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GRIFFITH , WILLIAM ( 1719 - 1782 ), farmer

of Drws-y-coed Uchaf , at the head of Nantlle Vale , from 1744 till his death; known to Goronwy Owen (q.v.) , to Margaret Davies , of Coedcae-du (q.v.) , and to David Thomas ( Dafydd Ddu Eryri , q.v.) as a man of literary tastes , is also noteworthy because his house was the centre of the Moravian mission in Northwest Wales from 1768 to 1776 — see under David Williams ( 1702 - 1779 ) , David Mathias , and John Morgan ( 1743 - 1801 ) . This was due less directly to Griffith than to his wife ALICE ( 1730 - 1808 ), daughter of Rhys Ellis of Tyddyn Mawr , Llanfihangel-y-Pennant, Caerns. (another literary family), whom he m. 16 Nov. 1753 . Griffith d. 20 April 1782 ; his widow d. 6 March 1808 ; both were buried at Beddgelert . They had a son (who emigrated to U.S.A. ) and eight daughters; five of these became active Moravian workers at Dublin or at Bristol , while another was the mother of Alicia Evans , who m. William Griffith of Holyhead ( 1801 - 1881 ) (q.v.) . William Griffith of Drws-y-coed had a sister, Jane , whose daughter Janet m. John Griffith ( 1752 - 1818 ) (q.v.) William Griffith of Holyhead and his wife Alicia (parents of Sir John Purser Griffith (q.v.) ) were thus second cousins. Alice Griffith of Drws-y-coed , again, had a sister, Margaret ( Price ) , of Glyn , Talsarnau , one of whose daughters became a Moravian worker at Dublin , Bristol , Bedford , and London .

Sources:

  • Y Cymmrodor , xlv, 1938 , and references therein.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959