He was a member of the Cefnarthen church, Carmarthenshire and was probably educated at Rhys Prydderch of Ystradwallter's academy. He was ordained minister of the churches of Cefnarthen and Cwm-y-glo, Merthyr Tydfil, in 1698. He was an Arminian and his tenets caused trouble between him and the Calvinistic element in the churches. After his time, the churches were, in fact, rent asunder (see Davies, James, died 1760). He died 25 May 1730 at the age of 63, and John and David Williams were ordained ministers of Cefnarthen. John is known to have been his son and David probably belonged to the same family. The Williamses were a powerful clan in Cefnarthen, and other members of the family were Morgan Williams of Ty'n-coed, the able secretary of the church and one of the most prominent Dissenting laymen in Carmarthenshire, and William Williams of Tredwstan (Brecknock), his brother; and John Williams of Cefn-coed, father of William Williams of Pantycelyn.
Published date: 1959
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