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GRIFFITHS , JAMES ( 1782 - 1858 ), Independent minister ;

b. 2 Aug. 1782 at Clun-gwyn , Mydrim, Carms. , the son of David and Margaret Griffiths , members of Bethlehem church , S. Clears . He went from school at S. Clears to Carmarthen grammar school , and passed into the Presbyterian Academy in 1802 . He was ordained at Machynlleth in March 1807 . His churches increased in membership; Aberhosan and Penuel were under his care, and he had oversight of Towyn , Llanegryn , and Llwyngwril . In 1811 he m. Sarah Phillips . In 1841 he moved to Rhodiad and S. Davids where he laboured until his death on 11 April 1858 ; he was buried at Ebenezer , S. Davids . He published Trefn Eglwys dan y Testament Newydd , 1811 . Together with John Roberts of Llanbryn-mair ( 1767-1834 ) (q.v.) , and others, he was responsible for what was called the ‘new system.’ Their views were considered heterodox; he suffered on this account, and ministers of orthodox views wanted to excommunicate him.

Sources:

  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , i, 403;
  • Oriel Coleg Caerfyrddin , 1909 ;
  • T. Morgan , Enwogion Cymreig (1700-1900) , 1907 ;
  • Cyfrol Goffa Gweinidogion Annibynnol Penfro , 9.

Author:

Rev. Ebenezer Curig Davies, (1895-1981), Swansea

Published date: 1959