Two of the several unanswered questions regarding William Jones, who was almost certainly born in Pennsylvania c. 1710/1720 and who died in Loudoun Co., VA in 1771, are whether he was married more than once and the identities of his wife/wives. In his will, he named a wife with the given name of Mary, and it has been suggested that this woman could be either Mary Ellis, daughter of Cadwalader Ellis of Caernarvon Twp., Lancaster Co. (later Berks Co.), PA or Mary Hughes, the widow of Cadwalader Ellis' son, Robert. If the later is correct, Mary (Hughes) Ellis would have to be a second or even third wife whom William Jones married late in life. She would also not be the natural mother of William Jones' children, who were born in the 1730s, long before Mary Hughes could have re-married following her first husban's death in Loudoun Co. in 1766.
Very recently I came across newly posted records on Ancestry.com (under Bucks Co. PA Tax Records, 1782-1860, although these are Orphan's Court records from 1740-41), regarding legal activity in Bucks Co., PA, which involved a William Jones. He, along with John Ewers, had been appointed as a guardian and was holding money on behalf of two minors, Benjamin and Elizabeth Poole. These were the children of a Benjamin Poole, deceased, and the money had been given to them by their deceased grandfather, David Williams. William Jones was ordered to post security for this inheritance, which would be satisfactory to Simon Butler and John Ewers, but he apparently never did so. I believe that this William Jones is very likely the same man who was the son of the widow, Mary Jones of Tredyffrin, Chester Co., PA, who later resided in Cumru, Lancaster/later Berks Co., PA, and who finally resided in Loudoun Co., Virginia, where he died. These orphan's court records not only provide clues which suggest that Ann Pool(e), nee Williams, daughter of David Williams and Ann Allen, was a wife of William Jones but also further verify the general area where William Jones' family probably originated.
Before this court document came to light, there was scant evidence that this William Jones actually had any significant ties to Bucks Co. A county history mentioned a William Jones coming into the possession of land with a John Thomas in Hilltown in the early 1730s, There is also the following will abstract, also from US GenWeb Archives, Bucks Co. Wills, which could contain a reference to the same William Jones.
1.207. JOHN HUMPHREY of New Britain, Yeoman.
December 17, 1733. Proved March 13, 1733/4.
Wife Ann, sole extx. Son and 2 daus. in Great Britain. Dau. Ann.
Wit: John Rowland, William Jones, Reese Lewis.
The key to understanding the incredible number of ties between several families in the border area around Montgomery Twp., in what was then Philadelphia Co. and New Britain Twp., over the border in Bucks Co. is actually the mother of Ann Williams, Ann Allen (Feb 1683, England - 1768, Philadelphia Co., PA). She was married at least three times, with her first husband being John Ewers (1679 England or Wales - abt. 1712, NJ). There were two sons born from that marriage, John II (b. 1704 NJ, d. 1769, Plumstead Twp., Bucks, PA), and Allen Ewers, who apparently died before 1735, since he is not mentioned along with John in David Williams' will. The second husband was named Harton (who died in New Jersey c. 1715), and the only child by that marriage was a William Harton, b. abt. 1713/14. Ann then marries David Williams of either Montgomery Twp. or Providence Twp., Philadelphia Co. Ann had the following children by David Williams, presumably beginning around 1716: Ann, Daniel, Mary, and Sarah Williams.
With this background, the the relationships between the persons named in David Williams' will become obvious.
From US GenWeb Archives, Philadelphia wills:
WILLIAMS, DAVID. City of Philadelphia. Yeoman. January 3, 1734/5.February 4, 1733. E.266. Wife and Exec: Ann Williams. Children: Ann Pool, Daniel, Mary, Sarah. Grandchildren: Benjamin and Elizabeth Pool. Stepsons:William Harton, John Ewers. Wit: John Westfield, James Pearson, John Campbell.
The date the will was proved must be February 4, 1735. But the substance of the abstract explains why John Ewers, a half brother of Ann Williams, would be appointed one of the guardians of Ann's children by her first husband, Benjamin Pool.
