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JONES , WILLIAM ( 1770 - 1837 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister ,

one of the eight North Wales ordinands of 1811 ,; b. in 1770 , son of Cadwaladr and Catherine Jones of Nant-fudr ( Coed-cae-du ), Trawsfynydd, Mer. The father was a cattle dealer , and the boy was sent to school in England . Later, having taken a drove up to London , he went to hear William Romaine , and was converted. He joined the Methodists at Trawsfynydd , but in 1794 m. Susan Watkins , a widow, of Mathafarn (the ancestral home of Dafydd Llwyd ap Llywelyn , q.v. ) in Llanwrin, Mont. , and removed there, setting up as a cattle dealer . He began preaching in 1802 . In 1805 , he removed to the neighbouring farm of Dôl-y-fonddu , where he d. 1 March 1837 . There is a memoir ( 1840 ) by John Hughes of Pontrobert .


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

Published date: 1959