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JONES , WILLIAM ( 1784 - 1847 ), Independent minister and divine ;

b. 1784 at Bala , son of William and Elizabeth Jones . The father was a Calvinistic Methodist elder , but the son [educated at Bala grammar school ] joined the Independents c. 1800 and began to preach in 1801 . He was trained for the ministry at Wrexham Academy , 1805-9 , ordained minister of Bridgend and Brynmenyn chapels, Glam. , in 1810 , d. 5 June 1847 , and was buried near his chapel at Bridgend . ‘ Jones Pen-y-bont ’ was a celebrated preacher in his day, but, although he published a volume of his sermons, he is best remembered as a systematic theologian . His Geiriadur Duwinyddol was published in two volumes in 1837 , and reprinted in one volume in 1864 .

Sources:

  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , ii, 208-10;
  • Album Aberhonddu…o'r flwyddyn 1755 hyd 1880 , 1898 , 52-3;
  • W. M. Rees , Hanes Eglwys Annibynnol Brynmenyn , 9-11.

Author:

Rev. Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 1959