Griffith John

Drawing of Griffith John [Click to enlarge image]This exhibition traced the remarkable life of the famous Swansea Missionary Griffith John, who went to China in 1855 and stayed for over fifty years.He travelled the country extensively, where he was a widely popular figure, and set up schools, hospitals and colleges.Griffith John was born in December 1831 at number 14 Llangyfelach Street in Greenhill, Swansea.As a boy he was know as “Gito bach” – welsh for little Gito.
Ebenezer Meeting House Register [Click to enlarge image]The small properties in the Greenhill area where the John family lived were mainly two-room properties which were often home to two families. These houses could contain up to 14 or 15 people. John’s mother Ann died of cholera when he was only eight months old. His father, also called Griffith, was a foreman in the local copper works of Vivian and Sons. Griffith John Senior was a hard working man who raised four children on his own after his wife died. He was a committed Christian and active member of his local chapel, Ebenezer.      

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Griffith John: Ebenezer Chapel