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JONES , REES CRIBIN ( 1841 - 1927 ), Unitarian minister and teacher ;

b. at Talgarreg Mill, Cardiganshire , 9 Sept. 1841 , one of four children. David Jones , his father, was from Rhandir , Talgarreg , and his mother was from Caer-foel , Ystrad . At one time a shepherd , he was educated at Dewi Hefin 's school, Cribyn , John Davies 's school at the Three Horse Shoes , Cribyn , Pont-siân school ( 1860-63 ), and the Presbyterian College , Carmarthen ( 1863-67 ). He conducted services occasionally at Cefncoedycymer Unitarian church and he was minister of the churches at Bridgend and Betws ( 1867-68 ), Cribyn ( 1869-76 ), Caeronnen ( 1871-1915 ), Ty'nrheol and Brondeifi ( 1874-1915 ) - the last three churches in the Lampeter district. During the period of his ministry ( 1867-1915 ) he was instrumental in founding the church at Ty'nrheol ( 1874 ) and building the chapel there and at Brondeifi ( 1876 ), together with a house and a schoolroom. He prepared eight young men for the ministry: J. Hathren Davies , D.J. Williams , T.J. Jenkins , E.O. Jenkins , D. Rhoslwyn Davies , J. Carrara Davies , J.E. Jones , D. Cellan Davies . Until 1879 he ran a school as well as ministering at Newton Nottage , at Cribyn and at Lampeter . He was a ‘public figure’ at Lampeter , serving as a member of the Local Board , School Board and the Board of Guardians . He was interested in spiritualism . Watcyn Samuel Jones ( 1877 - 1964 , see above) was a child of his first marriage to Mari Jones ( 10 Jan. 1873 ). She died on 11 Mar. 1898 . His second wife, Mary Ann , died on 8 Feb. 1945 and he himself died on 11 Aug 1927 . His son dedicated his book, Helyntion hen bregethwr a'i gyfoedion , 1940 , to his stepmother.

Sources:

  • W. S. Jones , Helyntion hen bregethwr a'i gyfoedion , Llandysul, 1940 (1940) ;
  • Yr Ymofynnydd , memorial edition, Sept. 1927 ; Nov. and Dec. 1964 .

Author:

Dr David Elwyn James Davies, (1926-97), Swansea

Published date: 2001