From this time on he was George Fox 's disciple and the apostle of the Quakers in Wales . He established his first ‘church’ at Pen-y-cefn , and immediately began to evangelise in Wrexham , journeying thence along the Marches to the south — to Monmouthshire and Glamorgan where he was more than once thrown into prison. In 1657 , accompanied this time by Fox , he made a similar tour to North Wales , proceeding by way of Carmarthen , Aberystwyth , Machynlleth , Dolgelley , and Caernarvon . In the course of these tours, and of others which followed, he slowly gained ground, especially in Monmouth , Montgomery , and Merioneth , and acquired disciples of some distinction such as Richard Davies (q.v.) of Cloddiau Cochion and the Lloyd s of Dolobran (qq.v.). From 1667 on, he was organizing and consolidating the movement, establishing monthly meetings, half-yearly meetings, and, in 1682 , a yearly meeting. By 1686 the Quakers had begun to infiltrate into Anglesey — ‘ truth hath got some entrance into Anglesey .’ But, so severe was the persecution, that from 1681 on some hundreds of the Welsh Quakers fled to Pennsylvania , thus seriously weakening the movement in Wales . He was faithful to the end. His wife, Katrin , had d. in 1695 , and he went to live with his daughter, the wife of John Mellor , near Stafford , where he d. ‘on the 16th day of the ninth month,’ 1697 .
William Ambrose Bebb, M.A., (1895-1955), Bangor
Published date: 2001