William James Lewis of 56 New North Road, Hoxton, Middlesex, dairyman
2. Edward Jones of Elgar House, Talybont

Premises: a messuage in Talybont
19 December 1904

The following bundle was formerly part of a group of documents bearing blue or pencilled numbers underlined. Most of these bundles related to the practices of Howell, Evans and Gillart and C. L. Jones-Evans of Machynlleth.

7. [908]
"Mrs. Jane Tibbott, Caethle, Aberhosan, re purchase of 3 Tanyfoel, Eglwysfach"

1. Abstract of the title of the personal representatives of Robert John Spurrell dec'd to 7 freehold cottages at Eglwysfach, Co. Cardigan, 1903 - 1930 [with plan]
1. Mary Maud Spurrell of 18 Queens- berry Place, Queen's Gate, London
2. Jane Tibbott of Caethle, Aberhosan, Machynlleth, widow

Premises: 3 Tanyfoel, Eglwysfach
28 April 1937

3. Requisitions on title, 1st May 1937
4. Conveyance [as 2], 1st June 1937
5. Correspondence

The following bundle was formerly part of a group of documents bearing blue ringed numbers. Most of them related to the practices of Evans and Gillart.

8. [138]
Will and press copy of Mrs. Margaret Jones, Bronheulyn, Borth, 1903

The following bundles were formerly part of an unnumbered series relating to the practices of Messrs. Howell, Evans and Gillart, C. L. Jones-Evans, H. Meredith Roberts and E. P. Humphreys

1. John Jones of Princess St. Aberystwyth, grocer
2. David Jones of Aberystwyth, mariner

Recital of assent of lease, 31st July 1834,
[1] Job Sheldon
[2] John Evans
[3] William Jones, of piece [part of piece granted by the mayor and burgesses of Aberystwyth to Job Sheldon, by deed poll, 19th October 1813, and lease, 19th October 1819] at Maesglas.
Subsequent partition of land between John Evans and William Jones. Assent; 20th March 1858,
[1] Jacob Roberts, surgeon
[2] Alfred John Acraman
[3] Thomas Thomas, timber merchant
[4] Charles MacArthur, woodranger.
Leasehold of a dwelling house, garden, etc. in Penmaesglas road, for remainder of 99 years.
21 October 1858

1. Photograph and sketch of monument to Jane, wife of John Mathias, merchant, Aberystwyth, born 1838, d. 1896
2. Photograph of unidentified man, n.d.

11. Statements of accounts, reports of the Aberystwyth Gas Co. 1929, and of The Borth and Ynyslas Electric Supply Co. Ltd.
1933 - 1938

12. 5 plans of area between 'Machine House and Afon Leri [near Bontgoch?]

1. Thomas Clement of The Swan Inn, Aberystwyth, licensed victualler
2. Margaret Jane Walters of The Swan Inn

Premises: The messuage or public house called 'The Cross Keys' Bettws, Co. Carmarthen to the uses declared, for 30 years.
Rent: £28
13 November 1900

2. Probate of the will of Thomas Clement of 35 Alfred Street, Neath, Co. Glamorgan, formerly of The Swan Inn, Aberystwyth
1 November 1907

3. Correspondence re. estate of Thomas Clement
c.1900 - 1915, 1927 - 28

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