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THOMAS , ZECHARIAS ( 1727 - 1816 ), Baptist minister ;

b. at Esgair-ithri , Caeo , 13 (or 24?) Aug. 1727 , the youngest of five children born to Thomas Morgan Thomas and Jane , his wife, previously of Tŷ-Hen in the same parish, and brother of Joshua Thomas , Leominster (q.v.) and Timothy Thomas ‘ I ,’ Aberduar (q.v.) . He was baptized at Maes-y-berllan in 1748 , during an apprenticeship at Hay , but returned and became a member at Pant Teg on the occasion of his marriage in 1754 to Jane (d. 3 Dec. 1781 , aged 54), daughter of Rees Thomas from the Llandysul district. He began to preach there in 1757 , but in 1762 moved to Beudyau , Caeo , to assist his brother Timothy as pastor of Aberduar and its branches, and was ordained there in 1771 as co-pastor with David Saunders ‘ I ’ (q.v.) and David Davies — as co-pastor because apparently of a difference of opinion on the rite of laying on of hands. In 1790 , after some years of anxiety arising from the expiry of the lease of Beudyau , he moved to Llwyn-y-wermwd , Llan-y-crwys , where he remained until his death on 16 Jan. 1816 at the age of 89. He was buried at Bwlch-y-rhiw . [Six children were born to him, among them being David Thomas ( 1756 - 1840 ) of Llwyn-y-wermwd , a prominent supporter of the cause at Bethel ( Caeo ) and Bwlch-y-rhiw , and Benjamin Thomas ( 1761 - 1835 ), minister at Prescott , Devon (see B.B.C.S. , vi, 276).]

Sources:

  • Seren Gomer , 1820 , 361-5;
  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr ymhlith y Cymry ( 1885 ed.), 388, 431, 526, et seq. ;
  • NLW MSS 7166, 10785, 12357;
  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , ii, 571-2.

Author:

Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959