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DAVIES , WILLIAM DANIEL ( 1838 - 1900 ), lecturer and author ;

b. 15 June 1838 in a cottage called Lletty , near Felindre , Penboyr, Carms. In 1857 he began to work in the ironworks at Hirwaun and Aberdare ; later he worked at Llwydcoed , where he joined the Calvinistic Methodist church of Moriah . He removed to the Rhondda valley in 1862 to work in the coal mines : he also began to preach about this time. In 1868 he emigrated to the U.S.A. and settled at Hyde Park , near Scranton . Shortly after his arrival he was one of about eighty Welsh people who combined to publish a Welsh newspaper , Baner America , a costly undertaking; he contributed many articles to this paper. He paid a visit to Wales in 1874 ; this visit he described afterwards in the Baner . For many years he was a travelling correspondent of the well-known Welsh-American newspaper, Y Drych ; he also attained much popularity as a public lecturer . He d. 22 March 1900 at Wrexham when he was over in Wales on a lecture tour. He published several works, including Llwybrau Bywyd neu Haner Can Mlynedd o Oes Wm. D. Davies ( Utica , 1889 ), Cartref Dedwydd ac Ysgol y Teulu , and America a Gweledigaethau Bywyd , 1894 .

Sources:

  • Bye–Gones, relating to Wales and the Border Counties , 1900 , 357.

Author:

Robert (Bob) Owen, O.B.E., M.A., (1885-1962), Croesor

Published date: 1959