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Society in search of local Welsh names

POULTNEY - Poultney Area St. David's Society is working on a project in which they are collecting Welsh nicknames of residents of the Rutland County (Vermont) / Washington County (New York) "Slate Valley," present and past.

With many families named Jones, Hughes, Roberts, Thomas, and Williams straddling the stateline's slate valley region, nicknames were a means to help sort out which family individuals belonged to, both men and women alike.

If you know (or know of) a Welsh family in the Vermont and New York Slate Valley region and can recall any nicknames, please send them to the St. David's Society. You may e-mail them to: pasds88@yahoo.com if you'd like.

The Slate Valley villages include: Benson, West Haven, West Castleton, Castleton, Blissville, Hydeville, Fair Haven, Hubbardton, North Poultney, Farnamsville, Poultney, East Poultney, South Poultney, Wells, North Pawlet, Pawlet, West Pawlet, West Rupert and Rupert in Vermont. In New York: Whitehall, Hampton, Jamesville, Raceville,Truthville, Middle Granville, Granville, South Granville, North Granville, Porter, West Hebron, Hebron and Salem.

The society reports that the list is growing and will be republished and updated periodically.

Poultney Area St. David's Society, Inc., 60 Norton Avenue, Poultney, VT 05764-1029, or pasds88@yahoo.com, founded 1988 in Poultney, Rutland County, Vermont.

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