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JAMES , JAMES ( 1760 - 1831 ), Calvinistic Methodist and afterwards Independent minister ;

b. 24 Nov. 1760 of well-to-do parents, at Pen-blaen , Aberedw, Rads. In spite of the opposition of his parents he joined the Methodists when he was still quite young and began to preach in 1782 . He received his education at Trevecka , where he continued to live for seven years after having been ordained. He was one of those who were set apart at the first Methodist ordination at Llandeilo , 1811 . He was a powerful preacher both in English and in Welsh , and frequently conducted the services at Philip Oliver 's chapel at Chester . In middle age he became too corpulent to continue touring and in 1818 accepted a call to the ministry of Castle Street Independent church , Abergavenny . He d. 10 April 1831 .


  • Methodistiaeth Cymru , 1851–6 , iii, 322;
  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , i, 52;
  • J. Evans , Biographical Dictionary of Ministers and Preachers of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Body…to the close of the year 1850 , 1907 , 138;
  • J.M. Jones , Ordeiniad 1811 ymysg y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1911 , 144.


Reverend Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 1959