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ANDREWS , JOSHUA ( 1708? - 1793 ), Baptist minister .

Nothing is known of his beginnings, but in 1732 or 1733 he became a member of Pen-y-garn congregation, under Miles Harry . In 1736 , he went to Bristol Academy ; he was one of six Welshmen there, another being Caleb Evans (see under Evans , Hugh , 1712 - 1781 ). He returned to serve as a lay preacher at Pen-y-garn ; and about 1740 was ordained to assist Harry , with special charge of the cause at Usk ; but he was not a man of popular gifts. In 1743 , we find him assistant at Llanwenarth .

In 1745 , he became pastor of the historic church of Olchon , and also of Capel-y-ffin , which is twenty miles distant from Olchon . He laboured in these two places in dire poverty and ill health; ‘for more than fifty years he frequently appeared like a dying man.’ He d. 14 June 1793 ‘aged about 85’; he was buried at Trosnant .

Sources:

  • Rippon , The Baptist Annual Register Including sketches of the state of religion among different denominations of good men at home and abroad for 1794-7 (the account is pretty certainly Joshua Thomas 's work).

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959