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JONES , DAVID ( 1772 - 1854 ), General Baptist minister ;

b. in the Ceidrych valley , Llangadock, Carms. ; a mason . He was baptized, at 27, by Moses Williams (d. 1819 ) (q.v.) , in 1799 . In the West Wales Baptist schism of that year, the Arminian party in Salem church at Llangyfelach (near Swansea ) took possession of a small meeting-house at Clydach ( Swansea valley) known as ‘ Capel-y-Cwar ,’ which members of Salem had built in 1795 . In 1804 , at Moses Williams 's suggestion, David Jones was ordained pastor there — it should be noted that neither man (nor indeed their congregations) ever abandoned Trinitarianism . Jones was in office for fifty years, preaching at the ‘ Cwar ,’ at Foxhole ( Llansamlet ), at Morriston , and at Pontardawe ; he also kept school at the ‘ Cwar ’ and at Foxhole ( W. Samlet Williams , Hanes Llansamlet , 94). He received a grant from the General Baptist Fund ( London ) from 1818 till his death; and in 1848 reported to London that he had fifty communicants. But the Particular Baptists built a chapel ( Bethania ) at Clydach in 1841 and incorporated a church there in 1844 . Little by little, Arminians would slip over to Bethania , and ‘ Cwar ’ was kept going only by personal loyalty to the old pastor . Jones d. 24 Jan. 1854 , aged 81. The eleven surviving members at ‘ Cwar ’ unanimously went over to Bethania .

Sources:

  • W. R. Watkin , Y Bedyddwyr yng Nghlydach , 11-18.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959