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JONES , DAVID GWYNFRYN ( 1867 - 1954 ), minister (Meth.) ;

b. in Bryn-crug, Mer. 1 Nov. 1867 . When he was seven, the family moved to Treorchy , but they returned to Bryn-crug two years later and he received a little education in the Board School there. At 12 he went to work in the colliery , but he sought more education in a private school in the Rhondda and later in a preparatory school in Cardiff . In 1890 he went to Dinas Mawddwy as a lay agent . After being received into the ministry in 1894 and appointed to Ashton-in-Makerfield , he served in the circuits at Ffynnongroyw ( 1897 ), Llangefni ( 1898 ), Bangor ( 1901 ), and Chester ( 1902 ). In 1904 his health broke down and he went to South Africa to seek a cure, becoming the minister of the non-denominational church in Cape Town . On his return he went to the circuits in Llandudno ( 1905 ), and Barmouth ( 1909 ), but became a supernumary for a year in 1911 because of ill-health, and in 1912 he moved to Flint Mountain where he lived for the rest of his life as a minister without charge . He was appointed editor of Y Gwyliedydd Newydd and remained in that post until 1940 . He was the President of the Conference in 1924 . From 1928 to 1934 , he was the secretary of the first North Wales Province , and Moderator from 1934 to 1938 . He was also secretary of the Bookroom for a while. He was in the first rank of the preach- ers of his time. In 1938 he became a supernumary and the Conference presented him with a testimonial. He held many other posts: editor of Y Winllan , secretary of the North Wales Free Church Council , a magistrate , a member of Flint county council , president of the North Wales Socialist Alliance , parliamentary candidate for Flintshire in 1922 and 1924 . He was co-author of Cofiant Glanystwyth , and he edited Odlau Moliant for the Welsh church in Cape Town . He lectured widely and contributed regularly to Welsh periodicals . He m. Christiana Lloyd , and they had two sons. He d. on Dec. 18, 1954 .


  • Minutes of the Wesleyan Conference' , 1955 ;
  • personal knowledge.


Gwilym Richard Tilsley, (1911-97), Prestatyn

Published date: 2001