Flintshire Record Office

Thomas Jones of Denbigh, Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0208 D/TJ

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Title: Thomas Jones of Denbigh, Papers

Short title: Jones, Thomas, of Denbigh, Papers

Dates of creation: 1787-1974

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 185 items

Name of creator(s): Thomas Jones (1756-1820)


Administrative and biographical history: Thomas Jones (1756-1820) was a Calvinistic Methodist Minister and an author. He was born at Penucha, Aberchwiler, Denbighshire, and was educated at Caerwys and Holywell, Flintshire. In 1772, he joined the Calvinistic Methodists, and supervised societies in Mold, 1795-1804, Ruthin, 1804-1806, and Denbigh, 1806-1820. He was among the best-educated Methodist leaders in North Wales, and enjoyed a reputation as a scholar and theologian. He was one of the first to be ordained when the Calvinistic Methodists broke away from the established church in 1811. He wrote poetry and hymns, and pamphlets and books on theological matters. He was a close friend of Thomas Charles, of Bala, and Thomas Gee, of Denbigh. He set up a printing press at his home in Ruthin, in 1804, and sold it to Gee in 1813. He was married to Elizabeth Jones, of Mold, in 1795; she died in 1797. He married his second wife, Ann Maysmor of Llanelidan, in 1804, and his third, Mary Lloyd of Llanrwst, in 1806. He died in 1820. Penucha was eventually inherited by Sir J. Herbert Lewis (1858-1933), whose daughter Kitty married Professor Idwal Jones (1899-1966) in 1933.


Scope and content: Deeds and papers relating to Penucha, Aberchwiler, Denbighshire, as well as other properties in Denbighsire and Flintshire, 1795-1824; miscellaneous accounts and papers, 1787-1842; correspondence of Thomas Jones, 1800-[c. 1820]; testamentary papers of Thomas Jones, [c.1820]-[c. 1843]; testamentary papers of Mrs Elizabeth Jones, 1804-1824; letters and papers of Mrs Mary Jones, 1820-1837; legal papers, 1818-1823; transcripts, mainly of papers relating to the settlement of Elizabeth Jones' estate, 1810-1837; notes concerning Thomas Jones, [c. 1902]-1957; copies of books and tracts by Thomas Jones and books and articles about him by Idwal Jones and others, 1789-1974; illustrations, [19th century]; miscellaneous [20th Century]. Apart from deeds relating to Penucha (the property inherited by Thomas Jones from his father) most of the manuscript material in the collection comprises family correspondence and papers. A significant proportion relates to the settlement of his first wife's estate, and the consequent long running dispute with Edward Jones of Mold, her brother. In the collection are a number of early books and tracts written and /or published by Thomas Jones.


Language/script: Welsh, English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: deeds; accounts; correspondence and papers; legal; transcripts; books, tracts, etc.; and illustrations.

Conditions governing access: Data Protection Act restrictions will apply to any items less than 100 years old that contain sensitive personal information as defined by the Act.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of this catalogue is available at Flintshire Record Office. Catalogue is searchable online at: http://calmview.flintshire.gov.uk/CalmView/
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: Item 1 withdrawn permanently; replaced in the collection by photocopy surrogate.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history: After Thomas Jones' death, further papers were added relating to his and his wives' estates, and to Sir J. Herbert Lewis and his family. Professor Idwal Jones' biographical notes on Thomas Jones were also added.


Related units of description: Further Lewis family and Thomas Jones material is Flintshire Record Office, D/L, Sir John Herbert Lewis MSS.


Note: Title supplied from main contents of fonds. Items post-dating his death include papers accumulated by his family and descendants and printed material.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Thomas Jones of Denbigh MSS; Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of description: February 2004



Christian literature, Welsh language | Wales | Denbighshire

Deeds | Wales | Aberchwiler

Deeds | Wales | Denbighshire

Deeds | Wales | Flintshire

Jones, Thomas, | 1756-1820

Jones, Thomas, | 1756-1820 | Archives

Lewis, J. Herbert | (John Herbert), | 1858-1933 | Correspondence

Personal names

Jones, Thomas, 1756-1820

Corporate names

Penucha Estate | (Wales)