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JONES , DAVID ( 1797 - 1841 ), a missionary

connected with the Madagascar Mission for nearly twenty-five years under the London Missionary Society ; b. 1797 at Pen-rhiw , near Neuadd-lwyd, Cards. He studied when 14 under Thomas Phillips at the Neuadd-lwyd Academy , and later at Llanfyllin and Gosport . At 16 he felt the urge to preach , and, offering himself for service under the L.M.S. , was appointed to Africa and ordained at Neuaddlwyd , 20 and 21 Aug. 1817 . He m. Louisa Darby of Gosport . Directed to Madagascar instead of Stephen Laidler , he landed in 1818 , and was laid low with fever ; he buried his wife and child at Tamatave . He settled at Antananarivo in 1820 , and in conjunction with David Griffiths (q.v.) translated the Bible into Malagasy ; he also, with the help of David Johns (q.v.) , published a Spelling Book , a Catechism , and a Hymnary . He was forced to leave but used Mauritius as a base for evangelization. He d. there in Sept. 1841 .


  • A Register of Missionaries, Deputations etc., from 1796 to 1885 (1886) , 1923 ;
  • Enwogion Sir Aberteifi (1868) ;
  • E. Lewis Evans , Cymru a'r Gymdeithas Genhadol, sef hanes ei Chychwyn (1945) .


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

Published date: 1959