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Jones, John [known as John Jones Tal-y-sarn] (1796–1857), Calvinistic Methodist minister and hymn writer, was born at Tan-y-castell, Dolwyddelan, Caernarvonshire, on 1 March 1796, the son of John and Elinor Jones. His father died when John was twelve years of age, and the direction of the family farm fell upon him, but he afterwards worked as a labourer and as a quarryman at ...

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Olivers, Thomas (bap. 1725, d. 1799), Methodist preacher and hymn writer, was the son of Thomas Olivers (d. 1729) and his wife, Penelope (d. 1730). The parish register of Tregynon, Montgomeryshire, shows that he was baptized on 8 September 1725. After his father and his mother died, he was entrusted to the care of a great-uncle, who, however, did not long survive ...

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Roberts, John [pseud. Ieuan Gwyllt] (1822–1877), Calvinistic Methodist minister and hymn writer, better known by the pseudonym under which he composed one of his earliest works, was born at Tanrhiwfelen, Penllwyn, near Aberystwyth, on 27 December 1822, the son of Evan Roberts...

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Shirley, Walter (1725–1786), Methodist preacher and hymn writer, the fourth son of the Hon. Laurence Shirley (1693–1743) and Anne (d. 1782), daughter of Sir Walter Clarges, was born on 23 September 1725 and baptized at Doveridge, Derbyshire, on 7 October. His father was the youngest son of ...