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LEWIS , MORGAN JOHN ( c. 1711 - 1771 ), or JONES , MORGAN , Methodist exhorter and hymn-writer ;

b. c. 1711 , a native of Cwm Ebwy-fawr , Aberystruth, Mon . He was converted under the ministry of Howel Harris , c. 1738 , and is said to have seceded from the communion of the Church of England when Daniel Rowland was forbidden to preach in Aberystruth church. He began to write hymns , and comes to our notice as one of the early hymn-writers of the Methodist revival . A hymn written by ‘ Morgan Jones o Flauneu gwent ’ will be found in Llwybur Hyffordd ir Cymru ( Shrewsbury , 1740 ). He and Edmund Williams (q.v.) , of Cwm Tyleri , were the joint publishers of Hymnau Duwiol o Gasgliad Gwyr Eglwysig M.J. ac E.W. ( Pontypool , 1741 ). Another hymn written by him will be found in Sail, Dibenion, a Rheolau'r Societies ( Bristol ), a booklet published by the Methodist Association in 1742 . He began to preach to the Methodists and was appointed a public exhorter at the Watford Association , 1743 ; later, he was appointed supervisor of a number of societies . He was a lively and popular preacher who exercised considerable influence over his brethren, and he was one of the leaders of the party which advocated secession from the Church of England . He favoured Howel Harris in the dispute between him and Daniel Rowland but, after the Llanidloes session of 1751 , he joined Rowland 's party. He was ordained pastor , after the manner of the Independents , of the society assembling at New Inn , in the parish of Pant-teg , Monmouthshire , on the advice, it is said, of Rowland . The ordination took place on Whit Monday, 1756 , and caused a sensation at the time. He d. tragically at the beginning of 1771 .

Sources:

  • Edmund Jones , A geographical, historical and religious account of the parish of Aberystruth in the county of Monmouth to which are added memoirs of several persons of note who lived in the said parish , Trefeca, 1779 , 1779, 105-6 ;
  • diary of William Thomas ( Cardiff Manuscript 4877);
  • Cynnwysiad Byr o Feddyliau'r Eglwys yn New Inn, Swydd Fynwy, yr hon a ymgorffolodd wrth y drefn hon yn Neuadd Pant-teg yn y flwyddyn 1751, yn gyffelyb i'r modd eu professwyd ar ddydd urddiad ei gweinidog cyntaf, Llun y Sulgwyn 1756 at yr hyn y rhagddodwyd hanes yr eglwys yn y lle , Brynmawr, 1851 , 1851, 3-6 [this pamphlet was first printed by John Rowland ( fl. 1764 , q.v.) at Bala].
  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , i, 76-7, 81-2;
  • Methodistiaeth Cymru , 1851–6 , i, 448, iii, 372-6;
  • Y Tadau Methodistaidd , 1895 , i, 230-2;
  • [ Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , xxxv, 38-9].

Author:

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

Published date: 1959