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JAMES , THOMAS EVAN ( Thomas ap Ieuan ; 1824 - 1870 ), Baptist minister, and author ;

b. 17 March 1824 at Pencraig , Llangoedmor, Cards. , the son of Evan and Mary James . The family moved to Cardigan when he was about 13 years of age. He worked for a while as a farm labourer at Heol-cwm , Verwick, Cards. He joined the Baptist denomination, and served the chapel of Groes-goch, Pembs. , as unordained minister , 1851-2 . He was ordained, and became minister of Pontestyll , near Brecon , 1853-6 . He also served pastorates at Cwm-bach , Aberdare , 1856-8 ; Neath , 1858-61 ; and Glyn-neath , 1861-70 . He d. 21 June 1870 . Amongst his works are Marwnad Joel Jones ; Coffadwriaeth y Cyfiawn neu sylwedd pregeth … ar farw Dafydd Jones o Gaerdydd a Stephen Edwards o Rymni ; Cofiant … James Davies, gweinidog y Bedyddwyr yn yn Cincinatti, Ohio ; Deigryn ar ol Cyfaill … John Jones, Merthyr . He also collected and edited an anthology of verse, Bwrdd y Beirdd, yn cynnwys Detholion Prydyddol o waith Prif Feirdd yr Oes , and edited a booklet on Christmas Evans called Christmasia neu rai o nodweddiadau … Christmas Evans, gan Bleddyn ( D. Owen , Brutus , q.v. ).

Sources:

  • Neillduolion y diweddar Barch. T. E. James, Glynnedd (Treherbert, 1875) , 1875 ;
  • The Baptist Union of Wales Handbook and Diary , 1871 ;
  • Cardiff Free Libraries: Catalogue of Printed Literature in the Welsh Department (1898) .

Author:

Griffith Milwyn Griffiths, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959