Subject: Rhydwilym Baptist Church and History of Williams Ford
A couple of years ago I wrote a query on this Baptist church mentioning an 1800's
photograph of its baptismal pond. I mentioned a row of stones across the river on the
bottom under the water and just downstream from the pond. Then, I ventured a guess that
these stones were the remains of an old mill pond dam. Now, I find that
"Rhydwilym" translates to, "Williams Ford." Does anyone know when
this ford was built, it's history and who this William was? I understand this church
was formed at this site about 1660. My presumed to be GGG,GGG grandmother, Jennet Davis
along with her sister Jane Davis were among the earliest baptilsed at this site. This
brings up the next question, "Could there be sisters with the names of Jane and
Jennet?" The name Jennet is the diminutive of the name Jane which is the feminine of
the name John. Does anyone have a better explanation?
I will appreciate any and all hints you all can give me on my search for information on
this David (or Davis) family, this church, this ford and this area.
I am recovering very well from my June, 2001 heart attack and stroke, I can still keep
up with most of the eighty-two year olds in town.
Please let me hear from you. Best regards, Orangeburg, SC, USA Bob Hemphill
New e-mail address.