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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 
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 crossbearer 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 was'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, North Wales.

Representatives of the Price Family can be found involved in most events 
shaping the settlement of the New World. It is the ancestors of Gregory Edwin 
Price, to whom this web site is dedicated.

Early Welsh Census records indicate that Thomas Price was born in Fwthog,
Herefordshire, England, circa 1805. He married Elizabeth Lewis of Cwmyoy Upper, 
Monmouthshire, born about 1810, on 4 December 1830. It is their ancestry that 
is currently the object of family research.



Thomas and Elizabeth Price
Thomas spent his adult life as a farmer, primarily in Monmouthshire. It is known that Thomas and Elizabeth farmed at Red House Farm Talacoed, and later at Town Farm Grosmont, which was known to be a working farm as recently as 1983. Thomas and Elizabeth also lived in Fwthog, Herefordshire for several years during the 1850's.

Edwin Price Senior
Click here for PRICE records from the Cwmyoy Register!
This page is dedicated to my parents!

Edwin and Mary Price

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