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THOMAS , WILLIAM ( 1723 - 1811 ), Calvinistic Methodist exhorter ;

b. at Dyffryn Uchaf , Margam, Glam . He became a convert in 1739 through the ministry of Howel Harris , and in 1743 joined the society at Hafod . After his marriage he went to live in a cottage near the old Dyffryn chapel and his home became a place where wayfarers could stay. He regularly communicated at Llangeitho , and began to exhort . In 1760 he moved to Tŷ-draw , Pyle , and bought a number of houses for use as a chapel . It was at this, Cornelly , chapel that the Glamorgan Methodists convened the Pyle monthly meeting for many years as a mark of their respect for him. He was a great friend of David Jones of Llangan ( 1736 - 1810 ) (q.v.) . He toured a great deal in Wales but, although he was an effective preacher , he is better remembered for his prayers than for his sermons. He was a saintly man who possessed great influence with his contemporaries. He d. 22 Aug. 1811 , and was buried in Margam churchyard with Catherine , his wife.

Sources:

  • Y Drysorfa , 1835 , 319; 1849 , 33;
  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , ii, 562;
  • Y Tadau Methodistaidd , 1895 , ii, 112-6;
  • Methodistiaeth Cymru , 1851–6 , iii, 24-8;
  • E. Morgan , Home Light, or, Brief memoirs and letters of the Rev. R. Bassett, Vicar of Colwinstone, and E. Bassett, Esq., Glamorganshire , 1860 , 74-5.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959