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JONES , ROBERT ( 1806 - 1896 ), Baptist minister and author ;

b. at Dolwenith , Llanllyfni, Caerns. , 14 Nov. 1806 , eldest son of John Evans , quarryman , and Mary his wife. In 1810 the family moved to Cae'r-waun in the same district. He learned to read in the Calvinistic Methodist Sunday school and, when he was 12 years of age, went for a year to the National School . Some time about 1831 he was converted to the principle of adult baptism by Alsi Hughes of Taleithin Isaf and joined the Baptists . Shortly afterwards he began to preach and, in 1836 , was ordained minister of Llanllyfni . He m., 23 Feb. 1838 , Margaret Hughes of Ochr-y-foel , Mynydd Llanllyfni , at whose home he lived for the rest of his life. He was minister of Llanllyfni , Pontlyfni , and Llanaelhaearn ( 1836-43 ); Llanllyfni , Y Garn , and Capel y Beirdd ( 1843-55 ); Llanllyfni and Tal-y-sarn ( 1855-70 ); Llanllyfni 1870-85 ); and Llanllyfni and Peny-groes ( 1885-8 ). In 1880 he was chairman of the Union of Welsh Baptists . He published twelve books: Holwyddoreg yr Ymneilltuwyr Protestanaidd , 1832 , a translation of an English catechism by S. Palmer ; Golygiad Byr or Fedydd Cristnogol , 1839 , a translation of an English book by John Craps ; Cofiant Evan Evans, gweinidog y Bedyddwyr yn y Garn , 1842 ; Bedydd y Testament Newyddyn yn cael ei Amddiffyn , 1846 , an answer to William Roberts of Clynnog 's book on infant baptism; Casgliad o Hymnau ar Destynau Efengylaidd , 1851 , containing 918 hymns, many of them by Robert Jones himself; Ystyriaethau ar Fedydd , 1853 ; Traethawd ar Babyddiaeth , 1855 — this was the book to which he devoted most time; Gemau Duwinyddol , 1865 , a collection of notes from the works of the Puritan divines, but including many of his own; Llais y Durtur , 1876 , 200 hymns for the Sunday school ; Cydymaith Dyddanus , 1878 , containing 597 short stories of deliverances and of persecutions; Gemau Duwinyddol , 2nd ed. with additional matter, 1882 ; and Pregethau Robert Jones , 1883 . He was remarkable in his appearance, his way of thinking, and his method of expressing himself. He was an ardent Liberal (see Y Faner , 2 Dec. 1868 ), and was constantly lecturing on political, religious, and social subjects . He d. 3 March 1896 .

Sources:

  • Cofiant a Llythyrau y parch Robert Jones Llanllyfni , Llangollen, 1903 , 1903 ;
  • W. R. Ambrose , Hynafiaethau, cofiannau, a hanes presennol Nant Nantlle y traethawd buddugol yn Eisteddfod Gadeiriol Pen-y-groes, Llun y Pasg, 1871 , 1872 , 1872 , 80-1 ;
  • Y Geninen , 1895 (104), 1897 (37).

Author:

Griffith Thomas Roberts, M.A., Llanrug

Published date: 1959