Petition: Robert Owen, pa. Holyhead, to the Justices of Anglesey

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PETITION from Robert Owen, pa. Holyhead, to the Justices of co.s Anglesey, Caernarfon and Merioneth, for a writ of subpoena against Owen Hughes, vicar of Penmynydd, Wm. Humphrey and John Williams, the churchwardens, Owen Jones, Maurice Owen and Robert Williams. The case concerns a dispute over a chamber in the Penymydd almshouse. The petition traces the history of the administration of the charity beginning with the deed of foeffment 1620 by which Hugh Williams and his heirs male were appointed treasurers or receivers of the Charity. This job descended to Thomas Williams following his father's death and then to Conningsby Williams, eldest son of Tomas. Conningsby also appointed persons to receive the charity as all the other trustees were dead.

Conningsby died without issue and the right to administer the charity devolved upon Thomas Williams of Bugden, co. Huntingdon, an infant who took no interest in the charity. Conningsby's executors, therefore, delivered all the deeds and papers to the prebend of Penmynydd in whose hands they still were, i.e. Owen Hughes, chancellor of the diocese of Bangor and vicar of Penmynydd. The vicar and churchwardens then took on the job of administering the charity although they never denied the right of Thomas Williams to do so. Thomas died in 1719 and the right of administration then devolved on his eldest son, Robert Williams of Penmynydd.

The petition then continues with the history of the disputed chamber. Arthur Rowland was nominated as one of the pensioners. He died in 1735 leaving a widow, Grace Hughes, and an idiot daughter, Elizabeth Arthur. The vicar and churchwardens then appointed Elizabeth Arthur to succeed to her father's chamber which Roberts Williams claimed was contrary to the intentions of the charity which specified it was for men and appointed instead the plaintiff, who was however obstructed in his enjoyment of the chamber. He therefore applied in 1737 to Sir Wm. Chapple and Thomas Martyn Esq., Justices, who decided in his favour. In the same year they appointed new trustees of the charity and the plaintiff was duly nominated again. However Owen Hughes and the churchwardens were not content with the decision and conspired together with the sexton of Penmynydd, a man described as being of substance and able to work, to marry Grace Hughes and take care of Elizabeth Arthur. In return he would receive a chamber in the almshouse. Furthermore they persuaded Maurice Owen, the owner of lands from which the pension was paid to the almshouse pensioners, to pay the money to Owen Jones and not to the plaintiff. Owen Jones was given a chamber although he and his wife lived on a farm nearby while Elizabeth Arthur occupied his room in the almshouse.

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