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Thomas, Charles

Born: 1755 AD
Died: 1814 AD
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1755 – He was born on the 14th day of October this year in Longmoor, Abercywyn, and Wales.

 

1775 – He was educated for the Anglican ministry at Landdowror and Carmarthen, and at Jesus College, Oxford.

 

1777 – He studied theology under the evangelical John Newton at Olney.

 

1778 – He was ordained deacon with the title of the curacies of Shepton Beauchamp and Spark ford, Somerset; and took priests orders.

 

1782 – He was presented to the perpetual curacy of South Barrow by the Rev. John Hughes, Coln St Denys.

 

1783 – He did not leave Sparkford until he resigned all his curacies in June 1783, and returned to Wales, marrying Sarah Jones of Bala, the orphan of a flourishing shopkeeper.

 

1784 – He took charge of Llan yn Mowddwy (54 miles from Bala), but was forced to leave after three months, because three influential people, including the rector of Bala, had persuaded his rector to dismiss him.

 

1786 – He had seven masters to whom he paid 10 per annum, by this time the salary has been increased.

 

1787 – His first Sunday school was in this year. William Wilberforce, Charles Grant, John Thornton and his son Henry, were among the philanthropists who contributed to his funds.

 

1798 – The Sunday School Society (established 1785) extended its operations to Wales, making him its agent, and Sunday Schools grew rapidly in number and favor.

 

1799 – He managed to secure 700 copies of the 10,000 issued; the Sunday School Society got 3000 testaments printed, and most of them passed into his hands in 1801.

 

1802 – He went to London, and on December 7, he sat at a committee meeting of the Religious Tract Society, as a country member, when his friend, Joseph Tarna, member of the Spa Fields and Religious Tract Society committees, introduced the subject of a regular supply of Bibles for Wales.

 

1804 – He returned to Wales on January 30th and the British and Foreign Bible Society was formally and publicly inaugurated on March the 7th. The first Welsh testament issued by that Society.

 

1811- He issued his Biblical Dictionary in four volumes, which still remains the standard work of its kind in Welsh.

 

1814 – He died on the 5th day of October this year.