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DAVIES , JACOB ( 1816 - 1849 ), Baptist missionary in Ceylon ;

b. at Cefn-mawr , near Newtown, Mont. , 22 Feb. 1816 . In April 1835 he joined the Baptists and was baptized by immersion. He began to preach in 1837 and in 1840 passed into the Baptist College , Bradford . When he had completed his course he volunteered for the mission field. In 1844 he was chosen to work in Ceylon and reached that country in Sept. of the same year. He made a reputation for himself as a linguist and showed considerable talent in other respects, but his health failed and he d. at the age of 33 in Nov. 1849 .


  • R. Williams , Montgomeryshire Worthies (1894) , 36-7;
  • G. Penar Griffith , Cenhadon Cymreig , 27;
  • Baptist Handbook , 1877 .


Reverend Dr Evan Lewis Evans, D.Th., (1898-1978), Pontardulais / Swansea

Published date: 1959