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Thomas John of Wales
Thomas John was born c. 1680 in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The family's Welsh origin comes from a record for grandson Enos Elleman which states, "His father, John Elleman, was an Englishman and his mother, Mary, [was] a Welsh woman." And, Thomas married Margaret John in about 1705.
Thomas' family's circumstances are not known. As most of the family's records are found in Quaker records, reasonable conjecture leads to the belief that he was part of the migration stream of Welsh Quakers to Pennsylvania. And sometime after daughter Mary's birth in 1706 in Wales, the John Family migrated to Goshen, Chester Co PA.
Margaret died shortly after coming to America. Thomas married a second time in 1713 in Chester Co PA to Gwen Cadwalader b. c. 1693 in Wales.
Thomas is first documented in the 1715 Tax List for Uwchlan Twp, Chester Co PA. He is cited as owning 100 acres in Tract 29.
One informative record for many of the John Family is the 1734 marriage for a "Mary John the daughter of Samuel John of Uwchlan" to John Griffith. Both the Griffiths and Johns recorded in this document are probably cousins from Wales. However to date, no relation has been proven.
|Whereas John Griffith of the township of Uwchlan in the
County of Chester, in the Province of Pennsylvania, and Mary John the
daughter of Samuel John of Uwchlan of aforesaid having declared
their intentions of marriage before several monthly meetings, of the
people called Quakers, held at Goshen in the said County. . .
Witnesses: John Elemen, Mary Elemen, Samuel John, Margaret John, Griffith John, William John, Eleanor John, Evan John, Joshua John. . . .
Thomas and Gwen's date and place of death is not known
Born c. 1680 Pembrokeshire, Wales
Married c. 1705 in Wales to Margaret John b. c. 1685 in Wales
Immigrated c. 1709 to Chester Co PA
Margaret died before 1713 Chester Co PA
Married 1713 in Chester Co PA to Gwen Cadwalader b. c. 1693 in Wales
1715 Uwchlan Twp, Chester Co PA Tax List: Thomas John
1740 Charleston Twp, Chester Co PA Tax List: Thomas John
Died after 1740 Chester Co PA
1. Mary John b. 12/15/1706 in Wales
2. Sarah John b. 1716 Goshen, Chester Co PA