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Rees ap John (Jones)

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  • Name  Rees ap John (Jones) 
    Born  1650  Llangelynin Parish, Talybont, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  26 Nov 1698  Merion, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I30016  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  31 Dec 2012 

    Father  John ap William,   b. 1590, Llangelynin Parish, Talybont, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F7967  Group Sheet

    Family  Hannah Price (Rhys),   b. 1656, Wales, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1741, Goshen Township, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1678 
    Children 
     1. Richard Jones,   b. 1679, Llwynn Grevill, Clynne, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1771, Goshen, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Lowry Jones,   b. 1680, Llangelynnin, Dolyserve, Merioneth, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1762, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Evan Jones,   b. Abt 1683,   d. Abt 1 Oct 1708
     4. Jane Jones,   b. 15 Sep 1685, Goshen Township, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1764, Goshen Township, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. John Jones,   b. 6 Apr 1688,   d. 30 Dec 1774
     6. Sarah Jones,   b. 25 Jul 1690,   d. 28 Mar 1758
     7. Margaret Jones,   b. 20 Jun 1697,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  12 Dec 2010 
    Family ID  F7846  Group Sheet

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  • Notes 
    • "REES JOHN WILLIAM of Llanglynin, yeoman, or Rees Joans or Jones, was one of the seventeen original purchasers of land" in Merion township "by deed of 1 April 1682 through Thomas & Jones, but he did not come over till in 1684 when the land on the river was partly cleared and planted and the 'first come overs', the parties of Dr. Jones and Hugh Roberts, were well housed on their purchases. He found the land (his deed being recorded at Philadelphia 21 4mo 1684) allotted to him the worst proportioned in the tract, it being a narrow strip, only about 66 feet, on the river extending the full length of the other lots, to the Charles Lloyd land, where it was only about 264 feet wide, in all. here 76 1/2 acres, and remainder in Goshen twp.

      'Rees Jones' as he was generally known, was a son of John ap William, a farmer in Llangelynin parish, Merioneth, who suffered considerable with the other Quakers in his neighborhood, 1661, &c. Rees came over with a large party of Welsh settlers in the ship Vine, of Liverpool, sailing from Dolyserre, near Dolgules, in Merionethshire, which is a maritime county, and arrived at Philadelphia on 17 7mo 1684. He was accompanied by his wife and three children.

      His sister Margaret John William of Llangyllynin, widow, had preceded him, coming over in the party of Hugh Roberts, bringing a certificate of membership from the Quarterly Meeting near Dolgelly dated 27 5mo 1683, recorded at the Haverford or Radnor Monthly Meeting, As Margaret John she had patent 18 1mo 1717/8 for 400 acres of land on a branch of French Creek.

      His brother, Evan John William, or Evan Jones also came over at that time, with his son, Robert Jones, (who resided at Gwynedd) and Evan John William died soon after, being buried in the ground of the Merion Meeting in 11mo 1683. He bequeathed some land in Goshen twp to his nephews, Richard and Evan Jones. Evan Jones, and Hannah his wife, and Mary Ellis, his mother in law and Gemima. her other daughter, brought certificate undated from the Meeting held at Tyddier y Gareg in Garthgunfawr near Dolegelle, Merioneth, to the Haverford Monthly Meeting, signed by Humphrey John, Robert and Rowland Owen, Owen Robert and Howell Lewis, and Hugh Rowland.

      Rees Jones and his wife, Hannah, also brought the usual certificate of membership and removal, from the Quarterly Meeting near Dolgelly, dated 4 2mo 1684. Rees was described as 'of Llwyn Grevill, Clynn parish, Merioneth.

      Before coming over he purchased by deed, dated 16 July 1684, the original right of Thomas ap Richard, or Prichard, of Nant Lleidiog to his share 156 1/4 acres of the Thomas & Jones tract. The 76 1/2 acres of which that lay in Merion adjoined the back part of Rees's land, and this gave him 153 acres in Merion. The present settlement of Merion. or Merion Station on Pensylvania Railroad, is on his land, and Rees's dwelling house was near it. By deed of 8 4mo. 1694, he sold his 76 1/2 acres on the river end, or his original purchase, to his brother in law, Cadwalader Morgan, whose land adjoined.

      Rees Jones died 26 11mo. 1697/8, and was buried at the Merion Meeting House. His will which he signed with his mark, dated 24 11mo 1697/8, witnessed by Griffith John and Abel Thomas, was proved at Philadelphia, 4 March 1702/3. He named his sons Richard Evan and John; and overseers: Cadwalader Morgan, Abel Thomas, Edward Jones, Griffith John, and John Roberts.

