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1. RICHARD WILLIAMS1,2 was born before 1700.1 He died in Gwynedd, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.1

Marriage record is in Quaker Meeting papers on file at Swarthmore College.
The marriage was in the record book of the Gwynedd Monthly Meeting. Both parties were of Gwynedd in the county of Philadelphia and province of Pennsylvania. Margaret was a widow. Their intentions dated the 10th day of the 7th month in the year of our Lord 1717. Both signed with their "Mark". There were 29 witnesses.
Jno Williams who signed, is likely the brother of Richard Williams. We know his brother John is of Gwynedd because he leaves a will and names Richard as brother and an overseer in 1726. This brother John may be the one who married Catherine Morgan in 1707 as found in the Radnor MM records. He is not the John, widower who marries Catherine Edwards (nee Griffith), widow, 1714 in the Gwynedd records (Catherine survives into the 1740s and leaves a will). It is very unlikely that either John or Richard are the sons of Robert Williams of Uwchlan (as some think) as this Robert appears to have a son John who married Jane Jones.

No members of the Eaton family sign this document. Then Eatons are generally from Oxford township, but a branch of the family settled in Montgomery and Joseph Eaton became an early minister at Montgomery Baptist Church. It is assumed that Margaret's first husband was an Eaton. Oxford township, Philadelphia county, was a center of the Keith Schism in the 1690s which resulted in the conversion of many Quakers to Baptists. It is likely that Margaret Williams is the one who in the 1750s removes from Gwynedd MM to Montgomery Baptist Meeting.

The prominent position of the Morgan family on this document makes one wonder if Margaret is not a member of this family. However Edward and Elizabeth Morgan's daughter Margaret is thought to be the one who married Samuel Thomas 1713 at Gwynedd and later removes with him to Richland. The list of names appears to be Edward Morgan the patriarch of this family and his sons William, John, Daniel and Morgan. Son Edward Jr. may have died by this time and son Joseph (b. 1702) may have been too young to sign. Alternatively the Morgan family could be relatives of Richards or they could just be friends and neighbors. In that case, could Margaret be an Evans?

Almost everyone above is either from the north of Wales or a descendant. They come from the mountainous region today marked by a 35 mile stretch of the highways A494 and A5 from Dolgellau to Llangollen and centered on Bala in Merionethshire. Much of this is the valley of the River Dee (Afon Dyfrdwy) and the western portion adjoins Snowdonia National Park.

RICHARD WILLIAMS and MARGARET EATON were married on 10 July 1717 in Gwynedd, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.1 MARGARET EATON died in prob Gwynedd, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

RICHARD WILLIAMS and MARGARET EATON had the following children: