David Thomas 1833 – 1878

A Baptist minister and poet, was born at Felinwynt, Bridgend, Glamorganshire. His parents were Calvinistic Methodists, but at the age of fifteen he was attracted to the Wesleyan body. He afterwards became pastor of a church belonging to that denomination near Aberystwyth, where he laboured seven years. He then accepted the post of assistant teacher at Stratton Grove Academy,
Yorkshire, and afterwards removed to Ludlow, and later on to Aberdare. Here he became convinced that it was his duty to be immersed, and he accordingly joined the Baptists, becoming pastor of the English cause at Porth, in May, 1876. Two years later he died, as the result of injuries received in a railway accident at Pontypridd. His style of preaching was chaste and edifying. He was a poet of some merit, and a few years before his death published a small volume of his poetical productions,
under the title of “The Tear.” (Baptist Handbook, 1879)