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DAVIES , ROBERT ( 1790 - 1841 ), Calvinistic Methodist elder , etc.

The youngest son of David Davies , skinner , and Jonett , daughter of Robert Jones , Aberllefenni, Mer. , Robert Davies was b. at Machynlleth and migrated to Aberystwyth . With his cousin, Owen Jones ( 1787 - 1828 ) , he was one of the founders of the Sunday school at Trefechan , Aberystwyth , in connection with Tabernacle chapel , and its permanent superintendent. It was at his house in Great Darkgate Street , Aberystwyth , that the ‘ Confession of Faith of the Calvinistic Methodist Connexion ’ was drawn up in March 1823 . He m. 8 June 1825 at S. Peter's church , Carmarthen , Eliza , daughter of David Charles I . He d. 17 May 1841 , and was buried at Aberystwyth .

Of his sons, the youngest, ROBERT JOSEPH DAVIES ( 1839 - 1892 ), freeholder , b. 2 Aug. 1839 at Llanbadarn Fawr , was educated at University College , London , and the Royal Agricultural College , Cirencester . He m. ( 1863 ), Frances , daughter of David Humphreys , Llandyfaelog, Carms. , and great-grand-daughter of Peter Williams , and spent the rest of his life at Cwrt Mawr , Llangeitho, Cards. He was appointed a J.P. ( Cardiganshire ) in 1870 , and treasurer of the General Assembly of the Calvinistic Methodists in 1873 ; he devoted much of his time to the voluntary service of his connexion. He d. 6 May 1892 , and was buried at Llangeitho . Of his children, the eldest, SARA MARIA ( 1864 - 1939 ), m. J. M. Saunders , and published a number of short sketches depicting Welsh religious and social life; DAVID CHARLES ( 1866 - 1928 ) became director of the Field Natural History Museum , Chicago ; John Humphreys is separately noticed; ANNIE JANE ( 1873 - 1942 ) m. (1) Thomas Edward Ellis and (2) the Rev. Peter Hughes Griffiths ; WALTER ERNEST LLEWELLYN ( 1874 - 1941 ) was a physician ; and ELIZA (Lily) ( 1876 - 1939 ) m. J. E. Hughes ( 1865 - 1932 ) .

Sources:

  • Methodistiaeth Cymru (1851–6) ;
  • Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , March 1941 ;
  • Aberystwyth darlithiau (Dolgellau, 1914) , a lecture by Evan Evans , n.d.;
  • personal knowledge.

Author:

Thomas Iorwerth Ellis, M.A., (1899-1970), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959