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JONES , JOHN MATHER ( 1826 - 1874 ), Utica, U.S.A. , proprietor of Y Drych ;

b. 9 June 1826 , at Bangor, Caerns. He emigrated to U.S.A. in 1849 and made his home in Utica , New York . He bought Y Drych in 1865 from John William Jones who thereafter became editor of the paper, being assisted by Thomas B. Morris (‘ Gwyneddfardd ’). In 1866 John Mather Jones published a Welsh book on the history of the Civil War , which had been written by the two editors of Y Drych at his request. After the Civil War he founded a Welsh town , New Cambria , in Missouri , and in 1869 , with James A. Whitaker , he bought an extensive tract of land in Osage , Kansas , where he founded another town , Arvonia . He was an enthusiastic opponent of slavery , and politically was a republican . He d. 21 Dec. 1874 in Utica .

Sources:

  • NLW MS 9262;
  • Notable Welshmen (1700–1900) , 1908 ;
  • Y Drych newyddiadur cenedlaethol Cymry America , 24 Dec. 1874 .

Author:

Nansi Ceridwen Jones, Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001