Monongalia County, Virginia / West Virginia - Llewellyn

Billie Harris - Sep 20, 2008

Jeannine Headrick is a new member of this site and has just posted in the Family Tree that her earliest known ancestor is Samuel Llewellyn who died 1798 in Monongalia County, Virginia, which later became West Virginia, and through Samuel's son, Doctor.

Jeannine, welcome to the site.  

I've just gone through and extracted what we have on the Llewellyns in Monongalia County.   If you haven't this information already, hopefully it will help some, and if anyone else has information they can provide, please do.


John lewellen, born Feb. 6, 1806 Monongohelia, W.   Va.   Died Oct. 9, 1878
Married Sept. 25, 1828 Sarah Haymond, born 8/8/1808, daughter of Rebecca Wilson and John Haymond..   Children:
1.   Colder Lewellen, born 7/6/1829 Monongahelia, W. V.   Died 7/9/1829
2. William Wilson Lewellen, born 10/21/1830 Monongahelia, died 4/17/1837
3. Elizabeth Lewellen, born 4/15/1833 monongahelia; died 7/23/1903.   Married William Stalnaker
4. Lewis Lewellen, born 4/17/1837 Monangahelia; married Harriet Wilson 12/21/1858
5. Maria Lewellen, born 5/2/1839 Monangahelia; married Isaac Means 5/28/1857
6. John Clark Lewellen, born 7/1/1844; married Rebecca Jones 8/3/1866
7. Wartman Lewellen, born 7/10/1849; died 7/5/1851

“the Abbridged compendium of American Genealogy" edited by Frederick A. Virkus:   (Vol 6 page 332)
…”5. –  Jacob Jones (1732-1829) his mother Hanna, m. 2d Samuel Lewellen) to Monongahela Valley, 1770 and first settled on Dunkard Creek, now Pa. where 1777 his oldest children, Mary and John, were captured by Indians, to Cheat Bottom, now in Preston County, Va.; finally settled on a larger grant of land near what is now Knottsville, W. Va. 1795;…”
 “…4.   William (1774-1843) b. in the woods, Monongalia Co., Va., during Indian raid…”
 It is further written that John, son of Jacob, escaped after 5 years from the Indians and married Ann Gough.

Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette Co., Pa. N.Y.” by Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1912 reads on pages 778 and 779:

