Bill Reese enjoying his first rugby game and meeting my family.

Rugby on a sunny Spring day in Wales

I recently had the great pleasure of meeting Bill Reese from California and escorting him on a tour of Wales with his wonderful daughter who arranged the trip for him as part of his 88th birthday celebrations.

Bill’s ancestors were from Wales and we found lots of connections to Reese, Rhys and Rees families.

It seems that Bill’s ancestors were from Pembrokeshire and were among the very early Quaker settlers who left Wales in the second half of the Seventeenth Century and founded Haverford County, Pennsylvania (named after Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire).

Bill used to play American Football and wanted to see a rugby game. My son, Llywelyn, plays on a Sunday morning and we had a beautiful Spring day to watch the action at our local club, Gwernyfed R.F.C. in Talgarth. The picture shows Bill meeting Llywelyn and my wife, Marie.

Bill used to be a police chief and we arranged to meet my mother’s cousin who was also in the police force, here in Wales. Bill and David exchanged badges and patches and compared policing in California and Wales.

Mike Davies

Dr Mike Davies is the owner and operator of Dragon Tours, which offers expert guided tours of Wales for individuals, couples and small groups. Mike is a published historian and specialist in Welsh history, culture and genealogy – his books include the Last King of Wales. Mike was born, raised and continues to live in Wales. He has taught at the University of Wales and is able to provide a unique insight into the ancient land of his birth.