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WILLIAMS , ABRAHAM ( 1720 - 1783 ), Independent minister ;

b. in 1720 in the parish of Pant-teg, Mon. — perhaps at Pontyfelin , where his brother (see below) was born. He was a musician and travelled the countryside to teach psalmody . It was probably Morgan John Lewis (q.v.) who interested him in religion. He started exhorting with the Methodists , and was accepted as an exhorter at the Association held at Trevecka in 1744 . When the New Inn society was formed into an Independent church he became its assistant preacher , and on the death of M. J. Lewis was, in 1758 , ordained its minister . He m. a woman of Usk , where he made his home. In the opinion of Philip David (q.v.) , in spite of the fact that he once ( 1778 ) accused him of ranting, Abraham Williams was a good preacher ( 1775 , twice noted), and when he was buried the old minister testified (not quite ungrudgingly) that of all the Independent ministers of pronounced Methodist views he was the best.

He had a brother,

WILLIAM WILLIAMS ( 1717 - 1800 ) ,

who was also a Methodist exhorter and, later, an assistant preacher at New Inn . About 1760 , the society at Aber in the parish of Llanfeugan ( Brecknock ) decided to follow the example of New Inn and convert itself into an Independent church . William Williams was released by New Inn to become minister at Aber where, in addition, he kept a school . At the same time, he was minister of the ‘ Plough ’ church at Brecon — the connection between the two churches continued until 1811 . He d. in 1800 .


  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , i, 82-3, 86; iv, 307, 309, 341;
  • the unpublished diaries of Philip David , through the courtesy of the Rev. T. Mardy Rees .


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

Published date: 1959