“LEWELLYN.   This distinctively Welsh name appears in America in various forms, such as Llewellyn, Lewellen, Flewellen, Fluellen; in the forms with initial F, attempt is made to approximate the pronunciation of the double L, which is a sound very difficult for others than the Welsh to produce.   The forms with single l are simplificiations, avoiding both the difficulty of pronunciation and the double initial.   While the Welsh are not numerically one of the most prominent elements in American life, they are much more numerous than might at first be supposed.   Such common names as Jones are indicative of Welsh ancestry.   Except in certain parts of the country, as in some sections of Pensylvania, the Welsh are hardly felt as a people separate from the English, and for this reason have not received the attention which their position merits.   In fact, the Welsh are of the same stock with the pre-Roman inhabitants of England, and thus identical with one of the elements which have entered into the formation of that very mixed race, the ‘Anglo-Saxon’.
   “(1)   John Lewellyn, founder of this family, was born in Wales.   In that principality also he married.   Immigrating to America, he settled in Virginia.   Children:   James of whom further; William G., born about 1816 died in 1880, married Mary Norris.
   “(II)   James, son of John Lewellyn, was born in Virginia.   He removed to Masontown, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, where he was a blacksmith.   He was a Democrat and a Presbyterian.   He married Susanna Wolfe.   Children:   Jacob, living in Kansas, Jane, living in Kansas; Margaret, living in Fayette county, Pennsylvania; Lewis C. of whom further; John I., living in Fayette county, Pennsylvania; James living in Kansas; Susan living at Morgantown, Monongalia county, West Virginia; David living at Morgantown, Monongalia county, West Virginia; LeRoy, living at Tarentum, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania.
   “III) Lewis C., son of James and Susanna (Wolfe) Lewellyn, was born at Masontown May 7, 1847.   He was educated and brought up in Fayette county.   Although his school attendance was limited to the common schools of Masontown,   he wis a fine mathematician.   Until 1892 he followed his trade, that of blacksmith, but since that time he has been in the revenue service of the United States government.   He is active in politics and is a Democrat.   With his family he attends the Presbyterian church.   He married Sarah Ellen, daughter of John and Nancy (Weltner) Hague, born at Masontown, July 1853, died in July 1896.   Her father was a native of Fayette county and her mother, a daughter of John Weltnr, also lived in that county.   Children:   1.   Clement Gregg of whom further.   22.   Elizabeth, after finishing the public schools of Masontown, attended the Southwestern Normal School at Claifornia, Washington county, Pennsylvania; the University of West Virginia at Morgantown; and the University of Chicago; in each of the universities she won the highest honors; she has also spent one year abroad; at the normal school, California, Pennsylvania, she has since been for seven years a training teacher, and she now holds a lucrative position in the high school at Pittsburgh.   3.   Pearl, attended the Southwestern Normal School; after graduating therefrom she studied two years in the University of West Virginia, taking a classical course; at the normal school and at the university music was a special object of her attention, and while taking her two years’ classical course at the university she also graduated in music; her musical studies have since been continued at Oberlin, Ohio; at the University of Chicago; and in private, under an eminent instructor; two years were spent in musical study in the schools of Vienna, Austria.   4.   Alameda attended the Normal School, but on account of health did not continue her education beyond this stage.   5.   Charles, graduated from the Southwestern Normal School; during his course there he was winner of an oratorical contest between ttwo societies in the school; he afterward graduated from the law school at the University of West Virginia, and is now a member of the law firm of Stelring, Higbee, Matthews & Lewellyn, of Uniontown, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, for two years he was principal of high schools of North Union township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, and for one year a principal at Brownstown.   6.   Dana, deceased.
   “IV)   Clement Gregg, son of Lewis C. and Sarah Ellen (Hogue) Lewellyn, was born in Green county, Pennsylvania, June 23, 1872, but was brought up at Mcclellandtown, Fayette county, Pennsylvania.   Here and at Masontown he attended the public schools.   From these he went to the Southwestern Normal School and in 1897 he graduated from the normal school at Indiana, Indiana county, Pennsylvania.   At Waynesburg College, Waynesburg, Green County, Pennsylvania, he did special work in pedagogy.   In 1890 he began teaching in Henry Clay township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania.   For six year he taught in Washington county.   Having had charge of the high schools at West Newton, Westmoreland county and at Brownsville, Pennsylvania, he was in 1901 elected principal of the Brownsville high schools.   Four years later he was elected county superintendent of schools at Fayette county, and he was re-elected in 1908 and again 1911.   He has also been for seven years a member of the Brownsville city council.   He is interested in all public enterprises, among his special interests being the Young Men’s Christian Association and the new hospital.   His fraternal societies are Brownsville Lodge No. 60, Free and Accepted Masons; Chapter No. 164, Royal Arch Masons, in which is now an officer; Olivet Council of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, St. Omar Commandery No. 7, Knights Templar, in which for two years he was eminent commander; Uniontown Lodge of Perfection, in which he is an officer; the Consistory in Pittsburg; the Mystic Shrine; and the Syria Temple, Pittsburg.   He is active in Masonry, and has taken thirty-two degrees.   He is past officer of th Blue Lodge, the Commandery, and the Lodge of Perfection.   He is a Democrat, and a member of the Presbyterian church.   Mr. Lewellyn has not married.”

The following marriages in Monongalia, Va. Were copied from the “Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine”:

Thomas Lewellin married Mary Gugh, daughter of Joshua Gough on 7/30/1804
Mary Lewellin, daughter of Thomas Lewellin, married Jabish Jones on 7/9/1812
David Lewellen married Abigail Jones, daughter of Benjamin Jones on 12/30/1815
Nancy Lewellen, daughter of Samuel Lewellen married John Ryan on 1/26/1822 (see “History of St. Clair Co., Mo.”)
Thomas Lewellin married Mary A. Stafford, daughter of John Stafford on 7/19/1823
John Lewellin married Mary McDaniel, daughter of Aaron McDaniel on 9/4/1830
Margaret Llewellyn married   John Marshal.   Son, John Murphy Marshall married Malinda Houston Wear in 1843.   (See Tennessee pages for more on this)

“Monongalia County 1790 census shows:
Francis Lewellin 1782 –  6 whites
John Lewellin, 1782 –  6 whites
Samuel Lewellin, 1782 –  9 whites

1810 Virginia Census shows in Monongalia County:

Dr. Lewellen
John Lewellen
Samuel Lewellen
Samuel Lewellen
Thomas Lewellen
T. Lewellen, Jr.

1850 census shows Asa, Benjamin, Jacob, Jesse, John, Thomas and William