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 ).
Rev. Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe
Published date: 1959