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JONES , HUGH WILLIAM ( 1802 - 1873 ), Baptist minister and editor ;

b. 9 April 1802 at Cwrt , Penrhyn-coch, Cards. , son of John and Elizabeth Jones . His parents were Anglican , and he was intended for Anglican orders, but after much internal conflict be threw in his lot with the Baptists , and (along with his mother) was baptized 25 March 1821 . As the Baptist Academy at Abergavenny was full, he went to Bradford Academy , and was there for four years. He was ordained 10 April 1828 , pastor of Ebenezer , Blaenavon, Mon. , and was subsequently at Tredegar ( Aug. to Dec. 1831 ), Charles Street , Newport ( 1832-5 ), and Tabernacle , Carmarthen ( 1835-72 ). As a preacher he varied, though at times he could be very powerful. Indeed, his influence came largely from his work on the platform and in the press; he was a stalwart Radical who rose to much importance in the political life of Carmarthenshire . At the end of 1837 he purchased the periodical Seren Gomer , and was its publisher till the end of 1850 , when it was sold to a company of Baptist ministers ; he also collaborated with the former editor , Samuel Evans ( 1793 - 1856 ) (q.v.) , in editing it. He wrote much himself in the periodical, and in particular defended the views of his former neighbour at Tredegar , John Philip Davies (q.v.) . He d. 1 June 1873 . He had been twice married; his first wife was a daughter of Titus Lewis (q.v.) , his second the widowed daughter-in-law of Joshua Watkins (q.v.) .

Sources:

  • Y Gwyddoniadur Cymreig , 1889-96 , 2nd ed., x, 649-51;
  • T. M. Jones , Llenyddiaeth fy Ngwlad , 1893 , 84;
  • scattered information elsewhere.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959