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WILLIAMS , JOHN ( 1768 - 1825 ), Baptist minister in Wales and the U.S.A. ;

b. 8 March 1768 at Plas Llecheiddior , near Dolbenmaen, Caerns. He moved when quite young to a house called Rhwng-y-ddwyryd , Dolbenmaen . Although brought up as an Anglican he refused his family's offer of a course of education in the classics but chose instead to enter a business at Caernarvon . He was converted when he heard a sermon given by David Morris (q.v.) , Twr-gwyn , Calvinistic Methodist exhorter . In 1787 he joined the Congregational church of which the minister was Dr. George Lewis (q.v.) , who persuaded him to start preaching . In 1791 , however, he accepted baptism by immersion and joined Horeb Baptist church , Dolbenmaen , shortly afterwards he became its pastor . He travelled widely throughout Wales and became a personal friend of Christmas Evans (q.v.) . Under the influence of the unrest caused by the French Revolution he emigrated, with several other persons, to the U.S.A . He reached New York on 25 July 1795 , and although he knew very little English when he landed he was appointed pastor of an English church in Oliver Street in that city in Aug. 1798 ; he continued to minister to the church until he d. on 22 May 1825 .

Sources:

  • Sketch of the Reverend John Williams , 1850 , 1850 ;
  • D. Williams , Cofiant J. R. Jones, Ramoth yn cynnwys casgliad helaeth o'i lythyrau , Carmarthen, 1913 , 192-203;
  • [ Y Cymmrodor , xlv, 139, 153].

Author:

Robert (Bob) Owen, O.B.E., M.A., (1885-1962), Croesor

Published date: 1959