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BEVAN , THOMAS ( 1796? - 1819 ), missionary in the service of the London Missionary Society . Born in the neighbourhood of Neuadd-lwyd, Cards. , about 1796 . He came from a religious home, and at the age of 8 was already a reader of the Bible . He experienced conversion near Nantgwynfynydd farm , and on 19 Nov. 1810 became a church member at Neuadd-lwyd . There, Thomas Phillips ( 1772 - 1842 ) , who was the minister , encouraged him to begin preaching . He then went to Phillips's school at Pen-y-banc and later to colleges at Newtown and at Gosport . It was now decided that he and Stephen Laidler should go to Madagascar . He was ordained at Neuadd-lwyd , 20-1 Aug. 1817 , and m. Mary Jones ( née Jacob ) of Pen-yr-allt Wen in the same district. They sailed for Madagascar 9 Feb. , arriving in Mauritius 3 July 1818 . Five weeks later Bevan embarked again, and landed at Tamatave , Madagascar , 18 Aug. 1818 . Here he started a school with ten children. He went back to Mauritius to fetch his family, returning on 6 Jan. 1819 . Tragedy followed. His child d. 20 Jan. , he himself 31 Jan. , and his wife 3 Feb. 1819 . They are buried in Tamatave cemetery.

Bibliography:

  • London Missionary Society, A Register of Missionaries, Deputations etc., from 1796 to 1885 , London Missionary Society, 1886 , 57, 58;
  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , iv, 104;
  • G. Penar Griffith , Cenhadon Cymreig , 34-6;
  • E. Lewis Evans , Cymru a'r Gymdeithas Genhadol, sef hanes ei Chychwyn , 1945 , 64-9, 95.

Author:

Rev. Dr. Evan Lewis Evans, D.Th., (1898-1978), Pontardulais / Swansea