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THOMAS , THOMAS MORGAN ( 1828 - 1884 ), missionary ;

b. at Llanharan, Glam. , 13 March 1828 . He entered Brecon College in 1854 and was ordained for the mission field at Cwm-bach , Aberdare , 11 May 1858 . He m. Anne Morgan , daughter of Jonah Morgan , pastor of the Congregational church at Cwm-bach . In June 1858 they sailed for Matabele-land , South Africa . In 1862 his wife died and he m. Caroline Hutchinson Elliott , daughter of William Elliott , a missionary in South Africa , in 1864 . He returned to Wales in April 1871 and on account of a misunderstanding between him and the London Missionary Society he was dismissed the following Oct. In June 1874 a sum of about one thousand pounds collected by the Welsh churches was presented to him and this enabled him to return to Matabele-land , independent of the London Missionary Society . He published a few elementary books in the native language, including a book of hymns . He also published a book both in English (and in Welsh ) called Eleven years in Central South Africa ( London , 1873 ). He d. 8 Jan. 1884 .

Sources:

  • NLW MS 9274 (380);
  • Notable Welshmen (1700–1900) , 1908 , 378;
  • Cardiff Free Libraries, Catalogue of Printed Literature in the Welsh Department , 1898 , 1898 , 480;
  • G. Penar Griffith , Cenhadon Cymreig , 78-85;
  • Y Diwygiwr , 1873 (253-6), 1874 (196);
  • Tywysydd y Plant , Llanelli , 1873 , 86-90;
  • Y Tyst a'r Dydd , Dolgellau / Merthyr Tydfil, 1871-June 1872; July 1872-1891 , 25 April 1884 ;
  • James Sibree , A Register of Missionaries, Deputations etc., from 1796 to 1885 , London Missionary Society, 1886 , 71.

Author:

Miss Nansi Ceridwen Jones, Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959