DESCENDANTS OF ROWLAND ELLIS IN PENNSYLVANIA.
JOHN EVANS(1), of Gwynedd, eldest son of Cadwalader, descended from Trahairn Goch, of Llyn, born in Denbighshire, Wales, 1689, died at Gwynedd, 9th mo. 23, 1756, married ELEANOR, daughter of Rowland Ellis, of Merion, at Merion Meeting-house, 4th mo. 8, 1715. ELEANOR, born at Bryn Mawr, Merionethshire, Wales, 1685, died 4th mo. 29, 1769. JOHN was a celebrated preacher among Friends. His will, dated 9th mo. 16, 1756, was proved June 22, 1757. He leaves to his daughter, Jane Hubbs, a life interest with remainder to her children, in a lot of 2 1/2 acres, "part of the tract of 100 acres which I hold, to be laid out for her the west side of Montgomery road, adjoining George Maris's field.'' He gives his daughters, Margaret, Ellen, and Elizabeth l0 acres, ''to be divided off the upper end, next Owen Evans's land.'' He mentions his sons Rowland and John, and appoints them with
his son Cadwalader executors.
(1)John Evans was the son of Cadwalader Evans, of Gwynedd, son of Evan ap Evan, of Fron Gôch: one of the four brothers who settled at Gwynedd in 1698. For their genealogy in the direct male line, see Owen Family, another page. Cadwalader Evans, who died at Gwynedd, where he lived, near his brothers, Robert and Owen Evans, married in Wales, Ellen, daughter of John Morris, of Bryn Gwyn [White Hill], in Denbigbshire. Of the ancestry of her father, John Morris, we know but little, but from an old MS. pedigree of the Owen and Evan families, in the handwriting of Cadwalader Evans, third, we ascertain that her mother was Eleanor, daughter of Ellis ap William, of Cai Fadog. Her descent was as follows : Cadwgan, Lord of Nannau had Madog, who had Einion, of Ciltalgarth (Azure, a bow and arrow, point downward, argent), who had Madog Hyddgam, of Ciltalgarth (Kiltalgarth), who Cadwgan, who had Madog, of Ciltalgarth, who had Ievan, surnamed "y Cott" who had Ievan Fychan, of Ciltalgarth, who had Madog, who had David, who had Thomas ap David, who had Hugh ap Thomas, of Ciltalgarth, who had William ap Hugh, of Ciltalgarth, who had Ellis Williams, of Cai Fadog, who had two daughters : Eleanor, who married John Morris, of Bryn Gwyn, and had Ellen, who married Cadwalader Evan ; and Gwen, who married Hugh ap Cadwalader, and had Eleanor, who became the wife of Edward Foulke of Gwynedd.
Children of John and Eleanor :
1.Cadwalader, b. 1716, d. 1773, m. Jane Owen.
2.Rowland, b. 1717-8, d. 1789, m. Susanna Foulke.
3.Margaret, b. 5th mo. 26, 1719, m. Anthony Williams; but left no issue.
4. Jane, b. 1st mo. 30, 1721, m. John Hubbs. She left two sons, John and Charles, and three daughters, Rachel,
Ellen, and Mary. Ellen m., 1781 , Amos Lewis, of Upper Dublin [son of Ellis Lewis, 2d, and his first wife Mary], and Rachel also m., 1785, Amos Lewis.
5. Ellen, b. 11th mo. 2l , 1722, m., at Gwynedd m. h., 12th mo. 18, 1764, Ellis Lewis, 2d (widower), of Upper Dublin.
Ellis d. 1783 ; Ellen survived him.
6. John, b. 1724, d. 1727.
7. Elizabeth, b. 6th mo. 26, 1726, d. 3d mo. 6, 1805, unm. She is mentioned as living with her bro. John. and
giving information embodied by her nephew in the Evans Record.
8. John, b. 1730, d. 1807, m. Margaret Foulke.
JOHN EVANS, of Gwynedd, youngest son of John and Eleanor, born 12th mo. (February), 1730, died 9th mo. (September) l807, married Nov. 19, 1734, MARGARET FOULKE, daughter of Evan and Ellen, of Gwynedd(2). [MARGARET was born 4th mo. 19, 1726, and died 3d mo. 6, 1798.) . It was this JOHN who furnished Cadwalader, his nephew (son of Rowland), with the family data which form the basis of the 1797 Record. He was known in Gwynedd as "John Evans, the elder'' (though his own father's name was John), in order to distinguish him from his son John. He was a prominent and active member of Gwynedd meeting. He lived all his life at the old home of his father and grandfather, in Gwynedd (now the Bellows place). His will, which proves that he was quite a rich man, was probated November 6, 1807. He gives his son John the "plantation, consisting of three tracts, where he now dwells, in Gwynedd, about 192 acres ; directs his son Cadwalader to release any supposed claim he may have on the fee or title, in consideration of bequests now made him; leaves two tracts (homestead) to his son Cadwalader, one 249 acres, the other 36, he to pay £500 to his (the testator's) grandsons John and Robert ; bequeaths to his friends Levi Foulke, Jesse Foulke, and John Jones, Jr., son of Evan, or their survivors, £20 in trust to keep up the burial ground enclosure at Gwynedd meeting, the fund to be used in the discretion of Gwynedd preparative meeting; gives his son Cadwalader two undivided thirds in 50 acres of land adjoining the homestead, ''late estate of brother Cadwalader;'' gives son Cadwalader the half residue of estate, the other half to grandson Robert ; gives £200 to son John ; gives £200 to grandsons Rowland and Evan in equal shares; appoints son Cadwalader and grandson Robert executors.
(2)See genealogy of Edward Foulke under pedigree of Edward Price.
