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THOMAS , STAFFORD HENRY MORGAN ( 1896 - 1968 ), minister (Presb.) and poet .

Born at Glenview , Melin Ifan Ddu, Glam. , 13 July 1896 , son of Morgan and Margaret Thomas . His parents moved to Porthmadog and he commenced preaching at Tabernacl church . During World War I he was imprisoned as a conscientious objector . He was educated at Porth grammar school , University College , Cardiff (where he graduated), and Bala College . He was ordained in 1923 and served his ministry at Melingryddan , Neath ( 1923-26 ); Nazareth , Aberdare ( 1926-27 ); Holywell and Bagillt ( 1927-32 ); Maenan , Penmaen-mawr ( 1932-65 , with Gatws , Bangor , 1956-65 ). In 1926 he married Blodwen Griffith , Llanfair Talhaearn , and they had a daughter. He d. 6 Dec. 1968 .

He contributed much, in prose and in verse, to Y Goleuad and Y Drysorfa . He won prizes at the National Eisteddfod for elegies to T. Gwynn Jones ( 1950 ) and Prosser Rhys ( 1952 ), and for a cywydd , ‘ Morgannwg ’, in 1956 .

Sources:

  • Who's who in the Free Churches? (1951) , , 355;
  • Y Goleuad , 11 Dec. 1968 and 29 Jan. 1969 ;
  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1970 , 289-90;
  • information from his daughter, Beryl S. Williams, Bangor .

Author:

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

Published date: 2001