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ROBERTS , THOMAS (d. c. 1775 ), the first Baptist convert in Anglesey .

His first home was Y Myfyrian Uchaf , but he spent the latter part of his life at Trehwfa-fawr near Rhos-tre-hwfa in Cerrig Ceinwen . He was originally a Congregational member and lay preacher at Rhos-y-meirch , but he came under the influence of David Jones , Baptist minister at Wrexham , and in 1763 ( 1768 according to Frimston ), with the approbation of his fellow-members, he went there to be baptized and joined the Wrexham Baptist church , though he continued to reside in Anglesey . He d. c. 1775 , without seeing the addition of a single convert to the Baptist cause in the island, and was buried at Rhos-y-meirch . A treatise entitled Traethawd am Enaid ac Yspryd yn ôl yr Ysgrythyr , published in 1785 , is ascribed to him.

Sources:

  • NLW MS 7123 (‘Early Baptist history in Anglesey’);
  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr ymhlith y Cymry , 592;
  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Nghymru , 1893–1907 , iii, 203;
  • Frimston Ebenezer Sef Hanes Eglwys Fedyddiedig Llangefni, o'i chychwyniad yn 1779 hyd 1897 (118 mlynedd), yn nghyda hanes ei gweinidogion, a'i chymanfaoedd , Caernarfon, 1897 , 9.

Author:

Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959