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DAVIES , DANIEL ( 1797 - 1876 ) Baptist minister .

Born at Moelfre , Llanfair-ar-y-bryn, Carms. , 15 Nov. 1797 . In 1803 his father moved to Merthyr Tydfil and, the following year, the boy became blind as the result of smallpox . He was employed by the firm of Guest , Merthyr , for five years previous to being admitted in 1815 to the Liverpool Institute for the Blind . There he was taught handicraft and learned to speak English . He returned to Wales in 1817 and began to preach to Methodist congregations. In 1821 , however, he was baptized in the river Taff by David Saunders II ( 1769 - 1840 ) (q.v.) , of Merthyr Tydfil and the same year was established as minister of a (Welsh) Baptist congregation in London . Towards the end of 1826 he was appointed to succeed Joseph Harris ( Gomer , q.v.) at Swansea , and there he laboured until 1855 . From 1855 to 1860 he was in charge of Bethania , Cardigan , and from 1861 to 1868 of Ebenezer , Aberavon . He d. 19 Feb. 1876 and was buried at Swansea . In his day he was a very prominent man in his denomination.

Sources:

  • NLW MS 9254 (1108);
  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present , 1908 ;
  • Notable Welshmen (1700–1900) , 1908 ;
  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Nghymru , 1893–1907 , iv, 407-8;
  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Neheubarth Cymru , 1839 , 1839 , 523-4;
  • Seren Gomer , 1822 , 280;
  • Baptist Handbook , 1877 , 357-60;
  • R. Edwards , Hanes Bethania, Aberteifi , Llandysul J. D. Lewis a'i Feibion, 1947 , 57-61;
  • Ll. Griffiths , Hanes Eglwys Ebenezer, Aberafon, a'i chyssylltiadau, o'r flwyddyn 1650 hyd 1883 yn ei pherthynas â rhai agweddau yn hanes fffforeuol y Bedyddwyr yn Morganwg , Cwmafon, 1883? , 98;
  • J. Rowlands , Cofiant y Parch. Daniel Davies, D.D. ("Y Dyn Dall") , Llanelli, 1879 , 1879 .

Author:

Reverend Morris Brynllwyn Owen, M.A., B.D. (1875-1949), Carmarthen

Published date: 1959