Children of John and Margaret:
1. Evan, d. 1757, aged 9 mos.
2. John, b. Sep. 7, 1759, d. 1814, m. Gaynor Iredell, Eleanor Ely.
3. Cadwalader, b. 1762, d. 1841, m. Harriet V. Musser.
4. Rowland, b. 1762 [Twin brother to Cadwalader], "a merchant in Philadelphia,'' d. 10th mo. 10, 1793, of yellow
CADWALADER EVANS, 3d son of John and Margaret, of Gwynedd, born at Gwynedd, Dec. 25, 1762, died Oct. 26, 1841, married HARRIET VERENA MUSSER, daughter of John, of Lancaster, Pa.
Children of Cadwalader and Harriet..
1. Juliana Doddridge, d. 1866, unm.
2. Margaret Eleanor, unm.
3. John Glendour, d. 1827, unm.
4. Rowland Edanis, d. 1866, unm.
5. Edmund Cadwalader, b. 1812, d. 1881, m. Mary Louisa Allen.
6. William Elbert, b. 1816, d. 1869, m. Anna Smith, Emma Fotterall.
7. Cadwalader, d. 1861, unm.
8. Manlius Glendower, b. 1821, d. 1879, m. Ellen Kuhn.
9. Harriet Verena, m. Gouverneur Morris Ogden, Esq., of New York (d. July, 1884), and had issue : Cadwalader E., David B., Gouverneur Morris.
EDMUND CADWALADER EVANS, M. D., son of Cadwalader and Harriet V., born at Gwynedd, August l 2, 1812. He graduated at the University of Pennsylvania, studied medicine, took his degree of M. D., and for several years practiced his profession near Paoli, in Tredyffrin, Chester County. Later, he resided near West Chester, but in 1869 removed to Lower Merion, near the first Pennsylvania home of his ancestor Rowland Ellis. He died May 20, 1881 . He married April 17, 1844, MARY LOUISA ALLEN, daughter of Rev. Benjamin Allen, of Hyde Park, N. Y. She died 1861. (Four children died in infancy ; the survivors are here given.)
Children of Edmund C. and Mary Louisa:
1. Rowland, b. July 12, 1847 in Tredyffrin ; now a member of the Philadelphia bar, residing in Lower Merion; he m., 1878, Mary Binney Montgomery, dau. of Richard R. Montgomery, Esq., of Bryn Mawr, and has issue.
2. Allen, b. Dec. 8, 1849, in Tredyffrin ; an architect in Philadelphia ; resides in Lower Merion. He married, 1876,
Rebecca Lewis, daughter of John T. Lewis, Esq., of Philadelphia, and has issue.
WILLIAM ELBERT EVANS, son of Cadwalader and Harriet V., born in Philadelphia, 1816, where he resided all his life. He married 1st, ANNA SMITH, daughter of Jacob Smith, Esg., of Philadelphia, and 2nd, EMMA FOTTERALL, daughter of William Fotterall, Esq., who survives, without issue. WILLIAM E. died 1869. His children, besides others who died in infancy, were two in number.
Children of William E.. and Anna:
1.Emily, m. John Henry Livingston, of Dutchess Co., N. Y.
2. Glendower, graduated with distinction at Harvard University ; a member of the bar in Boston, Mass. ; m. Bessy,
dau. of Edward Gardiner, Esq., of Boston.
MANLIUS GLENDOWER EVANS, son of Cadwalader and Harriet V., born in Philadelphia, and resided there until when he removed to New York in 1870 and thence to Europe in 1875 where he continued to live until his death in 1879. He left by his wife Ellen, daughter of Hartman Kuhn, four children, but had others who died young. His wife survived him.
Children of Manlius G. and Ellen:
1. Cadwalader, b. 1847, in Philadelphia, d. in New York, 1880, m. Angelina B., dau. of Israel Corse, Esq. of New York, and had issue : Lena, and Edith Wharton.
2. Ellen Lyle, m. Alfred T. Mahan, Commander U. S. N., and has issue: Helen Evans, Ellen Kuhn, Lyle Evans.
3. Rosalie, unm., resides with her mother, in N.Y.
4. Hartman Kuhn, b. in Phila., 1860, unm. Returning to the United States, after the death of her father, he engaged in sheep ranching in Wyoming Territory.
ELLIS LEWIS AND HIS DESCENDANTS.
[The facts regarding Ellis Lewis, his ancestry and descendants here given, are delved from a very exhaustive and carefully compiled genealogy of this family(3) of Lewis, prepared by Philip Syng Physick Conner, Esq., of Philadelphia, and Octorara, Maryland. This genealogy, which is now before me, is based, so far as the ancestry is concerned, upon a bequest in the will of Ellis Lewis, which will is dated 25th of 12th month (February) 1747-8; proved at New Castle, Delaware, 29 October, 1750, and now remaining in the office of Register of Wills at Wilmington, Delaware (Will Book G, Vol. 1, page 430, etc.). This bequest of Ellis is to his "loving couzens, Elizabeth and Catherine Ellis, who, Mr. Conner assures us, he has identified as Elizabeth and Catherine, daughters of Rowland Ellis, who were, he says, both unmarried, and alive about 1747. The line claimed is through John ap Griffith, of Nannau, a direct male descendant of the ancient native Princes of Powys. (See Pedigree of Rowland Ellis, elsewhere in this volume.) This person had Lewis John ap Griffith, who had (besides Rees Lewis, grandfather of Rowland Ellis) Owen Lewis, who, by Mary, daughter of Tudor Vaughan, had Robert ap Owen, who married Margaret, daughter of John ap Lewis (Rowland Ellis Papers) and had(according to the authorities cited in the Lewis pedigree) a son, Lewis ap Robert, who, by Mary, (afterwards wife to one Owen Roberts) had ELLIS LEWIS, the ancestor of the family in this country.]
(3)Lewis Pedigree, drawn up by P.S.P. Conner, 1894.
