At a Quarterly Meeting in the Holywell circuit a complaint was brought against him for ‘inclining towards Papacy and although he firmly denied the accusation, the complaint was not without some credence for soon afterwards he joined first the Anglican Church before transferring his membership to the Catholic Church . Thereafter he was urder the supervision of a Jesuit priest at Holywell , followed by a term at a college in France , before being appointed as missioner for his ‘fellow countrymen in Wales ’, being the first Welsh missioner so to be appointed from among the Catholic priests . In 1847 he was at Abergele ministering to the Irish labourers constructing the railway from Chester to Bangor . There followed a term of ministry at Wrexham and Mold (living at Wrexham ) and, in 1851 , at Brecon where he was involved with the building of a new church . Later he ministered at Bangor , and was ‘ almost worshipped by the Irishmen ’ who were working on the railway extension to Holyhead . There followed a term at Dukinfield, Cheshire , ( 1860-1863 ), a year at Holyhead , then at Pant Asaph , and at Seacombe , before his last posting to Welshpool in 1870 . He d. at Welshpool , 2 Dec. 1871 and was buried at Pant Asaph . An obituary was printed in The Tablet , 23 Dec. 1871 . In his will (under the name of James Jones ) there is reference to brothers William and Robert and sisters Mary and Sarah . He left money to the Catholic orphanage at Flint (? Holywell ) and to the Catholic Clergy Fund , diocese of Shrewsbury .
Rev. Eric Edwards, Wrexham
Published date: 2001