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JONES , WILLIAM ( 1762 - 1846 ). Scotch-Baptist minister, editor, and author ; b. 17 June 1762 , at Parkside , Gresford , son of William and Mary Jones ; he spent his early youth at Poulton . He moved to Chester in 1780 and was baptized there by Archibald McLean . In 1793 he opened a bookshop at Liverpool , and was appointed elder of the new church formed there by McLean and J. R. Jones ‘of Ramoth ’ (q.v.) , around 1798-9 . Finally, in 1812 , he became minister of Windmill Street church , Finsbury , and remained there until his death on 21 Jan. 1846 . He m. Elizabeth Crane , member of a Baptist family at Chester . His literary work was intended primarily to support the Scotch-Baptist cause. He founded The Theological Repository in 1800 , The Christian Advocate in 1809 , The Baptist Miscellany and Particular Baptist Magazine in 1827 , and The Millennial Harbinger (the result of his correspondence with Alexander Campbell ) in 1835 . He was editor of The New Evangelical Magazine , 1815-24 , and The New Baptist Magazine , 1825 , and published a number of books including The History of the Waldenses , 1811 ; A Dictionary of Religious Opinions , 1815 ; The Biblical Cyclopaedia , 1816 ; Christian Biography , 1829 ; and Autobiography (ed. by his son), 1846 .

Bibliography:

  • Autobiography of the late William Jones, M.A. , London, 1846 , 1846 ;
  • J. Idwal Jones , William Jones, A Memoir , 1946 , 1946 ;
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • British Museum. Catalogue of Printed Books , 1882 ;
  • D. Williams , Cofiant J. R. Jones, Ramoth yn cynnwys casgliad helaeth o'i lythyrau , Carmarthen, 1913 ;
  • Trafodion Cymdeithas Hanes Bedyddwyr Cymru , 1940 .

Author:

John Idwal Jones, A.S., Ponciau, Wrexham