      He married, about 1678, Hannah Richards or Price, born in 1656, sister to Jane, wife of Cadwalader Morgan, of Merion, and to Edward Price, who came to Pensylvania before 1685-6, and daughter of Richard Gryffyth ap Rhys, or Prees, and Price, of Llanvawr or Lanfor parish in Merioneth, a member of the Friends Penylln Monthly Meeting, near Bala, whose will dated 26 11mo 1685, was filed at St Asaph registry in 1686. His will describes him as of Glanlloidiogin. Llanfor parish. Witnesses were Edward Nicholas, Thomas ap Robert, Lowry v Thomas, Rees Evans, and Cadwalader Ellis. To Edward Prees, alias Price (of Merion), eldest son; (after he came over here he sent to Wales for 'some intelligence of his Pedigree' which he received about 1700, and is extant); Jane, eldest daughter, wife of Cadwalader Morgan; daughter Hannah, wife of Rees John William; grandchildren William John, and Catherine John, children of John William; and son Thomas ap Richard, the executor, who received all of the estate of his father. Thomas renounced the trust, when the Court gave the administration to Edward Nicholas, of Cynlas.

      After Rees's death, Hannah, his relict, married secondly, at the Merion Meeting, on 22 2mo 1703, Ellis David, of Goshen twp, a widower, who was buried sp 17 lmo 1720, and married, thirdly, 14, l mo 1722, Thomas Evans of Gwynedd twp. " (end of long quote from Browning)

      Note: There is also a considerable account of Rees John William and his children in the Lloyd Manuscripts, (Welsh Records from the Collections of Howard Williams Lloyd, New Era Publishing, Lancaster, PA, [1912]), starting on page 165. Also, Thomas Allen Glenn has a Chapter on Rees John William, pps 73-86. in Merion in the Welsh Tract, which is likely the source for much of what Browning wrote. Furthermore, Thomas Allen Glenn, has much to say about the ancestry of Hannah Price, the wife of Rees John William on pages 92-97 of the same book.

      Rees Jones, had by his wife, Hannah Price, who was of Royal Descent, the following issue, besides Margaret, b. 20. 6. 1697, Edward, and Catharine, who d. unmarried.

      1. Richard Jones, born about 1679. He came over with his parents, and according to the records, filed with the Merion Preparative Meeting, of which he was a member an account of their ancestry, and life in the Old Country, on 2 12 mo. 1704-5. He inherited from his father the home-farm of about 100 acres, which he increased to 156 1/4 acres, and with some land he owned in Goshen, he had 293 3/4 acres altogether, in 1703. By deed of 8 Nov. 1720, he bought of John Roberts (the nephew of Thomas Lloyd, of Llangower, own of the original purchasers through Thomas & Jones), 39 1/2 acres, adjoining his Merion land.

      By deed, dated 26 June 1729, Richard Jones conveyed all of his Merion land, then 156 1/4 acres, to Hugh Evans and removed to his land in Goshen twp, which he had increased by purchase. He and his brother Evan Jones bought there a tract of 153 1/ 4 acres, which on resurvey, was 178 acres. He died, aged 92 years, in Goshen twp on 16 7mo 1771, having been twice married.

      Chester County Will abstract of RICHARD JONES, of Thornburry.
      February 8, 1769. Proved August 28, 1771.
      To son Rees Jones all wearing apparel. To daughter Deborah wife of John Cheyney furniture. To daughter Rebecca wife of Wm. Rettew ditto.
      Divides remainder among children Rees Jones, Ann Goodwin, Rebecca Rettew, Deborah Cheyney and children of deceased son Nehemiah, viz., Robert and Rebecca Jones. Executor: Son in law John Cheyney.
      Wit: Thos. Cheyney, Thos. Mercer, Thos. Howell.
      Children of Richard Jones and Jane Evans (She married Richard Jones and she died 27. 2mo. 1711 and was buried at Merion Meeting House). The marriage certificate contents: Richard Jones of Merion, yeoman, and Jane Evans of Gwynnedd on the Welch Tract, at Gwynnedd Meeting Place, 4 mo., 6, 1705. Wit: Evan, John Gainor and Sarah Jones; Thomas, Anne, Lowry, Robert, Hugh, Evan and Lowry Evan, etc. (Haverford MM records). The list of witnesses named Evans suggest she is an unattributed daughter of Thomas Evans and Anne of Gwynedd (and later Goshen) as the other Evans names are the names of Thomas' children.