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Mar 01

Happy Saint David's Day!

Welsh flagToday is the feast of Saint
David
. St.
David
is the patron saint of Wales and his day is celebrated much like St. Patrick’s
is in Ireland. Why am I telling you this? Well, I’m descended from the Welsh. 🙂

In 1683, William ap John, a Quaker, left Merionethshire, left Wales aboard the Morning
Star with his wife Ann Reynolds and his children John, Alice, Katherine and Gwen.
William was an original purchaser of property in Merion (Delaware County, PA) and
Goshen (Chester County, PA) from William Penn. William either died on board or shortly
after arriving in Pennsylvania. John (born in 1670) inherited the land, sold some
of it, and settled on the rest with his wife, Ellen Klinken, whom he’d married at
Germantown Friends meeting in 1696. John anglocized his name to become John Williams.
The rest, as they say, is history. If you’d like to known more about my family’s
genealogy, check out my
cousin’s family tree page
. 🙂

Here’s a St. David’s Day recipe for you: potato
leek soup
.

Here are links to St.
David’s Society of Pittsburgh
and an
article about the Welsh heritage room
that will soon be added to the Cathedral
of Learning.

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