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ABEL , JOHN ( 1770 - 1819 ), Welsh Independent minister .

Born in Llanybri, Carms. , 1770 , s. of William Abel , one of the founders of Capel Newydd in that village. It is said that he attended the Carmarthen Academy but this establishment was in Swansea at that time. In 1794 he succeeded David Davies (d. 1807 as minister of the small congregation at Capel Sul , Kidwelly and he also kept a school . John Abel was not orthodox, according to the Unitarian Wright , who visited Wales in 1816 , and ‘he was considered to be an Arian ’ who lent his chapel willingly to Wright . He d. on June 25th 1819 .

Sources:

  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , iii, 336, 471;
  • E. Pan Jones, Oriel Coleg Caerfyrddin , 1909 , 29, 246;
  • Monthly Repository , 1816 ;
  • The Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion , 1928-29 , 56.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 2001