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HUGHES , WILLIAM ( 1757 - 1846 ), Independent minister, hymn-writer, and composer ;

second son of Hugh Jones and Jane Williams (widow) of Gadlys , Llanwnda, Caerns. ; he was christened 25 June 1757 . He m. Jane Jones , 20 Feb. 1783 , at Llanwnda , where too their son John was christened, 2 Dec. 1784 . He joined the Independents at Caernarvon when George Lewis (q.v.) was resuscitating Independency there, and in 1788 was set apart to be a lay preacher . After the departure of George Lewis ( 1794 ) he was appointed a peripatetic evangelist , and on 17 July 1795 , was granted a preacher 's licence by the Court of Quarter Sessions . His labours were so successful that it is impossible to relate the history of the oldest Independent chapels in Arfon , Eifionydd , and the Vale of Conway without bringing in his name as one of the principal founders. He was known in his travels as ‘ Hughes , Brynbeddau ’ — Brynbeddau ( Llanwnda ) being the farm which he shared with his father after his marriage and of which he was the sole tenant from 1794 to 1814 . About 1815 he moved to a house built near Saron chapel ( 1812 ) in the same parish and, on the 2 and 3 July 1821 , being then 64 years of age, was ordained minister of Saron . As a pastor he was not as successful as he had been as an evangelist , and long before his death he had severed his connection with Saron and joined the church at Bontnewydd , which had also been founded by him. He wrote some excellent hymns , and some of his hymn tunes were published in Y Dysgedydd . He d. 9 March 1846 ; in 1858 the Independent churches in the county erected a tombstone over his grave in Llanwnda parish churchyard.

Sources:

  • Llanwnda parish register;
  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , iii, 246-8;
  • H. Ivor Jones , Hanes Annibyniaeth yn Sir Gaernarfon hyd ddiwedd y ddeunawfed ganrif. Llyfr cyntaf , Caernarfon, 1897 , 98-9;
  • David Morgan , Hanes Llenyddiaeth Gymraeg , 1944 , 280-1;
  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , i, 547;
  • Llawlyfr Undeb yr Annibynwyr , 1930 , 1930 , 50-4;
  • Cofiant y Parch. David Griffith, Bethel, Arfon , 1879 ; Seren Gomer , 1821 , 315;
  • Y Dysgedydd , April 1846 ;
  • Cymru (O.M.E.) , July 1893 ;
  • W. Williams , Blaenor wrth ei ddiwrnod gwaith cofiant Edward Williams, Talysarn , Caernarfon, 1882 .

Author:

Reverend Griffith Jones, (1886-1964), Pwllheli / Cardiff

Published date: 1959