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WILLIAMS , JOHN ( Ioan ap Ioan ; 1800 - 1871 ), Baptist minister and author ;

b. at Trwyn-swch , Llanddoged, Denbs. , 1800 , son of John and Jane Williams . He was baptized at Llanrwst , where his mother was a member, and started to preach at the age of 25 at Cefnbychan , where he kept school . He was a student at Abergavenny , 1828-31 , and although he spent some months on probation at Penrhyn-coch , it was from Aberduar that he received his first and only ‘call.’ He was ordained 29-30 Nov. 1831 and remained there till his death, 31 Dec. 1871 . He m. at Aberduar 13 Aug. 1841 , Eleanor Hughes , daughter of D. Hughes , Glandyforiog , Llanybydder , who bore him two sons and four daughters. He was buried at Aberduar . His ministry was prosperous, the chapel at Aberduar being extended as early as 1834 , and as a preacher he became famous for his eloquence and his original sayings, but he is best remembered to-day as a poet and biographer . He published (1) Lloffyn y Prydydd , 1839 , a volume of poetry, in both strict and free metres, on Biblical, social, and local subjects and including a number of elegies; (2) Cofiant … Dafydd Saunders, Merthyr , 1842 ; (3) Cofiant y Parch. John Jones, Llandyssil , 1859 ; and (4) a biography of Benjamin Thomas , Baptist minister , Penrhiw-goch , in Seren Gomer , 1860 . His own biography by J. Davies , Llandysul , was published in 1874 .

Sources:

  • J. Davies , Cofiant John Williams (I. Ab Ioan), Aberduar , Carmarthen, 1874 , 1874 ;
  • Seren Gomer , 1840 , 341; 1841 , 286; 1860 , 97;
  • Greal y Bedyddwyr , 1827–37 , 1832 , 56;
  • Seren Cymru , 5 and 12 Jan. 1872 ;
  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Neheubarth Cymru , 1839 , 334;
  • Baptist Handbook , 1873 ;
  • Williams , Hanes Athrofeydd y Bedyddwyr yn Sir Fynwy yn nghyd â byr grybwylliad am athrofeydd Hwlffordd a Llangollen , Aberdâr, 1863 , 35;
  • Y Geninen , 1896 . 219.

Author:

Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959