BAINES : Montgomeryshire

My direct ancestor, Thomas Baynes or Baines, was born in Montgomeryshire c1650 and lived well into his nineties.  He was churchwarden of St Mary’s church at Llanllugan, and here he was buried on 18 November 1742. He was probably the son of either John Baynes of Llanllugan who had died in 1679, or Thomas Baynes who had died there in 1684.

His son, Richard Baines, of Cefn Coch, Llanllugan, was born in 1690 and married Margaret Davies at Llanfair Caereinion on 16 May 1707.  (Margaret, daughter of David and Catherine Davies, was born in 1691 and died in January 1755.)  Richard left a Will dated 26 March 1779 (see below), and he died at Llanllugan in February 1780, in his ninetieth year.

His surviving children included John (1710), Richard (1712), Rowland (1718), David (1720), Jane (1723), and my ancestor Evan (1724).

Evan Baines married Elizabeth Rowlands by licence on 6 February 1753 at Castle Caereinion. (Elizabeth had been baptised on 30 May 1735, daughter of John Rowlands of Llanerfyl and his wife Mary.) Their surviving children, all born at Elizabeth’s home village of Llanerfyl, were Evan (1754)*, Richard (18 Feb 1756), Margaret (19 Jan 1760), Edward (28 May 1762) and Hannah (14 Oct 1764).
*On the 1841 census this Evan is recorded as an 85 year old farmer at Wern in the township of Blowty.

Evan Baines died on 19 January 1809 in his 85th year.

In 1787 his son Richard Baines, a farmer of Cyffin, Llangadfan, married by licence Elizabeth Lloyd (born 7 October 1759, daughter of Robert Lloyd of Blowty and his wife Elizabeth).  Richard and Elizabeth were the parents of my great-great-great-grandmother, Jane Baines, who was baptised at Llangadfan on 14 October 1798, four days after her birth at Cefn Coch. Their other children were Elizabeth (29 Apr 1789), Margaret (25 Dec 1790), Mary (11 Aug 1793), Evan (8 Oct 1796), Ann (22 May 1801), and Hannah (15 Nov 1803).

At the time of their deaths Richard and Elizabeth Baines were living at Pwll-yr-hwch (Swine Pool). Elizabeth was buried at Llangadfan on 19th April 1837, aged 78, and Richard on 20 April 1838, aged 84.

Their daughter Jane married William Evans, of Llanyblodwell, sometime before 1823 and the family moved to Wolverhampton before 1851 (see EVANS family).
William Evans died in January 1863. Jane married again, to George Phelps, a forge labourer, at St Matthew’s church, Wolverhampton, on 10 November 1864. The marriage certificate gives her father’s name as Richard Baines, deceased.

George Phelps died in 1868. Jane herself died on 31 December 1881 at Frost Street, Wolverhampton, aged 88 according to the death certificate, although her actual age was 83. She was buried at Merridale Cemetery on 5 January 1882. Curiously, the cemetery records give her name as Jane Paley Phelps.

BAINES GENEALOGY by Thomas Gwynne, with grateful acknowledgement :

Richard Baines, born c1690, married Margaret Davies on 16 May 1707 at Llanfair Caereinion and died on 19 Febuary 1780 at Llanllugan.
Their children included John (1710), Richard* (1712), Rowland (1718), David (1720 below), **Jane (1721), and Evan (1724 below).
* This Richard Baines, of Llanllugan, m. Elizabeth Gayman at Manafon in 1741. Their son Richard m. Ann Williams, and their children were Richard (1775), John (1778), Ann (1782), Hannah (1785) and Mary (1788). **Jane married John Hughes at Llanllugan on 31 October 1747.

David Baines, born 1720 Llanllugan, married Mary the daughter of Argulus and Elizabeth Devereux of Llanllugan.  Their children were Anne, born 4 June 1756, married Davies Jones in 1778; and Mary, died in infancy 1757.

Evan Baines, baptised at Llanllugan 18 February 1724, son of Richard Baines and Margaret Davies. He married Elizabeth Rowlands of Llanerfyl on 6 February 1753, and died on 19 January 1809 aged 83 at Llangadfan.
Their children, all baptised at Llanerfyl, were Evan (1754), married Catherine Thomas in 1798; Richard (18 Feb 1756), married Elizabeth Lloyd in 1787 (my ancestors); Margaret (19 Jan 1760), married Ellis Ellis in 1789; Edward (28 May 1762 below), married Mary Evans in 1789; and Hannah (14 October 1764), married Maurice Evans in 1788.

