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HUMPHREYS , BENJAMIN ( 1856 - 1934 ), Baptist minister ;

b. 18 Feb. 1856 at Tal-y-bont, Cards. His upbringing was strongly influenced by the 1859 revival , and on 27 Oct. 1872 he preached his first sermon. For a time he worked with his brother, R. M. Humphreys (q.v.) in a coal-mine at Gilfach Goch, Glam. , but in 1884 he was successful in gaining admission to Llangollen Baptist College — the first to win the Dr. Prichard scholarship and the first to spend four years there. In 1878 he was ordained to minister to Welsh Baptists at Manchester . He attended some of the classes at Lancashire College and Owens College , winning a second place in Hebrew . From Aug. 1889 until his retirement in 1929 because of ill health, he was minister of Felin-foel church , Llanelly, Carms. He d. 19 Sept. 1934 . He delivered the address from the chair of the Welsh Baptist Union ( 1926 ), ‘ Y Bedyddwyr: Eu Hegwyddorion Gwahaniaethol a'u Rhagolygon .’ He edited Seren yr Ysgol Sul for many years and was offered, but refused, the editorship of Seren Gomer . He was a theologian , commentator , and historian , as is shown by his commentaries on the epistles to the Philippians and the Colossians , his Hanes Bedyddwyr Felinfoel , 1909 , and his pamphlet, John Myles , 1913 .


  • Seren yr Ysgol Sul yn cynwys bywgraffiaeth, hanesiaeth naturiol, barddoniaeth, cerddoriaeth, &c.; (Llanelli) , Aug. 1926 ;
  • Seren Gomer , Nov. 1935 ; May 1936 .


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

Published date: 1959