East meets west, and West meets east...along a border which for many generations was an ill defined frontier between the Welsh...the Marcher Lords...and the English Monarchy. On this border is located many of my family stories. As early as Wat's Dyke, my family tree had established its identity between this often used location to test ones stubborn nature, and willingness to survive.
Modern day accounts of this area provide some help in understanding the history and location of many geographic names. A fellow "Jones" provided the following text. First published 1938, it provides illustrations and sketches of the land.
North to south it runs, giving one persons opinion of this landscape. For many Americans of Welsh descent, Shropshire seems to play a key role. Oswestry, Maelor Saesneg, and Wrexham were connecting points for my family.
Another text is titled: "In The March and Borderland of Wales". First published in 1905, it gives the political, legal, and geographic concepts from the time of Edward I, in 1282. It contains a wonderful group of illustrations giving a context not often found in modern day texts.
Two helpful references to aide the genealogist they are.