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FRANCIS , ABEL (d. c. 1743 ), Arminian Baptist minister ,

son of Francis Thomas Francis and second-cousin of the more famous Enoch Francis (q.v.) , was for many years assistant-pastor of ‘ Tivy-side church ,’ probably labouring mainly around Pencarreg, Carms. , where he lived — in the record of his marriage in 1733 (printed in Traf. Cymd. Hanes Bed. , 1948-9 , 52) he is described as ‘of or nigh Llanybydder .’ In 1729 he adopted Arminian views, and in 1735 or 1736 left the Baptists and joined the Presbyterian-Independents ; he is said ( J.T.J. , i, 372) to have become a member of Esgairdawe (today known as Ffald-y-brenin ) Independent church, Carms.


  • Joshua Thomas , Hanes y Bedyddwyr ymhlith y Cymry , 375, 377-9.


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

Published date: 1959