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DAVIES , JOHN ( c. 1750 - 1821 ), Methodist cleric ;

b. about 1750 , son of Henry Davies , curate of Penarth (d. 1723 ), and grandson of John Davies , curate of Llanddarog and Llanarthney , Carms ., from 1719 to 1762 (who was a friend of Howel Harris ; letters written by him may be found in Welch Piety ). John Davies was ordained deacon by the bishop of S. Davids in 1773 and priest in 1774 ; he was curate of Abernant and Conwil from 1775 to 1787 . [According to Evang. Mag. , 1826 (biography of Griffith Williams , pp. 457-61) he was curate at Cynwyl in 1774 .] After that he joined the Methodists and preached to their congregations throughout the length and breadth of Wales . The chapel at Banc-y-felin was built for him in 1788 and he administered Holy Communion there until 1811 . He is said to have repudiated Methodism at that time, but the inscription on his tombstone at Llanddowror testifies that he was a ‘Minister of the Gospel at Bank-y-felin for upwards of 36 years.’ In 1811 he wrote an elegy upon David Jones of Llan-gan . He d. 24 Dec. 1821 . JOHN THOMAS ( 1807 - 1870 ), a missionary in Tinnevelly , India , was the son of his only daughter Frances .

Sources:

  • Methodistiaeth Cymru (1851–6) , ii, 476;
  • D. E. Jenkins , Life of Thomas Charles (Denbigh, 1908) , ii, 135, iii, 26, 327-8;
  • A. H. Grey-Edwards , The Life of a Great Missionary. Memoir of the Rev. John Thomas, C.M.S. missionary at Mengnanapuram … 1836-1870 … With a preface by … Bishop Royston, etc (London, 1904) , 5-8;
  • The Carmarthen Antiquary , xvi, 19;
  • James Morris , Hanes Methodistiaeth Sir Gaerfyrddin (1911) , 191.

Author:

Reverend Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 1959