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JONES , JOSIAH ( 1830 - 1915 ), Independent minister ;

b. 2 July 1830 at Ffynnonddwrgi , Cwm-coy, Cards. He was apprenticed to a carpenter but began to preach when he was 17 years of age. He went to Newcastle Emlyn grammar school and later, for a time, to a school at Cardigan . In 1850 he was admitted to Brecon College and was one of the first to pass the London University matriculation examination; he was, however, prevented by ill-health from taking a degree. In 1854 he was ordained minister of Graig chapel , Machynlleth ; he retired in 1910 . His wife was a great-granddaughter of Williams of Pantycelyn . He was one of the principal founders of the Union of Welsh Independents , and was its first secretary in 1872 ; in 1892 he became its chairman . In the ‘ War of the Constitutions ’ he was fiercely opposed to Michael D. Jones (q.v.) and his party. He published memoirs of Azariah Shadrach (q.v.) , 1863 , and of Edward Williams ( 1818 - 1880 ) (q.v.) of Dinas Mawddwy , 1886 . He d. 27 April 1915 and was buried at Machynlleth.

Sources:

  • Album Aberhonddu…o'r flwyddyn 1755 hyd 1880 , 1898 , 167-8;
  • Llawlyfr Undeb Machynlleth , 1928 , 1928 , 86-7;
  • Y Dysgedydd , June 1915 ;
  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , i, 292, iv, 177.

Author:

Rev. Richard Griffith Owen, M.A., (1890-1973), Bangor

Published date: 1959