Hugh ap David of Llwyn du, Llwyngwrill, Llangelynin, Talybont
(Abt 1566-Bef 1649)
Catherine verch Rhydderch ap Sion of Abergynolwyn
(Abt 1584-)
John Powell of Gadfa, Llanwddyn, Montgomeryshire
(Abt 1567-1636)
Sibill verch Hugh Gwyn of Peniarth
Humphrey ap Hugh of Llwyn du
(Between 1600/1603-1664)
Elizabeth verch John Powell of Gadfa, Rhiwargor
John Humphrey of Llanwddyn


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1. Joan Humphrey

John Humphrey of Llanwddyn 1 2

  • Born: 1632
  • Christened: 16 Nov 1632, Llangelynin Church, Talybont, Merionethshire, Wales
  • Marriage (1): Joan Humphrey
  • Died: Pennsylvania, (United States)

  Research Notes:

From Welsh Settlement of Pennsylvania, p. 287:
"JOHN HUMPHREY, WHO m. his cousin, Jane [Joan] Humphrey (sister to Richard Humphrey, who was a Haverford [Pennsylvania] land owner), and bought land in Haverford, and removed to it."

From Welsh Settlement of Pensylvania, pp. 150-152:

Two brothers, JOHN HUMPHREY, of Llanwddyn, and SAMUEL HUMPHREY, were Haverford [Pennsylvania] land owners, and their cousin RICHARD HUMPHREY, a purchaser from "Richard Davis Co. No. 7." John and Richard, came over in the "Morning Star," with Hugh Roberts, in 1683, as mentioned.

John and Samuel were sons of Humphrey ap Hugh, of Llwyngrill (1662), and "late of Llwyn du," in Merioneth, d. about 1664-5, by his wife, Elizabeth Powel, daughter of John ap Howel (or Powel, who was buried in the parish church of Llanwddyn, in Montgomeryshire, 24 July, 1636), and his wife, Sibill v. Hugh Gwyn, of Penarth.

They were uncles of Rowland Ellis, of "Bryn Mawr," Merion [Pennsylvania], (whose land adjoined Benjamin Humphrey's land), and also of Robert Owen's wife, Rebecca, (whose farm lay to the eastward on both sides of Montgomery avenue, between Ardmore and Wynnewood), and of John Owen and Josehua Owen, of Merion (1683), (whose property adjoined that of Humphrey), and of Elizabeth, wife of "John Roberts, of the Mill," and "of Wayn Mill," who came from Pen y Chyd, in Denbighshire (whose estate was northward of Humphrey). They were brothers to Owen Humphrey, of Llwyn du, 1625-1695, a J. P. in Merioneth, and a prominent Friend, who was the father of Rebecca, wife of Robert Owen, of Merion, and Elizabeth, wife of John Roberts, aforesaid.

"JOHN HUMPHREY, of Llanwddyn, gent," purchased 312-1/2 acres of the Lloyd & Davies land [in Pennsylvania], by deed dated 24 April, 1683, and witnessed by Thomas Lloyd, Richard Davies, Richard Owen, Amos Davies, Rowland Ellis, David Davies, and Solomon Jones. By deed dated 1. 7mo. 1697, John conveyed 100 acres of this tract to his nephew, Joshua Owen, and by will bequeathed the balance to his nephew, Benjamin Humphrey. He married his cousin, Jane Humphrey (sister to Richard Humphrey, aforesaid).

In 1698-9, John Humphrey was one of the attorneys for Richard Davies, one of the purchasers of Welsh Tract land. His will, signed 22. 7mo. 1699, witnessed by John Rob erts and David Llewellyn, was proved at Philadelphia 31 Aug. 1700. He named as executors his nephew, Benjamin Humphrey, his wife Mary, and son John; named friends Rowland Ellis , Sr., and his daughter Jane, Joshua Owen, John Owen, John Robert's children, Robert Owen's son John; cousin Tabitha, Ann, and Joseph Humphrey.

He said, "I give and bequeathe Ł10 towards putting in the Press the Testimony of the Twelve Patriarchs, in the Welsh tongue, if conveniences can be had for the same in these America pts." Otherwise, he desired this oney should be used for the charities of the Haverford Monthly Meeting. This English work, which was to be a reprint in Welsh, was probably never so printed...

John Humphrey, "of Llwundu," and his wife, Joan, brought their certificate, filed with the Haverford, or Radnor Monthly Meeting, from the Quarterly Heeting at Dolyserrey, dated 27. 5mo. 1683, signed by Robert Humphrey and Richard Owen, Griffith and Owen Lewis, John Evans, Hugh Reese, Amos Davies, William Thomas, William, Evan and Rowland Ellis, Ellis Morris, Evan Harry, and Evan Rees.

From Reifsnyder-Gillam Ancestry, p. 48:

"Issue [of Humphrey ap Hugh]:
1. ANNE, bapt._____, m. 1649-50 ELLIS AP REES [see footnote 2, p. 48], of Bryn Mawr, Dôlgelly, gentleman, and had: ROWLAND ELLIS.
2. Hugh, bapt. in Llangelynin Church, 7 April, 1628; bur 22 May, 1628.
3. Owen, bapt. in Llangelynin Church, 13 April, 1629; of whom presently [see footnote 3, p. 48].
4. Catherine, bapt. in Llangelynin Church, 15 November 1631; bur. 29 November, 1631.
5. John, bapt. in Llangelynin Church, 16 November, 1632; m. Joan, sister of one Richard Humphrey. They both died in Pennsylvania.
6. Samuel, bapt. in Llangelynin Church, 22 January 1635 [see footnote 4, p. 48]
7. ______, dau., bapt.________.
8. ______, dau., bapt.________."

  Noted events in his life were:

• Converted: to the Quaker faith, Bef 1662, [Llwyngwril], Llangelynin, Merionethshire, Wales. 3 by Richard Davies of Welshpool, Montgomeryshire, who was a famous Quaker minister. Davies wrote an account of his travels in North Wales, and states that in 1662 Owen, his father, and his brothers Samuel and John Humphrey "continued faithful, serviceable men in their country, kept meetings in their houses, and many were gathered to the Lord among the rocks and muontains in those parts."

• Removed to: Pennsylvania from Wales, 1683. with Hugh Roberts

John married Joan Humphrey.


1 Browning, Charles H, Welsh Settlement of Pensylvania. (Philadelphia: William J. Campbell, 1912.), p. 287, pp. 150-152.

2 Glenn, Thomas Allen, ed, Reifsnyder-Gillam Ancestry. (Philadelphia: (Privately Printed), 1902.), p. 48.

3 Richard Davies, An Account of the Convincement, Exercises, Services, and Travels, of that Ancient Servant of the Lord, Richard Davies with Some Relation of Ancient Friends, and of the Spreading of Truth in North Wales, fifth ed; London: 1794 (Google Books ( : downloaded 5 Jul 2014), 59.

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