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JONES , DANIEL ( 1813 - 1846 ), Calvinistic Methodist missionary in the Khasi Hills , India ;

b. 1813 [12 Sept. according to Not. W. ], son of Edward Jones , the hymnist ( 1761 - 1836 ) (q.v.) , of Maes-y-plwm , Llanrhaeadr, Denbs. When he was 15 he committed himself to a covenant of dedication at the small church of Llyn-y-pandy , near Mold , and on account of his devout life was marked out for the Christian ministry, and later destined for the mission field. In 1842 he entered Bala (C.M.) College , and in 1844 took a further course of training in missionary work in London . Later he was ordained, and after serving churches for some time from Rossett , near Wrexham , he and his wife, Ann Evans , sailed for India in 1845 , reaching the Khasi Hills in the following year. After a survey of the hinterland, he returned for supplies to the station at Cherrapoonjee , where he d. of jungle fever . He and his young daughter were buried together in the Mission's cemetery on 3 Dec. 1846 .

Sources:

  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , ii, 130;
  • Newyddion Da sef cylchgrawn y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1892 , 46.

Author:

Rev. Dr. Evan Lewis Evans, D.Th., (1898-1978), Pontardulais / Swansea

Published date: 1959