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DAVID , JOHN ( 1701? - 1756 ), Independent minister ;

he lived at Cilast near Manordivy, Pembs. , and was a well-to-do farmer . He seems to have begun preaching c. 1736 , and in 1745 succeeded Lewis Thomas (of Bwlch-sais ) as pastor of the churches of Rhydyceisiaid, Carms. , and Glandŵr, Pembs. He itinerated over a wide area, reaching as far north as S. Dogmaels ; in 1747-8 he had the assistance of Evan Williams ( 1719 - 1748 ) (q.v.) , of Cwmllynfell . He is pretty certainly the John David who joined Henry Palmer (q.v.) and Rees Davies (see under Davies , Benjamin , 1739? - 1817 ), in a letter ( Trevecka letter 231 ) to Howel Harris , 22 March 1740 . He d. 22 July 1756 , and was buried at Manordivy . There is an elegy (printed in the work mentioned below) upon him by Morris Griffiths (q.v.) . A record in the Moravian archives at Haverfordwest speaks in very high terms of John David.

Sources:

  • J. Lloyd James , Hanes Eglwys Glandwr o'r cychwyniad yn nghyda hanes dechreuol yr eglwysi a gychwynodd , Merthyr Tydfil, 1902 , 1902 , 16-34, is the chief source of information;
  • see also Y Cofiadur , 1935 , 13.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959