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OLIVER , EDWARD ( 1720 - 1777 ), early Methodist and Moravian, a carpenter ;

b. (according to a Moravian record) in Montgomeryshire , on Good Friday (15 April or 29 March) 1720 . After working at Wrexham ( Gomer M. Roberts , Peter Williams , 33), he removed to Llanbrynmair ; he was an inconspicuous ‘ public exhorter ’ among the Methodists . In the disruption of 1750 he sided with Howel Harris ; he was on mission for Harris in North Wales and was present at several of the Harrisian Associations . In 1752 he joined the Trevecka ‘Family,’ but left in 1753 for Bristol , where he worked at his trade and was for a while a Whitefieldian Methodist ; but in 1758 he joined the Moravian congregation . In Oct. 1761 he was sent up to Derwen Deg , near Ruthin , to inaugurate a North-Wales Moravian mission ; from that centre he itinerated, amid great difficulties, till June 1774 , when he removed to Fishguard . He d. at Fishguard , 3 June 1777 , and was buried in the Brethren's burial-ground at Haverfordwest .


  • Personal researches (in Y Cymmrodor ., 1938, chapter v).


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

Published date: 1959