Historical Collections Relating to Gwynedd: A Township of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania


Gwynedd, on the outskirts of Philadelphia, is named for that region of North Wales-the stronghold of the Welsh. In contrast to the usual slow growth of most settlements, the Welsh settlers arrived in a body, purchased and immediately occupied their township-their new stronghold. Documents show a dozen plots of land deeded to the settlers by William Penn and Thomas Evan in 1699. A brief physical description and history is followed by a chronological list of notable events. Geology, traces of Native Americans, Welsh settlers and William Penn, Edward Foulk's removal, the first homes, establishment of the Friends' meeting, John Humphrey of Merion, records of marriages (1701-1853) and deaths from Monthly Meetings, early roads, Montgomery settlers, taxables, St. Peter's Church, brief biographical sketches of significant citizens, and much more are touched on. Genealogical chapters are devoted to the families of: Evans, Roberts, and Foulke. Other early families are covered by brief sketches and include: Morgan, Cleaver, Jones-Lewis, Spencer, Jenkins, Hoxworth, Castner, Roberts, and Jones. A full name and subject index is included; however, it does not cover the genealogy chapters. Excerpts from Sally Wister's journal (1777-1778), and several excellent illustrations augment the text.

Howard M. Jenkins

(1884), 2008, 5½x8½, paper, index, 430 pp. 

ISBN: 9780788417399