Alfred LANGLEY wed Bessie Ellen Louise Palmer

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The name Langley has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from when the Langley family lived in the region of Langley in five counties. Langley is a habitation name from the broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. Spelling variations include: Langley, Langlee, Langleigh and others. First found in Durham where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. Some of the first settlers of this name or some of its variants were: Henry Langley settled in Virginia in 1650; Daniel Langley settled in Virginia in 1679; Sarah Langley settled in Virginia in 1633 with her husband; Catherine Langley settled in the Barbados in 1654.


Alfred LANGLEY, born about 1880, Cardiff, Glamorgan, son of WILLIAM LANGLEY and Mary Ann Snelling.

WILLIAM Langley was born about 1850 in Somerton, Somerset. Mary A Snelling was born about 1846 in Norton, Somerset.
William Langley was the son of Joseph Langley (born 1818, Holcombe, Midsummer Norton, Somerset) and Elizabeth (born 1816)
William and Mary’s children were:

The family shown on the 1881 Wales Census, living at 2 Newport Street, Cardiff.

The family shown on the 1891 Wales Census, living in a caravan, Woolpack Field, Aberpergwin, Neath Higher, in Wales where WILLIAM is listed as a Joiner and an an ex-travelling showman. They share a house with William Llewellyn Langley (not related) aged 60, born 1830 Ystradfellte, Brecon and John Sims aged 40, lodgers. This explains a story that Alfred was kicked in the leg and lamed for life whilst working donkey rides on Barry Island beach

CHILDREN of Alfred and Bessie Ellen Louise:

o        Son. Alun BUFFRY born 2 Feb 1950

o        Daughter Gwyneth BUFFRY born 1 Sept 1953, married Philip PLAYLE (born 1950, Glamorgan, mother Richards)

o        Daughter Pamela LANGLEY married Laurence HILL

o        Daughter Ann CRUM, by adoption

o        Son Victor CRUM, by adoption

o        Cecelia Anne ORPIN

o        Audrey ORPIN

BESSIE ELLEN LOUISE PALMER was born in Wellington, Somerset, (July – Sept) 1885,

the daughter of John Palmer (born Wellington, Somerset about 1850 and Eliza S, born Oake, Somerset about 1849 (1881, 1891 England census; in 1891 John shows as lodger in Barry, Glamorgan, on the census)

John and Eliza appear on Wales 1901 census along with Bessie (aged 15), Ellen (aged 10), and Thomas (aged 13)  lived in Barry, Glamorgan

Eliza Palmer shows on England 1891 census West Buckland, Somerset, along with Bessie (aged 5), Frederick (aged 14), James (aged 16), Elizabeth (aged 11), Helen (aged 1), Mary (aged 8) and Thomas (aged 3); John Palmer is in Barry, Glamorgan, as a lodger and mason’s worker on the 1891 census

BESSIE ELLEN LOUISE PALMER had the following brother and sisters:






William (Bill) [Langley]

Vera [Buffry]

Doris with husband Joseph (Charlie) Orpin





Phylis Langley 1940's and 1963

Sarah (Stella, Sal) Crum

Ellen (Nellie) Langley (centre front) with Phyllis (left), Stanley (Jim) Buffry and

friend Alice from Cheltenham 1940's