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JONES , EVAN KENFFIG ( 1863 - 1950 ), minister (B), social and educational reformer ;

b. at Bryn Du , Kenfig Hill, Glam. , 20 May 1863 ; student at the Pontypool Baptist College and University College Cardiff ; he was ordained at Merthyr Vale in 1889 , moved to Brymbo in 1891 and to Cefnmawr in 1913 ; retired in 1934 . He was a zealous, uncompromising Baptist ; he was secretary of the Denbigh, Flint, and Merioneth Association for years, and its president twice; president of the Baptist Union of Wales in 1928 ; president of the Baptist Missionary Society in 1934 ; he was the outstanding authority on the Circular Letters of the Welsh Associations ( Llythyrau Cymanfa ), as witnessed by his substantial contribution to Traf. Cymd. Hanes Bed. in 1922 . In addition to all this he was one of the most active personalities in the public life of north Wales , alert, vigorous, full of enthusiasm. He was a member of the sometime Wrexham Board of Guardians , and a prominent member of the Denbighshire Education Committee ; (in 1933 he published a valuable book on the history of the schools in the Cefnmawr district). He was an eager advocate of temperance , not only as a leader in the North Wales Temperance Union but as a persuasive pleader at Brewster Sessions (‘ Your Mr Jones is worth twenty of our men ’, said a prominent brewer to one of the temperance supporters). He was a sincere pacifist , and boldly carried his beliefs to the military tribunals and wrote numerous pamphlets in Welsh for Cymdeithas Heddwch Cymru . His chief literary works, apart from a number of articles in newspapers and periodicals, were The Baptists of Wales and Ministerial Education ( 1902 ), Y Beibl a Dirwest ( 1906 ), A Short Sketch of the History of the Baptist Church of Llanidloes ( 1908 ), Hanes Cymdeithas Genhadol y Bedyddwyr ( 1944 ); in 1941 he brought out Hanes Eglwys Annibynnol Brymbo (Harwt a Bryn Seion) . In 1937 he received the degree of D.D. honoris causa from the University of Wales . He d. on 18 July, 1950 .

Sources:

  • Seren Cymru , 18 August 1950 (memorial issue); Oct 26, 1956 .

Author:

Thomas Richards, D.Litt., (1878-1962), Bangor

Published date: 2001