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JONES , HUGH ( Cromwell o Went ; 1800 - 1872 ), Congregational minister ;

b. in the parish of Cemaes, Mont. , of a family of Calvinistic Methodists . When he was fairly young he went to Newtown to follow his craft as a weaver . He was received into church membership at Bwlch-y-ffridd , a little outside Newtown ; it was there also that he began to preach . He was active in the preparations made to found a Welsh Congregational church at Newtown . He spent the years 1823-7 in the Newtown Academy , among his fellow-students being Samuel Roberts (‘ S.R. ’) (q.v.) . He ministered at Saron , Tredegar, Mon. , 1827-45 , and at Lammas Street , Carmarthen , 1845-72 . He went to Monmouthshire at a time when industrial development of that county and Glamorgan can almost be said to have been beginning. The existing Congregational churches in the district were somewhat unconnected and un-co-ordinated, and Hugh Jones took upon himself to introduce some kind of order and co-ordination, with the result that he was suspected by some of being disloyal to the old regime amongst Congregationalists . He came to be regarded as the oracle of the Congregationalists in Monmouthshire ; he was a skilful debater , platform speaker , and writer ; he also contributed much to denominational magazines . After moving to Carmarthen in 1845 [where again he was accused of ‘presbyterianizing,’ and found several pulpits closed to him, as he was on bad terms with David Rees of Llanelly ( 1801 - 1869 ) (q.v.) ], he became a staunch supporter of the movement to make the education of children a charge upon the rates . He d. 5 March 1872 .

Sources:

  • Hanes Eglwys Heol Awst, Caerfyrddin , 1926 , 61-83;
  • Y Dysgedydd , 1872 , 129-30;
  • Y Diwygiwr , 1872 , 123;
  • Solva Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales in N.L.W.;
  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , ii, 438-9;
  • The Congregational Year Book , 1873 , 337-8;
  • Y Tyst a'r Dydd , Dolgellau / Merthyr Tydfil, 1871-June 1872; July 1872-1891 , 15 March 1872 ;
  • Life and Work of William Williams M.P. for Coventry 1835-1847, M.P. for Lambeth 1850-1865 , Llandysul, 1939 , 212-8;
  • [ A History of Carmarthenshire , ii, 257].

Author:

Rev. John Dyfnallt Owen, M.A., (1873-1956), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959