David Jones (1709 - 1784) MP

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Birthplace: Maesyfallen, Denbighshire, Wales, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Churchtown, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation: Mine operator
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About David Jones

David Jones, born in 1709, was the son of a Clergyman of the Established Church in Merionethshire, in the western part of Wales, in the parish of Llang-weh-y-llyn.

His mother having died, his father married again, and David not finding his stepmother to his taste, when twelve years old ran away from his home and came alone to America--some relatives from his neighborhood having emigrated from there some time previously.

He was born August, 1709, on a farm called "Maesyfallen," between the towns of Bala and Dolgelly, and was married May 10, 1735, by the Rector of Christ Church, Philadelphia, to Elizabeth Davies (daughter of William Davies of Radnor) who was considered a great beauty. She was born in 1713 and died in 1782. After their marriage the young couple went to the Conestoga Valley, where several of Elizabeth's brothers and sisters had settled, and purchased one thousand acres of land, according to tradition, and set up their home in a small house at the foot of the Welsh Mountain.

Both were zealous Episcopalians and were among those interested in the Old Bangor Church, named for the Diocese in Wales from which many of these settlers had come. They built their church and built their houses around it, and called their village Churchtown. For over thirty years David Jones was a warden or Vestryman in this Parish, and his sons and sons-in-law were also in the Vestry as long as they continued in that neighborhood. David gave his children the best advantages of education that the country afforded. He was identified with the earliest iron interests of his section, and it is said that "Jones' Mines," which have been recently closed, had been worked over one hundred and fifty years, bringing in much wealth to their owner and his sons.

He died at the home of his son Caleb, not far from Reading, and a stone marks the spot where he and his wife are supposed to lie side by side in Bangor churchyard, where most of their children and many of their descendants are buried. David met his wife in Radnor, at the house of one of her relatives by name of Samuels.

Elizabeth Davies had a brother Gabriel Davies, and one of his daughters, Margaret by name, married James Old, June 1, 1750, and their daughter Ann Old became the wife of Robert Coleman, the progenitor of the wealthy and distinguished family of that name. James Old was born in Wales in 1730, and died May 1, 1811, and with his wife is buried in Bangor churchyard.

David Jones was a member of the local committee appointed to look after the families of the soldiers who were absent in the Revolutionary War.

Sources

  1. Ellen Mary Mendenhall Beale, Genealogy of David Jones (: B. F. Owen & Co., 1903), p. 7-8. Google Books.
  2. Find A Grave Memorial# 57515435

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David Jones's Timeline

1709
August 1709
Denbighshire, Wales, United Kingdom
1735
May 10, 1735
Age 25
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1737
June 24, 1737
Age 27
Churchtown, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
1738
November 1738
Age 29
Churchtown, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
1744
1744
Age 34
1755
August 19, 1755
Age 46
1756
December 17, 1756
Age 47
1784
September 1784
Age 75
Churchtown, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
1784
Age 74
Churchtown, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
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