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LEWIS , JOHN ( 1792? - 1816 ), Wesleyan missionary ;

son of Jenkin and Mary Lewis of Talsarn , Trefilan, Cards. Apparently, his parents attended Trefilan parish church , where he was christened on 23 Jan. 1793 . He was educated locally, and also at Castellhywel , under the famous David Davis . Joining the Wesleyans , he served during 1813 on the Dolgelley circuit. The following year he was accepted as an accredited missionary for the West India Islands . He was stationed for a time on the island of Antigua , proceeding thence to Spanish Town , Jamaica , where persecution had closed most of the stations. After labouring here for about three months, he d. a victim of fever 17 July 1816 .

Sources:

  • William Moister , Heralds of Salvation ;
  • G. Penar Griffith , Cenhadon Cymreig ;
  • Yr Eurgrawn Wesleyaidd , Dolgellau , viii, 358-60.

Author:

Reverend Dr Evan Lewis Evans, D.Th., (1898-1978), Pontardulais / Swansea

Published date: 1959