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DEATH OF AN OLD BAPTIST MINISTER. The Rev Henry Rosser died at his residence at Treherbert on Tuesday morning at the ripe age of 77, He was born in 1822 at Llanelly, Breoonshire, and in his young days had the pri- vilege of sitting under the ministry of the renowned Rev Francis Hiley, of Llanwenarth, being baptised by him. He had acquired a good education, and in time became a school- master at his native place, in a schcol connec- ted with the L la nelly Iron Works. He also occupied a similar position at St. Clear's, Car- marthenshire, but he was destined for the Christian ministry. On his ordination he took the oversight of the church at Nazareth, Llan- elly. From there he removed to London, whom he laboured as a missionary under the super- vision of the late Rev Benjamin Williams, of Moornelds, Finsbury. Afterwards he removed to take charge of the Baptist Church at Llau- fihangel-yatern-Sowem, Monmouthshire. In the year 1867 he removed to the place be foun- ded an English cause at the vestry of Libanus Welsh Baptist Church, which, chiefly through his diligence very soon grew until the little community set about securing a meeting-place of their own. First of all a capacious vestry was built at Abertonllwy Row. His energies were also devoted to the English oause at Tre- orky. Tho demand for English preaching in the neighbourhood arose with the opening of the railway, and the number of English friends employed thereon. One of these prominent persons was Mr Harlow, a guard on the Rhon- dda passengers' train. Nebo, I think, was the first to provide English preaching for these I sew comers. Rev J. Rufus Williams preached English occasionally at Nebo. When Mr Ros- ser came to Trehrrbert, in 1867, he concentra- ted his efforts in Treherbert and Treorky, with the result that two prosperous churches were established. As he had a position in the col- liery, he secured the assistance of ministers who were masters of the two languages. The writer of this often officiated for him in the days of small things, when they were worshipping in the vestry at Abertonllwyd Row. After that the Rev J. Williams, Carmel, Pontypridd, was a frequent supply. Rev W. Rarry afterwards assisted in the same way. All this was under the direction of Mr Rosser. And it proved ultimately a very successful arrangement. At one time Mr Rosser was induced to take the position of a. home missionary, supported by Messrs Cory, of Cardiff, His labours extended over the whole of Rhondda, and from Poety. pridd to Cardiff. He had preaching stations in various parts fo the Valley. I remember one such at Waenyrerw, now called Hafod. Mr T. Joseph, of Blaenycwm, was the gentleman who suggested his appointment to this position. After labouring faithfully, but not satisfactorily to himself, he resigned, and returned to his former engagements. He was more of the pastor than -the Evangelist, and the Lord crowned his labours with remarkable success. The present church of Bethany is a monument of this. After mnx,, years the vestry proved to be. too small to hold the congregations. Conse- quently the chapel Iniown as Bethany was built, where the Rev Henry Rosser laboured with very great success until 1890, when he re- signed the oversight of the church, but re- mained connected with it to the rendering every assistance to the present pastor, Rev J. Lloyd Williams. In addition to labouring at Treherbert he preached frequently ai. Blaen- riiondda, Ystrad, Heolfacb, and at Trrorky. At the last-mentioned place he preached some part of the Sabbath until he had founded the English church there. At the time of his re- Mgnation the church at Bethany, to show their appreciation of his services, gave him a hand- some testimonial. His demise will be greatly regretted in the neighbourhood, especially by the poor, to whom he was very kind. As a preacher his services were in great demand, both amongst the Welsh and English, and he con- tinued to preach until within a few Sundays of his death. He leaves behind him a widow and four children, viz., Mrs Morgan, Llanelly, Car- marthenshire; Mr John Rosser, Mrs Taylor, and Miss Rosser, of Whitchurch, near Cardiff, Miss Rosser being the headmistress of the girls' department at the Board School. The funeral will take place on Saturday next, starting from the house at 9.30 a.m., to meet the 10.15 a.m. train for Usawenarth, near Abergavenny, a place dear to the deceased minister on account of his er-17, associations with it.



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