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JONES , DAVID STANLEY ( 1860 - 1919 ), Congregationalist minister .

Born 28 June 1860 at Pantrasol , Llanarth, Cards. , one of the four children of Abraham Jones , of the Llandysul neighbourhood, and his wife Elizabeth , who hailed from near Llangeitho . The father had to seek work in Glamorgan , and the upbringing of the children fell to the mother, on the small homestead of Tŷ-rhos . David (known as ‘ Dafi Tŷ-rhos ’) had little schooling, mostly at Talygarreg , under John Thomas , a grandson of Thomas Phillips of Neuadd-lwyd . He was received into church membership at Pisgah , Talgarreg .

Apprenticed to a tailor when not yet 12, he afterwards worked at Cwrtnewydd , and later in a shop at Lampeter , but found neither place congenial; nor did a move to Ffestiniog in North Wales prove auspicious. He returned to South Wales , settling down at Deri, Glam. ; there, towards the end of 1880 , he was encouraged to start preaching . Later, he underwent instruction at private grammar schools at Pencader, Carms. , and New Quay, Cards. He had become an acceptable preacher , but felt that his knowledge of English was defective, so he put in two years at the Western (Congregational) College , Bristol , where his English preaching improved to such an extent that he was offered the pastorate of a small church nearby. But he preferred the Welsh ministry; and after spending some time at Cardiff University College he was ordained pastor of Porth ( Rhondda ) church in Oct. 1887 ; there he m. Florence , daughter of Idris Williams , a prominent Congregationalist at Porth ; they had four children. In the summer of 1891 , he accepted a call to the churches of Bethesda and Llantysilio, Pembs. His renown as a preacher grew rapidly, and in 1895 he was called to succeed E. Herber Evans at Salem , Caernarvon . He was very successful at Caernarvon , and remained there till his death on 7 Feb. 1919 ; he was buried in Llanbeblig new cemetery .

As is customary, Stanley Jones 's published sermons give little idea of his power in the pulpit. He had become — and continued to be — one of the greatest preachers in his denomination; a preacher first and foremost, for he took little part in the councils of the denomination, and eschewed civic and political activities. He did, however, contribute articles to Y Geninen , chiefly recollections of his native countryside; and he published a selection of these under the title Myfyrion ar fin Afonydd ( 1904 ). He had a handsome presence; his delivery was deliberate; and his sunny and unassuming personality made him most attractive to his hearers in all parts of the country.


  • Ben Davies , Stanley a'i Bulpud sef Cofiant a Phregethau y Parch. David Stanley Jones, Caernarfon (Merthyr Tydfil, 1920) ;
  • personal knowledge.


Reverend Richard Griffith Owen, M.A., (1890-1973), Bangor

Published date: 1959