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Re: Philip, James & Jon David - members of St. David's Church, Radnor, PA in 1721
Posted by: Craig Englund (ID *****8819) Date: October 18, 2010 at 15:09:29
In Reply to: Philip, James & Jon David - members of St. David's Church, Radnor, PA in 1721 by Leslie Potter of 1746

Good afternoon,

These three men are likely the sons (or perhaps brothers) of William Davies. While it may not be accurate to say that the names David, Davies, and Davis were completely interchangeable among the early Welsh settlers who had been sons of men who had David as their given names, one finds with great frequency the same individual being referred to by two or all three surnames. The discussion of William Davies on Alice Ament Davidson Gedge's Family History on Rootsweb indicates that, although there is some confusion over their dates of birth, William Davies was probably the brother of Philip and Edward Davis. Furthermore, it is stated that "Brothers in Chester Co., PA c.1690 were William DAVIS of Radnor, James DAVIS of Tredyffrin, John DAVIS and Llewellyn DAVIS of Pickering. Based on my belief that some of this William Davies children became became residents on land which was ultimately part of Berks Co., along with Hugh Jones, his sons, John, Evan, and David Jones, and Evan Price (all of which were later members of the Bangor Church), it seems very likely that the men who were part of "The Trek" to the west, William, Edward, John, and Philip Davies are sons/brothers of William Davies of Radnor Township..

There are many David/Davis/Davies discussed on the above-mentioned site, but some of the individual entries which may be of greatest interest are as follows:e

William Davies:

Philip Davis (Davies, David

John:Davis, son of William Davies and Ann Miles:

A James Davis (David) who was a Baptist, who lived in Tredyffrin, Chester Co., and who was the brother of Llewellyn Davis (mentioned above):

A James Davis who was the son of Myrick Davis, and early member of St. David's Chuch, Radnor (Newtown):

There are many other individuals with the same names which you might wish to look at as well.

If the James Davis/David and Llwellyn Davis/David are relatives of William Davies and the other David/Davis/Davies members of St. David's Church, the close relationships between the Jones/John families of Tredyffrin and Radnor Townships becomes even clearer. Bridgett Jones (1674 Wales - 1743, Tredyffrin, Chester Co., PA) married first Llwellyn David and, after his death, his brother, James. Bridgett Jones was the daughter of Griffith Jones, d. 1723, Tredyffrin, Chester Co., PA) and the sister of David Jones (d. 1759, Tredyffrin). David Jones owned land which was sold to Alexander Owen for the purpose of building the Great Valley Baptist Church. Many residents of Radnor Township and former members of St. David's Church, Radnor (Newtown) were founding members of new Baptist church in Tredyffrin. I believe that William Jones was either a son, nephew, or other very close relative of Griffith Jones and that he migrated, at a fairly young age, to the same area in Lancaster (later Berks) county where these Davis family members had settled.

Craig Englund

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