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Thomas Edwards
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Birth: 1673, Wales
Death: May 8, 1764
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA

He was the son of Alexander and Margaret Edwards, from Montgomeryshire, Wales. The ship Vine, of Liverpool, William Preeson, master, arrived Sep. 17,1684, at Philadelpha from Dalyserne, near Dolgules, in Merionethshire, Among the passengers were: Margaret Edwards (wife of Alexander Edwards) and her daughters Margaret and Martha, and two sons, Alexander and Thomas.

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1703 - Thomas Edward signs the marriage certificate as a relative of either the groom or bride: Hugh Roberts, of Gwynedd m. Ann Thomas, of Upper Merion, at Merion m.h., 7th mo. 30, 1703. Witnesses, Column 1 (male relatives). Thomas David, Thomas Edward, Owen Evan, David Jones, Griffith John, David Evan, David Gethin, John Griffith, Owen Gethun, Evan Griffith, Robert Evan, Edward Griffith, Peter Jones, Robert Robert, Cadd. Jones, Edd. Cadwalader. Col 2 (Quaker overseers, elders and neighbors). John Bevan, Ellis Pugh, Rowland Ellis, Cadd. Morgan, Hugh Griffith, Robert Jones, Thomas Evan, Robert David, John Cadd. John Robert, Thomas Jones, Rowland Richard, Richard Jones, Evan Owen, Robert Ellis, John Owen, Richard Wallter. Col 3 (female relatives ). Ellin Jones, Ann Lewis, Ann Jones, Margeret William, Catherin Jones, Jane Evan, Jane Thomas, Sidney Rees, Mary Evan, Gainor Robert, Margeret Ellis, Sarah Evan, Catherin Pugh, Hannah Jones.

1715 - Thomas - At our Monthly Meeting held at Gwynedd the 30th 6th month 1715: "3rd ly Thomas Edward and Mary Price declared their Intentions of Marriage with each other the second time and by Account received, things being found Clear they are left to their liberty to Consumate their sd Intentions - Robert Jones and John Williams are Appointed to Attend their Marriage and to See the Same Orderly Accomplished." [This Jane is likely the daughter of either Robert or Richard Pugh who were probably brothers.]

1715 - Thomas Edward son of Alexander of Montgomery, dec'd m. Mary Price, Gwynedd, spinster, at Gwynedd meeting house 7th mo 23, 1715; Signing under the bride and groom: Alexander Edward, Evan Price, Griffith Miles, Joseph Todd, Garrett Petterson, John William, Edward Morgan, John William, Edward Morgan, John Robert, Griffith Miles, Nicholas Roberts, Robt Jones; women signed in the middle column: Bridgett Mills, Martha Todd, Margarett Petterson, Gwen Edward, Catherine William, Elinor Robert, Anne Roberts, Gainor Jones, Dority Hugh, Morris Robert, William Morgan.
1715 - Thomas - At Our Monthly Meeting held at Gwynedd the 27th 7th 1715, "1st The Friends Appointed last meeting to Attend the Marriage of Thomas Edward report that the same was orderly accomplished"
[Thomas Edwards - son of Alexander Edward of Montgomery township: The current Knapp farm house stands on the site of his home. He had a home built before his father died and conveyed him 170 Acres in 1712. He sold 80 Acres of this farm to Griffith Miles 30 Dec 1718 - Miles sold this 80 Acres to John Roberts in 1721. Thomas Edwards removed to Lancaster county as detailed by M. Knight on where he died 8 May 1764.]

Gwynedd Meeting house is at 1101 DeKalb Pike (Route 202) at Sumneytown Pike. The first Friends in the area were John Hugh and John Humphrey and their families. They held meetings for worship in their homes. Other settlers joined them. As they spoke only Welsh, it was natural for the new meeting to be joined with Friends and relatives as part of Radnor Meeting, under the care of Haverford Meeting. In 1700 a log meeting house was built. In 1712 the first stone building was constructed. Like so many other meeting houses in the area it was commandeered as a hospital in 1777-78 during the Revolutionary War. This is the same meeting house that Daniel Boone's parents married in 1720. Gwynnedd Meeting house in Montgomery County (originally part of Philadelphia County, Montgomery County was incorporated in 1784)

[1728 - Thomas Edwards signs a petition, with other residents of Montgomery township, to form a new road (now Meeting House Rd.)]

OCTOBER 18. 1738 Thomas Edwards to the Lords Proprietor (Pennsylvania Archives Originals, Historical Society of Pennsylvania) ".bout seven years ago Morgan's father died and left a widow and several children ...Ms father and several others of the deceased of the neighborhood and been buried on ye vacancy ... joining his mother's place and Jenkin Jenkin's land. "
MAY 8. 1764 Thomas Edwards, one of the judges when Lancaster County was farmed in 1729 from Chester County, died, and was buried in the Welsh Cemetery.
AUGUST 20, 1764 SURVEY C122249 Bureau of Land Records, Harrisburg, PA. "3 14 acres and 5 perches in Earl Township was supposed to be within the lines of Morgan's patented land, but on measuring some of his lines, was found to be vacant. Morgan now requests patent as it includes part of a Burying Ground belonging to his father. "

RG-21 Records of the PROPRIETARY GOVERNMENT Provincial Council, 1682-1776 Miscellaneous Papers, 1664-1775 (2 boxes)
150. December 1, 1744, Commission: Governor G. Thomas to Captain Thomas Edwards, (not published)

1745 - Daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Edward, 8th of 6th month, buried at Gwynedd MH during the epidemic

TOMBSTONE: In Memory of Thomas Edwards Esq. who departed this life May 8th 1764 Aged 91 years.
23) In memory of THOMAS EDWARDS, Esq., who departed this life May 8, 1764, aged 91 years [image
24) Here lies the body of ELIZABETH EDWARDS, who departed this life, the 30th day of November, 1754, in the 76th year of her age. ON REVERSE SIDE Entombed I am, in dust I lie, Within this very place My soul took flight with angels bright To see my Saviour's face. And in the light, within a sight Of Him above the sky, And so shall all who believe and call On Him before they die.

