Richard Williams was born in Montgomeryshire Wales in 1814. It is not known
when he immigrated to America, but came to Iowa in about 1843/4 (1856
census). Richard may have been born in the Machynlleth
area as was his first wife, Jane Tudor. Richard's
second wife, Ann Evans, also may have been born in this area.
The children of Richard Tudor and Elizabeth Lumley, born in the Machynlleth area of Montgomeryshire
Wales, were Hugh, Jane, Richard, Edward, Ann, Elizabeth, and Margaret (Mary?). The Tudor
family emigrated from Wales to America before 18321.
They lived in Cambria Co, Pennsylvania for 12 years.
The children of David and Jane Evans, born in Montgomeryshire Wales, were Evan,
William, and Ann. The Evans children, along with Richard Pugh (future first husband of Ann
Evans) and Sarah Evans (wife of William; maiden name the same), immigrated to America 1841.
William Evans married Sarah in Wales a few days before the group set out for America. They lived around
Cincinnati, Ohio for nearly 4 years.
The children of John Baxter and Elisabeth Pryce, born in Pennsylvania, were David, Elizabeth,
William, Owen, Thomas, Mary, Margaret, Ruth, and Willie. John emigrated from Wales before 1832 and was
naturalized in 1835. John's son, William, married Elizabeth Williams, daughter
of Richard Williams and Jane Tudor. John's daughter, Elizabeth, probably married Edward Tudor.
It is possible that when Richard Williams emigrated from Wales, he landed in Pennsylvania. He
may have come with, or meet-up with, the Tudors. It is also possible that he arrived
in Iowa. In any case, he landed in Iowa about 1843/4 and married Jane Tudor
prior to Nov 1843. Jane was only about 12 years of age when she came to America with
her family. The marriage date of Richard and Jane is as yet unknown, however documentation2
shows they had a child (Elizabeth #1) on Nov 12, 18433. This child died two years later.
It is interesting to note that an IGI record is found for a Richard Williams, b.
1814 married a "Jane" b. 1820, in 1840 Wales. I suppose it is possible Jane
Tudor traveled back to Wales to marry.
The entire Tudor family is found living in Cambria Township, Cambria Co., in the 1840 census. The Tudor's and presumably Richard Williams remained in Cambria
County until 1844.
The Baxter's remained in Pennsylvania for longer period of time before migrating to Iowa.
The entire family can be found in Carroll Township, Cambria Co. in the 1850
census. The migrated after 1853 and before 1860.
The Evans siblings--Evan, William, and Ann--William's wife Sarah Evans, and Richard Pugh,
lived near Cincinnati for nearly 4 years. In 1844 in Hamilton Co, Evan married Jane Simon and Ann married
Richard Pugh. Jane Simon immigrated from Wales to Utica, NY, then came to Cincinnati.
~Migration to Iowa~
The Evans siblings--Evan, William, and Ann-- and their spouses--Jane (Simon), Sarah (Evans),
and Richard Pugh--set out, from near Cincinnati, for Iowa in the fall of 1844. They sailed down the Ohio
river and crossed the Mississippi at Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa. From there they hired an Ox-team
to take them to what is now known as Williamsburg, Troy Township, Iowa County.
The Tudor's and possibly Richard Williams traveled from Cambria
Co., Penn. to Johnson County, Iowa in 1943/4. They settled in Union Township.
The Baxter's migrated to Sharon Township in Johnson Co., sometime after 1853.
~Johnson County, Iowa~
Little is known about Richard & Jane (Tudor) Williams between 1843/4, the time
they arrived in Johnson county, and when Jane died in 1848. However, an interesting
historic note has been captured from that period. In January 1846, the Welsh
Congregational Church was established. Among it's charter members were the
Tudors, the Williamses, The Pughs and the Evanses. This
shows that Richard knew his future 2nd wife, Ann (Evans) Pugh, and her husband while
he was married to his first wife. It is also possible that these people knew each
other in Wales. The Evans, were among only a handful of people living in Troy Township,
Iowa County. To attend this church six miles outside of Iowa City, they had to travel
by ox-team about 26 miles. Another interesting note says that the membership of Richard
& Jane Williams, and all the Evanses and their spouses, "were received by
letter". This means that they joined the church by bringing with them a letter
of recommendation from their previous church. The Evans living about 28 miles away
in Troy Township, Iowa County (where Williamsburg was later founded).
A couple of interesting bits of information can be gleaned by looking at the 1850 census of Union Township. After Jane (Tudor) Williams
died, Richard Williams is found to be living with her brother, Hugh Tudor, in Union Township. In a house
close by Hugh and Richard, lived David and Susan Jones who, along with their three children, were taking
care of Richard and Jane Williams' infant daughter Elizabeth. Next door, lived Edward T. Williams
and Phebe C. (Wilson) Davis Williams.
The first bit of information is that there might have been a close relationship with
the Richard Williams or the Tudor's with the caretakers (the Joneses) of Richard's
daughter, Elizabeth. The second is that there was another Williams living next door.
Other information found suggest that Richard and Edward are not related.
~Iowa County, Iowa~
Late in 1850, or very early in 1851, widower Richard Williams moved to Troy Township in Iowa County
and married the widow Ann (Evans) Pugh in January 1851. The 1851
Iowa State census shows his infant daughter, Elizabeth, living with them along with Ann's children,
Richard Pugh, David Pugh, and Mary Pugh. Elizabeth Williams was still living with her father and stepmother
in 1856. It seems directly after Richard died in July
of 1860, Elizabeth moved back to live with the Tudors. The 1870
census shows Elizabeth living with her uncle, Hugh Tudor, back in Johnson county. Before Richard died,
he and Ann had three other children: Sarah M. Williams, Jennie (Jane) Williams, and John M. Williams..