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Pembrokeshire Ancestors of Emily Rosannah Feild

Updated December 12, 2007

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This website traces the Pembrokeshire ancestors of my grandmother, Emily Rosannah Feild who was born at Observatory, Hubberston in 1889 and who died in British Columbia, Canada in 1982. In her early life, Emily was employed as a ladys maid to the Dowager Duchess of Kensington at St. Brides. She later left Pembrokeshire and went to London and worked in munitions at the Woolwich Arsenal where she worked in the Fuze Shop during WW1. Afer the war Emily settled in Sussex later emigrating with her family to Canada, where she lived for many years.

Emily was the eldest daughter of William Andrew Feild (eldest son of William Henry Feild of Fold Farm, Herbrandston) and his wife Florence Thomas of Marloes. Her paternal grandmother was Martha Davies of Great Hoaten Farm, St. Ishmaels where Martha's family had lived since the mid 1700s. Emily's father, William later farmed at Observatory, Hubberston and Mill House, Priory. For some unknown reason Emily's father was regarded as "the black sheep of the family".

Emily had been born into a family who had inter-married with most of the local gentry families of South Pembrokeshire. As was the custom of the day, daughters of local farmers married the sons of neighbouring farmers which means, that today, many of the families of this area are all inte-related. This site contains much information on all these inter-related South Pembrokeshire families who were connected to the FEILD family. They are:

FERRIOR of Steynton and Haverfordwest
FERRIOR of Pennar and Pembroke
FERRIOR of Pearston, St. Brides
DAVIES of Gt. Hoaten, St. Ishmael's
DAVIES of Crabhall, Marloes
DAVIES of Mullock, Marloes
DAVIES of Upper Broadmoor, Talbenny
ELLIOT of Annykel and St. Botolph's, Steynton
ELLIOT of Earwear/Amroth
ELLIOT of Laugharne
THOMAS of Llanstadwell/Little Haven/Walton West
HOWELL of St. Botolph's, Steynton
FEILD of Burton
FEILD of Observatory, Hubberston & Mill House, Priory
FEILD of Fold Farm, Herbrandston
CORNOCK of St. Ishmael's, St. Florence and Tenby
HIER/HIRE of St. Ishmael's
ROWE of Penally and Lydstep
ANDREW of Thornton, Steynton
HARRIES of Porthiddy Fawr & Fach and Tregwynt
CHILDE of Narbeth/Begelly/Neath

On this site you will finds lots of photos of the Feild family but also of interest will be the many photos relating St. Ishmaels, Herbrandston, Milford Haven, Sandy Haven and the surrounding area.

I hope, that by sharing my research and photos, I can give an insight into the lives of my Pembrokeshire ancestors.

Family Photos
  • My Grandmother - Emily Rosannah Feild (1889-1982) (42 KB)
    My grandmother, Emily Rosannah Feild (on the right), with her friend Cyn. This photo was taken in 1911 possibly when Emily was ladies maid to the Dowager Duchess of Kensington at St. Brides. She was about 21 years old.
  • The Church at St. Ishmael's - 2001. (189 KB)
    The Church at St. Ishmael's is located in a deep wooded valley. It has a pretty stream running through the grounds with a bridge over to the churchyard, which is now overgrown.
  • Fuze Shop, Woolwich Arsenal - 1917 (77 KB)
    Emily Rosannah Feild, back row 3rd on the left, during WW1 when she was working in munitions at Woolwich Arsenal near London after leaving Pembrokeshire. Unfortunately, she never returned to Pembrokeshire again. Other brothers and sisters also left Pembrokeshire about this time, probably in search of work or the high wages that were on offer in the South East.
  • Steynton Church - 2002. (106 KB)
    Where many of my ancestors were baptised, married and buried.
  • Great Grandmother - Florence Thomas (1867 - 1951 (40 KB)
    My great grandmother, Florence Thomas was born in Broadway in 1867. She was the daughter of Joseph Thomas and his wife Catherine (nee' Thomas) of Marloes. Florence married William Andrew Feild of Herbrandston and was the mother of Emily Rosannah Feild. Photo possibly taken c. 1910.
