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Dr. Thomas Wynne

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Caerwys,Yskeiviog,Flintshire,Wales
Death: January 17, 1692 (60-68)
Place of Burial: Philadelphia, Arch St. Friends, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas ap John Wynne and Catherine Wynne
Husband of Martha Wynne
Father of Mary Jones; Rebecca Dickinson; Hannah Martha Wynne; Sydney Chew; Jonathan Buttall Wynne, Sr. and 1 other

Occupation: Physician--came over with Penn, Came with William Penn on the ship "Welcome" in 1682, serving as a physician. His descendants can be members of the "Welcome Society of Pennsylvania"
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About Dr. Thomas Wynne


Dr. Thomas Wynne (July 20, 1627 – March 17, 1691) was personal physician of William Penn and one of the original settlers of Philadelphia in the Province of Pennsylvania. Born in Ysceifiog, Wales, where his family dated back seventeen generations to Owain Gwynedd. He accompanied Penn on his original journey to America on the ship Welcome.

Early life and education

According to church records, Thomas Wynne was the fourth of five sons of Thomas Wynne Sr., Thomas Wynne lost his father at the age of 11. While attracted to the study of medicine early on, heavy taxes levied on his family originally made the acquisition of proper learning materials difficult. His trade was that of cooper. He was later able to make the acquaintance of an established surgeon by the name of Richard Moore, and soon he was able to apprentice until he was deemed worthy of licensing. He was licensed in Shropshire by Drs. Hollins, Needham and Moore. He in turn after the death of Dr. Richard Moore apprenticed his son Mordecai Moore.

Emigration to Pennsylvania

Born into the Protestant faith, he in 1655 married Quaker Martha Buttall (1627–1676) and found himself profoundly converted. Henceforth a devout Quaker and author of several pamphlets on Quaker doctrine, Wynne faced persecution and even six years' imprisonment in England in the 1680s. After Martha died, he married Mrs. Elizabeth Rowden (b. 1637; d. after 1691) on July 20, 1676, and she accompanied him as he joined Penn on his trip to America, leaving on August 30 and landing on October 27, 1682.


Wynne was notable for erecting the first brick house in the colony of Philadelphia, on his "Liberty Lot" at Front and Chestnut streets (known as Wynne Street until renamed by Penn in 1684). He built a home at 52nd Street and Woodbine Avenue in 1690 named "Wynnestay" (a reference to the famous Wynnstay estate in Wales owned by Sir John Wynn, a collateral cousin), and several surrounding communities in the greater Philadelphia Area now bear his name. He served as speaker for the first two Pennsylvania Assemblies of the Province in Philadelphia in 1687 and 1688 and acted as Justice of Sussex county, now a county in Delaware, from 1687-1691. He returned to England with Penn in 1684. He was appointed a justice of the peace in January 1690 and held the position of justice of the provincial court from September 1690 until his death. His time in America lasted only nine years. He is buried at the Friends burial ground, called Duckett's Farm which occupied the current site of 30th St Station Philadelphia and was affiliated with the Arch Street Friends Meeting House in Philadelphia.


Among his descendents are John Dickinson and John Cadwalader and Sally Wister through his daughter Mary wife of Dr. Edward Jones; Charles Dickinson, through his daughter Rebecca; Joshua Humphreys and Charles Humphreys, through his daughter Hannah; Joshua Fisher, through his stepdaughter Margery Maude; great-grandsons Thomas, Thomas, and Warner Wynne, through his son Jonathan, who served in the Pennsylvania "Flying Camp" and were taken prisoner by the British at the Battle of Fort Washington and held on the prison ships in New York Harbor. Gustavus Wynne Cook through his son Jonathan and his grandson Thomas. This Thomas is remembered on the memorial at Lower Merion Baptist Church.

Born in Caerwys, Wales on 1627 to Thomas Wynne and Thomas Wynne. Thomas married Martha Buttall and had 6 children. Thomas married Elizabeth Maud and had a child. He passed away on Jan 1692 in Pennsylvania, USA. _________________

It is an interesting fact which I have noted elsewhere, that
for twenty-five years the only physicians of Philadelphia
and its vicinity were Welshmen. It is also a fact of which
as Welshmen we are proud, that the physician of George
Washington, Dr. John Jones, was the great-grandson of
Dr. Thomas Wynne, who was himself the physician of Wil
liam Penn ; so that the Founder of our State and " the
Father of his country" owed their lives, humanly speaking,
to the care and skill of Welsh physicians. Had this skill
and care failed the one amid the pestilence on " The Wel
come" or the other in the perils of the Revolution, who can

The Early Welsh Quakers and Their Im

migration to Pennsylvania p 411 http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/20083557.pdf


Ship List Lyon/Lion


Ship Passengers Mentioned in Merion MM Minutes; Chester County, PA

Contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by Eliz Hanebury <EHanebury@aol.com> Merion MM Minutes Transcribed by Yvonne Prough

Copyright. All Rights Reserved. http://www.usgwarchives.net/copyright.htm http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/pafiles.htm

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Dr. Thomas Wynne from Caerwys, Flintshire, Wales

                          Wife Elizabeth Parr (Mede/Maud) (3rs wife)
                          Children    Jonathan  (m. Sarah Graves)
                                     (Mary – m. Dr. Edward Jones, on ship Lyon)
                                     (Tabitha -  remained in Wales)
                                      Sidney  (m. Wm. Chew
                                      Hannah (m. Daniel Humphrey)

