An American Family History

Ann Coulston Jones


Coulston is also spelled Caulson, Caulston, Coleson, Collisen, Collsen, Collson, Coulstone, Coleston, Colson, Coulson, and Coulstone.


A yeoman was a man who owned and cultivated a small farm. He belonged to the class below the gentry or land owners. A husbandman was a free tenant farmer. The social status of a husbandman was below that of a yeoman.

American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.

Ann Coulston Jones was born in Yorkshire, England on August 18, 1695. Her parents were William and Elizabeth Coulston.

She married yeoman, Robert Jones, on August 22, 1717 at Gwynedd Friends Meeting. Robert was born October 9, 1690 in Denbighshire, Wales. He was born in Denbighshire, Wales. Robert came to America in 1710. There were several Robert Jones in the area at the time and it is difficult to distinguish them.

June 25, 1717.

Robert Jones and Ann Coulstone Delclared their Intensions of marriage with each other the 1th time and this meeting appoints sarah Dawes and Edith Dawes to inspect into her conversation and Clearness from all others and make report thereof all next meeting

July 24, 1717

Robert Jones and Anne Coulstone Declared their Intentions of Marriage with each other the Second time and finding nothing to Obstuct they are left to their Liberty to Consumate their sd Intentions – Abraham Dawes and Thomas Pugh are Appointed to See their marriage Decently Accomplished

8th-mo. 22, 1717. Robert Jones, of Gwynedd,and Ann Coulston, dr. of William, of Plymouth, at a public meeting in Gwynedd. Witnesses, William, Anne, Henry and William Coulston, Rees Nanney. Edith Davis and 7 others.

Robert Jones and Ann Coulstone Delclared their Intensions of marriage with each other the 1th time and this meeting appoints sarah Dawes and Edith Dawes to inspect into her conversation and Clearness from all others and make report thereof all next meeting

Robert and Ann first lived in Gwynedd Township.

Robert and Ann's children included:
William Jones (1718, married Sarah Foulke),
Margaret Jones (1720),
Ann Jones Bell (1722, married Jacob Bell),
Elizabeth Jones (1724),
Robert Jones (1726),
Josiah Jones (1729, married Hannah Richardson),
Grace Jones Thomas (1732, married Owen Thomas),
Hannah Jones Pritchard (1735), and
Enos Jones (1737 married Sarah Mowry or Maurer).

They later made their home in Worcester, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania which is now Montgomery County.

Ann died on April 21, 1772.

Robert died the same year as the Boston Tea Party on June 24, 1773 in Worcester. Philadelphia County. He wrote his will on March 13, 1773 and it was proved on July 24, 1773. Enos and Grace Jones were the executors and it was witnessed by Michael Simpson, Thomas Bean, and John Bean.

The Pennsyvania Gazette
In contracts and pleadings usually people and things mentioned before are designated by the term said (sd ) for clarity. Aforesaid (afd, afsd, aforesd ) means it was already mentioned.
Gwynedd Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania was founded in 1698 by Welsh Quakers. The township split into Lower and Upper Gwynedd in 1891.
Montgomery County, in southeast Pennsylvania was created on September 10, 1784, out of land that was originally part of Philadelphia County.
Children of William Coulston
  • Elizabeth Coulston Nanney
  • Ann Coulston Jones
  • Henry Coulston
  • Grace Coulston Eastburn
  • William Coulston
  • John Coulston
  • Barnabas Coulston
  • Sarah Coulston Ellis
  • Hannah Coulston
  • The Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in the 1650s, when they broke away from the Puritans. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, as a safe place for Friends to live and practice their faith.

    Europeans who made the voyage to America faced a difficult journey of several months.
    It was common for bequests to include wearing apparel.



    Historical Collections Relating to Gwynedd: A Township of Montgomery County by Howard Malcolm Jenkins

    Another Robert Jones, of Gwynedd, m., 1717, Ann Coulston, dau. of William, of Plymouth. He afterward became of Worcester and d. there, 6th mo. 24, 1773. He was born in Denbighshire, Wales, l0th mo. 9, 1690, and his wife, Ann, was b. in Yorkshire, England, "near Moor Land," 8th mo. 18, 1695. Their children were William, Margaret, Ann, m. Jacob Bell; Elizabeth, Robert, Josiah, Grace, m. Jones, and Owen Thomas; Hannah, m. Prichard; Enos. Ann, the mother, d. 4th mo. 21, 1772.

    His family Bible came into the possession of Watson Ambler, of East Bradford, Chester Co., in 1869. This Bible (printed in Dublin, 1714), an entry in it says, R. J. bought of Cadwallader Foulke, in Philadelphia, the 4th day of the 12th mo., 1733, and paid two pounds, being the price thereof. Also paid 20 shillings more for binding and brassing of clasps since I bought it, 1762.

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