David Evans

Male Abt 1644 - Bef 1710  (~ 66 years)


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  • Name David Evans 
    Born Abt 1644  Llanvachreth, Merionethshire, Wales, Great Britain Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 17 May 1710  Radnor Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I44031  South Central Pennsylvania Families
    Last Modified 9 Apr 2020 

    Father Evan ap William,   d. 1684, Atlantic Ocean Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F1674  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
     1. Margaret Evans,   b. Abt 1686, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  []
     2. Gwen Evans,   b. Abt 1688  []
     3. Caleb Evans,   b. Abt 1691, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  []
     4. Joshua Evans,   b. Abt 1692, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  []
     5. Evan Evans,   b. Abt 1696, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  []
     6. David Evans,   b. Abt 1698, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  []
     7. Philip Evans,   b. Abt 1702, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 13 Apr 1779, Aston Twp., Chester County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years)  []
     8. John Evans,   b. Abt 1705, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  []
     9. Mary Evans  []
    Last Modified 9 Apr 2020 
    Family ID F1673  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • David EVANS, Radnor, Chester Co, PA
      12-16-1709/10 and May 17, 1710

      Provides for wife Mary. To eldest son Caleb my plantation where I now dwell paying certain legacies. To son Joshua his gr fathers land called Penfenon paying £45 in legacies. To son Evan the plantation I purchased of Wm. Davis cont 150 acres paying £30 to dau Mary when she is of age. To son David & Philip 300 & odd acres purchased of Richard Davis & £10 each when 18 To son John £50 &c when 18. To dau Gwen £1 and to her two sons Edward and William Foulks ewe & lamb each. To dau Margaret £10 & to her 2 chil John & Garner Humphrey ewe & lamb each. To dau Sarah £60 when 18.
      Exrs sons Caleb & Joshua. Guardians Rowland Ellis & his son Rowland, Rees Thomas, John Morgan.
      Witnesses Hugh William, Humphrey X Ellis, Wm Davis, John Morgan.

      Evan William Powel was born ca 1611 on the family estate in Parish of Llanvachreth, Talybont, Merionethshire, Wales, and died 1684 at sea on voyage to Pennsylvania.

      He signed a Certificate of Membership for Elizabeth Humphrey of Llanegrin, Merioneth, widow. Dated 27 5mo 1683. From Merioneth Quarterly Meeting. He signed as Evan Will Powel. Also signed was David Evans.

      Evan William Powel, of the parish of Llanvachreth, gentleman, (alias Evan William and Evan ap William. Deed 30, 31 July 1682 for land in Pennsylvania. (Deed Book C.I. 252 Phila.) Sailed for Pennsylvania1684.

      Letters of Attorney, dated 27 July 1683, Evan ap William, of Llanvachraeth, co. Merioeth, and David Evans of the same place, to John Roberts, of Llangian, co., Carnarvon, to take possession of 312 1/2 acres of land in Pennsylvania.

      According to some data that was collected for COL DUDLEY EVANS, President of Wells Fargo Express Company at the time of his death in 1910, it appears that "In more, or less direct descent from Gruffydd Derwess was Evans William Powell (or Howell, for these names were interchangeable in Wales), born, in the Parish of Llanvareth Merionethshire, about 1610, styled in the public records.-as "Gentleman", who having for some years been convinced of the truth as preached by the Society of Friends, became a Quaker and decided to remove to the New World."

      "The Friends endured severe persecutions under Cromwell and afterwards under Charles II, and many families had already left home and country for the sake of religious freedom. William Penn's Colony in Pennsylvania, known as the Great Welsh Tract, was the objective point of their pilgrimage, and we read that in 1683, Evan William Howell (Or Powell) purchased from Richard Davis one hundred fifty-six and a quarter acres of land in the Colony of 'Pennsylvania. His sons bought an equal amount of land there, and in a short time the family set sail for America. There were in this family: EVAN WILLIAM POWELL, about seventy-three years old; Gwenn, his wife; David his oldest son, about forty years old; Gainor, his wife; David's two children, under age; Philip, youngest son of Evan William Powell."

      According to tho Quaker custom they received a CERTIFICATE of character from the home Meeting, which reads as follows:

      "The Certificate of Removal of Evan ap William Howell (alias Howell) 1683 To all People whom these may concern, Whereas Evan ap William Powell late inhabitant in the Pariah of Llanvachrreth in the County of Merioneth in North Wales, together with his wife Gwen, his two Sons David & Philip also his daughter in law Gainor with her two small children are all upon their removal (the Lord makeing their way thereunto) from their native Country in North Wales aforsd unto the Province of Pennsylvania in America; and Whereas Likewise many leave been Known to transport themselves upon the acct. of their Evill doeingds, as theft murther, Debts or running away in passionate discontentedness with parents, wives or the like; Therefore we thought it, our duty to Certify of this family as follows:

      As in our relation to ye sd, Evan ap William,, Yt is Known & reputed among all sorts of people of his acquaintance to be an honest plain man, fearing God & Zealous of Good Works, not Given to Covetiousness, inclinable to deeds of Charity upon all just occasion, upon wch. Acct. Otherwise minded people took occasion to Call him a , Quaker for above 30 years past; And his conversation since hath been onest & Savory in soo much yt his wife, Gwen came to be like minded, and of a good example to her children and others, by wch means alsoo their children came to be affected with truth inocency & an inocent Conversation to this day.

      And Whereas Alsoe David Evans is now married we doe certify yt he was careful in his choice of an honest woman yt feared God & walked blamelessly & lived in love &,unity with those yt are honest, as Alsoo with one another; And of Philip we doe certify yt he doth hath carried himself amongst us as became ye Gospell of peace & Salvation. And yt his departure from us Is both in unity & amnity, & a clean Single man from being intangled either by word Covenant or any other obligation with any woman kind, as in relation to marriage, or from being spotted with any defamation, otherwise for all yt we Know or heard of: this we thoughit fitt to recommend unto ye testimony of your truly loving Friends:

      (signed) Owen Humphrey
      Lewis Owen

      From Tyddyn y Garreg Mtg.
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      Children of Evan Powel and Gwen are:
      i. David Evans, born ca 1644 in Parish of Llanvachreth, Merionethshire, Wales; died May 1710.

      ii. Philip Evans, born in Parish of Llanvachreth, Merionethshire, Wales; died dsp bef. 28 Dec 1693, Pennsylvania. He married Sarah Thomas 1690 in Merion, Welsh Tract, Pennsylvania.

      Generation No. 4
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      David Evans was born ca 1644 in Parish of Llanvachreth, Merionethshire, Wales, and died May 1710/9. He married (1) Gainor. He married (2) Mary Jones 23 Aug 1690.

      Children of David Evans and Mary Jones are:
      i. Gwen Evans.
      ii. Margaret Evans.
      iii. Caleb Evans, born ca 1691.
      iv. Joshua Evans, born ca 1692.
      v. Sarah Evans, born ca 1694.
      vi. Evan Evans, born ca 1696.
      vii. David Evans, born ca 1698.
      viii. Philip Evans, born ca 1702.
      ix. John Evans, born 23 Apr 1705; died Aft. 26 Aug 1746 but before November 17, 1747 in Fairfax County, Virginia.

      [Note: Mark A. English provides birthdates for most of the above children on his website and states that Gwen, Margaret and Sarah were daughters of Gainor.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] Abstracts of Chester County, PA, Wills.