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WALTERS , THOMAS ( 1729 - 1794 ), an Independent minister

who lived at his ancestral home, Pant-yr-hesg , Mynydd-islwyn, Mon. It is not known when he started to preach ; he was obviously too young to have been recruited by Howel Harris during his mission to that neighbourhood, but it is equally clear that it was a revival of Methodistical nature which influenced him, for Philip David (q.v.) censures him time and again in his diary for ‘ ranting and roaring ’ while preaching . In 1765 , he built a meeting-house almost on the threshold of Philip David 's old church at Pen-main ; the chapel was generally known by the very Methodistical name, Tynewydd (the New House) — its official name being Bethel — and Williams of Pantycelyn , David Williams of Llyswyrny ( 1717 - 1792 ) (q.v.) , and other Methodist preachers came there to preach . About 1765 , Thomas Walters was ordained minister (by the congregation itself, following the example of New Inn — see under Morgan John Lewis ), as an Independent , of course. He d. 25 May 1794 , at the age of 65. Bethel continued to flourish for some time after the death of Thomas Walters , but about 1811 a minority seceded and founded the Methodist chapel at Gelli-groes .

The direct successor of Thomas Walters as minister of Bethel ( until 1811 ) was his nephew, also



THOMAS WALTERS ( 1761 - 1821 ) ,

who was already ( 1793 ) minister of New Inn . He, too, was more of a Methodist than an Independent until 1793 , and about 1817 he returned to the Methodist connexion . He d. 2 Nov. 1821 at Cwm-dows , Mynydd-islwyn .

Sources:

  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , i, 90-2, 84-5;
  • Y Cofiadur , 1935 , note 73.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959