FOULKE: - The writer of the following sketch, died in 1741, aged eighty-eight years and five months, and was buried at Gwynedd. His descendants of various names, are numerous in Chester County.
"I, Edward Foulke, was the son of Foulke, Thomas, the son of Evan, the son of Robert, the son of David Lloyd, the son of David, the son of Evan Vaughn, the son of Griffith the son of Madock, the son of Jerworth, the son of Madock, the son of Ririd blaidd of the Peale, who was Lord of Penlyn, one of the northern divisions of Wales.
"My mother's name was Lowry, the daughter of Edward, the son of David, the son of Ellis, the son or Robert, of the Parish of Llanyor, in Merionethshire.
"I was born on the 18th day of the 5th Month, Anno Domini 1651, and when arrived to mature age, I married Eleanor, the daughter of Hugh, the son of Cadwallader, the son of Rees of the Parrish of Spyter, in Derbyshire. Her mother's name was Gwen, the daughter of Ellis, the son of William, the son of Hugh, the son of Thomas, the son of David, the son of Madock, the son of Evan, the son of Gott, the son of Evan, the son of Griffith, the son of Madock, the son of Enion, the son of Meredicth of Gawvadock and was born in the same parish and shire with her husband.
"I had, by my said wife, nine children, to wit: four sons and five daughters;-whose names were as followeth, viz: Thomas, Hugh, Cadwallader, and Evan; Gwen, Grace, Jane, Catherine, and Margaret.
"We lived at a place called Coodyfoel; a farm belonging to Roger Price, Esq., of Rhewlass in Merionethshire aforesaid. But in process of time, I had a inclination to remove thence with my family, to the province of Pennsylvania, and in order thereto we set out on the 3d day of the 2d Month (April) Annoque Domini, 1698, and came in two days to Liverpool where, with divers others who intended to go the voyage, we took shipping the 17th of the same month, on board the 'Robert and Elizabeth;' and the next day set sail for Ireland, where we stayed, until the 1st day of the 3d Month (May), and thence again sailed for Pennsylvania, and were about eleven weeks at sea, and the sore distemper of the bloody flux broke out in the vessel, of which died five and forty persons in our passage. The distemper was so mortal that two or three corpse were cast over every day while it lasted. But through the favor and mercy of Divine Providence, I with my wife and nine children, escaped that sore mortality, and arrived safe at Philadelphia, about the 17th of the 5th Month (July); where we were kindly received and entertained by our Friends and old acquaintance, until I purchased a tract of about seven hundred acres of land about sixteen miles from Philadelphia, on a part of which I settled. And divers others of our company who came over sea together, settled near me about the same time; which was the beginning of November, 1698, aforesaid; and the township was named Gwynedd or North Wales.
"This account was written the 14th of 11th Month, (January) A.D.
1702, by Edward Foulke.