Alexander Edwards1

d. November 1712
Family Background:
Underwood and Allied Families
     Alexander Edwards was born in Wales.1 He married as his second wife Catherine Griffith, widow of Morris Cadwaladr, daughter of Griffith ap Evan, before 6 10m 1703 (6 December 1703) at Gwynedd Meeting House, Gwynedd, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.1 He died in November 1712 in Philadelphia County (now Montgomery), Pennsylvania.2 His will was proved 17 12m 1712 (17 February 1712/13) in Montgomery, Philadelphia County (now Montgomery), Pennsylvania.3
     All of Alexander Edwards' children were born to him and his first wife in Wales.2

Additional Data
Alexander Edwards of North Wales, Philadelphia County, yeoman, for 34 pounds, sold 100 acres in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, to Cadwalader Morris, yeoman, of or near North Wales, Philadelphia County, on 28 12m 1707 (28 February 1707).4

Alexander Edwards was among the Friends (Quakers) who united in 1709/10 to raise money to build a new meeting house at Gwynedd, to replace the original log meeting house built in 1700. He signed the subscription paper dated "the sixth day of the first monthy in the year one thousand seven hundred and nine-ten," pledging £5 10s payable in four installments. The stone structure, completed in 1712, was torn down and a new one was built on the same site in 1823. The stone steps are all that remains of the 1712 meeting house.5

Alexander Edwards witnessed the marriage of Cadwalader Morris and Elizabeth Morgan on 24 3m 1710 (24 May 1710) in Gwynedd, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.6,7 Click to view image

Alexander Edwards, yeoman, made his will on 9 3m 1712 (9 May 1712) in Montgomery township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. He bequeathed to: Sons Edward, Alexander, and their children whose names are not given, and Thomas. Daughters Margaret, Martha and Bridget and the daughters of the last two, names not given. Grandsons James James, Griffith Miles, Joseph Todd and Alexander son of son Alexander Edwards. Executors: Wife Katherine and son-in-law Griffith Miles. Overseers: Cadwalader ap Evans, William John, Owen ap Evan and John William, all of Gwynedd, yeomen.3


  1. [S313] William Henry Egle, ed., Notes and Queries Historical and Genealogical Chiefly Relating to Interior Pennsylvania, Annual Volume 1897, vol. IV (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania:, 1897; reprint Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1970), 224.
  2. [S313] William Henry Egle, Notes and Queries Historical and Genealogical Chiefly Relating to Interior Pennsylvania, 225.
  3. [S361] Inc. Lineages, comp., Philadelphia County Wills, 1682-1819 (Philadelphia: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1900; reprint <>:, 2000), citing C: 298.
  4. [S379] Philadelphia County Record of Deeds, Book E4: v. 7, p 31-33, City of Philadelphia Courthouse, unknown repository address.
  5. [S356] Howard Malcolm Jenkins, Historical collections relating to Gwynedd, a township of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, settled, 1696, by immigrants from Wales, with some data referring to the adjoining township, of Montgomery, also settled by Welsh (Philadelphia: Howard Malcolm Jenkins, 1897), Chapter 9, online <>, Chapter 28, online. <
  6. [S357] Morgan-Morris marriage, 24th day of the 3 month 1710, in Minutes of the Haverford Monthly Meeting, unpaginated, arranged by date, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
  7. [S356] Howard Malcolm Jenkins, Historical collections relating to Gwynedd, Chapter 12, online. <