ELLIS LEWIS was born in Wales in or about the year 1620, his father dying while he was quite young. His mother
remarried, as stated above. In or about the year 1698 the family were prepared to embark for America but were prevented by illness, their household goods, however, going on; and this explains Ellis Lewis's declaration, in his Certificate, that he had ''substance'' in Pennsylvania as well as ''relations'' (Rowland Ellis's family, for instance). Later they went to Ireland, and thence to Pennsylvania, Ellis Lewis's Certificate of Removal being dated at Mount Mellick, Ireland, the 25th of the 5th month, 1708. Upon his arrival in Pennsylvania, Ellis Lewis went first to Haverford, in the neighborhood of his cousins, the Ellises, Rowland and his family not yet having removed into Gwynedd. Subsequently, he (E. L.) settled in Kennett Township, Chester County, said Province, where he was highly esteemed, being "a man of good understanding,'' and long an Elder of Friends. He was twice married ; first, in 1713, at Concord Meeting, in said County, to Elizabeth Newlin, the mother of his children, as stated below ; secondly, to Mary Baldwin, a widow (at Falls Meeting, Bucks County, 11 1st mo., 1723), who survived him. He died at Wilmington, Delaware, on the 31st of the 6th month, 1750, and was buried at Kennett. In his will, made on the 25th of the 12th month (February), 1744-8, and proved on the 29th of October, 1750, and now (1893) of record at Wilmington, he mentions his "loving couzins Elizabeth and Catherine Ellis'' and leaves them a legacy. To return to his first wife : She was Elizabeth (born 3 1st mo., 1687-8), the daughter of Nathaniel Newton. the owner and settler of Newlin Township, in the said County of Chester, member of the Provincial Assembly in 1698 et seqq.) and one of the Committee on the Revision of the Laws and Government of Pennsylvania, subsequently, a Justice of the County Courts (1703 et seqq.) and one of the Proprietary's Commissioners of Property. From 1722 until his death in 1729, one of the Trustees of the General Loan Once of the Province. His first wife, and the mother of the said Elizabeth, was Mary Mendenhall or Mildenhall, of Mildenhall, County Wilts, England, whom he married April the 17th, 1685 ; his second, Mary Fincher, survived him a short time, dying childless. His father, Nicholas Newlin, an Englishman by birth, came from Mt. Mellick, Queen's County, Ireland, to Pennsylvania in 1683, settling in Concord Township, Chester County. In 1684 he was commissioned, by Governor Penn, one of the Justices of the Courts of the said County, while, in the following year, he was called to the Council of the said Governor and Proprietary, William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania. Nicholas Newlin died in May, 1699, his wife (Elizabeth Paggot) in 1717.
To return to Ellis Lewis: He had by his wife the said Elizabeth Newlin, four children: namely, Robert, b. 21 1st mo., 1714, of whose line we now treat; Nathaniel, b. 11 10th. mo., 1717, d. 1 7th mo., 1751, without issue ; Ellis, b. 22 3 mo., 1719 (had Eli, who had Ellis Lewis, Chief Justice of Pennsylvania); and Mary, b. 6 lst mo., 1716, d. 22 8th mo., 1760, m. at Kennett, Joshua Pusey, 29 8th mo., 1734 (issue). The eldest son:
Robert Lewis, member of the Assembly from the County of Chester (1745-46), b. 21 1st mo., 1714; m. at Concord, 23 3rd. mo., 1733, Mary Pyle ; he d. in the 77th year of his age, and was buried l 3 4th mo., 1782, will proved at Philadelphia, September 18, said year. She was b. in 1714 ; d. 26 6th mo., 1782. Mr. Lewis established his family in Philadelphia, where he long lived, using his inherited fortune in mercantile pursuits. His wife, the aforesaid Mary, was the daughter of William Pyle, of Thornbury, Chester County, a member of the Assembly and a Justice of the Courts. Mr. Lewis had issue by his said wife, five children, viz. : Ellis, Nathaniel, Robert, William and Phoebe, with seven others(4). Of these twelve the eldest son :
(4)Of these five, Ellis, the eldest, married and left issue as already stated ; Nathaniel m. Lucy Lawrence and had issue ; Robert m. Frances Swift and has issue as shown in Note B, p. 10a ; William m. Rachel Wharton (issue) ; Phoebe m. 1st, Samuel Morton, and secondly, James Pemberton. Beside these five children, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lewis had seven others ; viz. : Eli, b. 6 mo. 3, 1735 ; Elizabeth, b. 10 mo. 7, 1736 ; Mary, b. 5 mo. 24, 1739, d. 3 mo. 4, 1794 ; William (lst), b. 11 mo. 26, 1742-3 ; Lydia, b.12th month 5, 1745-6 ; Joshua, b. 10 mo. 29, 1749 ; Ann, b. 12 mo. 26, 1753.
Ellis Lewis (b. July l 5, 1734 ; d. Philadelphia 24 7th mo., 1776) m. 1st, Hannah Miller [issue, a daughter(5)], and 2ndly, Mary, dau. of David Deshler, of Philadelphia. This last marriage took place on the 16th of June, 1763, and by it he had the four following children : David, Robert, Phoebe and Esther. Besides a country place, or "plantation,'' Mr. Lewis possessed as his town residence, the noted "Great House'' or '' Governors' House,'' as it was called, it having been the abode of several rulers of the Province, including William Penn. It was built in 1693, by Mayor Shippen. Of the four(6) children, above mentioned, the eldest son was : David Lewis, of Springbrook, and of Philadelphia (b. July 9, 1776 ; d. August 28, 1840). He married on May 22, 1794 (Bishop White officiating), Mary, dau. of Colonel Thomas Darch(7), of Pine Hill, near Sunbury, Pennsylvania,but formerly of Netherclay House(8), County Somerset, England. By this marriage Mr. Lewis's family was restored to the Anglican Church after a separation of more than a century. An active and public-spirited man, Mr. Lewis early became a member of
the well known mercantile firm of Wharton & Lewis, President of the Pheonix Insurance Company, and, as a commissioned officer, he served in the suppression of the Western Insurrection of 1794, making the march of seven hundred miles, to and from Pittsburg.
