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JONES , DAVID OWEN ( 1856 - 1903 ), Wesleyan minister and author ;

b. 18 Feb. 1856 , at Penmachno , son of Owen and Jane Jones . His father, a stone-mason by trade, became a member of a firm of contractors and was able to give his son a good education for that period, at the Llanrwst grammar school and Grove Park , Wrexham . Later, D. O. Jones went as a junior clerk to the N. and S.W. Bank in Liverpool , and on being promoted was transferred to the Newtown branch. In the absence of a Wesleyan church there he joined the Congregationalists . Although reputed to have written sermons at 15 years of age, it was while at Newtown that he started to preach , and with the Congregationalists to begin with, when he was 18. Later, he returned to Wesleyanism . He left his position at the bank in 1874 to minister to the church at Borth, Cards. His probationary period was spent in the Llanfyllin , Llanfaircaereinion , and Bangor circuits, and ended in 1879 ( 1875 in Asaph ) when he was ordained. During that same year he m. Jane Jones , eldest daughter of John P. Jones , Llanfairfechan . His ministerial career was as follows: Caerwys ( 1879 ); Penmachno ( 1880 ); Bethesda ( 1883 ); Birkenhead ( 1885 ); Manchester ( 1888 ); Liverpool ( 1891 ); Llanrhaeadrym-Mochnant ( 1894 ); Manchester ( 1897 ); Liverpool ( 1899 ); Manchester ( 1902 ), and fifteen years of his ministry were spent in two circuits. An accomplished writer , he contributed articles to the denominational periodicals, and published a commentary on S. Mark's Gospel in 1902 . A very pleasing personality, he was considered one of the leading preachers of his denomination. He d. 7 Aug. 1903 and was buried at Llanfairfechan .


  • W. O. Evans (ed.), Cyfrol Goffa y Parchedig D. O. Jones yn cynwys ei gofiant a nifer o'i bregethau (Bangor, 1904) ;
  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present (1908) ;
  • Yr Eurgrawn Wesleyaidd (Dolgellau) , 1903 , 352.


Margaret Beatrice Davies, M.B.E., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959