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JONES , HUGH ( 1837 - 1919 ), Wesleyan minister and historian ;

b. at Caernarvon , 20 Jan. 1837 . After a short time at the local National school he was apprenticed to a weaver . He began to preach in 1855 , was accepted for the ministry in 1858 , and appointed to his first circuit in 1859 . His circuits were as follows: Bangor ( 1859 ), Liverpool ( 1860 ), Llanfyllin ( 1861 ), Llansilin ( 1863 ), Tregarth ( 1866 ), Liverpool ( Chester Street ) ( 1869 ), Denbigh ( 1872 ), Caernarvon ( 1875 ), Chester ( 1878 ), Rhyl ( 1880 ), Liverpool ( Shaw Street ) ( 1883 ), Tregarth ( 1886 ), Liverpool ( Mount Zion ) ( 1887 ), Liverpool ( Shaw Street ) ( 1890 ), Tregarth ( 1893 ), Liverpool ( Mount Zion ) ( 1896 ), and Bangor ( 1899 ). In 1902 he was appointed superintendent of the Bookroom . He retired in 1911 and d. 23 May 1919 . He m. Mary , daughter of the Rev. John Williams ( Calvinistic Methodist ) of Llansilin . John Arthur Jones , editor of the Calcutta Statesman , was his son.

He was elected secretary of the province ( 1886 ), chairman of the province ( 1893 ), and a member of the Legal Hundred of his connexion ( 1893 ). He delivered the Provincial Lecture ( 1893 ), and was given a testimonial to celebrate the jubilee of his ministry ( 1909 ).

From 1863 on he was a regular contributor to the Eurgrawn . He published memoirs of Samuel Davies II (q.v.) and R.T. Owen , commentaries on Jeremiah and S. John's Epistles , a hand-book on Dissent, Y Goleuni Cristionogol, Hanes Wesleaeth Gymreig (4 vols.); he also edited Y Winllan ( 1883-5 ), and Yr Eurgrawn ( 1902-11 ). He represented his denomination in every national movement, was one of the most powerful preachers of his generation, possessed outstanding organizing ability in church affairs , and was a national leader in all the campaigns connected with education, temperance, and politics .

Sources:

  • O. M. Roberts , Cofiant y Parch. Hugh Jones, D.D , Bangor, 1934 , 1934 ;
  • Yr Eurgrawn Wesleyaidd , Dolgellau , memorial number, July 1919 .

Author:

Reverend Edward Tegla Davies, D.Litt., (1880-1967), Bangor

Published date: 1959