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JAMES , EDWARD ( 1839 - 1904 ), Congregational minister ;

b. at Llanfachraeth , Anglesey , 12 June 1839 , the eldest child of John and Margaret James , and brother of O. Waldo James (q.v.) . He became a member at Bodedern in 1853 , and started to preach at Tabernacle , Holyhead , in 1858 , under the ministry of William Griffith . In 1859 , at the request of his intimate friend William Ambrose ( Emrys ), Portmadoc (q.v.) , he moved to Gorseddau , near Penmorfa , to conduct religious services and keep a school for the quarrymen . He was ordained at Llanaelhaearn and Sardis ( Llangybi ), 31 July to 1 Aug. 1861 , and moved in 1872 to Nevin and Morfa Nevin , where he remained until his retirement on account of ill-health in 1897 . He d. 21 Dec. 1904 , after a long illness. ‘ James Nefyn ’ was one of the best-known Congregationalists of his day. He received a denominational testimonial in 1893 , and was elected chairman of the Welsh Congregational Union in 1894 . He published two volumes of Welsh sermons, in 1866 and 1900 .

Sources:

  • O. L. Roberts , Cofiant y Parch. Edward James, Nefyn (Merthyr Tydfil, 1906) , 1906 ;
  • The Congregational Year Book , 1906 ;
  • Y Tyst , 28 Dec. 1904 .

Author:

Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959