Originally Posted by WelshPoppy30
Ahhh thank you, that so nice
I love reading/hearing stories like that as well, were you ever told which part of Wales they came from? if you don't mind me asking.
Upon checking my info for Welsh names I find I made a slight mistake. The families that came over in 1701 were a Baptist Church group. They were from the counties of Pembroke, Merioneth, and Carmarthen. One of the lines goes back to Rhodri the Great (844-878), the over-king of Wales.
However, there was one man that came over on the “Lyon” in 1682 with a group of Quakers. People over there were being persecuted for their religious beliefs so many were anxious to get away. When they heard there was a ship leaving Liverpool and you could buy land from William Penn, he booked passage immediately, arriving here 13 August 1682. They bought land so the families that followed would have a place to live. In the autumn several more family members arrived.
This man was from Penmaen, a township in the parish of Llanvawr, Merionethshire. The later group came from 5 parishes in Wales in the shire of Merioneth. They were from the neighborhoods of Bala and Dolgelley. They were sometimes called “The Merioneth Adventurers.” The price of land was one hundred pounds for 5000 acres. In 1686e married a woman who had been born in Merion.
I have a copy of a letter that was sent back to relatives in Wales written by one of their sons. I’ll copy the first of it since it has the names of many places you may recognize. They had 8 children but his will left his belongings to his wife and 3 children. People lost many of their children back then; times were hard.
“I received a letter from you. dated May 8 last; and I was glad to find that one of my relatives, in the old land of which I have heard so much, was pleased to recollect me. I have heard my father speak much about old Wales, but I was born in this woody region, this new world.
“I remember him frequently mentioning such places as Llanyeil, Llanuwchllyn, Llanfor, Llangwm, Bala, Llangower, Lyn Tegid, Arenig Fawr, Fron Dderw, Brynllysg, Phenbryn, Cyffdy, Glanllafar, Fron Goch, Llaethgwm. Hafodfadog, Cwm Tir y Mynach. Cwm Glan Lleidiog, Trawsfynydd, Tai Hirion yn Mignaint, and many others.”
WP, I can’t swear that I didn’t make a mistake or two, as this is a difficult subject, but it’s the best I can do right now. Hope you find something you recognize.