Welcome to my Griffiths Family Tree. I am Hywel Griffiths born in the Amman Valley in 1963. My Griffiths family are rooted in Betws and Llandybie and were blacksmiths originating at Hengegin in Llandyfan before moving down the Black Mountains and Wern Ddu Road to Tynycoed, Pontamman and Pentwyn, Betws.


Morris of Brechfa
Martins of Standon, Staffs
Thomas of Rhoscoch
Golden Grove
Hull or Kingston upon Hull
Isle of Axeholme
LLanfiangel Aberythych
Owston Ferry
Standon, Staffs
Rees and Susannah Griffiths
  Pictures of Brechfa  
This Griffiths Family Tree website is constantly updated; please feel free to contact me if you think I’m in error with any of my ‘facts’ or if you want to ask questions. If you’re interested in any of the images on this site contact me on hywel@griffithsfamilytree.com and I will send you much better (higher resolution) one(s).

There are many villages called Betws in Wales. The best known is Betws-y-Coed with its Swallow Falls. 'Betws' is generally thought to be derived from the Anglo Saxon 'bed-hus' - a house of prayer. The Church would provide a sacred place where the folk could come and count their beads and in time a village would grow around the 'Beads-house' and become another Betws. The Betws in these pages was known as 'Betws-mas-o'r-Byd' ('Betws-beyond -the-World'). It is by the side of the River Amman, which gives its name to Amman valley. There was a sign on the Amman bridge: Betws this way, the rest of the world that way. Until the 13th century, Betws was part of Gower, which is now known as the county of Swansea but the old commote border of the rivers Amman and Loughor moved south and Betws has, since the Acts of Union, been part of Welsh-speaking Carmarthenshire. The Amman River begins its journey in the Black Mountains that stand at the head of the valley near Brynamman. It flows down the valley and joins the River Loughor at the bottom, on its way down to the town of Llanelli.