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JONES , DAVID ( 1736 - 1810 ), Methodist cleric .

Born 10 July 1736 , at Aberceiliog , Llanllwni, Carms. , son of Richard and Gwenllian Jones . He was educated at the Carmarthen grammar school . He is probably the ‘ David Jones of Llanvernach ’ who was ordained deacon by the bishop of S. Davids in 1758 ; he is known to have been curate of Tydweiliog , Llyn , in 1758-9 , and he officiated at Llanafanfawr , Brecknock , in 1759-60 . He was ordained priest in 1760 , and was curate of Trefddyn and Caldicot, Mon. , the same year. He then went to a parish near Bristol , moving to Crudwell, Wilts. , in 1764 . There he came into contact with the countess of Huntingdon , and in 1767 was given the living of Llan-gan, Glam. , by lady Charlotte Edwin .

He m. (1) Sinah Bowen of Gwaunifor (d. 1792 ), and (2) Mrs. Bowen Parry of Maenorowen, (Pembs.) . After his second marriage he divided his time between Glamorgan and Pembrokeshire . He d. at Maenorowen , 12 Aug. 1810 .

He began to consort with the Methodists when he was in Monmouthshire , and, after settling at Llan-gan , became one of their leading lights. Llan-gan was one of the popular resorts of the Glamorgan Methodists ; they swarmed there in their hundreds to take communion. In 1771 he built a chapel ( Salem , Pen-coed ) in the parish of Coychurch for the use of his followers. He was a honey-tongued preacher ; according to Williams of Pantycelyn he could melt the rocks with his warmth and ‘ make the stoutest oaktree bend as humbly as the reed .’ He is said to have opposed the movement for ordaining Methodist ministers , but he died before the final decision to ordain.

He published two short booklets; ( a ) Llythyr oddi wrth Dafydd ab Ioan y Pererin at Ioan ab Gwilim ( Trevecka , 1784 ) which contains a short memoir of Christopher Bassett , and ( b ) A Funeral Sermon … of the late Countess Dowager of Huntingdon ( London , 1791 ).

Sources:

  • W. Williams , Marwnad er Coffadwriaeth am Farwolaeth y Parchedig Mr. Daniel Rowlands yr hwn a ymadawodd a'r byd Hydref 16, 1790, yn 77 mlwydd o'i oed ac a gladdwyd yn Llangeitho , Merthyr, 1828 ;
  • Y Traethodydd , 1850 , 141-63;
  • E. Morgan , Ministerial records or brief accounts of the great progress of religion, under the ministry of those eminent, learned, and pious ministers of God,…D. Rowlands…,W. Williams…,D. Jones… , Bungay, 1840 ;
  • D. E. Jenkins , Life of Thomas Charles , Denbigh, 1908 , i, 188-9;
  • Y Tadau Methodistaidd , 1895 , i, 459-77;
  • Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , xx, 86, 96-100;
  • The Records of the Church in Wales at the National Library of Wales ;
  • G. M. Roberts, ‘Nodiadau ar David Jones, Llan-gan’, Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , , xlii, 12-21.

Author:

Reverend Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 1959