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JONES , DANIEL ( 1788 - 1862 ), Baptist minister ;

b. at Cwm-sarn-ddu , near Llandovery , 24 Feb. 1788 . He was baptized by Timothy Thomas (q.v.) of Aberduar , in 1807 , and began preaching , continuing to do so even during his service in the militia . He was one of the founders of the meeting-house at Cwm-sarn-ddu ; and when a church was incorporated there ( 1814 ) he was ordained pastor , serving as such even during his two years at the Abergavenny Baptist Academy ; in 1817 he tried to establish a Baptist cause at Llandovery . In 1818 , at Christmas Evans 's request, he undertook the pastorate of the little Welsh Baptist church (of twenty-eight members) in Great Cross-hall Street , Liverpool . He ministered there with great diligence and success for twenty-five years, also founding four other churches in Liverpool , and helping to re-establish the Baptists at Caernarvon . In 1841 , however, opposition to him arose within his flock; he left in 1843 for Cowbridge , and thence in 1845 for Felin-foel ( Llanelly ), a church which was then in a bad way, but which he brought back into good shape. In 1853 he removed to Tongwynlais (near Cardiff ), where he d. 31 Dec. 1862 . At Felin-foel he published a volume of sermons, and also a book of hymns, Crynhodeb o Hymnau Cristionogol ( 1845 ). Daniel Jones was one of the greatest of Welsh Baptist preachers. His daughter Jane m. Nefydd ( William Roberts , 1813 - 1872 , q.v.) .

Sources:

  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Nghymru , 1893–1907 , iv, 281-2, 346-50.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959