Nothing is known of his beginnings, but in 1732 or 1733 he became a member of Pen-y-garn congregation, under Miles Harry. In 1736, he went to Bristol Academy; he was one of six Welshmen there, another being Caleb Evans (see under Hugh Evans, 1712 - 1781). He returned to serve as a lay preacher at Pen-y-garn; and about 1740 was ordained to assist Harry, with special charge of the cause at Usk; but he was not a man of popular gifts. In 1743, we find him assistant at Llanwenarth.
In 1745, he became pastor of the historic church of Olchon, and also of Capel-y-ffin, which is twenty miles distant from Olchon. He laboured in these two places in dire poverty and ill health; ‘for more than fifty years he frequently appeared like a dying man.’ He died 14 June 1793 ‘aged about 85’; he was buried at Trosnant.
Published date: 1959
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