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OLIVER , DAVID ( fl. 1785-1814 ), Baptist minister .

He seems to have been a Rhondda man; at least he was there when the Particular Baptist church was set up at Ystradyfodwg , where he was baptized in 1785 . He began preaching in 1786 , and was ordained in 1789 . In the 1799 Baptist schism , Oliver sided with the General (Arminian) Baptists , and for a year or two succeeded in retaining the chapel ( Nebo ); but by 1802 he had advanced from Arminianism to Unitarianism . He was minister of the ‘Old Meeting’ at Aberdare from 1803 to 1806 , and of Gellionnen from 1806 till the latter part of 1814 . His name recurs in the Monthly Repository in the years 1807-13 , in the reports of the assemblies of General Baptists and Unitarians alike — the latest mention is that he was to preach in the Unitarian Association of 12 Dec. 1813 . But on 24 Dec. 1814 , Seren Gomer reports his reception into the Independent denomination — he was then living at Llangyfelach . He d. at an unknown date before the publication ( 1839 ) of David Jones 's history of the South Wales Baptists — ‘in slight repute,’ says that zealous Baptist .


  • D. Jones , Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Neheubarth Cymru (1839) , 603-4;
  • Yr Ymofynnydd , July and Sept. 1930 ;
  • and the above references.


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959