JONES, THOMAS (1777 - 1847), translator, schoolmaster and minister (CM)

Name: Thomas Jones
Date of birth: 1777
Date of death: 1847
Spouse: Margaret Jones
Gender: Male
Occupation: translator, schoolmaster and minister (CM)
Area of activity: Education; Religion; Scholarship and Languages
Author: Melfyn Richard Williams

Born in Llanfwrog, Anglesey, in 1777. He was fortunate enough to receive some schooling with a cleric in his home area. He and two of his brothers, Rice Jones, Pen-clawdd, Glamorganshire, and Robert Jones, Congl. minister, Corwen, Meironnydd, were preachers. In 1803 he and his wife, Margaret, moved to Ty'nyrefail, Llanynghenedl, Anglesey, where they had at least 8 children. He was elected an elder in Caergeiliog and began preaching with the Methodists in 1808. By 1816 he had moved to Penyrallt, Bodedern, and then to Llain-llwyd, Amlwch, where he died. He kept a school in Amlwch and published there a book on arithmetic, Rhifiadur (1827); he succeeded David Griffiths as master of the Nonconformists' school. During the last 20 years of his life he translated a number of English books, including some science volumes, for the monoglot Welsh reader. He published Yr anianydd Cristionogol (Thomas Dick, 1842), Traethawd ar Ddaearyddiaeth (1844) and theological works, e.g. Scot ar y prophwydi, and Hanes gwaith y prynedigaeth (1829). He died 6 July 1847 aged 70, having been a preacher for 39 years. He was buried in his native parish of Llanfwrog.


Published date: 2001

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