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JONES , JOHN ( Mathetes , 1821 - 1878 ), Baptist minister and littérateur ;

b. at Bancyfelin , Cilrhedyn , 16 July, 1821 , eldest child of Roger and Mary Jones , and brought up at Tan-yr-helyg , Cenarth . He went to work in a colliery at Dowlais in 1837 , and became a member of Caersalem Church in 1839 . He delivered his first sermon at Hirwaun in 1841 , and entered Haverfordwest College in Aug. 1843 , after a short course at Cardigan grammar school . He was ordained at Porth-y-rhyd , 27 May 1846 , and moved to the Temple , Newport , 1854 , Llangollen ( co-pastor with John Prichard ( 1796 - 1875 ) (q.v.) ), 1857 , Llanfachraeth ( Anglesey ), 1859 , Pyle , 1861 , Penuel , Rhymney , 1862 (with Siloam , Tafarnau-bach , 1871-1875 ), and Briton Ferry , 1877 . He d. at the latter place 18 Nov. 1878 , and was buried at Pant , Dowlais . He was m. three times and was the father of six children.

He captured several prizes for eisteddfodic essays , including an essay at Llangollen in 1858 on the mineral resources of North Wales , and contributed much to the periodical press, especially to Seren Gomer . He published Y Bedydd Cristionogol a Thaenelliad Babanod , 1863 ; and Pregeth i Fyfyrwyr Coleg Hwlffordd … 1865 , and Pregeth i Fyfyrwyr Coleg Pontypwl … 1870 ( 1871 ), but he is best remembered for his Geiriadur Beiblaidd a Duwinyddol (3 vols., 1864-9,-83 ) and his Areithfa Mathetes , 1873 . He was also co-editor of Y Greal , 1857-9 , and Yr Arweinydd , 1869-70 . A volume of his sermons has been preserved in N.L.W. (MS. 691) .

Sources:

  • D. Bowen (Myfyr Hefin), Cofiant y Parch. John Jones, 'Mathetes' (1921) , 1921 ;
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Walters , Arwydd o Barch i Ddewrion Bedyddiedig sef, y diweddar barchedigion John Jones (Mathetes), Llansawel, a Daniel Davies, D.D., Llanelli (Sirhowy, 1879) , 1879 ;
  • Watkins , Tlysau Awen sef, cyfansoddiadau John Watkins (Ioan Gwent), Rhymni, yn cynwys pryddest goffadwriaethol ar ôl Islwyn, Deigryn ar ôl Mathetes, yn nghyd ag englynion ac amryw ddarnau ereill. Rhan 1 (Rhymni, 1880) , 1880 ;
  • Seren Gomer , 1882 , 1884 , 1912 ;
  • Y Geninen , 1922 .

Author:

Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959