My ggg-grandmother was Eliza Griffiths born 1809, Wales. Trying to determine husband and what happened to him. Wales 1851 census shows her with children in Abergwawr, Aberdare, Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorganshire. My gg-grandfather was born in 1849, Gomer Griffiths. Eliza came to America in 1853 with the children but no husband. I have for several years attempted to find my ggg-grandfathers name and death. Any help or direction appreciated.
Children David ~1830
An obvious location would be on Gomer's birth certificate (or that of one of the other children). Doesn't it mention his father's name there??
Sorry, I think I edited my comment while you were replying. I wasn't expecting such a rapid response!!!
The 1851 Census should say whether or not someone was widowed. It gave considerable more info than previous censuses.
If you haven't done so, purchasing your gg-grandfather's birth certificate will be money well spent. It wil be nigh impossible to guess which Griffiths is yours, it is a popular Welsh surname! Birth certificates normally name the father, unless the mother didn't know (or didn't wish to divulge).
Well, it looks like the first three letters are Wid. The second upstroke of the W turns down with a kink to join the top of the i. So if it looks unlike the Mar's elsewhere, high chance she was a Widow. Presumably the father of Gomer dies somewhere between 9 months before Gomer was born and April 1851.
It was worth double-checking, because husbands were sometimes away working/staying elsewhere on census night. Now time to get Gomer's birth cert :)