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JONES , JOHN FOULKES ( 1826 - 1880 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister ;

b. at Machynlleth , 6 June 1826 , son of John Jones of Fron Deg ( Wrexham ) by his wife Lydia , daughter of Thomas Foulkes (q.v.) and grand-daughter of Simon Lloyd (q.v.) of Bala . Foulkes Jones at the age of 13 was sent to the recently opened C.M. College at Bala , under Lewis Edwards and David Charles (qq.v.). Deciding ( 1843 ) to enter the ministry, he returned to Bala for a second period, and thence went ( 1844 ) to Edinburgh University . From 1848 to 1853 he was missioner in the eastern parts of Montgomeryshire , removed to Liverpool in 1853 , was ordained in 1856 , and removed to Chester in 1857 . He travelled on the Continent, and in Egypt and Palestine , publishing in 1860 Egypt in its Biblical Relations and Moral Aspects . In 1861 he m. Margaret , daughter of Lewis Jones of Shrewsbury ; they had five children. He became in 1863 pastor of Maengwyn church in his native town, and d. there 14 April 1880 . Foulkes Jones was highly esteemed as a preacher ; [the volume of his sermons (below) was long one of the most widely read Welsh books].


  • Joseph Owen , Cofiant a Llythyrau ynghyda Phregethau y Parch. J. Foulkes-Jones, B.A., Machynlleth (Machynlleth, 1884) (Machynlleth, 1884 ).


Reverend William John Thomas, B.A., B.D., (1902-85), Blaenau Ffestiniog

Published date: 1959