On the following pages are reproduced copies of wills, documents, invoices, etc., which are thought to be of family and historical interest. Some words require interpreting at 'best guess'.
Manuscripts in the British Museum under "Derwas of Llandrinio" should be worth inspection as one numbered 9864/5 makes John Derwas the 1st and Richard Derwas, Vicar of Meifod, the 2nd son of Griffith Derwas of New Chapel, Penrhos.
Meifod was a very old foundation. In 1265 there was an agreement between Adam, son of Meurig, Rector or Co-Rector of Meifod, and the Prior of Alberbury Priory and a document corroborating this agreement between Meifod and Alberbury states: -
"Lisense, 28:6:1380. 'Richard II empowers Bishop Spridlington (with the consent of his Chapter) to unite the Chapelries of Pool and Guilsfield to the Parish Church of Meifod, and to appropriate the said Church, with the Churches annexed, to St Asaph and his successors for ever'. The same Licence was granted to Bishop John Trevor. Meifod was already the Mother Church to Braggington, Bausley and Middletown and Sir J.E.D. Lloyd's "History of Wales" also includes Llanfair Caereinion.
The Rectory or Vicarage at Meifod in Richard Derwas's time stood in a field on the edge of the village, now called ' the Moat '.
The Penrhos Vault at Llandrinio is to the south of the present church but had been inside the earlier church.
There are several entries between 1700 and 1780, (believed to be in the Oswestry Registers) of Derwas's of Llanerchkeela, but where this was we do not know.
In Boyd's Marriage Index for Shropshire there are several entries of Derwas marriages in Shrewsbury, e.g. 1772 at St Chads, Samual Derwas and Mary Grice; 1797 at St Marys (combined with St Michaels at one time) Samual Derwas (possibly son of former) and Mary Owen; then 9 years later in 1806 Samual Derwas and Mary Jones, and could be the formers 2nd marriage. As there is no Samual on the Family Tree these Register entries become more interesting but could be some of Rowlands descendants.
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