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He was probably born at Great Nash in Llangwm parish in Pembrokeshire, as a younger son. He obtained a degree in Civil Law at Oxford University on 11 February 1528, according to Alumni oxoniensis, and settled in Carmarthen. He appeared on a deed in Carmarthen by March 1532 (Cardiff Record Office, CL/Deeds/I/1649), as found by Derek Williams. He was the King's Bailiff in Cardiganshire in 1545-48, and mayor of Carmarthen in 1550. According to Dwnn's information from our RICHARD NASH, by DAVID'S first wife (ALICE below) he had one son (our RICHARD) and a daughter Elizabeth, who married John Edwards of Carmarthen and had five sons , though we could find no information about Elizabeth’s family. (I,202). Then DAVID II married a second time, to Sage Higgon of Carmarthen, who had three daughters. Erroneously, the Golden Grove books (Advenae Pembroke B383, Film no.104352 for NASH, and Advenae Carmarthen p.8, Film no.104351 for Higgon) give the husband of Sage Higgon as Griffith Nash, not DAVID NASH, and also give no wife at all for DAVID II NASH.
Little is known of her, but her family were gentry and merchants in Pembrokeshire, according to Derek Williams' references given with her father 10.JOHN MEILIR. She died young enough for her husband to have a second family.
As a descendant of a younger son he did not live on the family estate of Lochmeyler but in the city of Haverfordwest. He was mayor and justice of the peace of the town in 1540 and a member of the council for 1539-46 (Calendar of Records ... Haverfordwest 1539-1660). Besides his daughter our ELIZABETH, he had two sons, William and Thomas (GG, Gwaethvoed 43L 1650, Film no.104350). Thomas was accused in Chancery Court by RICHARD NASH of alienating Richard's wife and inveigling her into stealing his property. RICHARD described him as "a man overmoche enclyned to optaine and gott by unlawfull means the goods & substance of other men, & to enriche himself therby." See Richard Nash's Biography. This unsavory view of Thomas Bowen is supported by the comment in the Haverfordwest parish records on the burial of "Johannis Rice: A Morgans Bowen et Thomas Bowen crudeliter vulneratus" [by Morgan Bowen and Thomas Bowen cruelly wounded], dated 12 August 1603 (Film no.105104). Thomas may have moved to Carmarthen as an apothecary, where apparently his grandson and namesake continued the profession and christened several children at St Peter's church from 1671 until his wife Frances was buried on 25 October 1689 (Collocation of Names, Film no.104504).
It is surprising that RICHARD NASH gave Lewys Dwnn only the last name of his mother-in-law, or perhaps Dwnn or his editors lost her Christian name (I,202). Bartram does not support the Button family of this wife, but it seems worth a little study. The Byton or Button family appears in the GGB as descendants of "Guyen le Grand" from Normandy, but this early line is likely fabricated. Though we cannot document a BUTTON wife for HENRY BOWEN, we found a possible family with Bowen connections of the right generational fit. The names BUTTON and BOULTON were sometimes confused, and the pedigree supplied to Dwnn (I,133) by David Boulton shows that he married Ann Bowen of the Roblinston line (I,116) in the same generation as the parents of “NN BUTTON” (I,202). The Boulton family continued in Haverfordwest, and the later records of St Mary’s church give the marriage of Hugonis Boulton and his children’s christenings in 1599-1604 (Film no.105104). The BUTTON, BOULTON/BOLTON, etc families are little documented, however, and it may not be possible to further study this theoretical possibility.
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