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JONES , WILLIAM ( 1834 - 1895 ), Baptist minister .

Born at Brymbo 10 Aug. 1834 , son of John Robert Jones ( Alltud Glyn Maelor , 1800 - 1881 , q.v. ), he became a member of Brymbo Baptist church on 4 Dec. 1853 , started to preach on 25 Nov. 1855 , and was admitted to Haverfordwest Academy in July 1858 . He was ordained to the charge of Pen-y-fron , Flints ., in 1860 , and subsequently moved to Bargoed , 1864 ; Hermon , Fishguard , 1869 ; Castle Street , London , 1883 ; and once again at the end of 1884 to Hermon , Fishguard , where he remained until his death on 24 March 1895 . He was buried in Hermon burial ground. His wife predeceased him by a year, and he left two sons. His denomination honoured him with the chair of the Welsh Baptist Union , 1894 . He was a man of wide reading, and his preaching was remarkable for the philosophical nature of his sermons. A volume of these sermons, entitled Yr Angel Mawr a'r Llyfr Bychan ( Llangollen , 1899 ), was edited by T. T. Jones , Cardiff , and a selection of his sayings appeared under the title of Drychfeddyliau Detholedig ( London , 1907 ). He was also well known as a lecturer on such subjects as ‘ Prometheus ,’ ‘ John Bunyan ,’ and ‘ Charles Dickens .’

Sources:

  • Yr Angel Mawr a'r Llyfr Bychan pregethau , Llangollen, 1899 (preface, photograph);
  • Drychfeddyliau Detholedig allan o ddywediadau pregethwrol y diweddar Barch. William Jones, Abergwaen y rhai a gafwyd yn nghofnodiau Mrs. Williams, Abergwaen; ac a adolygwyd gan John Thomas, Lerpwl; gyda chymeradwyaeth oddiwrth y gwir anrhydeddus D. Lloyd-George , London, 1907 (introduction, photograph);
  • epitaph;
  • Seren Cymru , 3 Nov. 1882 , 14 Jan. and 4 Feb. 1883 , 9 Jan. 1885 , 29 March and 5 April 1895 , 19 July 1907 ;
  • Y Greal sef Cylchgrawn Misol at wasanaeth y Bedyddwyr , 1895 (139, 266), 1900 (1, 39) 1908 (244);
  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Nghymru , 1893–1907 , iv, 102;
  • Baptist Handbook , 1896 , 159;
  • The Baptist Union of Wales Handbook and Diary , 1896 , 116-7;
  • Y Geninen , 1896 , 242-4;
  • E. K. Jones , ‘J. R. Jones (Alltud Glyn Maelor)’ in Trafodion Cymdeithas Hanes Bedyddwyr Cymru , 1942 , 33-44;
  • Y Wawr sef cylchgrawn misol y Bedyddwyr Cymreig yn America , Utica , 1878 (50), 1895 (153).

Author:

Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959