He m. (1), 23 June 1815 , Margaret Jenkins , a widow, of Dol-wlff , Llanwenog . Their only child, Thomas , was b. 19 Aug. 1816 . She d. April 1817 , Thomas was lost in the docks at Bristol , 12 Oct. 1837 , and Thomas 's infant daughter, Mary , was buried at Zion , 12 Sept. 1837 , aged 10 months; (2), 9 June 1829 , Catherine Joseph , also a widow, of Merthyr Tydfil (d. 1841? ). His will (dated 29 March 1838 , proved 30 March 1840 ) refers to property at Merthyr Tydfil and mentions his wife Catherine ; his brother John ; his son Thomas (‘ who is missing and reputed to be dead ’); his sisters Mary , Sarah , Elinor , and Gwen ; another sister Martha , deceased, and her children, Thomas Morgan and Mary Evans ; and his niece Elinor Lloyd .
Saunders is best remembered for his literary work. His exercises and notes in N.L.W. MS. 3260 indicate that he was versed in Welsh strict metres , and much of his poetry was published, e.g. Ychydig a Bennillion Profiadol yn cynnwys Griddfaniad Hiraethlawn Dafydd Saunders , 1815 ; Dwy Awdl: y gyntaf or Elusengarwch, … yr ail, ar Farwolaeth Syr Thomas Picton , 1820 ; Awdl ar Fordaith yr Apostol Paul … at yr hyn yr ychwanegwyd ychydig o hymnau newyddion , 1828 ; and elegies on Samuel Breeze , Newcastle Emlyn , 1812 ; Zecharias Thomas , Aberduar (2nd ed.), 1816 ; and Joseph Harris ( Gomer , 1826 ). The latter published a number of Saunders 's hymns in Casgliad o Hymnau , 1821 , and other poetical works by him are preserved in his own hand in N.L.W. MSS. 791, 7141-2 . His theological publications include three volumes of comments on infant baptism published in the period 1821-2 in reply to Thomas Powel , Brecon , another volume of comments ( Ychydig o Nodiadau ) on a treatise by R. Wright ( 1816 ), and three Welsh translations of works by Abraham Booth ( 1810 ), John Fawcett ( 1826 ), and Thomas Westlake ( 1828 ). Sermon notes by him are preserved in N.L.W. MSS. 7141-2 , a letter ( 1817 ) in N.L.W. MS. 7165 , and another letter ( 1807 ; published in Spinther , iv, 403-4) of considerable importance in Cwrtmawr MS. 818 giving an account of his Baptist mission at Deptford .
Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth
Published date: 1959