This page will ultimately contain all the known history on our family

 

 

  • Where did the Price Family come from?

     

  • Where did they migrate from and what does history say about their lives?  

 There are 2 Price Family lines (German & Welsh).

This Our Family is from the Welsh/South Wales line.

The ancient cognomen of the Price Family was styled "Ap-Rhys" ("Ap" being the prefix meaning "son of") which in the course of time was changed to "Ap-Ryce", "Apryce", "Pryce" and finally Anglicized "Price". At Rhylas, Wales, the descendants still live and spell their name Pryce.

The Prices are a very ancient family and are descended in a direct line from Marchwesthian, a famous Prince and Chieftain of the House of "Ap-Rhys" of Rhylas, North Wales, who served with great distinction with Gryffyd Ap-Cynam at the beginning of the Eleventh Century.

The ancient home and country seat of the family known as "Rhuddlan Castle", has been in the possession of the family and has been the home of the Chieftains of the family from a remote period.

In later times many of the descendants of this princely house distinguished themselves both in the State and upon the field. Sir Robert Pryce, Baronet and Knight, it appears by the old records, was cross bearer to Cardinal Wolsey, and was fifth in descent from Cedric Vaughn, of the line of Edward III, King of England. Various members of this family served in the office of High Sheriff Marshall of England, and Governor of the Tower, Master of the Horse, and many of the members espoused heiresses from among nobility, making the family rich and powerful.

Sir Edward Vivian Price fought with the Crusaders under the gallant Richard Cour Le Lion in the Holy Land, and was knighted by him on the field of battle for bravery. Sir Henry Tudor Price fought at the Battle of Agincourt in the war with France.

Many other members of the family distinguished themselves in the field of battle. They inter-married with the noble houses of "Howard, Duke of Norfolk", "Wylly", "Lenox", "Cardigan", and the Ap-Roberts of "Glynn du Wydd"- a son of whom, Sir Percival Glendale Price, became Baron of the Exchequer, and espoused to the beautiful Countess of Montrose.

The family has always been distinguished for their high sense of honor, which they have always jealously guarded.  

GOGERDDAN (Pronounced Go-Gerthan)

An incident in the Early History of the Price family taken from Ancient
Records:

The Lord of Gogerddan Castle went to battle with the English, accompanied by his son and heir, the young Prince. In the midst of the conflict the boy became frightened, ran from the field and returned home.

His mother met him in the large hall, which was hung round with family portraits. She rebuked him and said, "Craven thou art, I had rather thou wasn’t brought to me dead than that thou shouds't return a coward. Return instantly to thy father's side or renounce the name of Pryce forever, and forfeit thy mother's love. Gaze upon the face of thy ancestors, perhaps thou mayst gain courage and become a Pryce once more".

The young man was overcome with shame at his cowardice and said, "I have no fear now. Kiss and bless me, my mother, and I will return to the battlefield, rejoin my father and prove that I am worthy of my name and to be called Pryce and thy son".

The lad was slain on the battlefield and brought home dead to his mother, who upon seeing the body, cried in agony of remorse, "Oh, my son- my son, God forgive me". But the portraits on the wall seemed to smile, as if in approval of his heroic conduct.

The Castle of Goderddan is very ancient and situated near Aberystwith, near Cardiganshire, Wales, and has been in the possession of the family for several hundred years, and their descendants who still dwell in the castle are a branch of the House of Ap-Rhys of Rhuddlan Castle, Rhylas, and North Wales.  

John Price of the Jamestown Colony

Representatives of the Price Family can be found involved in most events shaping the settlement of the New World including - John Price.

John Price was born in 1584 and came to America in 1610/11, at a time when life was exceedingly hard and few survived. John Price was about twenty-seven years of age when he left Wales to come to America from the county of Montgomery or possibly Brecknock Wales.  John Price and his family traveled on the Ships - The PROSPEROUS, The ELIZABETH and The STARR which made up the convoy of 300 people. The trip took three months to make the journey and they arrived in Virginia 22 May 1611.

John Price settled in The Neck of Land Charles City. Indians fell suddenly, by night on settlers 22 March 1622 killing 347 people. The Indians burned their homes and plantations, almost defacing the beauty of the whole colony. John Price was listed as a survivor of the Indian massacre of 1622.

John Price and his family lived among other famous settlers such as Captain John Smith who shouldered the biggest part of the responsibility of the settlement, John Rolfe and Pocahontas who left the settlement to return to England in 1616. This left 350 people behind living in six widely scattered and dangerously isolated communities.

John Price also became known as an ancient "planter", meaning that any man who worked seven years "plus" for their "divedent" of 100 acres finally received their land. Many worked several additional years for possession of their land. This also made them eligible for another tract of land in the same amount.

John Price was born in Brecknock Wales 1584-5 to Richard Price II, of Manovan and Ursula Middleton.

John Price died in Virginia 1628-29…

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