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JENKINS , JOSEPH ( 1886 - 1962 ), minister (Meth.) and author ;

b. 4 Nov. 1886 , in Tynewydd , Pontrhydygroes, Cards. , his father being a cousin of Joseph Jenkins ( 1861 - 1929 ( recte 1859 - 1929 ); DWB , 436) who was also a minister . He was educated in Ysbyty Ystwyth school and started work at the age of 13 in one of the local lead mines . He had a further period of education in Gwynfryn School , Ammanford , before going as a lay agent on the Llandeilo circuit. After being accepted as a candidate for the ministry, spending a year at Aberaeron , and going to Handsworth College , Birmingham , he served on the following circuits: Lampeter , Llandeilo , Machynlleth (twice), Tredegar , Aberystwyth , Beaumaris , Caernarfon , Pwllheli , Blaenau Ffestiniog . He became a supernumerary in 1959 . Between 1926 and 1952 he published 14 story books for children, e.g. Robin y pysgotwr , Straeon athro , which were very popular, and also five plays, some of which were in great demand, such as Dal y lleidr . He published a textbook Hanes yr Efengylau in 1931 and edited Y Winllan , 1948-53 . He was Moderator of the Welsh Assembly 1951 and an honorary member of the Gorsedd of Bards . He received the Sir O.M. Edwards Memorial Prize in 1947 for his contribution to literature; much of his work appeared in periodicals. He m. Mary Catherine Williams , Dafen , and they had a son and daughter. He d. 21 Apr. 1962 .

Sources:

  • The Minutes of the Annual Conference Methodist Church , 1962 , 213;
  • [ Mairwen and Gwynn Jones , Dewiniaid Difyr llenorion plant Cymru hyd tua 1950 , Llandysul, 1983 ( 1983 )].

Author:

Gwilym Richard Tilsley, (1911-97), Prestatyn

Published date: 2001