The key to understanding William Jones' role is provided in an unsourced posting by Geri Brennan in a posting on the GenForum Poole Family board on October 29, 2007, in which she stated that the will of this David Williams, [also?) filed in Bucks Co., Dec. 12, 1735, mentioned the widow, Ann and grandchildren Benjamin and Elizabeth Pool, but further indicating that the father of the children was Benjamin Pool, deceased, and that his widow (David William's daughter, Ann) was subsequently married to William Jones. Although I have found absolutely nothing to date about this Benjamin Pool, first husband of Ann Williams, other than what is clearly stated in the orphan's court records from Bucks Co., those records are so consistent with the known relationships between David Williams, his daughter, his grandchildren, and his step-son, that the fact that the William Jones who had custody of those grandchildren was their step-father makes complete sense.
Certain other fact lead me to believe that this is the same William Jones who died in Loudoun Co., VA. David Williams was active in precisely the same area where an incredible number of the families connected with William Jones were also present in the first quarter of the 18th century. I have written about the ties between William Jones and Hugh Jones, Thomas Edwards, Evan Price, and others in earlier postings. But David Williams appears to be yet another one of these key persons.
Jasper Farmer, a wealthy Irishman and very early friend of William Penn in Ireland, came to America after having purchased 5000 acres of land in the area of Montgomery, Whitemarsh, and Providence Twps., Philadelphia Co. He died shortly after arrival, but his wife developed the land and left much of it to a son, Edward Farmer. Edward Farmer sold land to Alexander Edwards, who had first settled in Radnor, Chester Co., but who died in what has variously been called Upper Dublin and Montgomery Twps. His children were very much associated with what must be William Jones' family. Son Thomas Edwards, who I believe, although some disagree, is identical to the Thomas Edwards who moved from Montgomery Twp., to Easttown, Chester Co., very near St. David's Protestant Episcopal Church, of which he was an early member, and then westward to the Conestoga region, in what became known as East Earl Twp., Lancaster Co. In Easttown, he was a very close friend of Edward Hughes, brother of Morgan Hughes. Edward Hughes was also heavily involved in the founding of St. David's Church, and he was the father of Mary Hughes, the possible 2nd or 3rd wife of William Jones. Mary Hugh's first husband, Robert Ellis, was the son of Cadwalader Ellis, who married Thomas Edward's sister, Margaret Edwards. And Robert Ellis' sister, Mary Ellis, is the same women who has often been claimed to be the mother of William Jones' children. And the father, Cadwalader Ellis had bought land from Alexander Edwards, his father-in-law, which, of course, had before been Edward Farmer's land. Other siblings of Thomas Edwards married into families which were prominent in Radnor Twp., but which came from the Welsh areas of Philadelphia Co., e.g., the Miles family which moved to Radnor from Bristol Twp., Philadelphia Co., later Bucks Co. A large number of these families came from either Montgomeryshire or Radnorshire, Wales, and quite a few came over on the Vine, a ship in Penn's Fleet. They are mostly settlers who came to America before 1700 and most are not part of the wave of Welsh immigrants from South Wales who were Baptists in Wales and who settled in the Delaware Welsh Tract.
Thomas Edward's second wife was Mary Price, who I believe was a close relative of Evan Price, due to the fact that Evan signed as a relative at the Quaker wedding of Thomas and Mary. Even Price purchased Thomas Edward's property in Montgomery Twp. when Thomas Edwards moved to Easttown. And Evan Price's name appears in a smattering of records in the Montgomery area. He placed an ad in the Pennsylvania Gazette when he found a horse on the premises of Edward Jones' mill in Whitemarsh. He also witnesses a few wills, at times along with a David Harry. But Evan Price is most important because of his association with Hugh Jones, who lived in Easttown, Chester Co. along side of Thomas Edwards and Edward Hughes, who was also an early member of St. David's Church, and who was the first Welshman to move into the wilderness, as part of the Welsh Trek, into what became Berks Co., PA. Hugh Jones, along with his identified brothers, Evan and John Jones, was married to Jane Pugh, daughter of Richard Pugh. And Richard Pugh, who had a sister who married Joseph Wells in Bucks Co., and a brother Robert, whose children went to Loudoun Co., VA, was also an early purchaser of Edward Farmer's land in Montgomery Twp. By the time Hugh Jones and wife Jane settled in what became Cumru Twp., immediately to the west of what is now Reading, PA, Evan Price was firmly attached to that family. Hugh Jones purchased 5 tracts of prime land, all on creeks on which he built 5 water mills. In his will, which was written and witnessed by Thomas Edwards, Hugh Jones left his land to his wife, his sons, John, Evan, and David Jones, and to Evan Price. Although I have not yet found the maiden name of Evan's own wife, Sarah, I strongly suspect it was Jones and that she was a presently unidentified daughter of Hugh Jones. Evan Price left Cumru Twp. in the 1750s and moved to Fairfax Co., Virginia, near Loudoun Co. His will was witnessed by William Jones of Loudoun. And although Hugh Jones and family ended up with most of prime land in Cumru Twp., one parcel with access to a creek was left for William Jones, who I am convinced is the same man who I've been writing so much about for the past three years. For locations of the properties, see the warranty township map of Cumru Twp., http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/rg/di/r17-522WarranteeTwpMaps/r017-Map2584-Berks-CumruWeb.pdf
