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GRIFFITH , JOHN ( 1752 - 1818 ), Independent minister ,

b. 10 May 1752 near Pencader , was at Carmarthen (School and Academy) from 1774 (perhaps from 1771) to 1778 . On 5 July 1780 he was ordained minister at Llanfyllin , a town in which he had to face great opposition. He removed in 1782 to Pendref church in Caernarvon town, and thence in 1784 to Abergavenny . This was a difficult church; a schism took place ( c. 1786 ); the opposition kept its hold on the chapel, and Griffith and his followers had to worship in a hired room. In 1796 , however, he was recalled to Caernarvon , and remained there for the rest of his life. Griffith was a tall and comely man. He did much to consolidate Independency not only in the town but also in the surrounding countryside. He was paralysed for some months in 1802 , but recovered sufficiently to resume his ministry. He d. 18 Feb. 1818 . In 1783 he had published a hymn-book and in 1788 a Welsh translation of Doddridge 's Rise of Religion in the Soul . He was twice married. His second wife was Janet Williams of Bwlch Mwlchan — she was a niece of William Griffith ( 1719 - 1782 ) (q.v.) of Drws-y-coed , and not (as is stated in the biography of William Griffith of Holyhead ) of his wife, Alice Griffith . They had two sons. The elder was JOHN GRIFFITH , b. 11 Sept. 1799 at Tyddyn-y-graig , Dolbenmaen ; he was at Neuadd-lwyd and at Carmarthen , and ministered at Beaumaris , Manchester , Rhayader , and Buckley , where he d. 16 June 1877 . The younger, William Griffith ( 1801 - 1881 ) , is separately noticed.

Sources:

  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , i, 44, 263, iii, 237-8, 243;
  • Y Cymmrodor , xlv, 119-20, 158.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959