My branch of the Belton family lived in Bwlchgwyn,
Nr Wrexham, North Wales (UK). Other members of the
family have traced the line back to approximately 1700 and the family tree
(which I hope to reproduce eventually) is extensive.
We believe that the Belton family may have come from Spain to
work in the tin mines is Cornwall and that they then moved up to the Wrexham
area to work in the lead mines in the small village of Minera.
I always wondered why we had a village called Minera - pronounced the
Welsh way, the second syllable is stressed, and the name had no English
translation. Then I found that there are companies in South America with names
similar to The Belton Mineral Company of S. America;
these are huge mining concerns and the connection with the name Minera
became so obvious - mineral! So it seems very likely that there is truth in
Since then I have read that Minera was a name
given to the area by the Romans who were also looking for mineral deposits - I'm
not so convinced! Roman names, in general, don't seem to have survived very well
in the area.....
Bwlchgwyn is another small village just across the hill from Minera
and it is home to silica quarries; Bwlchgwyn is translated as White
Gap and refers to either the lime quarries or the silica quarries. In the
census of 1881 and 1901 there are very few mentions of Bwlchgwyn, the village is
more commonly referred to as being in the parish of Brymbo, and there are
many, many variations on the spelling of Bwlchgwyn.....can't imagine why!