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ELLIS , JOHN GRIFFITH ( 1723/4 - 1805 ), Methodist exhorter ,

christened 2 Feb. 1723/4 at Tudweiliog (Caerns.) , converted in 1741 by Howel Harris at Towyn , Tudweiliog , when a servant with William Griffith , Cefn Amwlch (see Griffith family of Cefn Amlwch ). He represented the societies of south Caernarvonshire at an Association at Lampeter , Feb. 1748 , when he was persuaded, after opposing, to continue communicating in the Established Church , and was appointed superintendent of the societies ; as such, he reports to Howel Harris from Penllech , 20 April 1748 , but in a P.S. it is said that he would not be at the Carmarthen Association in May following — a hint of something gone wrong. Ellis is conjectured to have been disciplined by Harris in July 1749 . But he was present with William Griffith of Cefn Amwlch at Garth , Brecknock , in Nov. 1748 , and preached , so William Jones , Trefollwyn ( 1718 - 1773? ) (q.v.) , writes, every evening. Siarl Marc (q.v.) was the superintendent of south Caernarvonshire societies in 1750 ; Ellis , therefore, may well have been the man turned out by Harris in 1749 . But he was exhorting again in 1751 , as Thomas William of Eglwys Ilan ( 1717 - 1765 ) (q.v.) reports to Harris ; he was also one of the trustees of Tŷ Mawr chapel , appointed in 1752 ; it is also reported that he preached at the first Association in Caernarvonshire , held at Clynnog , before 1769 . He fell away later for many years owing to drink, but overcame that weakness and is found preaching again at Caergeiliog in 1788 and 1796 , and in Liverpool in 1799 , and in 1800 , with Thomas Charles , Thomas Jones , Denbigh , and Richard Lloyd , Beaumaris (qq.v.). John Elias , in his first society-meeting in 1793 at Hendre Howel , Penmorfa , mentions John Griffith Ellis as having been present. He was a man of undoubted ability and is so described by men who knew him, such as Robert Jones of Rhos-lan . His lapse was at the time a most serious blow to Methodism in North Wales . He d. in 1805 (buried at Nefyn , 19 Sept. ).

Sources:

  • Accounts of Caergeiliog Methodist Society (N.L.W.);
  • Biography of J. Elias, 15;
  • R. Bennett , Methodistiaeth Trefaldwyn Uchaf, 1738–1852 , 1929 , 129, 154, 172/3;
  • Y Drysorfa , 1837 , 153;
  • W. Hobley , Hanes Methodistiaeth Arfon , i, 74;
  • Hughes , Methodistiaeth Cymru , 1851–6 , i, 103; ii, 136;
  • Robert Jones (Rhoslan) , Drych yr Amseroedd (2nd ed.), 71, 186;
  • Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , vi, 18; xi, 81; xxvi, 450-476; xxxiii, 31-38; xxxiv, 2-6;
  • Y Tadau Methodistaidd , 1895 , i, 116;
  • W. Griffith , John Griffith Ellis, 1723-1805; Pennod yn hanes Methodistiaeth Fore Llyn , Caernarfon, 1957 , Caernarvon, 1957 .

Author:

Rev. William Griffith, M.A., (1916-72), Brynsiencyn / Rhyl

Published date: 1959