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Jones, Rees Jenkin, family papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 REJEJO

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Rees Jenkin Jones Family Papers

Short Title: Jones, Rees Jenkin, family papers

Creation date(s): 1620-1967

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.249 cubic metres (19 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Rees Jenkin Jones family


Administrative/Biographical history: The family originated from south Cardiganshire and north Carmarthenshire. They were descendents of the pioneers of nonconformity in Cardiganshire and had strong connections with the Unitarian cause. The line moved to Aberdare when the Rev. John Jones became minister of Hen Dŷ Cwrdd in 1833. His son, Rees Jenkin Jones, succeeded him in 1863.
The family were minor landowners and owned properties in south Cardiganshire, north Carmarthenshire and Aberdare.
Further biographical details and information relating to estate papers can be found in the appropriate unit of description.


Scope and content/abstract: The fonds consists of personal papers and correspondence, 1826-1967, of members of the family of Rees Jenkin Jones, namely the Rev. John Jones (1802-1863), Mrs Anne Griffith Jones (1852-1899), Dr Goronwy Jones (1881-1945), the Rev. Simon Jones (1879-1967) and the Rev. Rees Jenkin Jones (1835-1924) himself, together with estate records, 1620-1916, of the Clettwr estate, Cardiganshire, Cilgell Isaf estate, Carmarthenshire, and of premises in Aberdare, Glamorgan. Much of the material relates to the Unitarian cause in Wales.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh, Latin, German

System of arrangement: Arranged at NLW into two groups: papers of individual family members, 1802-1967, and family estate records, 1620-1916.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at NLW.


Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history: The papers of the Rev. John Jones were apparently passed to his son, the Rev. Rees Jenkin Jones, sometime after his death in 1863. He also acquired the papers of his wife, Mrs Anne Griffith Jones, who died in 1899. Dr Goronwy Jones acquired these papers following the death of his father, the Rev. Rees Jenkin Jones, in 1924. Following Dr Jones's death in 1945, the residue of the family papers, i.e., those not already deposited at NLW, passed to his sister, Anne, and brother-in-law, the Rev. Simon Jones.

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated on four separate occasions by Dr Goronwy Jones of Swansea between 1926 and 1935, and by his brother-in-law, the Rev. Simon Jones, Swansea, in June 1967.


Related material: See series level descriptions.


Archivist's note: Compiled by Barbara Davies and Ann Francis Evans.
The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Dictionary of Welsh biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); Jones, R. J., Unitarian students at the Presbyterian College, Carmarthen, in the nineteenth century (Aberdare, 1901).

Rules or conventions: This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G)Second Edition; AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2000

Unitarianism | Wales
Unitarians | Wales

Personal names
Jones , Anne Griffith , 1852-1899
Jones , Goronwy , 1881-1945
Jones , John , 1802-1863
Jones , Rees Jenkin , 1835-1924
Jones , Simon , 1879-1967

Corporate names


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