Clement-Jones family 12/22 - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family 12/22 - Person Sheet
NameRichard JONES , 3193
Birth1753, Pentre Cae Heilyn, Llanfair
Death12th Feb 1816, Cheltenham
FatherHenry JONES , 48 (?1715-1769)
MotherMagdalen JONES , 69 (1726-1766)
Death21 Nov 1812, Gresford
FatherThomas GRIFFITHS , 175
MotherMary? , 15446
Marriage27th February 1781, Chester Cathedral (St Oswalds)
ChildrenWilliam , 70 (1792-1866)
 Richard , 177 (1787-1862)
 Charlotte , 73 (1789-1864)
 John , 176 (1791-1856)
 Edward , 3192 (1798-1865)
 Eliza , 178 (1796-1854)
 Diona , 74 (1797-1867)
 Mary , 605 (1785-<1833)
 Ann , 611 (1781-)
 Thomas , 3194 (1783-1833)
Notes for Richard JONES
Described as a “Yeoman of Gresford parish” in the licence for his marriage to Martha Griffiths in St Oswalds Parish, Chester.67 In fact as the south transept of Chester Cathedral served as the ancient parish church of St. Oswald they were married in the cathedral. The licence cost £100 a not inconsiderable sum in those days, equivalent to over £5,000 now.

Richard Jones inherited Rackery (Yr Acre) Hall (see Photo) Llay from his cousin Ruth Speed on her death in 1785. She was the daughter of Richard Jones (the brother of his grandfather Thomas Jones, Magdalene Jones father), who was an apothecary in Wrexham. Ruth married Griffith Speed who was High Sheriff of Denbighshire in 1750. See their entries. The house still stands.

Richard Jones’ will was proved at St Asaph in on 27th May 1817.

All his children were baptised at Rackery Hall itself not at Gresford Church, as were the children of the owners of Llay Hall.

The Quarter Sessions Records for Denbighshire in 1783 mention that “Richard Jones, Farmer, of Llay, Gresford” pursued a case against Edward son of Thomas Jones of Gwersyllt for stealing three geese.

Richard Jones, his wife and most of his children are commemorated by a memorial in the churchyard at Gresford Church. .

“In memory of Richard Jones Esq who departed this life 12th February 1816 aged 62. In memory of Eliza, fifth daughter of the said Richard Jones Esq who died at Cheltenham in April 1854 aged 58 years and was buried in this vault. In memory of John, third son of the said Richard Jones Esq died 6 January 1856 aged 65. In this vault lies Martha the wife of Richard Jones of Llay who died 28th November 1812 aged 56. In memory of Richard Jones who died at Cheltenham 17th March 1862 aged 75 and Diona Jones who died at Bromborough in the County of Chester 21 May 1867 aged 70 years. They were buried in this vault. Also in beloved memory of Edward Jones 5th and youngest son of the above who died at Cheltenham 1865 aged 66. In grateful and loving memory of William Jones of Fulwood near Liverpool the 4th son who died 1866 aged 74 and William Henry his eldest son who died at Plas Mynach near Barmouth 1884 aged 58 by whom as a memorial of his family of which he had become the eldest male representative the Reredos in this church was erected. Lord, Thou hast been our refuge from one generation to another. Psalm XC.V5”

The memorial was erected by the executors of William Henry Jones -his oldest grandson-who donated the reredos.

Gresford Church itself is described in Pennant:
“the church is seated on the brow of a lofty eminence, over a beautiful little valley, which opens into the vast expanse of the vale royal of Cheshire; and exhibits an uncommon elegance. The church is extremely handsome; but less ornamented than that of Wrexham, though built in the same reign.” He also (page 388 Vol 1) describes the Trevor monuments in the church.
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