JOHNES, Thomas (d. c.1734), of Llanfair Clydogau, Card. and Dolau Cothi, Carm.
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Family and Education
o. surv. s. of Thomas Johnes of Llanfair Clydogau by Anne, da. of David Lloyd of Crymlyn, Mon. m. (1) Jane, da. and h. of William Herbert of Hafod Uchdryd, Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn, Card., s.p.; (2) Blanche, da. of David Van of Llanwern, Mon., s.p. suc. fa. c.1698.1
Sheriff, Card. 1704–5.
Johnes’s family was said to derive its lineage from Urien Reged, a prince of Gower. Nearer in ancestry was Thomas Jones, knight of the shire for Pembroke and Carmarthen 1542–58. Johnes himself, sheriff of Cardiganshire at the time of the 1705 election, was a Whig candidate for the county in 1708 when, as the representative of the Vaughan interest, he was defeated by the High Tory Lewis Pryse*. He petitioned against this result on 24 Nov. 1708 and again on 16 Nov. 1709, but on 18 Jan. 1710 the Commons decided against Johnes. His election in 1713 must be regarded as a triumph for the Vaughans. The Worsley list and another comparison of the 1713 and 1715 Parliaments both classed him as a Whig. An obscure Member, he lost his seat in 1715 to Pryse, and did not stand for Parliament again. Johnes’s will, dated 28 May 1733, nominated as his heir a first cousin once removed, Thomas Johnes of Pen-y-bont, Radnorshire. Probate was granted 19 Sept. 1734.2