JOHNS, DAVID (1796 - 1843), for seventeen years one of the London Missionary Society missionaries in Madagascar

Name: David Johns
Date of birth: 1796
Date of death: 1843
Spouse: Mary Johns (née Thomas)
Parent: John Jones
Gender: Male
Occupation: one of the London Missionary Society missionaries in Madagascar
Area of activity: Religion
Author: Evan Lewis Evans

Son of John Jones of Llain, Llanina, Cardiganshire. He was a member of the Independent church at Penrhiwgaled. After being trained at Neuadd-lwyd Academy, Newtown Academy, and at Gosport, he was ordained to the mission field, 16 February 1826. He married Mary, daughter of William Thomas (1749 - 1809), Independent minister at Bala. He took out to Madagascar a printing press and spinning-jenny and co-operated with David Griffiths and David Jones in founding over twenty-five schools with a total attendance of over 2,000. Working ceaselessly in the face of bitter persecution, he helped to translate the Bible; he also translated the Pilgrim's Progress into Malagasy, brought out a Malagasy-English dictionary, and edited a number of books. He wrote, jointly with Freeman, A Narrative of the Persecutions of the Christians in Madagascar, a summary of which was also published in Welsh.

He suffered terrible hardship when Christianity was being rooted out of the island. When he was compelled to leave Madagascar he continued to give support to the persecuted Christians and maintained contact with them. After a short period of furlough in 1839 he returned to the island, where he died 6 August 1843.


Published date: 1959

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