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LEWIS , JENKIN ( 1760 - 1831 ). Independent minister and tutor ;

b. at Brithdir Uchaf , Gelli-gaer, Glam. , 12 Aug. 1760 , son of Malachi and Cecilia Lewis , members of the Arminian church at Cefncoedcymer under Philip Charles (q.v.) . From a school at Merthyr Tydfil , he was sent at 17 to Abergavenny Academy as a lay pupil. There, he changed his theological views, and in 1778 the Congregational Fund Board accepted him as an entrant into the ministry; before he finished his course there, he was acting as assistant to the tutor , Benjamin Davies (q.v.) . He removed, along with the Academy , to Oswestry , as assistant to Edward Williams ( 1750 - 1813 ) (q.v.) , but in Nov. 1784 , accepted a pastorate at Wrexham . When Edward Williams (in 1791 ) went from Oswestry , Lewis was urged to take his place, and as he declined to leave Wrexham , the Academy was removed ( 1792 ) from Oswestry to Wrexham . In 1811 , Lewis was invited to start an academy in Manchester , and agreed to do so; but the scheme proved a failure, and he became unemployed for some time. However, early in 1815 he accepted the pastorate of Hope church , Newport, Mon. He d. at Newport 11 Aug. 1831 .

Sources:

  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , i, 121-3.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959