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Rees Prees

Posted: 23 Aug 2014 4:30PM GMT
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Born in Wales and died 14 Jul 1699 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He married Ann Unknown before 1650 in Wales. She died abt 1687 in Philadelphia, PA. He married, Elizabeth Williams Dec 20th 1688 in Radnor Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. . I do not know their parents. From Ruth Priest Dixon's book Mijamin Priest and his family from William Penn's Colony to East Texas 1684 to 1884, we learn Rees and Ann Prees left Radnorshire, Wales in 1684 for William Penn's colony in the new world just two years after it was established by William Penn. They departed from sailing from Doleyshere (Dolesororen), Merionethshire, England on the Vine of Liverpool captained by William Presson. The trip took two months. They were with a large group of Quakers. They landed on Sept 17 1684. The name is listed as Prees in the manifest. Ann died within a few years after they arrived at Penn's colony and Rees married Elizabeth Williams at the Hartford Monthly Meeting. Apparently this is where the changing of the name from Prees or Priest to Price first occurred. The family lived near Philadelphia and had at least five children; Wm, David, Thomas, Joseph and Elizabeth. These names were listed in this order in Rees will. He named his eldest son, Richard who cae with him from Wales as his administrator. He died in 1699. Occupation: Carpenter. Children of Rees and Ann are Mary, Sarah, Phebe, Richard, John; children with Elizabeth Williams are: Wm Priest, Davied Priest, Thomas Price, Joseph Priest, Elizabeth Priest all of Philadelphia. Our line of Preeces go forward with David and then to William Priest. They moved to Rowan County, NC (originally, they were Quakers who wanted to avoid unrest and violence. Wm Preece opened a trading post on the Cumberland Trail in NC. He wrote that we had an ancestor, Lady Lovelace of Scotland had to leave the country for political reasons and she married a Cherokee chief named Wilburn who eventually married a Stratton at Richmond and that is where our Cherokee blood comes from. Lots of info from there on in Texas. This information comes originally from Louise Preece, daughter of Richard Lincoln Preece

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