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JONES , DANIEL ( 1811 - 1861 ), Mormon missionary ;

b. 4 Aug. 1811 , the son of Thomas and Ruth Jones , Tan-yr-ogof , Abergele . His eldest brother, John Jones ( 1801 - 1856 ) (q.v.) , was celebrated as an anti-Baptist controversialist . After emigrating to America , Daniel Jones became a convert to Mormonism through conveying believers on a river boat of which he was in charge. Jones was with the prophet Joseph Smith on the night of 26 June 1844 , when he was assassinated . Next year Jones came to Wales as a missionary . He made Merthyr Tydfil his centre, publishing there a monthly periodical, Prophwyd y Jubili . He sailed from Liverpool on 26 Feb. 1849 , with 249 Welsh converts, and shepherded them across the plains to Salt Lake City in twenty-five covered wagons. In Aug. 1852 , he returned on a second mission, and in 1856 took another 703 Welsh saints to Salt Lake City . The remainder of his life he spent as skipper of a boat on the Great Salt Lake . He d. on 3 Jan. 1861 , and was survived by three wives and six children.

Sources:

  • Latter Day Saints Biographical Encyclopedia. A Compilation of Biographical Sketches of Prominent Men and Women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Salt Lake City, 1901-36) ;
  • Wendell J. Ashton , Theirs is the Kingdom (Salt Lake City, 1945) (Salt Lake City, 1945 );
  • David Williams , ‘The Welsh Mormons’ in The Welsh Review , 1948 .

Author:

Emeritus Professor David Williams, D.Litt., (1900-78), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959