(5)Issue by Ellis Lewis's first marriage with Hannah Miller ; to wit : a daughter, named Mary, who m. 'William Green.
(6)Of the four children mentioned of Ellis Lewis by his second wife, Mary Deshler, David m. as stated ; Robert m. Sarah Fish ; Phoebe m. Robert Waln, member of Congress from Pbiladelphia City, in 1798 ; Hester, or Esther, m. George Eddy.
(7)Colonel Darch bore : Gules, three arches argent ; impaling, per chevron embattled or and azures three eagles displayed counterchanged (Manley, his wife being Joan, a daughter of that family). Crest : A dove, holding an olive branch in its beak, proper. Motto : Ubi libertas, ibi patria. Of Col. Darch's two sons, Edmund died a prisoner in France ; the other, Thomas, Private Secretary to the Lords of the Admiralty, left a son, Henry Darch, Esq., Collector of Launceton, Van Diemen's Land.
(8)Netherclay House, in the parish of Bishop's Hull, near Taunton. According to the "List of Principal Seals in Somersetshire,'' given in Kelly's Directory of the county, Netherclay was, in 1889, the residence of Major-General Jobn Thomas Leishman, R. A.
Upon the threatened war with France, in 1798, he sought and received the appointment of Lieutenant in a company of infantry accepted for service by President Adams, as the first had been by Washington. The commission from Mr. Adams now rests, very peaceably, along with one from that President's old enemy, Lord North, appointing Mr. Lewis's father-in-law, Thomas Darch, Lieutenant-Colonel of the Earl of Cork's regiment of Somerset Militia, in 1787. By his wife, who died June 9th, 1819, in her forty-eighth year, Mr. Lewis had ten children, as follows: George, died without issue ; Ellis, whose male line is now extinct ; David, by whom the line is continued, as shown below ; Thomas, Edmund and Mary died unmarried ; Sarah, Phoebe, Elizabeth and Anne Wharton.
David Lewis, of Philadelphia, now the sole surviving child of the above mentioned David Lewis(9), by his wife, Mary, was born at his father's country place of Springbrook, on the Delaware, September 4th, in the year 18--. As before stated, he is the head of the family by right of seniority in male descent, being, as shown, the oldest surviving son of the oldest surviving male line. Mr. Lewis has long retired to private life, but, in past years, he was an active man of affairs, serving on the boards of several corporations and being the secretary of the Mutual Assurance Company, a Director in the Philadelphia Library, and one of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. On May 5th, 1829, he was married (by the Rev. Dr. DeLancey, Rector of Christ Church and St. Peter's) to Camilla, daughter of William Phillips(10), of Riversdale, Esq., and also of Philadelphia. By this lady, who died at the latter place on July the 21st, 1887, in her 34th year, he had the following five children, who now (1893) survive (one other, Frank, having died in infancy) : William Phillips, Edmund Darch, Clifford, Anna Phillips and Mary Darch.
(9)Of the ten children of David and Mary Lewis, George, Thomas, Edmund and Mary died unmarried ; Elizabeth married William Redwood Fisher, but left no issue ; Ellis (of the Bar of Philadelphia) m. Hester. dau. of Samuel Powel Griffitts, M. D. of the said city, and had a son (David) who died, unmarried and without issue, in his father's lifetime, and two daughters, viz. : Mary and Camilla now living (1893), and another (Emma) who died unmarried. The remaining four, viz. : Sarah, m John Wocherer but left no issue, his daughter Ellen Glen being the child of his first wife, Frances, the dau. of James Glen, M. D., of Savannah, Georgia, by the latter's wife, Mary, dau. of Robert, son of Robert, son of Ellis Lewis and Elizabeth Newlin, of this pedigree ; Phoebe, m. tbe Rev. John Clemson, D. D. (issue) : Anne Wharton. m. Edward Jones Glen, M. D., and left issue, with others, Frances, the wife of Edwin Rowland Warrington, of Philadelphia : David, the head of the family in line male, whose pedigree is here traced. As Mrs. Warrington's father was the son of the Dr. James Glen, of Savannah, mentioned above, it is evident that she has two lines of descent from the Lewis family.
Note.- Joseph E. Gillingham, Esq., of Villa Nova, Pennsylvania, is a lineal descendant of Ellis Lewis. Owing to his continued absence in Europe, the author was unable to obtain accurate particulars regarding his branch of the family. If the same are obtained in time they will be found in the Appendix.
(10)Of the five surviving children of David and Camilla Lewis, mentioned on page 11 , William Phillips Lewis, D. D., m. Sarah, dau. of Samuel L. Shober, by his wife, Mary : Edmund Darch Lewis, unm. : Clifford Lewis, m. Ella Eugenia, dau. of William Burr Nash Cozens, by his wife, Henrietta, and has David Lewis, Clifford Lewis, William Burr Nash Lewis, and one daughter, Eleanor Lewis ; Anna Phillips Lewis, m. 1st Samuel Emlen Randolph, and 2ndly Samuel Welsh; issue (by first marriage only), Philip Syng Physick Randolph, m. to Hannah, dau. of Ferdinand L. Fetherston, by his wife, Emlly : Mary Darch Lewis m. Philip Syng Physick Conner, the tracer of this pedigree, and has Camilla Conner, the wife of Arthur Hale, eldest son of the Rev. Edward Everett Hale D. D., of Boston; and Edward Conner, married to Frances Marie, dau. of the said Mr. and Mrs. Fetherston. With the exception of Dr. Hale, all of the above mentioned persons are, or were, of Philadelphia. Riversdale, Mr. Phillip's country-seat, was situated on the Delaware, some miles above Philadelphia ; his town-house was at the southeast corner of Spruce and Eleventh streets, in the said city. He bore: Azure, on a chevron engrailed or three falcons' heads erased of the field. Crest: A demi-lion rampant, proper.
