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GRIFFITH , JOHN THOMAS ( 1845 - 1917 ), Baptist minister in the U.S.A. and Wales ;

b. 1 Jan. 1845 at Pen-y-parc in the Vale of Glamorgan . He was baptized 20 May 1859 at Pisgah , Pyle . He was at Mountain Ash in 1862 . He was m. in Jan. 1865 ; he also started to preach that year. He emigrated to Scranton , U.S.A. , and worked in a coal mine . Ordained by the Welsh community at Newburg , Cleveland , he subsequently served twenty churches. He was twice married. He returned from Edwardsville to Wales in 1908 , had charge of an English church at Maerdy , Rhondda , for a time, and then retired to Kenfig Hill ; there he founded an English cause. He was at Thomastown , Tonyrefail , from Sept. 1912 until Nov. 1913 . He visited America in 1914 and after his return lived at Maes-teg where he was a church member at Bethania until his death on 19 June 1917 .

Griffith lectured frequently on historical matters relating to the Baptist denomination . He translated Hanes y Bedyddwyr by James Spinther James (q.v.) into English (presenting his translation to Crozer College , U.S.A. ), and published a life of Morgan John Rhys (q.v.) — in English , 1899 , and in Welsh , 1910 , a history of the Baptists at Pen-y-fai, Glam. , 1916 ; Reminiscences , 1913 (concerned mainly with his life in America from April 1865 until April 1908 ); Brief Biographical Sketches of Welsh Ministers in Pennsylvania , 1904 ; and a History of the first Baptist Church of Wilkesbarre and Scranton , 1905 .

Sources:

  • Seren Gomer , Jan. 1918 ;
  • J. T. Griffith , Reminiscences forty-three years in America, from April, 1865 to April, 1908 , 1913 .

Author:

Rev. William Joseph Rhys, (1880-1967), Gelli, Rhondda / Treherbert

Published date: 1959