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THOMAS , TIMOTHY (‘ I ’) ( 1720 - 1768 ), of Maes-isaf , Pencarreg ; Baptist minister and author .

Born at Tŷ-hen , Caeo , 2 March 1720-1 second son of Thomas Morgan and Jane Thomas , and brother of Joshua Thomas , Leominster (q.v.) , and Zecharias Thomas , Aberduar (q.v.), he was baptized at the age of 18, and started to preach before he was 20; he was educated at the Academy at Trosnant , 1740-1 , and in 1743 was ordained minister of his mother-church at Aberduar and its branches, where he remained until his death, 12 Nov. 1768 . He was buried in the parish church of Pencarreg . He m. (1), 1743 , a native of Llan- llwnni , who d. within a year, and who bore him a daughter, who m. Rees Saunders , Bryn , Llanllwnni , uncle of David Saunders ‘ II ,’ Merthyr (q.v.) ; (2) 1753 , a daughter of William 's of Trebŵl , and grand-daughter of the family of Maes-isaf , whither he went to live. Five children were born of this marriage, including Timothy ‘ II and Thomas (qq.v. below).

He was one of the most prominent Baptists of his time and, apart from his family traditions and for his service to the early cause at Aberduar , he is best remembered for his theological writings, particularly his Traethiad am y Wisg-Wen Ddisglair , 1759 (2nd ed. 1800 ). His other writings include Y Garreg Wen neu Draethiad bychan ym herthynas i Siccrwydd (together with a few hymns), 1759 ; a collection of hymns under the title of Moliant i Dduw , 1764 ; and two tracts — Amlygiad Byr , 1764 , and Golygiad Byr on the rite of laying on of hands.



TIMOTHY THOMAS ‘ II ,’

his eldest child of the second marriage, was b. at Maes-isaf , 1754 . He started to preach in the winter of 1778 and was ordained at Aberduar in the autumn of 1783 . This proved to be his only pastorate, although in 1831 , owing to ill-health, he moved to Cardigan , home of his son, Joshua Morgan Thomas (d. 1853 ), schoolmaster and editor of Greal y Bedyddwyr , where he d. 21 Jan. 1840 . He was buried at Aberduar . He m. a native of Llanfynydd , and ten children were born of the marriage, including TIMOTHY THOMAS ‘ III ’ ( 1787 - 1870 ), Baptist minister at Newcastle Emlyn .


THOMAS THOMAS , Peckham , Surrey ,

second son of the second marriage of Timothy Thomas ‘ I ,’ and twin brother of John Thomas , M.R.C.S. , Aberduar , was b. 5 March 1759 . He was educated at the school of David Davis , Castell-hywel , and was baptized at Aberduar by David Saunders ‘ I ’ (q.v. , under Saunders , Evan ), March 1776 . Admitted to Bristol Baptist Academy in 1777 , he was ordained at Pershore , 1781? He moved to Goodman Fields , London , in 1788 , conducted a boarding school at Mile End , and retired to Peckham in 1799 . He m. ( 1781 ) Sarah ( 1762 - 1808 ), daughter of Robert Moseley , deacon at Cannon Street Baptist church , Birmingham , and was the father of two sons and three daughters. He d. 4 Oct. 1819 , and was buried in Bunhill Fields . His publications include sermons under the titles of The Mystery of the Seven Stars , 1809 , and Jesus Christ an Object of Prayer ( 1819 ); hymns in Welsh and English , e.g. in Greal y Bedyddwyr ; and elegies to his uncle Zecharias Thomas and his aunt Mary Evans , Pantycelyn . His funeral sermon, by W. Newman , D.D. , was published in 1819 . He is not to be confused, as was done by Henry Blackwell ( N.L.W. MS. 9272 ), with Thomas Thomas , Wareham .

Sources:

  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr ymhlith y Cymry , 1885 , 527-9;
  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Neheubarth Cymru , 1839 , 334;
  • Seren Gomer , 1820 , 1, 33, 217; 1823 , 219; 1840 , 61; 1844 , 161; 1849 , 55; 1860 , 88;
  • Greal y Bedyddwyr , 1827–37 , 1827 , 42, 245, 284: 1829 , 223, 367; 1830 , 8, 53, 60; 1831 , 1, 33;
  • NLW MSS 9274, 10785, 12357;
  • A History of Carmarthenshire , ii, 230, 252, 433-4;
  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , ii, 565, 573-4;
  • W. Rowlands , Cambrian Bibliography , Llanidloes, 1869 .

Author:

Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959