THE HUMPHREYS FAMILY
There were few Cymric families of Pennsylvania descended from better stock than the Humphreys. In Colonial
times the name was frequently written both Humphrey and Humphreys, and in Wales the spelling Humffrey was commonly, but not always, used. There were several branches of this family in the Welsh Tract. The family long settled on the site of the central part of what is now Bryn Mawr, formerly Humphreysville, and whose house, a line old Colonial dwelling, is still standing near the College Grounds, was descended from Benjamin Humphrey, son of Samuel Humphrey(11), of Wales, whilst the Humphreys, of Haverford, come from Daniel Humphrey, the
elder brother of Benjamin. At the time of the first settlement a very large part of Merion was held by the representatives of this family. John Humphreys, who died childless, and after him his nephew, Benjamin, certainly held a large part of the present Bryn Mawr, whilst Benjamin, after the death of his kinsman, Thomas John Thomas, inherited a large tract of land to the east, lying to the northward of the present Montgomery avenue at Haverford station, several hundred acres in all. Directly northwest of the Humphrey tract was old Bryn
Mawr, now '' Harriton,'' six hundred acres, belonging to Rowland Ellis, nephew to John Humphrey. Living alongside John Humphreys was his nephew, Joshua Owen(12) son of Owen Humphrey, of Llwyn-du, whilst between the present Ardmore and Wynnewood stations, to the northwest and southeast of Montgomery avenue, was the four hundred and fifty acre plantation of Robert Owen, son-in-law to Owen Humphrey, and north of and adjoining his land was the property of John Roberts, called '' Wayn Mill,'' now Mill creek, at the conjunction of Mill Creek road and the old Gulph road, being about five hundred acres in all. So that the Humphrey family and its branches held some 1,900 acres of land in the upper part of Merion (but not Upper Merion), comprising the present towns of Bryn Mawr, North Haverford, North Ardmore, Mill Creek, and the land north of Wynnwood.
(11)The children of Samuel Humphrey at first called themselves "Samuel '' according to the "modo wallico,'' or Cymric system of surnames. After 1678 they assumed the surname of Humphreys.
(12)His brother John lived near by.
The earlier lineage of this family is given in the ancient pedigree by Rowland Ellis, reproduced on another page(13). The line is there given in the direct male descent from one Gronwy, who must have been born circa 1480, to Humphrey ap Hugh (of Llwyn-du), who was father to Owen Humphrey, John Humphrey and Samuel Humphrey, and also Anne, who married, in 1649, Ellis Price, and had Rowland Ellis.
(13)See article on Rowland Ellis.
Referring to the visitations of Wales made by Lewis Dwnn(14), who gives this male line of the Humphreys in the Tal y Lyn pedigree(15), we find another generation, namely Einion, who Dwnn gives as the father of Gronwy, above mentioned, and who we may consider to have been born about the year 1450(16).
(14)He was Deputy Herald, by Patent under seal of Clarenceux and Norroy Kings at Arms.
(15)Dwnn, II., p. 252) 1603 ; we give the pedigree on another page of this article.
(16)In making this estimation 30 years was allowed as an average generation. This, however, cannot be absolutely relied upon in all cases, as there are many exceptions to this rule.
From the title papers to the old Quaker grave-yard at Llwyngwrill, we and that the estate called Llwyn-du was ''an indefeasible estate of inheritance,'' and had, therefore, in all probability descended from this Gronwy ap Einion or his son Howell to Humphrey ap Hugh, who held it so late as 1662(17). Therefore, it is very evident that to find the ancestors of Gronwy ap Einion it is necessary to ascertain the owners of the '' ancient capital messuage(18)'' called Llwyn-du, in the township of Llwyn-gwrill and parish of Llangelynin, in the Comôt of Talybont, Merionethshire about and prior to the year 1500, Einion having been born, according to estimation, circa 1450, as we have seen. Unfortunately early Welsh titles are exceedingly difficult to trace, but from another pedigree by Dwnn(19) we learn that about the time mentioned one Gronwy ap Einion ap Howell held a large part of Llwyngwrill and neighborhood. He was descended from Ednowain ap Bradwen, and would seem at first sight to have been the same person as the Gronwy ap Einion, of Llwyngwrill, mentioned in the pedigree of Rowland Ellis and in the visitation by Dwnn.
(17)Diary of Richard Davies.
(18)Article on Quaker Burial Ground, Merlonethshîre, Montgomeryshire Collections. In this article a clerical error makes Owen Humphrey the possessor of Llwyn-du in 1646, instead of 1664, which is the date the graveyard was donated.
(19)Dwnn, II., 278, Powys Fadog, Peniarth.
Let us, however, examine into the title of the Llwyn-du property so far as the imperfect records will permit. The erst person mentioned in the title is Ednowen ap Bradwen. Of him a good account is given in manuscript of the middle of the 17th century(20). This paper, probably a copy of Vaughan of Hengwrt's work, says: "Ednowen ap Bradmen is by many writers called Lord of Merionydd, but I apprehend erroneously, as the Princes and their issue were always Lords of Merionydd. . . . . Yet certain it is that he and his issue were pos- sessed of all Talybont . . . . . save Nanney and the princes' demesnes. He is presumed to have been alive 1137(21), though sole question if he lived quite so early, without I think any ground for their assertion, for this date is in accordance with facts.'' That the possessions of Ednowen included, therefore, Llwyn-du, in Llwyngwrill, in which the Princes and their issue do not appear to have had any demesne, cannot be questioned, nor can it be doubted that the property descended, being as we have seen an indefeasible estate of inheritance, directly from Ednowain to Humphrey ap Hugh. The only question now is, How did it descend?(22)
(20)Dwnn, Powys Fadog, Cambian Register.
