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JOB , JOHN THOMAS ( 1867 - 1938 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister, hymn writer, and poet .

Born 21 May 1867 at Sunny Hill , Llandebïe; Carms. , the youngest of the five children of John and Mary Job — he was also a nephew of Thomas Job , Conwil . He was educated at Llandebïe National School , Watcyn Wyn 's school at Gwynfryn ( Ammanford ), and Trevecka College , and held pastorates at Nazareth , Aberdare , 1893-8 , Carneddi , Bethesda, Caerns. , 1898-1917 , Pentour , Fishguard , 1917-38 .

He won the chair at the national eisteddfod in 1897 , 1903 , and 1918 , and the crown in 1900 ; he also won the chair at the San Francisco eisteddfod of 1915 . He contributed to Cymru (O.M.E.) , Y Geninen , etc., wrote several hymns for the Welsh C.M. hymn-book, and published a volume of his poems — Caniadau Job . He was awarded the degree of M.A. ( honoris causa ) by the University of Wales in 1932 .

He m. (1), 1894 , Etta Davies , Zenobia House , New Quay , by whom he had three children, all of whom died young, and (2), 1915 , Catherine Jones Shaw , Ty'ncelyn , Bryneglwys, Denbs. ; there were two children of the second marriage, of whom one, a son, survives.

J. T. Job died 4 Nov. 1938 .


  • Personal knowledge
  • Y Traethodydd , cxxii, 95-103.


Enaf Morrice Job, (1918-1994), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959