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DAVIES , EVAN ( 1805 - 1864 ), missionary under the London Missionary Society, Independent minister, and author ;

b. at Hengwm in the parish of Lledrod, Cards. , in 1805 . He was brought up in that neighbourhood, apprenticed to a draper , and later went to join his father in London . He joined the Independents in Little Guildford Street (the Boro ’), but in 1827 returned to Mynydd-bach near Swansea . There he started to preach . He then went for a preparatory course to the Neuadd-lwyd school at Pen-y-banc under Dr. Thomas Phillips ( 1772 - 1842 ) (q.v.) , after which he was admitted to the Independent College ( Western Academy ) at Exeter . He was ordained minister of Great Torrington church , Devon , but in 1835 was accepted by the London Missionary Society and sent out to Penang in the Malacca Straits . He returned in 1840 , his health having broken down. He became successively agent for the mission ( 1840-2 ), superintendent of the Boys’ Mission School , Walthamstow ( 1842-4 ), and minister at Richmond , Surrey ( 1844-1857 ), and Heywood , Manchester ( 1857-9 ). He moved to Dalston in 1863 and d. at Crug-y-bar, Carms. , 18 June 1864 . He published a number of scholarly works: China and her Spiritual Claims ; Memoirs of the Rev. Samuel Dyer ; An Appeal to Reason and Good Conscience of Catholics; Rest: Lectures on the Sabbath . He also edited and published Letters of the Rev. Samuel Dyer to his Children ; Lectures on Christian Theology ( Payne ); The Works of the late Rev. Edward Williams of Rotherham .

Sources:

  • London Missionary Society , A Register of Missionaries, Deputations etc., from 1796 to 1885 , London Missionary Society, 1886 , 115;
  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , ii, 17;
  • G. Penar Griffith , Cenhadon Cymreig , 60-2;
  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , i. 158-9;
  • E. Lewis Evans , Cymru a'r Gymdeithas Genhadol, sef hanes ei Chychwyn , 1945 , 145-6,

Author:

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

Published date: 1959