Rowland Ellis of Bryn Mawr farm, Merion, Pennsylvania 1
- Born: 1650, <Dolgellau>, Merionethshire, Wales
- Marriage (1): Margaret verch Ellis Morris
- Marriage (2): Margaret verch Robert ap Owen ap Lewis of Dyffryddan
- Died: 1729 at age 79
Another name for Rowland was Rowland ap Ellis of Bryn Mawr, Merion, Pennsylvania.
From Reifsnyder-Gillam Ancestry, p. 31:
"Rowland Ellis, born in 1650, was the only child of Ellis Price (alias ap Rees) and Anne Humphrey, and therefore inherited Bryn Mawr [in Merionethshire] under this settlement [marriage contract in 1649] and continued to live there until his permanent removal to Pennsylvania in 1696; when he sold the place to Lewis Owen, of Tyddyn y Garreg, his kinsman, to whom he was indebted."
This book contains a facsimile "Pedigree of Rowland Ellis, in his own handwriting. Original in possession of one of his descendants."
Also from Reifsnyder-Gillam Ancestry:
"A memorial of Rowland Ellis says:
'Rowland Ellis was a man of note in the neighborhood in which he resided and had a competent estate. In the year 1686, the subject of a removal to Pennsylvania pressing on his mind, he concluded to visit the province and make such arrangements as might be best for the accommodation of his family when the time should fully come for transporting them there.' He sailed from Milford Haven 16th of 8th month, 1686, bringing with him his eldest son, Rowland. The ship was twenty-four weeks reaching Philadelphia, arriving, after a great deal of suffering, about the beginning of the second month, 1687. He remained about nine months, when he returned to Wales, leaving his son with his nephew, John Humphrey. He did not return to Pennsylvania until 1697, when he brought his entire family, except Ann, who had married Re. Johnson, Rector of Dôlgelly. He settled at Bryn Mawr, but, having sold that plantation, removed to Plymouth, and died at the house of his son-in-law, John Evans, of Gwynedd, 7th month, 1731. He was a member of Assembly 1700, and was a Justice of the Peace. Rowland Ellis married, first, Margaret, daughter and heiress of Ellis Morris, of Golgun; and secondly, Margaret, daughter of Robert ap Owen ap Lewis, of Dyffryddan, his cousin, who died 1730."
From Wikipedia - Dolgellau :
"After a visit by George Fox in 1657, many inhabitants of Dolgellau converted to Quakerism . Persecution led a large number of them to emigrate to Pennsylvania in 1686, under the leadership of Rowland Ellis , a local gentleman-famer. The Pennsylvanian town of Bryn Mawr , home to an Ivy-League women's liberal arts college , is named after Ellis's farm near Dolgellau."
From Reifsnyder-Gillam Ancestry, Edited by Thomas Allen Glenn at the request of Howard Reifsnyder, privately printed, Philadelphia, 1902, provided by http://books.google.com, p. 31:
"Rowland Ellis, born in 1650, was the only child of Ellis Price (alias ap Rees) and Anne Humphrey..."
Rowland married Margaret verch Ellis Morris, daughter of Ellis Morris of Dolgun and Unknown.
Rowland next married Margaret verch Robert ap Owen ap Lewis of Dyffryddan. (Margaret verch Robert ap Owen ap Lewis of Dyffryddan died in 1730.)