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JONES , JOHN ( 1796 - 1857 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister, a celebrated and unusually forceful preacher .

[Born 1 March 1796 at Tan-y-castell , Dolwyddelan, Caerns. , son of John and Elen Jones and] brother of David Jones of Treborth ( 1805 - 1868 ) (q.v.) . He lost his father when he was 12 years of age. He worked, first of all, on the new main road between Capel Curig and lake Ogwen and then in a quarry at Trefriw . Under the influence of the Beddgelert revival ( 1819 ) he joined the congregation at Llangernyw and in 1821 he began to preach . He never had any formal schooling, but when he was at Trefriw he was to some extent taught by Evan Evans ( Ieuan Glan Geirionydd , q.v.) . In 1822 , at Bala , he was admitted to membership of the Merioneth Monthly Meeting . In 1823 he worked in the Tal-y-sarn and Llanllyfni quarry, and at the age of 27 m. Fanny Edwards ; in 1824 he left the quarry for his wife's shop . Before the end of his life, i.e. in 1850-2 , he and others had bought the ‘Dorothea’ quarry in the Tal-y-sarn neighbourhood. In 1824 he was admitted a member of the North Wales C.M. Association , and in 1829 was ordained; thereafter, he was in the field for twenty-eight years, one of the most powerful preachers ever known in Wales . He is said to have introduced a new style of preaching — a style which laid emphasis on the practical rather than on the doctrinal side of religion. In the pulpit he radiated power — power of intellect, power in delivery, power of conviction and dedication. In spite of the fact that he had not had a day's schooling, he had acquired a great deal of knowledge; he was an excellent musician , and his melodious voice and handsome appearance were a great help to him in his ministry. [He d. 16 Aug. 1857 , and was buried at Llanllyfni , where his grave is marked by a monument. See also James , Angharad .]


  • Owen Thomas , Cofiant y Parchedig John Jones, Talysarn (New York, 1868) .


Reverend Gwilym Arthur Edwards, M.A., D.D., (1881-1963), Oswestry

Published date: 1959