(21)He bore, Gales, 3 snakes, nowed, argent.
(22)The editor wrote several times, during the put ten years to the present owners of Llwyn-du, asking for information from their title papers, there being no provision in England for the recording of deeds. If these letters ever reached their destination no notice was taken of them. It is hoped that some information may yet be received from this source.
We that Ednowain's possessions(23), particularly in Llwyngwrill and neighborhood, came to his descendant, Llewelyn ap Tudor, who died prior to the 7th year of Henry V. In that year a part of Llwyngwrill was held by the grandsons of Llewelyn, to wit: Eig'n' (alias Ednyfed) ap Aaron, and Gruffydd ap Aaron(24). It appears of record that this Eignion or Ednyfed [who are held by some to have been the same person, and by others to have been brothers, because the extent sets forth that there were other children of Aaron heirs to Llwyngwrill(25)] had two sons, Gruffydd, who was Raglor of Talybont in 1452(26), and Howell, living circa 1450, who seems to have held a part of Llwyngwrill. He had issue Einion, born circa 1450(27), who had Gronwy ap Einion(28) born circa 1480, who, as we have said, might be considered on very good grounds to have been identical with Gronwy ap Einion of the same township(29), whose issue held Llwyn-du, which had unquestionably been the property of the former's ancestor, Aaron ap Ednyfed(30), of the line of Ednowain, the owner of all of Talybont in the 12th century(31).
(23)Cambrian Register, 1796.
(24)Records of Caernarvon, which include the extent of the County of Merioneth, taken in the 7th year of Henry V., and which mention a "wele", called "wele Nyrion Llywelyn ap Tudor,'' the domicile of the grandchildren of Llewelyn ap Tudor, and that the freeholders of the said "wale'' were; Eig'n (alias Ednyfed) ap Aron, Gruff ap Aron, and others. A wele, says Wotton, "seems to have been an estate, descending to child, or children, of the same common stock.''
(25)Records of Caernarvon. Extent of Merioneth.
(26)Powys Fodog, Peniarth.
(27)Dwnn, II., 278, etc. Powys Fadog.
(29)MS. Rowland Ellis; Dwnn, II., 252.
(30)Records of Caernarvon. Extent of Merioneth. Vill Llwyn Gwrill.
(31)It is worthy of note that almost all of the lands of Llangelynin and Llanergrin continued in the possession of the descendants of Aaron, except a part which the antiquary Vaughan of Hengwrt claims was sold to Cadwgan ap Ievan, a gentleman of South Wales, who had married a daughter of David ap Ievan, of Gwyddelvynnydd, Merionethshire, a descendant of this person, one Einion, of Talybont, temp. of Henry VI. was confused by some with Einion ap Howell, but the investigation of the late Sir S. Rush Meyrick seems to have settled this question.
Unfortunately for this line of argument, however, it has been definitely ascertained that the Llwyn-du property descended to Humphrey ap Hugh (1662) from Ednowain ap Bradwen through an heiress, and that Gronwy ap Einion, with whom our pedigree begins, was descended in the male line from Callwyn ap Tagno, Lord of Llyn, one of those descendants, married an heiress descended from Ednowen ap Bradwen, thus bringing the Llwyn-du property into the possession of the ancestors of Humphrey ap Hugh.
Which of the generations given, forded this alliance cannot now be determined, but that it was prior to the marriage of David ap Howell (born circa 1540) with Mary, daughter of Hugh ap John, of Tal y Llwyn, seems clear.
The above information was brought to light by the discovery of a seal used by John Humphreys (or Humphrey), brother to Owen Humphrey, of Llwyn-du. This seal, used before 1691, bears the arms of Collwyn ap Tangno, of Llyn (a chevron inter 3 qeur-de-lys), in the first and fourth quarter, and the arms of Ednowain ap Bradwen (the three snakes nowed), in the second and fourth quarter. This seal is attached to a document signed by a number of settlers in the Welsh Tract but written, directed and sealed by John Humphreys. The ownership of these arms was further confirmed by the examination of other documents.
Leaving the earlier portion of this pedigree, however, entirely out of the question, we commence the Humphrey
genealogy with :
EINION was probably born circa 1450. He had a son :
GRONWY AP EINION, who had :
HOWELL, who had :
DAVID AP HOWELL, of Llwyngwrill, Talybont, born circa 1540, who married Mary, daughter of Hugh ap John, of Tal y Llyn(32), a parish in the Union of Dôlgelly, in the cômot of of Estimaner, Merionethshire, eight miles southwest of Dôlgelly Town. Hugh ap John was the son of John ap Meredith ap David ap Ievan ap Llewelyn ap Einion, of Llwydiarth, in Montgomeryshire (mentioned in grant of 7 Henry V., but it is perhaps doubtful if he was alive in that year), ap Einion ap Celynin (living 14 Edward III., 1340) ap Celynin ap Ririd ap Cynddelw ap Ierworth ap Gwrgeney ap Uchdryd ap Aleth, Prince of Dyfed. Arms : "Arvan rhain yw'r bwch gen dans ei defians of molet'." (Dwnn II., p. 252.) Hugh ap Hugh, brother of Mary, was living 1603. The family of Tal y Llyn, descended by its various alliances, from Griffith Derwas, of Nannau, of the line of Meuric ap Ynyr Vychan, whose tomb
in Dôlgelly Church has been described ; from Iorwerth ap Adda, of Dolgôch, from the Princes of Powys and many other noble families of Wales. David ap Howell had(33) by Mary (Mali), his wife:
(32)MS. of Rowland Ellis, 1696.
