Here goes for the first attempt:- It's who was my paternal grandfather's mother? According to the birth certificate, Evan John Evans was born in May 1879 at 298 Cardiff Road, Aberdare, mother Ann Evans with no father listed! On the 1881 Census, Evan John aged 1 is living at Underhill Cottages, Blaenllechau, Rhondda with Elisabeth Evans (56); David Evans (26) who turns out to be the father and is listed on Evan John's marriage certificate in 1905; and Samuel Evans (21). The Evans family are known to have lived in Carmarthenshire prior to moving to the Rhondda when the coal mines opened up. So what happened to Ann Evans? Did she die in childbirth? On the 1881 census there was a servant girl working on a farm in the area aged 22 years, but would some-one in those days still be in the area after giving birth to a child out of wedlock?? The mind boggles! Two cemeteries in the area would be Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil I suppose but with this common name, I'm not holding my breath! Evans and Evans - urgh!