itinerant Independent preacher
. He was brought up as a
but the family seceded from that connexion, in disapproval of church discipline imposed on one of the sons.
then invited the
to come over to
, and this was the beginning of the
in that village.
was totally uneducated, but succeeded in learning to read
— after a fashion. He was so lacking in
aptitude and so clumsy with his hands that his parents despaired of finding suitable employment for him; his brother's attempt to teach him to be a
ended in disaster. He immersed himself in scriptural and doctrinal questions, and in his own way became acquainted with the leading authors of the day.
he began to
, and devoted himself entirely to
for the rest of his life. He never had charge of a church, and as he had no family ties he was able to itinerate over the whole of
. He had an impediment in his speech, and his eccentricities made him a well-known character throughout the country. He was an amusing
with an original manner of expounding the Scriptures, but above all he was entirely free from guile and could count on a whole-hearted welcome wherever he went. He d.
18 Feb. 1853
, and there he was buried.
Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion
, ii, 51-5;
Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru
, i, 496-8;
Yr Hen Bererinion sef, Hanes bywyd Richard
Jones, Lwyngwril (gyda darlun), Rhys Dafis (y Glun Bren),
ac Edmwnd Jones, o Bontypool
), i, 56.
Reverend Richard Griffith Owen, M.A., (1890-1973), Bangor