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JONES , SAMUEL ([ 1681? ]- 1719 ), Dissenting Academy tutor

(not to be confused with the subject of the preceding article); son of Malachi Jones , a Dissenting minister who emigrated to Pennsylvania and d. there in 1728 . A Malachi Jones was minister in the Welsh parts of Herefordshire in 1690 , and was still there in 1696 ( Gordon , Freedom after Ejection ); if he was Samuel 's father, it is hard to believe with Gordon that Samuel was born ‘in America , about 1680 ,’ unless we are to think that Malachi emigrated twice. It is known that Samuel Jones had two nephews. One of them was JEREMIAH JONES ( 1693 - 1724 ), a minister and academy tutor (in fact, he inherited his uncle's Academy ), and a New Testament scholar of some note; there is a good article on him, by Gordon , in D.N.B. ; he was b. at Llangollen , and was son of David Jones (d. 1718 at Shrewsbury ), of Llangollen , a pupil , and in 1687 a son-in-law, of Samuel Jones of Brynllywarch . Whether David and Malachi were blood-brothers or only brothers-in-law is not stated, but it is obvious that they were contemporaries [ David had another son, Joshua (d. 1740 ), minister at Nailsworth and at Manchester , and a daughter, who m. a Jackson and whose son Samuel Jackson (educated at Llwynllwyd ) was (like his uncles) minister at Nailsworth ( Walter Evans in N.L.W. MS. 10327 )].

Samuel Jones was at Abergavenny under Roger Griffiths (q.v.) . When Griffiths conformed ( 1702 ), it is alleged that the Academy was transferred to Knill, Rads. , in charge of John Weaver , but this is incorrect — it was to Shrewsbury , under the care of James Owen (q.v.) , that Samuel Jones and the other students removed. On James Owen 's death ( 1706 ), Jones went to Leiden ; he returned to England in 1708 and opened an academy at Gloucester , removing it in [the spring of] 1712 to Tewkesbury , where his house still stands [it was attacked by the mob in 1714 ]; he remained a layman. He was a notable scholar in the classics and in Hebrew , but he published nothing [a contemporary satire on Tewkesbury refers to him as ‘ Gamaliel sage of Cambrian breed ’]. The most famous of his pupils were the future bishop Joseph Butler and the future archbishop Thomas Secker ; Secker , in a letter ( 1711 ) to Isaac Watts , speaks most highly of the academy and of Samuel Jones himself, though he has a later reference to him which says that he tippled overmuch and had become lazy and bad-tempered. The best-known of Jones 's Welsh pupils is Vavasor Griffths (q.v.) . [ Jones was an Independent , and the Presbyterian Fund Board sent him no pupils before 1714 . He d. 11 Oct. 1719 aged 37 — ‘ in coelos accitus est anno aetatis 38, Octob. 11, 1719 ’ says his tombstone; he was buried behind the chancel of Tewkesbury abbey. ] His nephew Jeremiah (above) removed the academy to Nailsworth . Samuel Jones 's wife was a Judith Weaver ; she afterwards m. Edward Godwin (one of her husband's pupils), and is separately noticed under that surname.


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1943 , 97-104;
  • [ William Davies , The Tewkesbury Academy with sketches of its tutor and students , 1914 , n.d. (communicated by Mr. Idwal Lewis of N.L.W.)].


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

Corrections and additions:

JONES , SAMUEL ( 1681? - 1719 ; DWB , 512).

Read Roger Griffith (not ‘Griffiths’) twice. Malachi Jones was yet again in the vicinity of Hereford in 1704 . The following additional details are: in William Davies , The Tewkesbury Academy (n.d. — c. 1905? ): Jones moved to Tewkesbury during spring 1712 . His house there was attacked in 1714 on the day George I was crowned. A satirical poem on Tewkesbury refers to him as ‘ Gamaliel sage, of Cambrian breed ’. He was a Congregationalist and he did not have students supported by the Presbyterian Fund Board until 1714 . He d. 11 Oct. 1719 ; according to his gravestone (outside the abbey chancel) he was 37 or 38.

Also, according to NLW MS. 10327 ( Walter J. Evans ), he had another nephew, Joshua (d. 1740 ), minister at Nailsworth and Manchester , and a niece who m. one Jackson and who had a son, Samuel — he was educated at Llwyn-llwyd , and, like his uncles, was minister at Nailsworth .

S. J. may have left Shrewsbury in 1704 and spent a year at Moorfields , under Chauncey , before going to Leiden ( Cofiadur , 1958 , 10, 20-1).


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

Published date: 1959