  • Fold Farm, Herbrandston - 1990. (25 KB)
    This photo shows the main farm house which has now been converted into cottages. The barn in the foreground is part of the old farm and the entrance is original too.
  • Margaret Feild (1877 - 1961) (64 KB)
    My G.G. Aunt, Margaret Feild (Maggie). Margaret was the daughter of William Henry Feild and his wife Martha Davies who lived at Fold Farm, Herbrandston. She was sister to William Andrew Feild and famed Fold Farm with her sister Ellen Field and brother Alfred after the death of William Henry Feild. She later lived at Liverpool House, Herbrandston where she died in 1961.
  • Emily Rosannah Feild with her daughter, Beatrice (54 KB)
    Emily and her daughter Beatrice Mary Feild (my mother). The photo was taken about 1920.
  • The Observatory, Hubberston. - 1990. (34 KB)
    The Observatory at Hubberston was originally built as a mathematical college in the late 18th century. It was here at the adjoining Observatory Farm that Emily Rosannah Feild was born in 1889.
  • Emily Rosannah Feild - 1944 (32 KB)
    Emily with her grand daughter Jean Falconer. This photo was taken in Burgess Hill in Sussex in 1944.
  • G. Grandfather - William Andrew Feild (1864-1932) (15 KB)
    My great grandfather, William Andrew Feild was born in Herbrandston and later lived at Observatory Farm, Hubberston and Mill House, Priory. William was the eldest son of William Henry Feild and his wife, Martha Davies who lived at Fold Farm, Herbrandston. He married Florence Thomas and was father of Emily Rosannah Feild.
  • Observatory Farm, Hubberston - 1990 (26 KB)
    Emily Rosannah Feild was born at Observatory Farm in 1889. The farm buildings had been converted into a laundry when this photo was taken in 1990. At one time Observatory was an isolated place, today it is surrounded by a housing estate. The ruins of the mathematical college can be seen in the background.
  • Emily Rosannah Feild - 1961 (45 KB)
    Emily with her four grand children : Rosemary Russell and Amanda, Benjamin and Johanna Bright. The photo was taken in 1961.
  • The Village of St. Ishmaels - early 20th century (58 KB)
    This photo of St. Ishmaels was taken in the early part of the 20th century and prior to 1914.
  • Herbrandston Village Green - 1990 (35 KB)
    This view is looking towards Fold Farm (which can just be seen in the distance in the centre of the picture). To the left is Liverpool House. 1990 was a drought year so the Green does not look very 'green'.
  • Gt. Grandmother Florence Thomas - c. 1918 -1920 (40 KB)
    Florence Feild (nee' Thomas). This photo was taken about circa 1918 - 1920.
  • Priory, Milford Haven - early 20th century (37 KB)
    This photo of Priory was taken in the early part of the 20th century and prior to 1909. My great grandfather William Andrew Feild lived at Mill House, Priory till his death in 1932.
  • Herbrandston Church - 1990. (36 KB)
    This photo of the church was taken in 1990. The church overlooks the village green.
  • Emily Rosannah Feild - 1979 (33 KB)
    My grandmother, Emily Rosannah Feild on her 90th Birthday.
  • The Anchor at Gt. Hoaten Farm - 2003. (64 KB)
    The anchor has sat on the lawn at Gt. Hoaten (now "Anchor Hoaten House") since the 1880's/1890's. It was brought to Gt. Hoaten on a waggon pulled by a team of horses by the Davies family. It is believed to have come from St. Brides Bay. This photo was taken in 2003.
  • Great Hoaten - c.1906 (157 KB)
    Great Hoaten Farm had been home to the Morgans family since the 16th century and later the home of Joseph Davies of Haroldston who was living here in 1771. Joseph Davies married Dinah Cornock of St. Ishmaels when she died she left Great Hoaten to her niece Patty Rowe (nee' Cornock). Patty's daughter, Margaret Rowe married Thomas Davies of Talbenny and they and their descendants farmed at Hoaten until the 1950s when it was eventually sold. This photo was taken prior to 1906.
