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JONES , DANIEL ( 1771 - 1810 ), who described himself as ‘ General Unitarian Free-communion Baptist minister ,’;

was b. at Dre-fach ( Llangeler, Carms. ) in 1771 . As he showed mechanical aptitudes, he was apprenticed to a clock and watch maker . A member of Pant Teg Baptist church (near Newcastle Emlyn ), he began preaching and went to Bristol Baptist Academy , 1788-92 . He was then called to the pastorate of Pant Teg , but preferred to accept a call from Back Lane , Swansea . Though that church originated in a Calvinistic secession from Swansea Old Meeting , Jones soon developed anti-Calvinistic views which ultimately led him into Unitarianism . He took a leading part in the controversies of 1794-9 among West Wales Baptists , and seems to have been the ablest and also the fairest debater on the anti-Calvinist side. He left Back Lane in 1800 (and was succeeded by Joseph Harris , Gomer (q.v.) ) to become pastor of the General Baptists of Trowbridge , where he d. 14 March 1810 in his 40th year.

Sources:

  • Obituary in the Monthly Repository , 1810 , 199 (by Job David , q.v. );
  • D. Jones , Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Neheubarth Cymru , 1839 , 399, 407, 522-3;
  • Trafodion Cymdeithas Hanes Bedyddwyr Cymru , 1934 , 33 et sqq.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959