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WILLIAMS , DAVID ( 1717 - 1792 ), Methodist exhorter, afterwards Independent minister ;

b. at Is-coed , Llandyfaelog, Carms. , son of William Dafydd . Richard William Dafydd (q.v.) , the exhorter , was his brother. As a young man he came to Glamorgan to work for Christopher Bassett , junior (q.v.) of Aberthaw , and began to exhort in the Methodist societies c . 1742 . It is not certain whether he was the David Williams who was appointed a ‘ private exhorter ’ at the Watford Association , 1743 , but it is known that he subsequently preached a great deal in North Wales . ‘ He was a kindly man ,’ says John Evans of Bala , ‘ and the freshness of the dew was on his sermons ’; Robert Jones of Rhos-lan adds that he was an able theologian . He went to live at Llyswyrny (‘ Lisworney ’) village, near Cowbridge , where he was in charge of the small local societies and where he m. Elizabeth , daughter of Evan Prichard of Collennau . On the advice of Daniel Rowland , it is said, he was ordained minister at Aberthyn , in the same manner as Morgan John Lewis (q.v.) and Thomas William (q.v.) . That was probably during the Methodist Disruption ( 1750-62 ). For all that, he maintained his connection with the Methodists , attended their Associations and societies, and preached to them regularly. At Aberthyn he was troubled in turn by Antinomianism , Sandemanianism , and Sabellianism . He d. 5 May 1792 aged 75, and was the first to be buried by David Jones of Llan-gan ( 1736 - 1810 ) (q.v.) in the Salem , Pen-coed , burial ground.

Sources:

  • Y Drysorfa , ii, 134;
  • Robert Jones (Rhoslan) , Drych yr Amseroedd , 1820 , 174;
  • H. Bevan , Ychydig hanes neu goffadwriaeth am amryw bethau neillduol a gymmerasant le ymhlith corph y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd yn ac o'u dechreuad, sef oddiar yr amser y daeth Mr. Howel Harries i bregethu yn ei droion cyntaf i amryw barthau o Sir Forganwg a'i chyffiniau pethau na buont yn argraffedig o'r blaen, eithr wedi eu clywed o eneuau yr hen bobl ag oedd yn fyw yn yr amser hyny, ac wedi eu hysgrifenu er mwyn eu cadw mewn coffadwriaeth, ar ddymuniad rhai Brodyr , Swansea, 1838 , 1838 , 7, 22;
  • E. Morgan , Home Light, or, Brief memoirs and letters of the Rev. R. Bassett, Vicar of Colwinstone, and E. Bassett, Esq., Glamorganshire , 1860 , 70;
  • Methodistiaeth Cymru , 1851–6 , iii, 20;
  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , ii, 227;
  • Y Tadau Methodistaidd , 1895 , i, 232-3.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959