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Monday, June 1, 2015

Monday—The Genealogy Corner

My Welsh roots

My sister, Heidi, is in Wales this week tracing our Welsh ancestry.  My father, Reynold Uther Jones, was named after his two Welsh family surnames.  

Reynolds & Jones

3d Great-grandparents on the Jones side: Rees Rees Jones & Martha Phillips

"Rees" is a Welsh name that traces back to the Britons (the ancient Celts).  The root, "Rhys," means "ardor" or "fiery warrior."

"Rhys" means "enthusiasm" in the Welsh language.  Several Welsh rulers had this name.

My grandfather, Uther Jones, was very proud of his Welsh ancestry.

Rees Rees Jones & Martha Phillips
Mormon Welsh immigrants
Arrived in New York, 14 May 1861 (Rees Rees) aboard the Manchester
& 21 May 1861 (Martha) aboard the Underwriter

Rees & Martha arrived a week apart in New York harbor a month after the Civil War began.  Martha was traveling with 3 of their adult children—Caleb Phillip Jones, Margaret Elizabeth Jones and William Phillips Jones (my great-great grandfather). 

Great-Great grandparents on the Jones side:  William Phillips Jones & Mary Reynolds

Reynolds or Reynold:  "Rey" means "king" derived from the Latin, "Rex, Regis," and "Wald" is from Old English, meaning "strong and powerful."

William Phillips Jones
Born in Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales_23 February 1847

William Phillips Jones married Mary Reynolds on 23 February 1870 in Malad City, Idaho.

Mary Reynolds (no pic) was born in Merthyr Tydfil, Glam, Wales on 2 June 1849.  Her parents, John Reynolds & Catherine Williams, were both born in Merthyr Tydfil, Glam, Wales.

3d Great-grandparents on the Reynolds side:  John Reynolds & Catherine Williams 

John Reynolds
Born 5 April 1823 in Merthyr Tydfil, Glam, Wales

Catherine Williams
Born in 1824 in Merthyr Tydfil, Glam, Wales
All of these ancestors are buried in the Malad City Cemetery in Malad, Idaho.