‘The Abel family had business in its blood.’ So writes DJ Williams of my mother’s forbears in his deeply felt memoir of nineteenth-century Carmarthenshire rural life, Hen Dŷ Ffarm (The old farmhouse). ‘Honest’ Abel Thomas, who ran a small horse-and-cart carrier business in Williams’ Esgairdawe neighbourhood, was my great-great-great-grand- father, whose descendants extended their family […]
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