Ellis Pugh

Ellis Pugh was born in 1656, in Merioneth Co, Wales, and became a Quaker there. After suffering severe persecution he and his wife Sinah and their small children emigrated in 1686, aboard the Amity, finally arriving in Philadelphia in April of 1687 . The Pughs settled near Philadelphia where they helped establish the Merion MM, named for the shire where Ellis had lived in Wales. Later Ellis was more active in the Radnor MM, as found in the meeting records. The first book printed in America, in the Welch language, a philosophical and religious treatise on life and service was written by Ellis, and printed by Andrew Bradford, the father-in-law of Benjamin Franklin. Ellis died near Philadelphia.

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