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DAVIES , JOHN ( 1803 - 1854 ), Independent minister ;

b. at Tre-boeth ( Swansea ) 10 May 1803 . He was a collier , and a member of Mynydd-bach church . Having begun preaching in 1828 , he was in 1831 (though he had had little education) ordained minister at Llantrisant . From July 1836 till April 1840 he was pastor of the churches of Ebenezer ( Mill Street , Aberdare ) and Nebo ( Hirwaun ); but in 1840 was called to the pastorate of his own old church at Mynydd-bach , then in a deplorable state in consequence of the troubles caused by his predecessor Isaac Harding Harries (q.v.) : Davies in time brought it into good order. His stipend was small, and he had a large family, so he undertook the management of a colliery , in which he d. from the effects of choke-damp 6 Sept. 1854 . He was a diligent writer ; among his works may be mentioned Arch y Cyfamod , 1840 , and his additions to the 2nd ( 1852 ) edition of the biography of Lewis Rees (q.v.) by John Roberts of Llanbrynmair . But one cannot omit reference to the sermon which he delivered in Ebenezer chapel ( Aberdare ) on 9 Sept. 1839 to the ‘ Moral Force Chartists ,’ and at their own request; it was published in the same year by T . Price ( Merthyr Tydfil ), and is an interesting exposition of the moderate Radicalism of Welsh Congregationalist leaders of that period. His son, David Stephen Davies , is separately noticed.


  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , ii, 26;
  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , i, 144;
  • Y Ffordd Dda; neu, Bregeth, a draddodwyd ar gais, ac yn nghlyw, y Breinlenwyr (Chartists) (Merthyr Tydfil, 1839) .


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

Published date: 1959