Rev Nathaniel Thomas

(13 April 1818 - 2nd December 1888)

Baptist minister at Tabernacle , Cardiff

b. 13 April 1818 at Clydach , near Swansea . At 7 years of age he went to work in a colliery for a short time; later he assisted boatmen on the canal near his home. The family moved to Nant-y-glo in 1830 , he was baptized there (at Hermon ), began to preach in 1837 , and went to Pontypool College in Jan. 1842 . He ministered at Cilfowyr , 1846-50 , and at Penuel , Carmarthen , 1850-6 ; at the latter place he built a new chapel . He m. Laura Emily Blagdon, a Churchwoman who had become a Baptist . He spent thirty years at Tabernacle , Cardiff , and was responsible for the present edifice. He served as editor of Y Bedyddiwr , was an advocate of temperance, educational and Liberal movements , and helped to succour blind and unfortunate people . He was the first president of the Welsh Baptist Union ; he also served on committees of the Baptist Union of England and Wales . He d. 2 Dec. 1888 .

Source Dictionary of Welsh Biography