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OWEN , DAVID SAMUEL ( 1887 - 1959 ), minister (Presb.) ;

b. 12 Mar. 1887 at Ruthin, Denbs. , son of Samuel and Harriet Owen . He was educated in the elementary schools at Ruthin and Abergele ; Abergele county school ; University College , Bangor (where he graduated B.A. ); and Aberystwyth Theological College . He began to preach in 1905 in Bethlehem chapel , Colwyn Bay ; he was ord. in 1913 , and served as minister of Siloh , Llanelli ( 1913-15 ) before receiving a call to Jewin church , London , where he had a successful career and where he remained for the rest of his life. To his deep distress the beautiful chapel of Jewin was destroyed by bombs during World War II , and many of his church members returned to Wales ; nevertheless, he continued to labour diligently among those who remained, though he did not live to see a new place of worship built on the site of the old. In 1913 he m. Gracy Jones , Glan Conwy and they had two sons and three daughters. He d. 26 Mar. 1959 , and was buried in Bron-y-nant cemetery , Colwyn Bay .

A powerful and popular preacher , there was great demand for his services in Wales , where he served as Moderator of the North Wales Association ( 1954 ). From an early age he excelled as an elocutionist at eisteddfodau , and he adjudicated recitation competitions regularly for many years at the National Eisteddfod .

Sources:

  • Who was who? (1921) , 347;
  • Y Goleuad , 1, 8 and 22 Apr. 1959 ;
  • Y Drysorfa , Sept. 1959 ;
  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1960 , 270-1;
  • G. M. Roberts , Y ddinas gadarn. Hanes Eglwys Jewin, Llundain , London, 1974 (1974) , chapters 9-10;
  • personal acquaintance.

Author:

Rev. Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 2001