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THOMAS , JOHN ( 1760 - 1849 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister ;

b. in Berwig parish, Cards. He had very few advantages in his early days; he m. young and had a large family. He joined the Baptists in 1775 but became a Methodist in 1779 . He went to London where he followed his trade as a draper ; whilst there he joined the church at Wilderness Row but regularly listened to the famous William Romaine . He returned to Cardigan town where he began to preach c. 1795 . He was selected to be ordained at the first Methodist ordination at Llandeilo , 1811 . He preached severely but very excellently; a volume of his sermons was posthumously published. He d. 3 Feb. 1849 — the last survivor of those who were ordained in 1811 .


  • T. Phillips , Cofiant yn ghyda phigion o bregethau ac anerchiadau y diweddar Barch. John Thomas o Aberteifi (Aberystwyth, 1851) , 1851 ;
  • Methodistiaeth Cymru (1851–6) , ii, 103;
  • J. Evans , Biographical Dictionary of Ministers and Preachers of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Body … to the close of the year 1850 (1907) , 295;
  • J. Evans , Byr-gofiant am naw a deugain o Weinidogion Ymadawedig sir Aberteifi (1894-1913) , 171;
  • J.M. Jones , Ordeiniad 1811 ymysg y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd (1911) , 193.


Reverend Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 1959