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JONES , OWEN ( 1787 - 1828 ), pioneer in Sunday school work ;

b. 16 Feb. 1787 at Towyn (Mer.) , son of John Jones of Crynllwyn ; his mother (from Aberllefenni ) had a brother, Owen Jones , vicar of Llandecwyn (Mer.) , after whom the boy was named. Apprenticed to a saddler at Aberystwyth , he and his cousin Robert Davies ( 1790 - 1841 ) (q.v.) engaged in Sunday school work ; on removal to Llanidloes he continued this work. He then spent some time in London , reading the proofs of the Bible Society 's first Welsh Bible . In 1806 or 1807 he removed to Shrewsbury , where again he promoted Sunday schools . Requested in 1808 to oversee the Sunday schools of Montgomeryshire ; he became a Calvinistic Methodist preacher (he was ordained in 1819 ), married, and settled in his wife's house, Gelli , Llanfair Caereinion . He d. at Gelli , 4 Dec. 1828 . He published, in 1820 , a catechism, Arweinydd i Wybodaeth . It has been said of him that no one but Thomas Charles did more than he to promote Sunday schools in North Wales . Lewis Edwards (q.v.) (then only a lad of 19) published an elegy upon him in Goleuad Cymru ( 1829 , 311), and John Hughes ( 1775 - 1854 ) (q.v.) of Pontrobert in 1830 published a memoir of him, with an elegy.


  • Cymru (O.M.E.) , xxxi, 117-9;
  • R. Williams , Montgomeryshire Worthies (1894)


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959