Rev William Richard Rogers 1867 to 1868

His last station..

William Richard was appointed be Superintendent Minister in Merthyr Tydfil by Conference in 1867 and  to continue as Chairman of the Swansea District. His Junior Minister was Reverend Edwin Thorley. Reverend Thorley had been appointed as Swansea District’s Financial Secretary. 

From his Will I learned that his home was 63 Thomas Street in Merthyr Tydfil.

In the Minutes of Conference 1868 at Liverpool, page 259, his obituary appeared.

William R. Rogers; who was born at Oswestry, in the year 1810, but was taken to Birmingham while yet an infant. At the age of eighteen he was awakened under a sermon preached by the Rev. Dr. Waddy, yielded his heart to God, and joined the people of God. About two years afterwards he became a Local Preacher, in which capacity he laboured five years. In 1836 he was accepted by the Conference for the Mission-field, and sent out to the West Indies. Having laboured abroad for ten years with considerable acceptance and success, he returned to his native land in 1846; and subsequently stationed in several English Circuits. His public ministrations were characterised by great earnestness, tenderness, and warmth, and embraced pointed and powerful appeals to the consciences of his hearers. His last illness was brief, and his end unexpected; but, though for the most part deprived of the power of speech through extreme weakness, he was, nevertheless, manifestly happy in the God of his salvation. In broken sentences he intimated that he was going to ‘be for ever with the Lord’. he calmly fell asleep on July 11th 1868, aged fifty-seven.

The Conference in 1868 appointed Reverend Edwin Thorley as Superintendent Minister in Merthyr Tydfil and Chairman of the Swansea District.

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