Born in 1839 at Caernarvon, one of the eight children of Owen and Mary Thomas. He was apprenticed to the well-known Caernarvon printer, Hugh Humphreys, and afterwards worked in printing offices at Pwllheli and in South Wales. At Cardiff, while working there, he offered himself for the Wesleyan ministry - at first, for the foreign mission-field, but was rejected on medical grounds; he was accepted for home service, and was stationed, in 1862, at Tre'rddôl in the Aberystwyth circuit. He seems to have been but an indifferent preacher, but a hard-working pastor, and a most energetic chapel builder - when on the Llanidloes circuit, he set up as many as five new chapels. His last circuit was at Ulverston, where he died 1 May 1888.
His claim to inclusion in the present work is his great activity - following the example of his former master, Hugh Humphreys (to whose magazine, Golud yr Oes, 1862-4, he was a contributor) - in the production of popular books. Three especially of these may be mentioned: Llyfr Pawb ar Bob Peth (n. d.); Hynodion Hen Bregethwyr Cymru (1872); and Grammadeg Areithyddiaeth (1873); these three had a wide sale. Thomas also contributed to the periodicals of his connexion, Yr Eurgrawn and Y Winllan, and served a term as editor of the latter.
Published date: 1959
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