Thomas Williams 1823-1903  
A self-made man, was a native of Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, and for many years prior to his death resided at Gwaleod-y-Garth, in that town. He began his career as a grocer's assistant, and, in 1844, removed into business at Hirwaun, Glamorganshire, and later on to Aberdare. He was very successful, and, by stint of hard work and perseverance, he became one of the richest men in Glamorgan. He filled many positions of influence in municipal affairs, as well as in religion and politics. He was a prominent Congregationalist, and was the first layman to be elected to the chairmanship of the Welsh Congregational Union. He left the bulk of his estate to religious and philanthropic institutions. (The British Weekly.)