JONES, WILLIAM JENKYN (1852 - 1925), Calvinistic Methodist missionary for forty-two years in Brittany

Name: William Jenkyn Jones
Date of birth: 1852
Date of death: 1925
Spouse: Fanny Jones (née Wilhelm)
Gender: Male
Occupation: Calvinistic Methodist missionary
Area of activity: Religion
Author: Evan Lewis Evans

Born 29 March 1852 at New Quay, Cardiganshire. He was educated at Bangor Normal College and at University College, Aberystwyth, and became a schoolmaster at Ystradgynlais. Ordained (1882) for the Brittany mission-field, he worked for forty years from the Quimper centre, the capital of Finisterre and a Roman Catholic stronghold; facing insuperable odds he exerted great influence, distributing the Scriptures and religious tracts. He was helped for a period by his brother, Evan Jones. He published a Breton hymnary, Telen ar Cristen and with Professor le Braz translated Genesis into Breton. He was elected a member of the Société Archéologique. He married Fanny Wilhelm. In 1922 he was given the degree of M.A., Wales (honoris causa). He died 10 February 1925.


Published date: 1959

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