This is a compil;ation of a direct email sent to me by Leahy2924@aol.com March 10, 2003:
I would invite comment by any of our Weslh/English Cousins:
"Mark, attached (I hope) is a picture of Lt. Co. Edward R. Nanney-Wynn and his wife, and a picture of the Nanne coat of arms found on their estate LLanfendigaid, Merionethshire, Wales.The pictures were taken on July 2, 1982. Llanfendigaid means, "Llan-land of the church and findagod"-holy or sacred land.It is located on the road outside of Dolgellau, Wales as you head toward Barmouth Bay.The estate is actually on the bay.According to Mr. Nanney-Wynn, the estate originally belonged to the Anwyl family.John Anwyl, the son of William Lewis Anwyl of Parc, had an only daughter Elizabeth.Elizabeth Anwyl married John Nanney of Maes-y-pandy from the parish of Towyn, Wales, and they moved to the Llafendigaid estate.This is how Llanfendigaid became the Nanney estate.
This is what I picked up from my visit.John Nanney's father was Lewis Nanney who was the High Sheriff of Merioneth.Lewis' father was Edward Nanney born about 1578.His father was also Edward (brother of Griffith Nanney) and this Edward's father was Hugh Nanney of Nannau, the High Sheriff of Merioneth and 14th descendant of Cadwgan, Lord of Nannau.
Back to John and Elizabeth.They had 3 sons, John, Vincent, and Lewis.Supposedly John came to New York in the late 1600's or early 1700's.One of the other brothers supposedly went to Australia.Later one of the Nanney(s) married a Wynn and the state became the Nanney-Wynn estate.There was also a William Wynn-Kirby involved, but they later changed their name back to Nanney-Wynn.
The fact that John came to U.S. versus a WIlliam or Geroge is a little confusing, but that is what Mr. Nanney-Wynn indicated."
The latter is a reference to my GGGGG Grandfather William Nanney and his son George Nannwy/Anway baptized 3 February 1746 in Long Island, New York.We have proven that my GGGG Grandfather George Nanney changed his name surname to Anway between 1810 and 1811. I have speculated that maybe he changed his surname to Anway harkening back to the Anwyl matriarchal line.
Again any coments from our Welsh/English cousins would be greatly appreciated.
I have found a living Mr. John Halford Nanney, born in Hull, England who has graciously accepted to provide his DNA for testing and we together have a 23 out of 24 DYS DNA match.David Brown has traced Mr. John Halford Nanney's ancestry back to Llanaber, Wales.This, for me, has offered some very convincing scientific evidence to support the genealogical and historical evidence linking the Anway(s) of the United States to the Nanney(s) of Llanaber, Wales.