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WILLIAM , THOMAS ( 1717 - 1765 ), Methodist exhorter and later Independent minister ;

b. 1717 , son of the miller of Corrwg mill , Eglwysilan, Glam. He came to religion under the ministry of Howel Harris , c. 1738 . He was a schoolmaster in the circulating schools , began to exhort among the Methodists , and in 1743 was appointed superintendent of the societies in Glamorgan . He was one of those who, in 1745 , conveyed the message concerning the ordination of exhorters to the Association; he and his friend, William Edwards ( 1719 - 1789 ) (q.v.) , were given some kind of ordination by the Groes-wen society . He kept up his connection with Methodism , and was Howel Harris 's right hand man in the early years of the split between him and Daniel Rowland . In 1752 he was expelled from Harris 's party and he and the Groes-wen society seceded and joined the Independents . He d. while he was on a preaching tour in the Rhondda valley , 16 Dec. 1765 , and was buried in Cymer churchyard.

Sources:

  • Y Tadau Methodistaidd , 1895 , i, 228;
  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , ii, 375-80;
  • T. Thomas , Hanes Ymneilltuaeth Gynnar yn y Watford , 12;
  • Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , iv, 41; vi, 14; xxi, 109;
  • R. Bennett , Methodistiaeth Trefaldwyn Uchaf, 1738–1852 , 1929 , 217;
  • Cardiff Manuscripts 4877.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959