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WILLIAMS , JOHN ( 1762 - 1823 ), Methodist preacher and hymn-writer ;

b. at Meidrym, Carms. After living at Llanedi for some time he went to Swansea as a milk-seller . He d. 28 Dec. 1823 . He was a powerful preacher but was somewhat heedless of the rules of the Methodist connexion . Seven of his hymns are to be found in Swp o Ffigys , etc., the hymn-book published by his neighbour, Daniel Evans of Mynydd-bach ( 1774 - 1835 , q.v.) , in 1824 . They were once popular but are no longer sung.

Sources:

  • 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 , 24;
  • W. A. Griffiths , Hanes Emynwyr Cymru , Caernarfon, 1907 , 55;
  • James Morris , Hanes Methodistiaeth Sir Gaerfyrddin , 1911 , 181.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959