Edward Baines, born 28 May 1762 at Llanerfyl. He had an illegitimate son, Edward (bp 13 Feb 1785) by Esther Rees, and subsequently married Mary Evans, daughter of Morris Evan Robert and Mary Richards at Llangadfan on 30 May 1789.  She died 3 August 1818 aged 49 and was buried at Llangadfan.
On 7 May 1821 Edward married his second wife, a widow, Magdaline Lloyd, daughter of John Evans and Magdaline Davies – she died 22 September 1832 aged 68.
Their children, all baptised at Llangadfan, were Edward (18 Feb 1785, died in infancy); Edward (22 May 1790); Mary (22 Nov 1791, lived only briefly); John (18 Sept 1792); Mary (31 May 1795); Richard (27 June 1797 below); Evan (born 29 Aug 1799); and Thomas (12 Nov 1810).

Richard (1797) married Jane Ridge, and their children included Mary, born 8 March 1827. Richard’s brother Evan (1799) married Elizabeth Edwards on 13 April 1827, and their children included Jane, born 16 April 1829, and David, 25 December 1830.


In the Name of God, Amen.  I, Richard Baines of Cefncoch in the Parish of Llanlligan, & in the County of Montgomery, & Diocese of St Asaph, being weak in Body, but of sound & perfect Memory, prais’d be God for the same, do make & ordain this my last Will & Testament in manner & form following: that is to say First and principally, I commend my Soul into the Hands of Almighty God my Creator, hoping thro’ the Merits of Jesus Christ to obtain Pardon & Remission of all my Sins, & to Enter everlasting life, & my Body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried according to the Direction of my Executor hereafter named, & as for such temporal Goods, as the Lord in his great Mercy hath entrusted me with, I give & dispose thereof as followeth – First of all I will that all my Funeral charges & all my debts be fully paid & discharged – Also I give to & bequeath unto my Grandson John Baines all that Messuage & Tenement lately purchased by me, situate lying & being in the Township of Penemis called Garnedd, in the Parish of Llanwyddelan, in the County of Montgomery & his Heirs for ever – Also I give & bequeath unto my Grandsons Thomas Baines & Richard Baines twelve pounds each – Also I give & bequeath unto my Grandaughter Anne Baines twelve pounds – Also I give and bequeath unto my Grandaughter Margaret Baines twelve pounds – Also I give & bequeath unto my Grandaughter Mary Baines twelve pounds – Also I give & bequeath unto my Grandaughter Elizabeth Baines, now the Wife of Richard Humphreys, twelve pounds – Also I give & bequeath unto my Son Richard Baines the sum of five pounds a year during the Term of five years to be paid him quarterly by my Executor, & if he dies before those years expire, I will that that sum should be paid to his son Richard Baines – Also I give & bequeath unto my Grandson Richard Baines, the son of my son Richard Baines, the sum of twenty pounds – Also I give & bequeath to my son Evan Baines the sum of one pound one shilling – Also I give & bequeath unto my Grandson Evan, the son of Evan Baines, the sum of twelve pounds – Also I give & bequeath to Richard Baines & Edward Baines, my Grandsons, the sons of Evan Baines my son, twelve pounds each – Also I give & bequeath unto my Grandaughters Margaret & Hannah Baines, the daughters of my son Evan Baines, the sum of twelve pounds each – Also I give & bequeath unto my  Daughter Jane one pound one shilling – Also I give & bequeath unto my Grandson Richard Hughes the sum of forty pounds, & the Bed & Chest & a little Coffer & two boxes, being in the chamber where I lie above the Kitchen – Also I give & bequeath unto Hugh Hughes my Grandson the sum of twenty pounds – Also I give & bequeath unto my Grandson David Baines, the son of Rowland Baines, twelve pounds – Also I give & bequeath unto my Grandaughters Mary Baines & Elizabeth Baines, the daughters of Rowland Baines, the sum of twelve pounds each – Also I give & bequeath unto my Son David Baines the sum of one pound one shilling – I would have it understood that my will is that these Legacies are not to be paid till twelve months after my Decease. Lastly, all the rest & residue of my goods, Chattels & personal Estate, moveable & immoveable, I give & bequeath unto my Grandson & Heir John Baines, the son of my son John Baines, whom I nominate & appoint sole & only Executor of this my last Will & Testament Revoking & disannulling all former Wills by me heretofore made.  I do declare this my last Will & Testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this twenty sixth day of March in the year of our Lord one Thousand seven Hundred & seventy nine.

Richard Baines
Sign’d seal’d publish’d & declared in the presence of  Solomon Davies
The mark X of Edward Jones
John Owen, Clerk