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JONES , THOMAS ( 1752 - 1845 ), cleric ;

b. at Cefn yr Esgair , Hafod, Cards. , 2 April 1752 , son of John Thomas . In 1765 he went to school at Ystrad Meurig , and after nine years there he was ordained deacon in Sept. 1774 and licensed to a curacy at Eglwys-fach and Llangynfelyn, Cards. In 1779 he moved to Leintwardine , Herefordshire , and after serving at Longnor ( Salop ), Oswestry , and Lippington , he went to Great Creaton in Northants , where he was curate for forty-three years. For the last eighteen of these ( 1810-28 ) he was also curate of Spratton . In 1828 , at the age of 76, he was appointed rector of Creaton , resigning in 1833 . He d. 7 Jan. 1845 and was buried at Spratton .

Jones corresponded with Thomas Charles (q.v.) about the foundation of Sunday schools , and himself founded one at Creaton in 1789 . He also persuaded the S.P.C.K. to publish in 1799 an edition of ten thousand copies of the Bible in Welsh ; when the demand for Welsh Bibles persisted, he sought to persuade the Society to issue a further edition, but failed. Later, as a result of his efforts and those of Thomas Charles and others, the British and Foreign Bible Society was established.

Jones was a fervent Evangelical preacher and a prolific writer . He was the author of seven works in Welsh , mainly translations (including one of Baxter 's Saints’ Everlasting Rest ) and seventeen in English , the last being published in 1841 . Perhaps his best-known work is The Welsh Looking-glass , 1812 [a remonstrance against the secession of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodists from the Established Church].

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • John Owen , Memoir of the Rev. Thomas Jones late of Creaton, Northamptonshire , 1851 , 1851 ;
  • Enwogion y Ffydd , 1880 , ii, chapter 12, 364-9;
  • D. E. Jenkins , Life of Thomas Charles , Denbigh, 1908 (index).

Author:

Thomas Iorwerth Ellis, M.A., (1899-1970), Aberystwyth

Corrections and additions:

JONES , THOMAS ( 1752 - 1845 ; DWB , 516).

Read Loppington (not ‘ Lippington ’).

Author:

Published date: 1959