He began taking an interest, it appears, in the history of his denomination when he was about fifty years old. For the 30 years following the publication in Seren Gomer ( 1934-35 ) of a histo ry of the Baptists at Landore , he wrote articles regularly for Seren Cymru , Trafodion Cymd. Hanes y Bedyddwyr , and Seren Gomer , and supplied a chronicle of church events regularly to the latter periodical from 1954 until he had a stroke in 1966 . He also contributed to The Dictionary of Welsh Biography . He won prizes both for his work on Baptist social leaders in Wales and for his voluminous essay on the life and work of James Spinther James ( NLW MS 12603 D ). He was commissioned to write a history of the Baptist College during its term at Llangollen and Bangor ; and biographies of Welshmen who were trained at Bristol Baptist College . He published A Brief History of the Baptists in Wales ( 1956 ), and Penodau yn hanes y Bedyddwyr Cymreig, 1649-1949 ( 1949 ), which is a valuable, reliable sourcebook on the history of his denomination. Histories of about 50 churches were written or edited by him, including a dozen or more standard works such as Hanes Seion, Treforus, 1845-1945 , and the last one which he wrote, namely the history of Noddfa , Treorchy , where he was a member.
He m. (1), in 1910 , Bessie Gwen Morris (d. 6 March 1960 ), Treorchy ; and (2), 1961 , Annie Lydia Williams , the widow of David Pryse Williams , minister (B) , Treherbert (see below) . He d. 22 Oct. 1967 at his home, Y Wenallt , 14 Bute St. , Treherbert .
Dr Mary Auronwy James, Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001