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PRICE , BENJAMIN ( Cymro Bach ; 1792 - 1854 ), Baptist minister and littérateur ;

b. at Govilon , Llanwenarth , 1792 , son of Joseph Price (d. 1834 ), minister of Blaenau Gwent , and Hannah his wife. His family moved to Blaenavon and it was there that he was baptized in 1817 and started to preach , Sept. 1820 . He was admitted to the Baptist Academy at Abergavenny in 1822 and subsequently held the pastorates of Kensington , Brecon , 24 Nov. 1825-1828 ; Newtown and Caer-sws ( 1828-40 ) (as co-pastor first with John Jones and from 1833 onwards with George Thomas , afterwards of the Pontypool Academy ); Dudley ( 1840-2 ) (again as co-pastor , with William Rogers , a native of Blaenau Gwent ); and, finally, Tredegar> ( 1842-4 ). He retired in 1844 to become a superintendent for Wales of the Baptist Missionary Society , and in this post performed his most important life's work. He was a frequent contributor to his denominational press and several of his works were published, notably an extensive selection of essays under the title of Y Cymro Bach , 1855 , and Lectures to the Working Classes , 1851 . He was also the means of establishing in his denomination in 1848 an Association of Aged Ministers , but it failed to find lasting support. He retired in 1853 , and d. at Bristol , 25 June 1854 . He was buried at Llanwenarth .

Sources:

  • Y ‘Cymro Bach‘ sef casgliad o weithiau awdurol y diweddar Barch. Benjamin Price , Cardiff, 1855 ;
  • Y Gwyddoniadur Cymreig , 1889-96 (2nd ed.), x, 761;
  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Nghymru , 1893–1907 , iv, 167, 169;
  • Y Greal sef Cylchgrawn Misol at wasanaeth y Bedyddwyr , 1854 (191, 251), 1895 (1, 263, 311), 1896 (37, 150,263), 1897 (5);
  • Seren Gomer , 1854 , 383;
  • Y Bedyddiwr , 1854 , 266, 291;
  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , 418;
  • Notable Welshmen (1700–1900) , 1908 , 244;
  • Y Geninen , 1894, 229.

Author:

Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959