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JONES , BENJAMIN ( 1756 - 1823 ; DWB , 446).

Read Griffiths (not ‘Griffith’); see John Griffiths ( 1731 - 1811 ), DWB , 305.


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JONES , BENJAMIN ( 1756 - 1823 ), Independent minister ;

b. at Tre-cyrn-fawr , Llanwinio, Carms. , Sept. 1756 . His parents were well-to-do church-goers whose intention it was that he should take holy orders. He was given his early education by a clergyman at Llanddewi-Velfrey school, Pembs. He came under the influence of Richard Morgan of Henllan and John Griffith of Glandŵr (qq.v.) who persuaded him to become an Independent ; he joined the church at Henllan , where he began to preach at the age of 18. In 1775 he went to the Abergavenny Academy and in 1779 was ordained minister of Pencader church . In 1784 he moved to Anglesey to take charge of the churches of Rhos-y-meirch and Capel Mawr ; in 1789 he went to Pen-lan , Pwllheli .

His ministry in Anglesey gave him the opportunity of starting a number of new churches , e.g. at Talwrn , Amlwch , and Beaumaris , but after his move to Pwllheli he does not appear to have had the same interest in opening new churches in the surrounding country-side. He was considered an able theologian and a man of wise counsel. He and his family were closely connected with the schism at Llanuwchllyn in the days of Michael Jones ( 1787 - 1853 ) (q.v.) . It was under his ministry that, on Easter Sunday 1796 , at Pen-dref chapel , Llanfyllin , Ann Griffiths , the famous hymn-writer (q.v.) , was converted.

About 1805 he published Ffynhonnau Iachawdwriaeth as a counterblast to John Wesley 's essay on Election. He also published an able booklet, Athrawiaeth y Drindod mewn Tair Pregeth , to counteract the views expressed by Peter Williams (q.v.) about the Bible and particularly the Sabellianism of his book, Dirgelwch Duwioldeb , 1792 (see Cofiant John Jones, Tal-y-sarn , 302-3). He d. 17 Feb. 1823 and was buried in Pen-lan cemetery, Pwllheli .


  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , iii, 169;
  • R. T. Jenkins , Hanes Cynulleidfa Hen Gapel Llanuwchllyn (1937) , 101, 105, 112, 147, 176;
  • Cofiant y Parchedig John Jones, Talysarn (New York, 1868) , 302-3;
  • Album Aberhonddu … o'r flwyddyn 1755 hyd 1880 (1898) , 21-2.


Reverend Richard Griffith Owen, M.A., (1890-1973), Bangor

Published date: 2001