Richard Ingelo of Ingels

William Penn

DELAWARE 11th of 5th Mo. 1686

Richard Moore from

                                   Wife Mary
                                   Children           Mary

AMERICA Sailed from London 10 June 1683, arrived Philadelphia 20 Aug 1863

Jacob Shoemaker Francis Daniel Pastorius Thomas Lloyd of Lolobron

CONCORD Left Rotterdam, 18 Jun 1683 boarded Concord 24 July, arrived in Philadelphia 6 Oct 1683

13 men (heads of families = 33 total

Lenard Arents from Crefeld Abraham Op’den Graeff Dirck Herman William Streypers

                       Children           Johann

Thones Kunders (Dennis Conders/ Conrad

           Wife, Elin Streypers
                       Children           Conraed Conraeds
                                          Madtis Conraeds (m. Barbara Tyson)
                                          John Conraeds (m. Alice Lukens)

Reynier Tyson Jan Seimans Jan Lensen Peter Keurlis Johannes Bleikers Jan Lucken Abraham Tunes (Tunis

                       Children           Anthony ?

LYON / LION Sailed from Liverpool, arrived at Philadelphia 13 Aug 1682, John Compton, Master

Dr. Edward Jones (leader of the group on the Lyon)

           Wife Mary Wynne Jones (dau of Thomas Wynne)
                       Children           Jonathan

Edward ap Rees (ap Rhys/ Preese or Price)

         Wife,    Mably (dau of Owen ap Hugh of Wern Tawr Merionethshire Wales)
                      Children,          Rees (b. 1678)
                                         Catharine (b. 1680)

Rees John William aka Rees Jones(Rice Jones, son of John Williiam)

           Wife     Hannah Price (sister of Edward ap Rees)
                       Children           Richard Jones (b. 1679)
                                               Lowry (b. 1680)
                                               Evan  (b. 1682)

David Jones (brother of Ellen) from Wales (batchilor in 1682) Ellen Jones, (sister of David Jones)(m. Robert Jones son of John ap Thomas)


William ap Edward of Penllyn Merionethshire North Wales (aka. William Bedward, William /Edward) (1st wife was Katharine Robert d. in Wales) dau of Robert ap Hugh)

           Wife, (2nd) Jane ap Edward / Bedward (dau of John ap Edward)           
                       Children by 1st spouse Elizabeth (b. 1672)
                                                           Katherine(b. 1676)

John Watkins – batchiler

Hugh Roberts

           Wife     Jane / Jonne Owen
(dau of Owen ap Evan & Gainor, g dau of Evan Robert Lewis)
                Children           Robert Roberts (b. 1673, m. Katharine Jones, 

dau of John ap Thomas)

                                               Ellin Roberts (b. 1675)
                                               Owen Roberts (b. 1677)
                                               Edward Roberts (b. 1680)
                                               William Roberts (b. 1682)

Gainor Roberts (sister of Hugh and 1st wife of William ap Edward)

Thomas Lloyd

John ap Edward (son of Edward ap John, of Cynlas)

           Wife     (?)
                       Children           Elizabeth Edward / Jones (b. 1671)
                                               Sarah Edward / Jones (b. 1673)
                                               Evan Edward / Jones (b. 1677)
                                               Edward Edward / Jones (b. 1681)

Evan ap Edward (bother of John ap Edward, son of Edward ap John, of Cynlas)

Cadder/ Cadwallader Morgan

           Wife Jane Price
                       Children           Jane
                                               Catharine ?

(Jane Price/Prees/Rees was a sister of Edward Rees and sister of Hannah m. to Rees John William and sister of ___ who m. John Willams)

Robert David from Gwern Evel Ismynydd

           Wife Elizabeth
                Children          Catharine David (d. 8th Mo 12, 1683, at sea)
                                  Elizabeth David  (d. 9th Mo. 5, 1683, at sea)
           (These deaths are recorded at Merion)

William John alias Jones

           Children           John Williams
           (children mentioned but not specific that they were on Lyon)

Hugh John Thomas or Hugh John of Nantleidiog, Penlyn

Elizabeth Owen Hugh (Mrs. Robert ap Hugh, Mrs. Robert Hugh,Robert Pugh)

           (it is not clear that she was on the Lyon but her children and 

sister were, as was the husband and children of her deceased daughter Katharine, William ap Edward)

           children            Gainor Robert
                                   Hugh Roberts

MORNING STAR Arrived 18 Oct 1683 Katharine Thomas (widow of John ap Thomas, associate of Edward Jones)

           (she was Katharine Robert and was sometimes called Katharine Jones)
           children  (Used surname Jones or John)
           Thomas  Jones

John Jones Robert Jones (m. Ellin Jones, sister of David Jones) Elizabeth Jones (m. Rees Evans son of Evan Rees) Katharine Jones (b. 1673 m. Robert Roberts son of Hugh Roberts)

                               Evan Jones (b.1675)
                               Mary  Jones (b. 1677 d. at Sea 8th Mo. 18, 1683)
                               Cadwallader Jones (b. 1679)
                               Sydney Jones (b.1682, d. 7th Mo. 29, 1683)
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Dr. Thomas Wynne's Timeline

July 20, 1627
July 20, 1627
Ysceifiog, Flintshire, Wales, United Kingdom
Age 31
Wrexham, United Kingdom
Age 33
Age 34
Flint, Flintshire, , Wales
Age 36
Flintshire, , Wales
Age 36
Flint, Flintshire, , Wales
Age 41
Bron Fadoc Estate, Caerwys, Ysceifiog Parish, Flintshire, North Wales
January 17, 1692
Age 64