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DAVIES , JENKIN ( 1798 - 1842 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister ;

b. at Tir-gwyn near Pensarn, Cards. , 24 June 1798 , son of Evan Davies , an exhorter who had been among the foremost advocates of the ordination of 1811 . The son was educated at schools at Llwyn Dafydd , Cardigan , and New Quay ; and then took the farm of Synod Uchaf . In 1825 he began preaching ; this was the year in which his spiritual father Ebenezer Morris ( 1769 - 1825 ) (q.v.) d., and the young preacher became in practice overseer of the Methodist societies around Tŵrgwyn . In 1833 (at Cardigan ) he was ordained, gave up his farm, and settled at Maelon Uchaf near Tŵrgwyn . Thus he became in effect pastor of Tŵrgwyn , though at that period the Calvinistic Methodists had no official ‘pastorates.’ His importance in the history of south Cardiganshire Methodism cannot be measured by this meagre record of his life; he was a remarkable preacher , acceptable in all parts of Wales and London ; and such men as Henry Rees and Lewis Edwards (qq.v.) held him in very high esteem. He d. 10 Aug. 1842 . There is a short biography of him by Abel Green and J. Hugh Jones ( Newcastle Emlyn , 1845 ). He was m. and had a family.


  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , i, 126.


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959