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Robert Williams

Male 1647 - 1734


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  • Name  Robert Williams 
    Born  1647  Bodelwyn, LLanfechell, Angelsey, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  1734  Goshen Mm, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I12523  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  20 Dec 2012 

    Father  Ellis Williams,   b. 1621, Ciltalgarth, Powys, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1691, Merion Township, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Ellen Unknown,   b. Abt 1625, Pembrokeshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F3228  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Katherine Unknown,   d. 1691 
    Married  Bef 1671 
    Children 
     1. Katherine William,   b. Abt 1672, Merion, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 19 Jul 1750, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. John Williams,   b. 1685, Gwynedd mm, Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jul 1726, Gwynedd mm, Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Ellin Williams,   b. 1686, Gwynedd mm, Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Richard Williams,   b. Abt 1690, Merion Township, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  7 Feb 2012 
    Family ID  F3224  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Gwendolyn Cadwallader,   b. 1668, Radnor, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1734 
    Married  19 Apr 1691  Haverford MM, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 4, 19, 1691. Robert William, of Merion, Phila. Co., and Gwen Cadwallader,
      late of Radnor, Chester Co., spinster, at Hugh Robert's house in Merion,
      aforesaid. Witnesses, John and Gainor Roberts; Cadwallader Morgan; Robert
      and Joshua Owen.
      This Robert William was the first settler in Goshen township, where he was
      living in 1700. He was called the "King of Goshen". In 1715, he removed
      to Uwchlan, and conveyed the Goshen homestead to his son Ellis. Robert
      died in 1734, aged 87.
      Children of Robert and Gwen William were Elizabeth, (b.___; m. Wm Philips,
      1708); Ellis (m. 1712, Mary _____); Lewis (m. 1720, Ann, dau. of James
      Thomas); John (m. Jane, dau. of Rees Jones); Ann (b. 1700: m. Griffith
      John); William (m. 1723, Joan Pugh); Grace (b. 1707: m. John Meredith);
      Hannah (m. 1723, John Morgan); Sarah (b. 1712; m. Timothy Kirk).
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Williams,   b. Abt 1692, Goshen Mm, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Richard Williams,   b. 14 Sep 1692, Marion, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1797, Cameron Parish, Loudoun, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Ann Williams,   b. Jun 1693, Goshen Township, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1782, Uwchlan, Chester County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Ellis Williams,   b. 1694, Goshen Mm, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1756, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Lewis Williams,   b. 1696, Goshen Township, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1753, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. John Williams,   b. Abt 1698, Goshen Mm, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1755, Gwynedd mm, Montgomery, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. William Williams,   b. 1704, Uwchlan mm, East Caln, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1744, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Grace Williams,   b. 12 May 1707, Goshen Mm, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1785, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Hannah Williams,   b. 1710, Goshen Mm, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1741
     10. Sarah Williams,   b. Abt 1712, Goshen Mm, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1796, Warrington MM, York, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  22 Mar 2009 
    Family ID  F3223  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Apr 1691 - Haverford MM, Chester, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Robert William, of Merion, Pennsylvania, a widower, was married at the home of Hugh Roberts on 4-19-1691 to Gwen Cadwallader about 1700 they settled in Goshen, Pennsylvania probably on land then owned by Griffith Owen, at or near the present Goshen Friends Meeting House. He was sometimes called "The King of Goshen", and it is claimed that he was the first settler of the township. Transition says that their first residence was a cave, and that on occasion when their hearth fire went out he had to go 7 miles to get it renewed. Goshen meeting was held first, it is believed, at his house, though some records say at the house of Griffith Owen, but the latter doubtless lived in Philadelphia. In 1701,. Robert is shown as owning 76 1/4 acres in Goshen. He had a deed on 1-21-1703, from William Edward, for 75 acrees of land in Goshen, and in 1707 he purchased 300 acres in the same township from Edward Jones, surgeon. In 1715 they lived in Uwchlan township, and in that year conveyed the Goshen homestead to their son Ellis. Though he had considerable land in Goshen, he appears to have been in Staitened circumstances since in 1702, Friends of haverford contributed 19 pounds, 9 pence, 8 shillings to him to build a new house. He having received Friends "kindly and openhearted". and keeping the meeting in his house. In 1710 Edward Roberts complained about a debt of him and the meeting advised him to sell some of his land to pay it, and even appointed a committee to assist them in doing so. Robert died in 1734 at the age of 87 years.