Request for information:

John Jones, Talysarn (1796-1857)



Dear friends,

I hope some of your readers will be able to help with my search for information.

My wife and I recently visited North Wales and, among other things, traced the footsteps of the seraphic John Jones (1796-1857).

Besides seeing the Dolwyddelan memorial and the Llanllyfni grave, we also explored the village of Talysarn. Does the house where John Jones lived still exist? And is the copse where he spent hours in meditation and prayer still identifiable? Lastly, what of the sadly closed and neglected 'Capel y
Trefnyddion Calfinaidd'? Did this chapel replace an earlier one where John Jones preached - when he was not itinerating, of course?

I would be grateful for any light you could shed on my enquiries. Although I am English, ministering in Norwich, I was admitted to the Presbyterian Church of Wales at the 1988 General Assembly. The late Dr R. Tudur Jones of Coleg Bala-Bangor was my PhD tutor. My wife Marian (whom I met at Bangor in 1966) comes from Pontlliw near Pontarddulais, South Wales.

Thank you for your excellent website, which I found absolutely fascinating - and not least the railway history. Naturally, we enjoyed our recent trip on the Welsh Highland Railway from Caernarfon to Porthmadog.

I possess several items of literature relating to the history of Welsh Nonconformity including Owen Jones, *Great Preachers of Wales* (1885) and the recently-translated work of Owen Thomas on John Jones *The Atonement Controversy* by John Aaron (2002).

Kind regards & best wishes,
Dr Alan C. Clifford,
Norwich Reformed Church.

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