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JONES , ERASMUS ( 1817 - 1909 ), novelist ;

b. 17 Dec. 1817 in the parish of Llanddeiniolen, Caerns. He attended school at Pentir , near Bangor , emigrated in 1833 with one of his brothers, and settled for a time in New York . He spent some time in Trenton , then back in New York , and afterwards in Remsen , Oneida County , New York State . He entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church , c. 1848 . In 1852 he paid a visit to Wales , preaching , etc. Returning to America he served as a chaplain in the army , afterwards ministering to several churches in Oneida County , and elsewhere, settling eventually in Utica . He published The Higher Law Triumphant: The Captive Youths of Judah , 1856 ; The Adopted Son of the Princess (a novel which was awarded the prize at the Utica ‘eisteddfod’ of 1870 ); The Welsh in America ( 1876 ; it appeared in The Atlantic Monthly ); Gold, Tinsel, and Trash … 1890 ; and Llangobaith: A Story of North Wales , 1886 . He also competed at eisteddfodau, e.g. at the World's Fair (Chicago) eisteddfod , 1893 , at Pittsburg , etc. He d. 9 Jan. 1909 .

Sources:

  • Y Cenhadwr Americanaidd sef cylchgrawn gwybodaeth fuddiol a dyddorawl i Gymry America / The American messenger , Utica, New York, 1840-1901 , 1840-80 ;
  • Y Cyfaill cylchgrawn misol y Presbyteriaid Cymreig yn America (Utica), 1838-90 ;
  • Y Drych newyddiadur cenedlaethol Cymry America , 1855-1900 ;
  • The Cambrian (Utica), 1 Feb. 1909 .

Author:

Robert (Bob) Owen, O.B.E., M.A., (1885-1962), Croesor

Published date: 1959