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JONES , WILLIAM JENKYN ( 1852 - 1925 ), Calvinistic Methodist missionary for forty-two years in Brittany ;

b. 29 March 1852 at New Quay, Cards. He was educated at Bangor Normal College and at University College , Aberystwyth , and became a schoolmaster at Ystradgynlais . Ordained ( 1882 ) for the Brittany mission-field, he worked for forty years from the Quimper centre, the capital of Finisterre and a Roman Catholic stronghold; facing insuperable odds he exerted great influence, distributing the Scriptures and religious tracts . He was helped for a period by his brother, Evan Jones . He published a Breton hymnary, Telen ar Cristen and with Professor le Braz translated Genesis into Breton . He was elected a member of the Société Archéologique . He m. Fanny Wilhelm . In 1922 he was given the degree of M.A., Wales ( honoris causa ) . He d. 10 Feb. 1925.

Sources:

  • Y Cenhadwr , iv, no. 3, 41;
  • J. Hughes Morris , Ein Cenhadaeth Dramor – Eglwys Bresbyteraidd Cymru , 98-9.

Author:

Reverend Dr Evan Lewis Evans, D.Th., (1898-1978), Pontardulais / Swansea

Published date: 1959