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WHELDON , THOMAS JONES ( 1841 - 1916 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister ;

b. 10 March 1841 at Cae-esgob , Llanberis , to John and Mary Wheldon . His parents moved early to Llwyncelyn , where his mother exercised spiritual graces and his father a vigorous independence. Educated at the British School (Capel Coch) , he became a pupil teacher . He entered Bala C.M. College in 1857 , graduated in the University of London , 1864 , but rejected an offer of appointment in the Indian Civil Service , preferring to adhere to the ministry. From 1864 to 1873 he was in charge of the Welsh and English churches at Newtown, Mont. , from 1873 to 1892 in charge of the Tabernacl and Bethesda churches at Blaenau Ffestiniog , and from 1892 to 1909 pastor of the Tabernacl church , Bangor . He retired to Rhyl in 1909 and d. there 28 Oct. 1916 . He m. Mary Elinor Powell (d. 8 June 1915 ); five children were born to them. To the churches in his care he was a vigorous minister , and a compelling and devout preacher , zealous for the education of the ministry and, above all, for its proper maintenance. His keenest efforts for improved schools were centred on Ffestiniog , where he worked to establish the first ‘Higher Grade School’ in North Wales and later to establish a county school . In Bangor he promoted the new Tabernacl building. He was a member of the Caernarvonshire L.E.A. , and took a responsible interest in the University College of North Wales . A Liberal in politics, he took a prominent part in the 1885 ( Merioneth ) election, and subsequently supported T. E. Ellis (q.v.) . At Bangor he opposed the war in South Africa . In the Calvinistic Methodist Church , he was moderator of the Association in North Wales in 1891 , and of the General Assembly in 1902-3 . He contributed articles to the monthly and quarterly periodicals and published his ‘ Davies Lecture ,’ The Holy Spirit , in 1900 . His biography was written by D. D. Williams ( 1925 ).

Sources:

  • Personal knowledge.

Author:

Sir Wynn Powell Wheldon, K.B.E., D.S.O., M.A., Ll.D., (1878-1961), Prestatyn

Published date: 1959