Cemetery History:

BIO: Thomas Edwards Esq. as his tombstone records it in the "Old Welsh Graveyard" near Fairville, Lancaster County, PA, one of the first justices of the county on its formation in 1729, was the son of Alexander and Margaret Edwards, from Montgomeryshire,Wales. The ship Vine, of Liverpool, William Preeson, master, arrived Sep. 17,1684, at Philadelpha from Dalyserne, near Dolgules, in Merionethshire, Among the passengers were: Margaret Edwards (wife of Alexander Edwards) and her daughters Margaret and Martha, and two sons, Alexander and Thomas. Edward Edwards the eldest son, a servant for eight years to Robert Owen, and Alexander Edwards (the father) and his two eldest daughtets, Jeane and Bridget, servants to Griffith Owen and Sarah his wife. See Hist. Magazine page 382-3 Vol. viii. There was a large passenger list on the vessel and the usual number of those classed as servants. In explanation of this the same volume gives on page 389 the following: (explains that servants got 50 acres at end of servitude and not normal definition of servants such as may include farmhands, skilled mechanics, etc.)...(he completed his servitude and got his land patents) Alexander Edwards settled in Radnor. He and his family were Quakers. There at the home of David Price Oct. 20 1692, his daughter Bridget was married by Friends ceremony to Griffith Miles born in Wales in 1670, emigrated to American about 1683. Another daughter, Jane, was married to James James,at the same house, one month later, Nov. 17 1692. His daughter Martha was married about the same time to Joseph Todd. These three daughters with their husbands became Baptists after the Reithian schism, Joseph Todd being one of the deputies that met at the house of Richard Miles, June 22, 1706, to compromise matters of dispute among the Baptists. Alexander Edwards Jr. was married to Gwen Edwards, Dec. 6, 1703, at Gwynedd. At this last marriage the father, together with most of the brothers and sisters, are subscribing witnesses, as was also Catherine wife of Alexander Edwards. Margaret Edwards having died. Alexander married the second time. (Per Notes and Queries p. 224 Welsh Settlers In Earl and Caernarvon Townships, Lancaster County.)

BIO: His biography is listed in Lawmaking and Legislators in Pa a Biographical dictionary Vol. 2 1710-1756 by Horle, Foster and Scheib, Editors p. 338-340 He appears to have come from Wales, and was married before May 1713 to an Elizabeth (c1679-d1754) they had children Margaret, John, Joannah, Evan, Edward and Elizabeth. He was a Justice of the Peace in Chester Co, PA 1713-1714, tax assessor 1718-1723, 1726-1727, Easttown Twp, He was supervisor of roads 1719, 1729, overseer of the poor 1721, 1723, and Lancaster Co Justice of the Peace 1729-1757, He was President Justice 1741-1757 and made Captain of the Militia in 1744. He owned 500 acres in Easttown Twp, Chester Co, In 1735 it was resurveyed and found to contain 943 acres but he had given 600 acres to his three sons. He had one of the highest tax assessments in Easttown (meaning he had the largest property). By 1745 he was having financial difficulties and sold his 343 acre and 170 acre estates to John Kinsey in exchange for a life estate. By 1761 John Kinsey's heirs sold it for 1500 lbs. He became a widower in 1754 and died in 1764 without any significant resources and may have lived with his sons. No will or inventory of his estate was recorded.

BIO: Sketch of Judge Thomas Edwards in Vol. 13 of the Historical papers and addresses of Lancaster Co by the Lancaster Co Historical Society. He arrived from Wales with his family. He married three times first to Margaret Thomas by whom he had all but two of his children. She died in 1713 and is likely buried at the Friends Meeting House in Cynwyd. His second wife is Mary Price spinster as shown by the Gynnedd Meeting Records in 1715 and finally he married Elizabeth Norris. The last two wives are by him in the old Welsh graveyard near Terre Hill. Mary's grave has no stone.

His daughter was Joanna Edwards Smith Davis
Family links: 
  Alexander Edwards (1638 - 1712)
  Margaret Thomas Edwards (1679 - 1713)
  Mary Price Edwards (1695 - 1739)
  Elizabeth Norris Edwards (1678 - 1754)
  Daughter Edwards (____ - 1745)*
  John Edwards (____ - 1790)*
  Elizabeth Edwards Keimer (1718 - 1767)*
  Alexander Edwards (1664 - ____)*
  Bridget Edwards Miles (1672 - 1719)*
  Thomas Edwards (1673 - 1764)
*Calculated relationship
Aged 91 years. Esq.
Old Welsh Cemetery
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA
Maintained by: Christos Christou Jr.
Originally Created by: Gina Reardon-Gaddis
Record added: Aug 16, 2007
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Thomas Edwards
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