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DAVIES , JOHN ( 1760 - 1843 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister .

His originality cannot be exemplified here, but there is a short biography by T . Parry ( Chester , 1844 ) which includes Davies 's autobiography — see Henry Rees 's remarks on it in Y Drysorfa , 1844 , 151. Born 1 Oct. 1760 at Glythan Uchaf , Henllan, Denbs. , his only education was a Madam Bevan school. He was converted in 1778 by a sermon preached by John Evans of Cil-y-cwm [ 1737? - 1784 ] (q.v.) , and began preaching in 1785 ; he was ordained at the first C.M. ordination , in 1811 . Though he had to contend with much persecution, he attained to great popularity as a preacher , throughout Wales and in London . He m. in 1787 (and had five children): shortly after marriage he removed to Nant-yr-hengoed , Nantglyn, Denbs. (hence he is generally known as ‘ John Davies of Nantglyn ’), and after his wife's death ( 1837 ) to Denbigh . He d. 10 June 1843 .

Sources:

  • Sources named, together with E. P. Jones , Methodistiaeth Galfinaidd Dinbych, 1735–1909 , 1936 , 1936 , 155-7.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959