(33)John William, thought to have been identical with John William ap Humphrey is believed to have been of this family.
HUGH AP DAVID, of Llwyngwrill, who married Catherine, daughter of John (Sion) ap Rhydderch, of Abergynolwyn. According to some characters preserved by descendants in Wales, this family of Abergynolwyn appears to be traceable to about 1400, or earlier. (See Pugh of Cwmllow, Montg. Colls. ) This couple had issue :
Humphrey ap Hugh, of whom presently.
John ap Hugh, living 1 January, 1649, at which time he was witness to marriage contract. He had David John ap
Hugh, of age at that time (1649).
David ap Hugh Gôch, living, 1636(34).
(34)See Subsidy Roll, Merionethshire, being the 3d Subsidy of 1636, Cambrian Magazine, Vol. III. He is thought to have died s.p before 1649, and may have been the eldest son, in which case the property would have gone to Humphrey ap Hugh.
HUMPHREY AP HUGH, of Llwyngrill ; he signed the marriage settlement of his daughter, Anne, who espoused Ellis Price (father of Rowland Ellis), 1 January, 1649, and was living at Llwyn-du in 1662. He died there circa 1664, having married circa 1625, Elizabeth, daughter of John Powel (alias John ap Howell), of Llanwddyn, Montgomeryshire. John Powell, alias John ap Howell Gôch, of Gadfa, was buried in the Church of Llanwddyn, 24 July, 1636. His wife was Sibill, daughter of Hugh Gwyn, of Penarth, High Sheriff of Caernaronshire, 1600, descended from Sir William Griffith, of Penrhyn, the Herberts of Raglan, and from Edward I and Edward III, Kings of England. The wife of Hugh Gwyn was Jane, daughter of Owen ap Hugh, of Bodeon, in Anglesey, High Sheriff of Anglesey, 1579-80, who died 1613 ; descended from Merick ap Llewelyn ap Halkin, of Bodeon, 8th in de-
scent from Hava, son of Kundhelw, Lord of Cwmwd Lhivon, living 1150.
Humphrey ap Hugh had by Elizabeth, his wife :
2.John Humphrey, m. Jane, sister of Richard Humphrey(35).
3. Samuel Humphrey, m. Elizabeth Rees.
4. Ann Humphrey, m. Ellis Price, of Bryn Mawr, 1649, and had other daughters.
Rowland Ellis, of Bryn Mawr, born 1650.
(35)John Humphreys, son of Humphrey ap Hugh, of Llwyn-du, married his cousin, Jane, daughter of Humphrey , and sister to Richard Humphrey, of the same parish (i.e. Llangelyrin, Merionethshire). As this Richard Humphrey had brothers, John and Owen Humphrey, and was also cousin to the Humphreys of Llwyn-du, the genealogical tangle resulting is exceedingly confusing. The following facts may assist to elucidate it. Richard Humphrey, of the parish of Llangelynin, Merionethshire, was grantee in a deed dated 30 July, 1682, for 156 acres of land in the Province of Pennsylvania, which were subsequently surveyed to him in Radnor Township. He came to the Province in 1683; his certificate of removal being dated 5th mo. 27, 1683. His will is dated 12th month 2, 1691, and proved at Philadelphia 18th of12th month, 1692-3. He bequeathed his plantation to "my brother in law John Humphreys." "Item I give and bequeath Four pounds to be sent to the Land of my nativity to be disposed as followeth, viz. : one pound of English money to my brother John Humphrey, & one pound to my brother Owen Humphrey, & one pound to my cousin John Owen, & one pound to my sister Katherine or her children.'' "Item I give and bequeath to Lydia Ellis Two pounds, to Ann Humphrey Two pounds, to Daniel Humphrey two pounds, to Benjamin Humphrey two pounds, to Joseph Humphrey two pounds. Bequests to cousin Alika Humphrey. John Humphrey, his brother-in-law, Executor. The witnesses are: Theodore Roberts, Benjamin Humphrey and Rowland Ellis. John Humphrey, the Executor, and to whom the plantation was devised, sold the land soon after." (See former records of land titles of Richard Davies Company.) It may be mentioned that John Humphrey in this narrative of this and others sufferings mentions that his wife, Jane, before she was married, resided in the same parish, or very near him, and near Llwyn du, in Llangelyn. This was before John Humphrey removed to Llanwddyn Parish, in Montgomeryshire, near to his maternal cousins, Thomas John ap Thomas and John Howell and others. (See Historical Collections of Gwynedd, by Howard M. Jenkins.) This is a good example of the confusion arising from the Welsh system of surnames.
OWEN HUMPHREY, eldest son and heir of Humphrey ap Hugh, of Llwyn-du, was born circa 1629, and died prior to 1699(36). He was, it is stated, an officer under Oliver Cromwell, and he served as a Justice ofthe Peace for Merionethshire under the Protectorate. He was amongst the first in Wales to join the Quakers, and his name is of very frequent occurrence in Besse's "Sufferings of Friends." In l 662, having with his brother Samuel "refused to pay a demand for tithes,'' he was prosecuted in the Sheriff's Court, and execution was awarded against him, by which his cattle were seized.'' After his father's decease, in 1664-1669, he became seized in the "ancient demesne lands of Llwyn-du,'' and deeded thereupon a lot of ground for a burial place for the Cymric Friends, as did Lewis Owen, his kinsman, of Tyddyn y Garreg, a part of his estate, the lands adjoining.
(36)Will of John Humphreys, Will Book B., p. 65. Reg. Wills, Phila.
