Monday, February 24, 2014


A knock down...drag out...kind of place is "here" were the "ford" crossed the Wye.  Ever since the ancient Britons and the Romans began the struggle, the area became a strategic military location where the to and fro of battle often occurred.  First the Romans, then the Saxons, and then the Normans all struggled to gain control of this area.

Interestingly it was Agnes Jones who came to be the first to record the surname Jones. [Bundle 422/ No. 41]  Between 1518 and 1529 she had to deal with the detention of "deeds, messuage & garden in Little Marcle".  The female was often involved in land disputes as heir or widow of someone who had recently died. 

The dates are before the Act of Union 1536, which most likely represents the impact of English law (cultural and social structure) in this southern border country.  A fact due to the continual conflict between the folks since the Roman times, down to the Tudor reign of Henry VII.

Well here, at Hereford, you have her...Agnes Jones, 1518 - 1529.

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