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JONES , THOMAS ( 1819 - 1882 ), Independent minister .

Born at Rhayader, Rads. , 17 July 1819 , son of John Jones (d. 1829 ), a commercial traveller . He was apprenticed with a flannel manufacturer at Llanwrtyd , but in 1831 became a collier at Bryn-mawr , and later ( 1839 ) at Llanelly, Carms. He began preaching with the Calvinistic Methodists , but joined the Independents in 1841 . After some schooling at Llanelly and at Rhyd-y-bont , he was in 1844 ordained pastor of Capel-y-bryn , Llanelly , removing subsequently to Tabor ( Llanwrda ) with Hermon ( 1845 ) and thence to Libanus , Morriston ( 1850 ), where he won great repute as preacher and lecturer . In Sept. 1858 he moved to Albany (Frederick Street) church in London , and later ( 1861 ) to Bedford chapel , Oakley Square , where the poet Browning was one of his congregation. Loss of health led to his leaving London at the end of 1869 ; from 1870 till 1877 he was pastor of Walter Road church , Swansea ; from 1877 till 1880 , of Collins Street , Melbourne — having gone to Australia for his health's sake; and from 1881 till his death he was again pastor (but with an assistant) at Walter Road . He was chairman of the Congregational Union of England and Wales in 1871-2 . He d. 24 June 1882 . He had from time to time published poems in Welsh ; a volume of his sermons, The Divine Order , was published in 1884 , with a preface by Browning and a biographical introduction.

His three sons Sir David Brynmor Jones , John Viriamu Jones and Leifchild Stratten Jones (later Leif-Jones )

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , v, 111-20 (full and interesting).

Author:

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

Published date: 1959