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MORRIS , DAVID WILLIAM ( Marmora ; 1823 - 1914 ), Baptist minister ;

b. 9 Oct. 1823 at Llanstephan, Carms. He was brought up at Llanelly , and apprenticed to a shoemaker . Although his father, William Morris , was a Calvinistic Methodist preacher , the son insisted upon being baptized by immersion; this was in 1845 , at Cwmafan, Glam. He went from Sirhowy, Mon . , to the Haverfordwest Baptist Academy in 1847 and was ordained at Liverpool on 10 Nov. 1850 . Six weeks later he went to minister at Casmael and Beulah, Pembs. Afterwards he ministered at Berthlwyd , Cwmtwrch , Ystradgynlais , Cwm-sarn-ddu (twice), Hafod ( Swansea ; whilst here, built Philadelphia chapel ), Pontestyll , and Sennybridge . Emigrating to the U.S.A. in 1870 he served churches at Scranton , Hyde Park , and Tylorville . The late years of his life were spent at Swansea . He was something of an oddity, praying with eyes open, and preaching with eyes closed. He published Blynyddoedd Boreuol Moses ( 1851 ), Maesydd y Myfyriwr , Bwrdd y Babell ( 1870 ), Rhiniog y Cysegr , Tir Emanuel , and Athrofa Iachawdwriaeth . He also contributed to periodicals — e.g., Seren Gomer , Y Bedyddiwr , and Baner America . He d. 12 Sept. 1914 .

Sources:

  • Y Geninen , March 1915 , 54;
  • Trafodion Cymdeithas Hanes Bedyddwyr Cymru , 1936 , 50.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959