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JENKINS , JOHN ( 1656? - 1733 ), Baptist minister .

He is said to have been born in the parish of Cilymaenllwyd in 1656 , and is described as a wayward youth. He is also said to have been baptized in 1677 , but the only person of this name whose baptism is recorded in the Rhydwilym register for this year ( 12 May ) hailed from Spittal . His name appears among the eleven ministers attached to Rhydwilym in 1689 , and with the turn of the century he became the acknowledged leader of the church . He acquired much prominence as the result of his disputation on the question of baptism with John Thomas ( fl. 1689-1710 ) (q.v.) , Congregational minister , of Llwyn-y-grawys , Llangoedmor , in 1691 , and became involved in a serious split in his church around 1724-6 . It is said that he, in 1718 , was the first to receive assistance from the Baptist Fund . He d. 3 July 1733 , at the age of 77, and was buried at Rhydwilym . His brother David was elder at Rhydwilym , and it is believed that the Evan who is entered with them under Cilymaenllwyd in the Rhydwilym register in 1689 was another brother. There is a reference also to his daughter Jennett Richards , and much is known of his son Evan Jenkins and of his grandson Joseph Jenkins (qq.v.), who were both ministers of the Old Meeting , Wrexham .

A volume of sermons in his hand was formerly in the possession of William Herbert , minister of Maesyberllan , and of Joshua Thomas , Leominster .

Sources:

  • Rhydwilym Church Register at the National Library of Wales in N.L.W.;
  • Joshua Thomas , Hanes y Bedyddwyr ymhlith y Cymry ;
  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Nghymru , 1893–1907 ;
  • W. Rowlands , Cambrian Bibliography , Llanidloes, 1869 ;
  • Hanes Llenyddiaeth Gymreig, 1651–1850 . [1893?] ;
  • Geirlyfr Bywgraffiadol o Enwogion Cymru , 1870 ;
  • J. E. Lloyd (ed.), A History of Carmarthenshire , ii, 901;
  • A. N. Palmer , A history of the older nonconformity of Wrexham and its neighbourhood being the third part of ‘A history of the town and parish of Wrexham’ , 1888 .

Author:

Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959