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JAMES , WILLIAM ( 1836 - 1908 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister ;

b. at Tre-del , Mathry, Pembs. A labourer 's son, he was apprenticed at 15 to a carpenter , went to Cardiff at 19, but in a year's time removed to Aberdare . There, in 1863 , and at Bethania C.M. chapel , he began to preach ; in 1865 he went to Trevecka , but returned to Aberdare in 1870 as pastor of Bethania , and d. there 23 July 1908 . He had been moderator of the South Wales Association in 1902-3 , and of the General Assembly in 1895 , and delivered the ‘ Davies Lecture ’ ( Christianity the Goal of Nature ) in 1902 . Besides this, he published a number of articles in periodicals, and collaborated in a handbook on the Gospels , 1888-90 , and (with John Morgan Jones , 1838 - 1921 , q.v. ) in a biography of his predecessor at Bethania , David Saunders ( 1831 - 1892 ) (q.v.) , published in 1894 . He was an eminent preacher , and a volume of his sermons was published in 1910 .

Sources:

  • Compiled from various articles on him by J. Morris-Jones .

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959