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JONES , THOMAS ( 1777 - 1847 ), translator, schoolmaster and minister (CM) ;

b. in Llanfwrog , Anglesey , in 1777 . He was fortunate enough to receive some schooling with a cleric in his home area. He and two of his brothers, Rice Jones , Pen-clawdd, Glam. , and Robert Jones , Congl. minister , Corwen, Mer. , were preachers . In 1803 he and his wife, Margaret , moved to Ty'nyrefail , Llanynghenedl , Anglesey , where they had at least 8 children. He was elected an elder in Caergeiliog and began preaching with the Methodists in 1808 . By 1816 he had moved to Penyrallt , Bodedern , and then to Llain-llwyd , Amlwch , where he died. He kept a school in Amlwch and published there a book on arithmetic, Rhifiadur ( 1827 ); he succeeded David Griffiths as master of the Nonconformists' school . During the last 20 years of his life he translated a number of English books , including some science volumes, for the monoglot Welsh reader. He published Yr anianydd Cristionogol ( Thomas Dick , 1842 ), Traethawd ar Ddaearyddiaeth ( 1844 ) and theological works, e.g. Scot ar y prophwydi , and Hanes gwaith y prynedigaeth ( 1829 ). He d. 6 July 1847 aged 70, having been a preacher for 39 years. He was buried in his native parish of Llanfwrog .

Sources:

  • Y Drysorfa , 1848 ;
  • Geirlyfr Bywgraffiadol o Enwogion Cymru , 1870 ;
  • Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society and Field Club , 1964 , 39.

Author:

Melfyn Richard Williams, Llanuwchllyn

Published date: 2001