WILLIAMS OF LLANDEGLEY
John Beavan and Elizabeth Williams were married at Llandegley in 1764. The will of Thomas Williams of the Carney in Llandegley, dated 21 Sep 1782, mentions the children of his niece Elizabeth by John Beavan. The will does not explicitly state Elizabeth’s parentage but it strongly suggests that she was a daughter of Thomas’s brother Evan Williams. Elizabeth’s family is mentioned in the will immediately following the family of Thomas’s sister Alice, deceased, who was the wife of Howell Evans, and immediately preceding the family of Susannah, wife of Thomas Stephens. Both Alice and Susannah can be placed as daughters of Evan Williams. Furthermore, the will states that the legacies for the children of Elizabeth (Williams) Beavan were to be paid by Thomas’s executor into the hands of Evan Williams and that Evan was to pay the legacies to the children when they reached the age of twenty-one or married. In addition, it may be noted that Evan Williams was a party to the marriage bond for John Beavan and Elizabeth Williams and was a witness at their marriage. John and Elizabeth had a son named Evan and a daughter named Alice, which was the name of Evan’s wife.
Moreover, apart from Evan Williams, the known siblings of Thomas are unlikely for various reasons to be a parent of Elizabeth Williams who married John Beavan. Edward Williams left a will dated 1776 which does not name any children of his own. Ezekiel Williams appears to have been buried in 1742, probably too early to be the father of Elizabeth. Ann Williams married John Owens in 1738/39 so would not have had a daughter called Elizabeth Williams born in the 1740s. David Williams’ only known marriage was to Susannah Morgan in 1749/50, too late for them to be good candidates for the parents of Elizabeth.
There were earlier individuals called Williams in Llandegley but they have not yet been connected with the family below.
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Children of Williams:
2 i THOMAS WILLIAMS (bur 1745); m MARGARET.
ii EDWARD WILLIAMS.
Children of Thomas Williams:
i THOMAS WILLIAMS of the Carney, Llandegley, bur 6 Jan 1783, Llandegley.
ii EDWARD WILLIAMS of Trewern, Llandegley, b ca 1712, bur 6 Jan 1777, Llandegley.
3 iii EVAN WILLIAMS (ca 1715-1795); m ALICE WATKIN.
iv EZEKIEL WILLIAMS, bur 7 Jun 1742, Llandegley.
3 EVAN WILLIAMS of Trewern, Llandegley, yeoman, was born about 1715, died on 3 Oct 1795 and was buried on 6 Oct 1795 at Llandegley. He married about 20 October 1735, ALICE WATKIN. Alice was born ca 1712 and buried on 17 June 1794 at Llandegley.
Children of Evan and Alice (Watkin) Williams:
 The will of Thomas Williams (National Library of Wales, BR1745-49) names his brother Edward Williams.
 Further details of Edward are unclear but there are marriage records which may relate to him: Edward Williams of Llandegley and Anne Powell, widow, of Llandrindod, bond 1693; Edward Williams of Llandegley and Anne Griffiths, married at Llanfihangel Nant Melan in 1707/08; Edward Williams of Llandegley and Anne Watkins, widow, of Llandegley, bond 1715.
 Margaret is named in the will of Thomas Williams as his wife and she was living when the will was proved in 1745 (National Library of Wales, BR1745-49). She may be the Margaret Williams, widow, who was buried at Llandegley on 22 Jun 1749. There was also a Margaret Williams, widow, of the parish of Cefnllys, buried at Llandegley on 18 Sep 1760. The latter Margaret may have been the widow of Ezekiel Williams of Cefnllys whose will was proved in 1724 (National Library of Wales, BR1724-18).
 All are named in the will of Thomas Williams, dated 27 Mar 1742 (National Library of Wales, BR1745-49).
 Llandegley parish registers (online at www.findmypast.co.uk); National Library of Wales, BR1777-40. Letter from Dianne Foster, 4 Jan 2001, citing abstracts of monumental inscriptions, states that he died 2 Jan 1776 in his 65th year, but the year of 1777 given in the parish registers is supported by Edward’s will, which is dated 6 Jul 1776.
 Llandegley parish registers (online at www.findmypast.co.uk). The burial entry refers to “Ezekiel the son of Thos Williams”. Despite the relatively unusual name, there appear to have been several namesakes living in the same general area and time period.
 He may have been the David Williams buried on 2 Apr 1759 at Llandegley. However, the burial there in 1765 of Susannah the “Wife” (rather than widow) of David Williams gives the impression that he was still alive. In any case, David had died by 1776 when he was mentioned as deceased in the will of his brother Edward.
 Letter from Dianne Foster, 4 Jan 2001, citing abstracts of Llandegley monumental inscriptions.
 Letter from Dianne Foster, 14 Aug 2001, citing marriage bond (National Library of Wales, Brecon B 45/25). Alice’s parentage is unknown but one possibility is that she was the daughter of Meredith Watkin and Anne Evans, both of Llandegley, whose marriage bond was dated 1708. Anne may be the Anne Watkins, widow, of Llandegley, whose marriage to Edward Williams of Llandegley is the subject of a bond dated 1715.
 Letter from Dianne Foster, 4 Jan 2001, citing abstracts of Llandegley monumental inscriptions, states that Alice died on 14 Jun 1792 (sic) in her 83rd year.