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JONES , JOHN ( 1802 - 1863 ), Unitarian minister and schoolmaster ;

b. 20 July 1802 at Pantlluest , Llanarth, Cards. He was educated at David Davis of Castellhywel 's school and at Carmarthen Academy ( 1825-1827 ). In 1831 he opened, in conjunction with the Rev. Rees Davies , a school at Cribin , and meantime preached occasionally at Pantydefaid . In Feb. 1833 he was appointed minister of the Old Meeting House , Aberdare , and opened a grammar school in Heol-y-felin . He was a good linguist , had a sound knowledge of Greek , Latin , and Welsh , and his school was celebrated for two generations. He m. Anne Rees of Gilgellisaf ; Rees Jenkin Jones (q.v.) was their son. He was probably the first person to conceive of a Welsh Unitarian denominational magazine, and that as early as 1835 . He was a disciple of Priestley 's and entirely opposed to war. He published Llythyr ar y Drindod , 1834 ; Llyfr Ysgol Sul , 1839 ; Edifeirwch Gwely Angeu , 1836 ; Galwad ar Ieuenctyd i droi at Dduw , 1840 ; Pechod yn erbyn yr Ysbryd Glan , 1846 ; (ed.) Crwth Dyffryn Clettwr ( Amnon ), 1848 ; Traethawd y Sabbathau , 1859 ; Chwech o Bregethau , 1865 ; and Casgliad o Salmau a Hymnau , 1857 . He d. 19 Dec. 1863 . Rees Jones , 1797 - 1844 (q.v.) was his brother.

Sources:

  • Yr Ymofynnydd , 1851 (198), 1879 (270);
  • Christian Reformer , 1852 , 617;
  • Yr Athraw , June 1867 , 121-5;
  • The Unitarian Students at the Presbyterian College, Carmarthen…1796–1901 , 1901 , 30;
  • Oriel Coleg Caerfyrddin , 1909 , 44.

Author:

Rev. Thomas Oswald Williams, M.A., (1888-1965), Lampeter

Published date: 1959