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JEREMY , JOHN (DAVID) ( 1782 - 1860 ), preacher and schoolmaster ;

b. 28 Oct. 1782 at Cwmynys farm near Carmarthen . After having been at the Wrexham Independent Academy ( 1803 for a short time) and the Carmarthen Presbyterian Academy ( 1804-8 ), he became successively a schoolmaster at Llan-y-bri , a private tutor at Saethon , Llŷn [to the family of Williams of Bron Eryri , q.v. ], and an Independent minister at Salem , Llandovery (ordained 20 April 1815 ). The story of his life is that of a gradual change from Calvinism to Unitarianism . See an article on him by his son, D. D. Jeremy , in Yr Ymofynydd , 1897 , 349. After his marriage to the widow of the Rev. Evan Davies of Caeronnen , he became minister of Caeronnen ( 1819-46 ) and Cribin ( 1819-22 ). He preached regularly, without taking charge of any other church, until his death, and almost to the end kept a school . He d. 15 Nov. 1860 and was buried in the parish churchyard, Lampeter . His son, W. D. Jeremy , is noticed below.

Sources:

  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , i, 612;
  • Oriel Coleg Caerfyrddin , 1909 , 26;
  • The Unitarian Students at the Presbyterian College, Carmarthen…1796–1901 , 1901 ;
  • Yr Ymofynnydd , 1928 , i, 154.

Author:

Reverend John David Jones, B.D., (1898-1959), Carmarthen

Published date: 1959