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HUGHES , JOHN EDWARD ( 1879 - 1959 ), minister (Presb.) and author ; b. 8 Jun. 1879 at Y Gronglwyd , Cerrigydrudion, Denbs. , son of John and Jane Hughes . He was educated in the village school, Bala grammar school , University College of Wales , Aberystwyth (where he graduated B.A. ), and Bala Theological College (where he graduated in theology). His co-digger at Aberystwyth was his second cousin, R.T. Jenkins (see below) , later his brother-in-law. He began to preach in 1899 , and was ord. in 1907 . He was minister at Engedi , Ffestiniog ( 1906-12 ), and at Horeb , Brynsiencyn and Preswylfa , Llanddaniel , Anglesey ( 1913 ). He m. (1), 1907 , Ada Davies , Aberystwyth , who d. within a few yrs.; (2), 1920 , Mary Jones of Porth Amlwch ; there was one son of the first marriage, and three sons of the second marriage. He d. 10 Apr. 1959 at Anfield Hospital , Liverpool , and his remains were buried in Llanidan churchyard.

J.E. Hughes was a discerning theologian . His articles on the person of Christ in Y Drysorfa drew the attention of Dr. John Williams , Brynsiencyn ( 1854 - 1921 ; DWB , 1056) , who persuaded Brynsiencyn church to extend a call to him. In addition to writing for the Traethodydd , Y Drysorfa , and Goleuad , he published a commentary on the Gospel according to St. Mathew in two volumes ( 1937-38 ). He also edited Hanes dechreuad a chynnydd Methodistiaeth ym Mrynsiencyn ( 1924 ). He was a powerful and substantial preacher . He strove to serve his denomination in many spheres, and was Moderator of the Association in the North in 1957 .

Bibliography:

  • H. Ellis , Hanes Methodistiaeth Gorllewin Meirionydd (1891, 1899); H. Ellis (1928) , 3 (1928) , 93 and 97;
  • R. T. Jenkins , Edrych yn ôl , London, 1968 (1968) , 15;
  • Y Goleuad , 15, 22 and 29 Apr. 1959 ;
  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1960 , 267-8;
  • H. Ll. Williams (ed.), Braslun o Hanes Methodistiaeth Galfinaidd Môn 1935–70 , 1977 (1977) , 224-6;
  • information from his son, Medwyn Hughes, Llandegfan .

Author:

Rev. Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe