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JONES , EDWARD ( 1826 - 1902 ), Calvinistic Methodist historian ;

b. at Cae-garw , Dyffryn Ardudwy, Mer. , to John and Gwen Jones . The father died when the son was but a child, and Edward worked on farms up to 1853 , when he went to Bala College with a view to becoming a schoolmaster . After training at Borough Road , he was for a short time a teacher at Blaenau Ffestiniog , but in 1854 was given a school at Llanllechid, Caerns. , where he remained till 1879 , and where he m. Elizabeth Roberts . In 1879 he removed to Bangor , becoming an elder in Hirael C.M. church — at his death he had been an elder for forty-three years all told, in three churches. He m. as his second wife a daughter of John Owen ( 1808 - 1876 ) (q.v.) of Tyn-llwyn . At 73, he removed to Portdinorwic ( Felinheli ), where he d. 1 March 1902 ; he was buried in Pant Glas burial-ground. Besides various handbooks for the Sunday school, he published (in Y Drysorfa , 1901 and 1902 ) articles on old Welsh printers . But his main concern was with the history of his connexion ; his materials on the history of the C.M. churches of Bangor and its district were utilized by William Hobley (q.v.) ; and he himself published in 1891 Hanes Dechreuad a Chynydd y M.C. yn Llanllechid . But he deserves remembrance chiefly for his substantial book Y Gymdeithasfa ( 1891 ), which gives a valuable account of the constitutional development of the North Wales C.M. Association .


  • Y Goleuad , 14 March 1902 .


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

Published date: 1959