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JONES , BENJAMIN (‘ P[rif] A[rwyddfardd] Môn ’; 1788 - 1841 ), poet, writer, and Baptist apologete ;

b. 1788 , son of William Jones , Treddaniel , one of the earliest Baptist deacons at Holyhead , and Elizabeth Roberts , daughter of William Roberts , Garreg-fawr . He was baptized at Holyhead by Christmas Evans in 1811 , and spent his whole life there, as a draper , until his death on 19 Feb. 1841 . He m., 12 Oct. 1810 , Mary , daughter of Edward Parry of Holyhead , and thirteen children were born to them. He is best remembered for his disputations on the question of baptism with David Owen ( Brutus ) and Michael Roberts , Pwllheli (qq.v.). He contributed much to Seren Gomer , and published Athrawiaeth Bedydd , 1830 ; Y Cronicl: neu Draethawd ar Fedydd , 1831 ; Temperance v. Teetotalism , 1838 ; An Elegy on the death of Benjamin B. Jones, the eldest surviving child of B. Jones of Holyhead , 1824 ; and Amddiffyniad o Brynedigaeth Neillduol , 1832 , the latter a translation from the English of William Rushton , junr. , Liverpool . A group of his personal manuscripts has been preserved in the collection of William Roberts ( Nefydd ) (q.v.) in the National Library of Wales , including an incomplete history of the Baptists in Anglesey .

Sources:

  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Nghymru , 1893–1907 ;
  • NLW MSS 7123-4, 7163-6, 7773-4.

Author:

Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959