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JAMES , OWEN WALDO ( 1845 - 1910 ), Baptist minister ;

b. at Llanfachraeth , Anglesey , son of John and Margaret James , and brother of Edward James , Nevin (q.v.) . His family were Congregationalists , but he himself joined the Baptists at Pontyrarw during the ministry of John Jones ( Mathetes , 1821 - 1878 ) (q.v.) , and he was one of the first six students to enter Llangollen Baptist College . He was ordained at Hebron , Dowlais , 1865 , and moved to the Tabernacle , Merthyr , 1872 , Ebenezer , Aberavon , 1878 , Edwardsdale, Pa. , U.S.A. , 1887 , Rhosllannerchrugog , 1890 , and Blaenclydach , 1893 . He was appointed secretary and superintendent of the Welsh Baptist Home Missionary Society in 1900 , but the Society did not prosper and he resigned. He ministered for a short while to the churches at Barry and Godre-aman and in 1905 accepted the pastorate of Bethania , Porth , but his health broke down and he moved to Pen-coed , near Bridgend , where he d. 18 July 1910 . He was a frequent competitor at eisteddfodau , and his name ‘ Waldo ’ is said to have originated as a pseudonym. He was responsible for a South Wales edition of Yr Herald Gymraeg , and published Adnodau Dyrys y Testament Newydd , 1887 ; Blinder Diweddaraf yr Eglwysi … Anerchiad … , 1883 ; and Esboniad y Bobl: Yr Efengylyn ol Marc , 1895 .

Sources:

  • The Baptist Union of Wales Handbook and Diary , 1911 ;
  • Seren Cymru , 18 July 1910 ;
  • Baptist Handbook , 1911 ;
  • Y Geninen , 1912 ;
  • Roberts , Cofiant y Parch. Edward James, Nefyn , Merthyr Tydfil, 1906 , 1906 .

Author:

Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959