Details of my great great great grandparents, John Jones and his wife Anne, nee Davis, of Ffrith Farm, Treuddyn, parents of Mary Jones who married John Puleston of Llanfair DC

My great great great grandfather, John Jones, was a farmer and lived at Ffrith Farm, Treuddyn, near Mold, Denbighshire, Wales.

 

On 26 December 1786, he married Anne Davis in Treuddyn Parish Church by licence, the ceremony being conducted by Hugh Mason, Minister. The witnesses were Robeart Ellis, Sarah Jones and John Jones. Were Sarah and John relations of the groom?

 

As John and Anne were married in 1786, presumably they were born in the 1760s or perhaps the 1750s.

 

The Treuddyn Parish Registers record the baptism of the following John Joneses between 1751 and 1771:

  • On 25 May 1753, the son of Robert and Mary 

  • On 15 June 1755, the son of William and Jane

  • On 9 May 1756, the son of Thomas and Jane
     
  • On 19 July 1761, the son of William and Jane, of Hope
     
  • On 16 March 1764, the son of Edward and Dorothy

  • On 16 May 1765, the son of Thomas and Sarah (possibly John's parents, as a Sarah Jones witnessed his marriage in 1786, 21 years later)

  • On 27 June 1769, the son of Hugh and Elizabeth.

The Treuddyn Parish Registers record the baptism of two Anne Davies:

  • On 6 April 1755, the daughter of Robert and Margaret, of Leeswood

  • On 4 September 1768, the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth.

CHILDREN

 

John and Anne had 4 children:

 

  • Elizabeth, baptised at Treuddyn Parish Church on 15 September 1787
     
  • John, baptised there on 2 December 1788
     
  • Mary, baptised there on 14 October 1790
     
  • Alice, baptised there on 27 August 1791.

On 25 July 1826, at Treuddyn, Mary married John Puleston (born January 1786, the son of Edward Puleston of Pentre Coch, Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, near Ruthin,  Denbighshire and his wife Jane Jones of Llysfasi, Llanfair DC).

 

The Treuddyn Parish Registers record the following burials of Joneses living at Ffrith:

  • On 23 December 1784, Mary Jones of Ffrith.

  • On 22 January 1799, John Jones of Ffrith.

  • On 15 April 1811, John Jones of Ffrith, who died on 12 April 1811, age 82.

The 1799 burial seems to be the relevant one as, on 12 April 1799, "Anne Jones of Ffrith in the township of Treyddun in the parish of Mold in the county of Flint, widow", Thomas Jones of the same town and parish and "John Doe" were granted administration of the goods and effects of "John Jones, late of Ffrith, yeoman" and Anne and Thomas signed, in the presence of William Jones, a bond for £500 for the due administration (National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wills SA/1799/131). Anne signed with her mark, indicating she could not write.

 

1838 TITHE COMMUTATION AGREEMENT

 

The Tithe Commutation Agreement for the Parish of Treuddyn (or Trythen) of 3 August 1838 shows a John Jones (Mary's brother, presumably, who would then have been 49) in occupation of 103 Acres 0 Roods and 24 Perches of land at Ffrith Farm, Treuddyn (owned by John Denton Esq), for which an annual rentcharge of £2 2s 6d was payable to the curate of Treuddyn and £10 12s 6d to the "Lay Impropriator" (i.e. the owner). The Agreement also shows other land in Treuddyn occupied by a John Jones, but not necessarily John of Ffrith Farm:

 

  • 47 Acres 3 Roods and 19 Perches owned by Charles Blayney Trevor Roper Esq - Rentcharges of £1 4s 3d and £6 1s 3d
     
  • 18 Acres 3 Roods and 7 Perches owned by Charles Blayney Trevor Roper Esq - Rentcharges of £7s 6d and £1 17s 6d
     
  • 5 Acres 0 Roods and 15 Perches owned by Miss Elizabeth Gifford - Rentcharges 3s 4d and 16s 8d
     
  • 7 Perches, a cottage and garden owned by Abraham Ball Esq
     
  • 22 Perches, a cottage and garden owned by Thomas Griffiths
     
  • 1 Acre 3 Roods and 10 Perches owned by Luce Roberts, including a croft - Rentcharges of 1s 1d and 5s 5d
     
  • 7 Acres 1 Rood and 12 Perches owned by John Lloyd - Rentcharges of 3s 3½ d and 16s 3d. 

Ffrith Farm still exists in 2006, is owned by Clive and Gail Swan, is a 250 acre beef, arable and potato farm and has a thriving Farm Shop at the end of their drive, off the A5104. The Swans are in the process of sensitively restoring the house and old farm buildings.                            

 

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