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JONES , JONATHAN ( 1745 - 1832 ), Independent minister ;

b. near Llanfihangel in the parish of Abergwili, Carms. , 1745 , the youngest of five children of John and Mary Morgan . His parents worshipped at the Pant-teg Congregational chapel . He was apprenticed as a blacksmith , like his father, and worked for William Thomas , Llanllwni , whose smithy he took over when the latter removed to Llanwennog . He became a member of the Congregational church at Pencader , where he was urged to preach . He was called to the pastorate of the church at Rhyd-y-bont , Llanybydder , and was ordained there, 9 Aug. 1775 . His ministry was attended by success there, and in the surrounding districts. He was a prominent figure in the monthly and quarterly meetings of the Independents . He preached regularly for a period at Horeb , Gwernogle , and Abergorlech . The old church at Pencader was also in his charge for some time. He was called to Brychgoed , Brecknock , but preferred to remain at Rhyd-y-bont . A church was incorporated and a chapel built under his direction at Maes Nonni , 1810 . In 1815 , his ministry at Rhyd-y-bont came to a close under a cloud, but he was restored as preacher , and he maintained his pastorate of Troed-y-rhiw , Dihewyd , a church which he had founded. He d. 18 Feb. 1832 , and was buried at Rhyd-y-bont . He was twice married, and had eleven children by his first wife. The eldest, John Jones , entered the ministry, and another son, David Jones , was a surgeon , but he died young. Jonathan Jones is described as a strong man a witty preacher , a hyper-Calvinist in theology, and a stout defender of infant baptism .


  • Y Diwygiwr , 1836 , 37-40, 69-72;
  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , iii, 547-50, iv, 99-100.


Evan David Jones, F.S.A., (1903-87), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959