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DAVIES , ELLIS THOMAS ( 1822 - 1895 ), Independent minister ;

b. March 1822 at Tŷ Mawr , Pennantlliw Bach , Llanuwchllyn , a home celebrated in the history of the local Independent connexion. His father was an elder in the ‘ Old Chapel ,’ and Ap Vychan ( Robert Thomas , 1809 - 1880 , q.v.) lived with him as a shepherd boy for seven years, a period which, as he acknowledged, had a lasting influence on him. E. T. Davies began to preach about 1842 at the same time as Michael D. Jones (q.v.) , son of Michael Jones (q.v.) , minister of the ‘ Old Chapel ,’ and it was the latter who taught the two at his school at Weirglodd Wen from which Davies went to Brecon College . In 1847 he received a call to minister to the churches at Llansantsiôr and Moelfre and was ordained the following year. Before long he took charge of the church at Abergele , where he remained until he retired in 1887 . For years he had maintained at his home a school for candidates for the ministry. He published a book of verse and also a translation of G. B. Johnson 's Statement of Principles , 1877 . He was for a time secretary of the connexion in Flintshire and Denbighshire . He d. 2 April 1895 .


  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , i, 424, iv, 53, 55;
  • R. T. Jenkins , Hanes Cynulleidfa Hen Gapel Llanuwchllyn (1937) , 168, 171;
  • Album Aberhonddu … o'r flwyddyn 1755 hyd 1880 (1898) , 145.


Reverend Richard Griffith Owen, M.A., (1890-1973), Bangor

Published date: 1959