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JONES , JOHN EDWARD ( 1801 - 1866 ), Unitarian minister, schoolmaster, and first editor of Yr Ymofynydd ;

b. 7 July 1801 at Carmarthen , where his father was a deacon at Lammas Street chapel . He was educated at David Peter 's (q.v.) school and at Carmarthen Academy ( 1817-21 ). At the end of his course he received a call from the churches of Bridgend and Betws , where he spent the remainder of his life and where he kept a school until 1842 . When Yr Ymofynydd was started he was appointed its first editor , a position he held for thirteen years in all ( Sept. 1847 to April 1854 ; Jan. 1859 to June 1865 ). He was tutor at Carmarthen for six months in the early part of 1860 . He was useful in his circle and did a good day's work. Apart from his articles in Yr Ymofynydd , he published a Welsh sermon, Grist yn un a'r Tad , 1847 . He d. 25 Feb. 1866 and was buried at Carmarthen .

Sources:

  • Yr Ymofynnydd , 1894 , 265;
  • Yr Athraw , 1866 , 185, 360;
  • The Unitarian Students at the Presbyterian College, Carmarthen…1796–1901 , 1901 , 25;
  • Oriel Coleg Caerfyrddin , 1909 , 36-7;
  • Monthly Repository , 1821 , 317; 1822 , 64.

Author:

Rev. Thomas Oswald Williams, M.A., (1888-1965), Lampeter

Published date: 1959