As a postscript to my previous message.
The following information is taken from "The Landsker Borderlands- Its
History & Landscape" published 1992 - by Dyfed Archaeological Trust.
Rhydwilym and the Baptists.
"The establishment of the 'cause' is attributed to William Jones who was
dismissed as the vicar of Cilmaenllywd in 1660, became a Baptist and began a
new ministry in the region, performing some 30 adult baptisms in 1667. Early
meetings may have been held at Rushacre, near Narberth, the seat of Griffith
Howells,one of the first local converts from the Independants. The first
chapel at Rhydwilym was built in 1701: in the same year that some members
emigrated to found Baptist Churches in America. ........... Rhydwilym chapel
did not have an attached burial ground. In 1667 before the chapel was built,
Griffith Howells donated land at Trefangor, Llanddewi Velfrey, and this
became the principal resting place for many of the Baptists in the region.
Memorials to Howells, his son John, and several early Rhydwilym ministers
may still be seen in this cemetary. Sunken tanks (baptisteries) for total
immersion of adults are to be found in several of the Baptist chapel
graveyards in the region (eg. Blaenconyn, Llandissilio) At some other chapels
- Rhydwilym, and Gelly, Llawhaden, baptisms still take place in the nearby
I know there two booklets published about one in Welsh and the other in English, on the
history of the cemetery, as I have seen both. The English copy is as far as I can remember
more or less a translation of the original Welsh Booklet.
Here are the NLW Catalogue Enties.
Price, Henry, of Rhydwilym, 1815-1892.
Cemeteries, Baptists, Wales, Trefangor, Trefangor (Wales), History
Book2. Trefangor :
Roberts, R. C., Pembroke Dock.
Cemeteries, Baptists, Wales, Trefangor, Trefangor (Wales), Pembrokeshire (Wales), History