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LEWIS , THOMAS ( 1671? - 1735 ), Baptist minister ,

b. c. 1671 , son and heir of John Lewis , landed gentleman and Baptist of Glascwm, Rads. , who had experienced persecution under the Restoration . The son, like his father, became a member of the Baptist church at Leominster c. 1692 or at least before 1694 , and he is believed to have started to preach soon afterwards. He had left Leominster before 1707 and had incorpoiated the Baptists of east Radnorshire into a church at Glascwm and New Radnor . He was very active among them and is said in Dr. John Evans 's ‘Return’ ( 1715 ) to have had a congregation of 400. In 1728 , in company with Thomas Evans , brother of Caleb Evans (see under Evans , Hugh , 1712 - 1781 ), minister at Pentre, Rads. , he was appointed distributor for Wales of the Baptist Fund . He d. in 1735 , and was buried in a burial-ground at Glascwm which his father had given to the church.

Sources:

  • Leominster register, and church history by Joshua Thomas in N.L.W.;
  • Joshua Thomas , Hanes y Bedyddwyr ymhlith y Cymry .;
  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Nghymru , 1893–1907 ;
  • Jones , The History of the Baptists in Radnorshire , 1895

Author:

Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959