  • Unknown Soldier (46 KB)
    The inscription on the reserve of this photo states "William Andrew Feild, died 24th July 1918". I cannot equate this "William Andrew Feild" as being a family member so the identity of this person remains Emily Rosannah Feild's secret. He is wearing the uniform of a Private in the Glamorgan Yeomanry which converted into the 24th (Pembroke & Glamorgan Yeomanry - formed in Egypt in 1917)Btn. the Welsh Regiment and joined the 231st Brigade, 74th Division. It is believed he died from wounds received in battle in the Military Hospital, Dover. He possibly came from Usk in Monmouthshire.
  • Anchor Hoaten - 2003 (59 KB)
    One of the later inhabitants of "Anchor Hoaten" (Gt. Hoaten Farm)
  • "Herondale", St. Ishmael's - 2003. (51 KB)
    "Herondale" was once the cow shed at Gt. Hoaten Farm. It has now been converted into a very nice holiday cottage, which I can well recommend. This is a view of the back garden. The dog in the picture is my Labrador, Toby. This photo was taken in 2003.
  • St. Botolph's Mansion - early 20th century (104 KB)
    The Mansion was built about 1802 and replaced an earlier Elizabethan mansion. This photo was taken prior to 1923.
  • Tregwynt (15 KB)
    Home of the HARRIES family for over 600 years. Tregwynt was the ancestral home of Ellen Harries, grandmother of Anne Harries (wife of Thomas Rowe of Penally).
  • Cottages at Sandy Haven - 2003 (142 KB)
    The cottage on the waters edge was once a pub called the Sloop Inn. This photo was taken in 2003.
  • Me and my Grandmother, Emily Rosannah Feild (23 KB)
    The author, aged about two years old, feeding my grandmother's chickens at her home in Sussex. I shall always remember my grandmother for her keeping of chickens which she made into a small business. At first the chickens were 'free range' but later my grandmother went into battery farming in quite a bit way. Her favourite chickens were her Silkys and Bamtams. This photo was taken somewhere about 1950.
  • St. Botolph's nestling beneath the Oil Refinery (24 KB)
    St. Botolph's was once the home of the ELLIOT family of Steynton & Hubberston having devolved to them through the female line from the Howell family. The mansion pictured here replaced an earlier mansion built during the 1500's. It was reputed to have been sold to General Le Haunte in 1803 after George Elliot had moved in Laugharne. This photo was taken in 2000.
  • St. Bride's Cove - 2002 (84 KB)
    My grandmother, Emily Rosannah Feild was once a lady's maid to the Edwardes family (Baron Kensingtons) who lived at St. Bride's Hill in the parish of St. Bride's which is now called St. Bride's Castle. The house overlooks St. Bride's Cove, so it is a place that my grandmother would have known very well.
  • Emily Rosannah Feild with her children - 1941 (24 KB)
    Emily with her daughters, Beatrice Mary Feild and Gwynneth Mrgaret Bright and her son, Glyn Llewellyn Bright. Emily's eldest son, Joseph Edgar Bright is not in the photo.
  • St. Botoloph's, Steynton - 2000 (32 KB)
    Former home of the ELLIOT family of Steynton/Hubberston.
  • St. Brides, - c. 1909 (134 KB)
    Once the home to the Edwards famlily (Baron Kensingtons). In 1911, my grandmother Emily Rosannah Feild, was employed at St. Brides as a ladies maid to the Dowager Duchess of Kensington.
  • Sandy Haven, c. early 20th century (231 KB)
    This early photo of Sandy Haven probably dates from the early-mid 20th century.
  • Sandy Haven - 2003 (62 KB)
    Sandy Haven is the inlet between Herbrandston and St. Ishmael's. At low water it is possible to walk across the stepping stones from one side of the inlet to the other. My grandmother often recalled that as a child she collected Kelp from the Haven. It's truely a beautiful, magical place.
  • "Herondale", St. Ishmael's - 2003 (52 KB)
    A lovely holiday cottge to rent. Formally the cow shed of Gt. Hoaten Farm. Photo taken in 2003.