Llwyn-du had, as we have seen, been the ancestral estate for many generations. The title papers relating to the gift of the burial lot recites that: "Owen Humphrey, of Llwyn-du, in Llwyn Gwrill, in the said county [Merionethshire], Esquire, now long since deceased, was in his life time (that is to say), in the year 1646 [should be 1664], seized in his demesne of a good and indefeasible estate of inheritance of and in that ancient capital Messuage, Tenement and Lands called Llwyn-du.'' In 1678(37) he signed the marriage certificate, and also the marriage settlement of his daughter, Rebecca, and Robert Owen, of Fron Gôch (Vron Gôch), and he signed numerous certificates of removal for persons coming from Wales to Pennsylvania, between the years 1683-1690(38). He is mentioned in the will of his brother, John Humphrey(39) who died in Pennsylvania 1701, as then deceased. Of the children of Owen Humphrey, John, Joshua, Elizabeth and Rebecca (then wife of Robert Owen), removed to Pennsylvania. His eldest son Humphrey Owen Humphrey, inherited the estate.
(37)Original Document produced. See copy, and facsimile Owen article.
(38)Friends Records-Certificates of Removal, Merion, Radnor and Haverford, Mtg.
(39)Will of John Humphreys, dated 22 7 mo., 1699. Proved 31 Aug., 1700.
Owen Humphrey, having been very frequently heavily fined (on one occasion to the amount of £20 for praying at a meeting), it is believed that he left little personal estate, in fact what little money he had remaining he lent freely to Friends going to Pennsylvania, as appears of record, much of which he doubtless never recovered. He married, it is thought, twice. All of his children were by his first wife, and were :
1. Humphrey Owen Humphrey. of Llwyn-du [vide Deed in re. Tyddyn-y-Garreg Burial Ground, Montg. Colls.]
2. John Owen ; removed to Pennsylvania 1683(40).
3. Rowland Owen ; his name appears attached as a witness to the marriage certificate of 1678, and to other docu-
4. Joshua Owen ; he removed to Pennsylvania in 1683, bringing with him a certificate of removal from meeting held at Tyddyn y Garreg, describing him as '' late of Llwyn-du.'' He signs with near relatives of the Owens in marriage certificates in Pennsylvania. He married Martha Shinn, and went to live in Burlington county, New Jersey, where he was living in 1739 with Rowland and Robert Ellis.
5. Owen Owes, mentioned as of Llwyn-du in minutes of Montgomeryshire Meeting(41).
6. Rebecca Owen, m. 1678, Robert Owen, of Fron Gôch, Merionethshire, ''gentleman,'' and is mentioned in the
marriage certificate as "eldest daughter of Owen Humphrey, of Llwyn-du.''
7. Elizabeth Owen; removed to Pennsylvania, with her brother, John Owen, and m. in Pennsylvania, John Roberts,
of Pen y Chwd, Denbighshire.
(40)John Owen is mentioned in Certificate of Removal as "ye 2nd son of Owen Humphrey of Llwyn-du.''
(41)A memorandum that I, Mary Davies, of Llandloes, received of Caleb Iurchee a sum of money at the yearly meeting, in Builth, in Radnorshire, to convey for Owen Owen, of Llwyn-du, in Merionethshire, and Humphrey Humphreys, of Lloydyarthfach in Montgomeryshire, to pay for repairing the meeting house and graveyard at Caiye Bychen in Llanwthin (Llanwddyn), and Humphrey Humphreys gave the door-frame, door and hinges, at his own expense, at the time that I, Mary Davies, did live with Humphrey Humphreys, at Lloydyarthfach.
The mark of
MARY (M.) DAVIES.
Record 10th Monthly Mtg.
Dolobran, Montgomeryshire, 1713. Montgomery Collections, XI., p. 123.
Children of Samuel Humphrey and Elizabeth Rees:
1.Daniel, m. 1695, Hannah Wynne, daughter of Thomas Wynne.
3.Anne. m. Edward Roberts, son of Hugh Roberts, 1699.
4.Benjamin, m. 1694, Mary Llewelyn, dau. Morris Llewelyn, 1694.
5.Lydia, m. Ellis Ellis, son of Thomas Ells, who d. 1706.
6. Gobitha, d. 1687.
7. Rebecca, m. 1713, Edward Rees, of Merion (his 2nd wife, see Price).
8. Elizabeth, m. 1693, Thomas Abel.
Children of Daniel Humphrey and Hannah Wynne:
1.Samuel, b.6th mo. 3, 1696.
2.Thomas, b. 4th mo. 20, 1697.
3.Jonathan, b. 7th mo. 9, 1698 ; m. Sarah.
4.Hannah, b. 11th mo. 7, 1699.
5.Benjamin, b. 11th mo. 7, 1701-2.
6.Elizabeth, b. 8th mo. 16, 1703.
7.Mary, b. 12th mo. 10, 1704.
8.Solomon, b. 10th mo. 16, 1706.
9.Joshua, b. 1st mo. 10, 1707-8.
10.Edward, b. 12th mo. 28, 1709.
11.Martha, b. 9th mo. 9, 1711.
12.Charles, b. 7th mo. 19, 1714.
13.Rebecca, b. 10th mo. 2, 1716.
Children of Benjamin Humphrey and Mary Llywelyn:
1. John, b. 7th mo. 8, 1695.
2. Joseph, b. 11th mo. 11, 1697.
3. David, b. 2nd mo. 6, 1701.
4. Ann, b. 5th mo. 24, 1708 ; m. Gerund Jones, son of Robert, of Merion, 10th mo. 23, 1742.
5. Owen, b. 11th mo.27, 1713; Sarah Hughes, widow of John, of Haverford. 7th mo. 29, 1738.
6. Elizabeth, m. John Scarlet, s. John, of Robeson township, Lancaster County, 1741.
The descendants of Benjamin Humphrey continued to reside at the present Bryn Mawr, Merion, and at the present time their descendants live in the neighborhood. There are also many descendants of Daniel Humphrey, but limited space prevents us from extending this genealogy. It may be men-
tioned that Joshua Humphreys, called the ''Father of the American Navy'' and General Humphreys were descendants of this family.