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MORRIS , THOMAS ( 1786 - 1846 ), Baptist minister ;

b. 10 Feb. 1786 in the parish of Llandeilo-fawr . Owing to the Arminianism of the congregation at Llandyfân , where he had become a member, he transferred to Cwmifor where, in 1803 , he began to preach . He was m. in 1809 . He became minister of Penrhiw-goch ( 1810-7 ) where he added to the chapel and formed churches at Melingwm and Porth-y-rhyd . From 1817 to 1831 he was at Charles Street , Newport, Mon. , where he not only enlarged the chapel but was responsible for building the chapels at Nash and Pye Corner , near Bassaleg , as well as the English chapel at Newport itself. After that he was at Bristol where he bought Pithay chapel ; at Moorfields , London , which he repaired; at Pontypool , where he built the Tabernacle ; at Cowbridge , where he completed the building of the Caersalem Newydd chapel ; at Corntown and Pyle ( 1842-3 ); and again at Newport , ministering to a small body of worshippers which seceded from Charles Street , for whom he built a chapel. He had originally served his apprenticeship as a carpenter and, in the course of his ministry, built or enlarged twelve chapels and collected the money to pay off their debts ; when the tenth was completed he was nicknamed ‘ Ten chapel Tom .’ At Porth-y-rhyd and Pye Corner he kept schools . He was a prominent figure at the Baptist assemblies . His publications included sermons, tracts, and an English book, London and Country Scenes , etc.; special mention should be made of his sermon ( 24 Nov. 1839 ) Cyngor Damewn Amserau Drwg , preached at the time of the Chartist troubles and published in 1840 . He d. 4 Nov. 1846 . His biography was written by Ll. Jenkins and T. Thomas in 1847 .


  • Seren Gomer , 21 May 1926 ;
  • Y Greal sef Cylchgrawn Misol at wasanaeth y Bedyddwyr , Nov. and Dec. 1903 ;
  • R. T. Jenkins , Hanes Cymru yn y Bedwaredd Ganrif ar Bymtheg, Volume 1, 1789-1843 (Cardiff, 1933) , 132-3;
  • Cardiff Free Libraries: Catalogue of Printed Literature in the Welsh Department (1898) .


Reverend William Joseph Rhys, (1880-1967), Gelli, Rhondda / Treherbert

Published date: 1959