  • Sandy Haven at Low Water - 2003 (53 KB)
    One of the most peaceful places I know. This photo was taken in 2003.
  • Thornton House, Steynton (68 KB)
    Thornton House was once home to the ANDREW family of Steynton who lived there in the 18th century. This is a view of the rear of the property. It was not possible to see the front from the road when I visited in 2002.
  • The Lake at Gt. Hoaten Farm - 2003. (38 KB)
    "Herondale" and "Anchor Hoaten" (formally Gt. Hoaten Farm) taken from the lake.
  • Herbrandston Church - 2003. (117 KB)
    The Church at Herbrandstone with the graves of Capt. William Andrew Feild and his son, William Henry Field and other members of the Feild family in the forground.
  • Ruins of Penally Court, Penally (65 KB)
    Penally Court was once home to the ROWE family during the 18th early 19th century. It was originally a Leet Court. Penally Court Farm was built on the land in the 1850's which is now is a caravan site.
  • High Water at Sandy Haven - 2003 (37 KB)
    And, yes, the water really was that colour! Photo taken in 2003.
  • Mill House, Priory - 1980s. (69 KB)
    During the 1930's Mill House was the residence of William Andrew Feild and Florence Thomas. This photo was taken in the 1980s.
  • The Entrance to Pearston, St. Brides (58 KB)
    Pearston was home to the FERRIOR family who had previously lived at Pennar, Pembroke. It was to his brother Benjamin at Pearston that Lt. Col. Samuel Ferrior wrote shortly before the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Parts of the old house can just been seen in the distance. It is now a working farm (2003).
  • Robert Charles Feild (born 1888) (25 KB)
    Robert was the elder brother of Emily Rosannah Feild. This photo is of Robert and his wife.
  • Sandy Haven (30 KB)
    More pictures of beautiful Sandy Haven.
  • The Church at Rudbaxton - 2002 (27 KB)
    My ancestor the Rev. Philip Elliot was rector here from 1743 to 1766. This photo was taken in 2002.
  • Sandy Haven (31 KB)
    The stepping-stones between St. Ishmael's and Herbrandston.
  • View Overlooking Hakin (53 KB)
    It was here at Hakin that the Feild family were shipbuilders. There is very little left now of 'Old Hakin' that the Feilds would have recognised, although at Hakin Point the white cottages on the quayside date to that period.
  • The Church at Treffgarne - 2000. (43 KB)
    In addition to Rudbaxton Church the Rev. Philip Elliot was also rector here from 1739 to 1766.
  • Sandy Haven (29 KB)
    More of Sandy Haven
  • Old Cottages at Hakin Point (32 KB)
    These cottages date of the period when the FEILD family were ship builders at Hakin and Hubberston Pill.
  • Annikel, Steynton - 2001 (31 KB)
    Once home to the Elliot family of St. Botolph's, Steynton. This photo was taken in 2001.
  • Sandy Haven - 2001 (36 KB)
    The cottage on the water frontage was once a pub called the Sloop Inn.
  • Norman Font at Hubberston Church (40 KB)
    Emily Rosannah Feild was baptised here at Hubberston Church.
  • Hubberston Church (32 KB)
    The parish church of Hubberston where Emily Rosannah Feild was baptised.
  • Fold Farm, Herbrandston - 1990 (26 KB)
    This photo shows the farm buildings which have been converted into cottages. This photo was taken in 1990.
  • Rudbaxton Church - The Lady Chapel (102 KB)
    My ancestor the Rev. Philip Elliot was Rector of Rudbaxton Church from 1743 - 1766. This is the monument to the Hayward Family of Fletherhill. It was erected by Joanna Hayward, wife of James Hayward who died in 1668, in rememberance of her husband James, her son Thomas, who was killed in a duel in 1682 and to her daughter Mary (Mrs. Tasker) who died in 1685 and to a George Hayward who died in 1665 (probably a brother of James Hayward). I have no direct links to this family but found the monument of interest and decided to include it on this website. Also in the Lady Chapel there is a bust of General Sir Thomas Picton of Poyston Hall who was baptised in Rudbaxton Church in 1758 and who was killed at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815. He would probably have been baptised by my ancestor the Rev. Philip Elliot.
