Welsh Family History
So I will begin the story here to give you a taste of what lies with in this web site.
Thomas Philipps was one of the two founders of the Welsh settlement in Licking County Ohio that is now referred to as the "Welsh Hills'" in Granville. In and around 1796 the purchase was made.
Thomas Philipps and his associate Theophilus Rees sailed here from Wales and settled for a short time in Beulah near Ebensburg, Cambria County Pennsylvania. This is where they made their purchase of some two thousand acres now known as Welsh Hills.
Thomas Philipps name was originally spelled Phillips, but at the time of his marriage to Miss Mary Philipps, of Pembrokeshire South Wales, he adopted the spelling of her surname.Mary was the sister or Erasmus Philippps, who was head counselor of the King Bench, and office equivalent to that of Chief Justice of the United States.
1787 Thomas's son's Thomas, John H., Erasmus, were seized on Board the ship by the the English press gang to put them in the engineer service, but they were not compelled to go, owing to the fact their mother was a sister of Erasmus Philipps, who had much influence in England.John H. was the reputed author of some seditious or treasonable literature, and , to avoid arrest and punishment, he decided to emigrate to America. Accordingly he sailed for Philadelphia, accompanied by his brothers, who were more or less implicated with him, Thomas Philipps was from Carmarthenshire, South Wales. In 1795 ( or 1794 ) he and Theophilus Rees, desided to make their escape upon the Ship Amphion
Some of you might be from one side or the other (Philipps- Rees/Evans) I'm related to all thanks to Thomas W.Philipps marrying Grace Evans and merging the two families together ~Lynda Villars Abbott~Mother Mary Philipps~
Any family member that would like to add to this site, let me know. You can either have me add it, or I will give you access to do it yourself.
This years reunion 2012
Sunday, July 8 · 11:30am - 4:30pm
Masonic Complex 875 Irvingwick Dr Heath Ohio
This is just the beginning as many families traveled to the Welsh Hills to make their home. Here are the others that will be mentioned, No need for Ancestry.com when we have records dating back to the 1600's. From Wales to PA, to The Welsh Hills in Granville Ohio.