But now we come to the real subject of this posting, David Williams and his family. Guess who also purchased part of Edward Farmer's land - a David Williams, of course. And David Williams was a partner with Edward Farmer in a business venture. In 1703, the Pennsylvania land office took notice that the David Williams who had purchased only 500 acres of Farmer's land had ended up with 780 acres - not at all unusual with the incredibly inaccurate land surveys which were used in laying out Penn's colony. And that excess land was ordered to be given to David Harry, the same man who is frequently found with Evan Price. This now makes sense, since Evan Price had bought Thomas Edward's portion of Alexander Edward's land purchased from Edward Farmer. I won't go into this other family connection in depth here, but I believe that David Harry is probably related to Daniel and Hugh Harry. Daniel Harry owned land in Radnor, immediately below the Radnor-Tredyffrin border, and in very close proximity to the location of the widow, Mary Jones' last residence. From Mike Bertram's incredibly important, new, interactive map of original and subsequent owners of the land in Tredyffrin, which is found on the Tredyffrin Easttown Historical Society's website, (http://www.tehistory.org/tt18c/ OriginalPurchasersMap1-0.html) it is now possible to locate the precise location of Timothy Davis' land. He was William Jones' brother-in-law and executor of Mary Jones' will. This land is adjacent to the land of Henry Jones, who is NOT the brother of the Griffith Jones who was a deacon of the Great Valley Baptist Church but instead the brother of John Jones from Barbados, hence the name of Henry Jones' land, the Barbados tract. And just to the west is the property once owned by Benjamin Davis and his wife, Prudence, which was transferred to Timothy Davis, presumably a son (and even more likely so since he named his first born son Benjamin), along with Margaret (James) Miles, Samuel Nutt (of iron forge fame), and Rice (Rees) Thomas. Before Mary Jones' death in 1747, the parcel had been subdivided, and an Edward Jones is listed as an owner of part of the original parcel, as well as adjoining property. At about the time of her death, Timothy Davies and his wife, Sarah (sister of William Jones) conveyed their interest in the land to another one of William Jones' brothers-in-law, John Best, who also moved, about a decade later, to Cumru Twp., and who died in Loudoun Co., Virginia. But just over the border from all these relatives of William Jones was the land of Daniel Harry. And his son, Henry Harry, just happens to end up the owner of a large tract of land in Cumru Twp. also with water access, and adjacent to the land of Hugh Jones and Evan Price. And after his death, that land was owned by a James Davis, a John Davis, and William Jones. And very close to the land of Henry Harry was another large parcel owned by none other than Edward Farmer. I'm glad I kept that brief! After all, I just wanted to suggest a possible link between David Williams and one of the Harry families in early Pennsylvania. BTW, Daniel Harry and Evan Price jointly donated land for the building of a Baptist Church on what was once part of Hugh Jones' property in Cumru Twp. And Evan Price also donated land for the building of the Episcopal Church where his own children were baptized in what became Berks Co.
Another reason for believing that the David Williams in this portion of Philadelphia County is identical to the grandfather of the Pool children is that he had a son named Daniel. There is, in fact, another David Williams in New Britain, Bucks, who had a wife named Elinore and a son, Isaac. It is possible that this was the eldest son of the David Williams in Philadelphia Co., one not mentioned in the will because he was given property before his father's death. And there was a David Williams associated with the Montgomery Baptist Church, as were William Jones' sister, Margaret, wife of Richard Williams of Bucks Co. and another brother-in-law, Isaac Evans, who settled near New Britain and was one of those who split off the Montgomery Church to form the New Britain Baptist Church. But the only son identified in David Williams' will, Daniel, seems to pick up with the signing of road petitions in what is now Montgomery Co., PA after his father, whose name appears on many earlier petitions, passed away. See http://www.gwyneddmeeting.org/history /jenkinsch apter16.htm.
The families who converged on this area of Montgomery Co. are not limited to the ones I've already mentioned. I believe that the Thomas John who is so closely associated with William Jones and his in-laws in Loudoun Co. most likely came from this area. Jost Hite, who led a group of 16 families from Pennsylvania (perhaps including that of Thomas John) to the North Neck of Virginia in the 1730s also settled in this area after arriving from New York, and there is some evidence that he also resided for a short time in what became Berks Co. before going to Virginia. The DeHaven family of Loudoun unquestionably came from here, as did the Lanes, the Pawlings, and many other families. The ties between Montgomery and New Britain/Warminster/Southampton in Bucks Co. were obvious, due to their geographic proximity and the two Baptist Churches. William George, father of William Jones' good friend, Thomas George, lived in Upper Merion, although he also owned property in Tredyffrin and Charlestown, Chester Co., helped found the New Britain Church. But Thomas George himself, although from Merion Twp., was married in Bucks Co. One would expect William Jones' father and first wife to have also been part of this closely knit group of families, although they were numerous and somewhat spread over the three original counties of Pennsylvania.
But there are still unanswered questions. I really won't go into the religious issues, other than to say that most of the Welsh families in this group appear to have been Quakers, then followers of George Keith, then 7th Day Baptists centered around the Brandywine Church, then reverting to being members of Episcopal Churches (St. Pauls, Chester and St. David's, Radnor/Newtown), and then, by the time they got to Virginia, a mix of mostly Quaker women who married outside their religion to either Baptists or Episcopalians. And although this might now sound like much progress over what I said three years ago, I now have precise names, dates, and churches for most of these folks. But the question for Ann Williams is whether her son, Banjamin Pool, is the same as the Benjamin Pool who was a Quaker and who moved to Loudoun Co. If the date of birth of the Benjamin Pool in Loudoun was, in fact, 1729 or 1730, that might make it a bit iffy for his having a mother born around 1716, i.e., after the death of her mother's second husband. There is no question that many of the descendants of John Ewers, the first husband of Ann Allen migrated to Northern Virginia, where they intermarry with precisely the same families as those who marry Joneses and Johnses from this group, including the Gregg family and some descendants of the Thomas Jones Sr. and Jr. of Bucks Co.
We now know that a Benjamin Pool was the father of a Benjamin Pool, Jr., although there seems to be a dearth of information on the elder Benjamin Pool. One constantly sees the Joseph Pool from Bucks Co. identified as the father of the Benjamin Pool in Loudoun Co., yet Geri Brennan's list of the children of Joseph Pool, in the same posting which mentions Ann Williams Pool's marriage to William Jones, does not include a Benjamin. I haven't finished looking into Joseph Pool's progeny, since there is such an ocean of consistent information which does include a son, Benjamin, but I wonder if someone merely assumed Joseph to be the father, given his well-documented presence in Bucks Co., the fact that he married a Janney, when the Janneys were such prominent early settlers in the North Neck of Virginia, and the absence of documentation regarding a Benjamin Pool as an alternative father. I also have been unable to locate the actual will of Ann Allen Ewers Harton Williams, although someone with a private family tree on Ancestry apparently has at least an abstract. That will, presumably written in the 1760s, might mention William Jones and/or his children, thereby confirming that Ann Williams really was one of his wives.
I have found an Elisabeth Pool listed in a 1768 list of residents of Buckingham Twp., Bucks Co, showing she had no property or cows, but only one horse. This might indicate that she never left the area. But the Benjamin Pool of Loudoun Co., had a daughter, Hannah, who married a nephew of William Jones, Enos Williams, son of Richard WIlliams and Margaret Jones of Bucks Co., PA and Loudoun Co., VA.
As always, I welcome any input that anyone can provide. I haven't provided citations to sources for the above, since I find it way too tedious to find and insert them as I write, mostly from memory, but I do have documentation for everything I have said here and would be happy to provide it to anyone who's interested.
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