  • Great Hoaten Farm, St. Ishmael's - 2004 (69 KB)
    Gt. Hoaten (now called "Anchor Hoaten House") was once the home to the DAVIES family of St. Ishmael's. According to the Land Tax Returns of 1786 a Joseph Davies, owner of adjacent Deerland Farm, also leased Gt. Hoaten. The anchor on the lawn is reputed to have been brought to the property by the DAVIES family from St. Brides Bay on a waggon pulled by a team of horses during the 1880's or 1890's.
Related Files
  • FERRIOR of Steynton & Haverfordwest (85 KB)
    Descendants of John Ferrior of Steynton and his connections to the families of : ANDREW of Steynton & FEILD of Burton.
  • HOWELL of St. Botolph's, Steynton (82 KB)
    Descendants of William Howell of St. Botolph's and his connections to the ELLIOT family of Steynton.
  • FEILD of Burton, Herbrandston & Hubberston (422 KB)
    Descendants of Thomas Feild of Burton. With connections to the families of DAVIES of St. Ishmael's/Talbenny, FERRIOR of Steynton, ANDREW of Thornton, THOMAS of Llanstadwell and ADAMS.
  • ANDREW of Thornton, Steynton (109 KB)
    Descendants of Francis Andrew of Thornton and his connections to the FERRIOR family of Steynton and the FEILD family of Burton & Herbrandston.
  • ELLIOT of Annikel & St. Botolph's, Steynton (779 KB)
    Descendants of Thomas Elliot of Steynton and his connections to the families of : HARRIES of Porthiddy, GRANT of Nolton, ROWE of Penally, ELLIOT of Earwear/Amroth, PHILIPPS of Picton Castle, HOWELL of St. Botolph's, DAVIES/FEILD of St. Ishmael's and Herbrandston, LETTSOM and VOYLE.
  • ELLIOT of Earwear & Amroth (480 KB)
    Lines of descent of the ELLIOT family of Earwear and their probable connections to the ELLIOT's of Steynton.
  • DAVIES of Talbenny & St. Ishmael's (193 KB)
    Descendants of John Davies of Upper Broadmoor, Talbenny and his connctions to the families of : CORNOCK of St.Florence/Tenby, ROWE of Penally and FEILD of Herbrandston.
  • CORNOCK of St. Ishmael's & Marloes (140 KB)
    Descendants of Peter Cornock and his connections to the ROWE of Penally and DAVIES of St.Ishmael's.
  • A Description of FOLD FARM HOUSE (6 KB)
    Memories of Kathleen Beard on how she remembers the old Fold Farm House.
  • FERRIOR of Pembroke, Pennar, Pearston & St. Brides (214 KB)
    Descendants of Rice Ferrior of Pennar.
  • Capt. John Boston Childe & the American Civil War (43 KB)
    Capt. John Boston Childe was the husband of Elizabeth Child Feild, first cousin of William Henry Feild of Fold Farm, Herbrandston. Capt. Childe went to sea at the age of 18 when he joined his brother's American ship at Bristol. He went on to become a distinguished Naval Officer in the American Civil War.
  • HARRIES of Porthiddy Fawr & Fach (233 KB)
    Descendants of John Harries of Porthiddy with his connections to the ELLIOT family of Steynton.
  • DAVIES of Crabhall, Mullock, Philbeach & Trewarren (300 KB)
    Descendants of GILBERT DAVIES of Crabhall in the parish of Marloes and his connections to the many branches of DAVIES in St. Ishmael's, Talbenny and Lambston and also to the families of : ELLIOT of St. Botolph's, GRANT of Nolton and PHILIPPS of Picton Castle. Also, descendants of MOSES DAVIES of Philbeach, Marloes.
  • ROWE of Lydstep & Penally (131 KB)
    Descendants of Richard Rowe of Lydstep and his connection to the families of : CORNOCK of St.Florence, DAVIES of Talbenny/St.Ishmaels.
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