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DAVIES , RACHEL ( Rahel o Fôn ; 1846 - 1915 ), lecturer and preacher ;

b. in Anglesey (?) , daughter of William Cox Paynter , of the parish of Llanfihangel-y-pennant, Caerns. , and his wife Jane Mary ( Williams ) , Cae Eithin Tew , Cwmystradllyn, Caerns. (Some of the forebears of her father had been customs officers at Minffordd and Llanfrothen , Merioneth , and at Portmadoc, Caerns. ) When she was young she lived for a time at Brynsiencyn , Anglesey . She began to preach with the Baptists . About the year 1865 she came into some prominence as a public lecturer in various parts of Wales on the subject of religious unbelief; she also caused concern among some Baptists because she, a woman, preached from their pulpits. Shortly after 1866 she emigrated to the U.S.A. , and whilst she lived in Ixonia she joined the Calvinistic Methodist connexion ( Blackwell says ‘the Independents ’). She preached often in various places in the state of Ohio c. 1871 . She returned to Wales for a period and lived at Dwyran , Anglesey ; at this time she gave some assistance to David Lloyd George in his electoral campaign. She m., in the U.S.A. , Edward Davies , a native of Cardiganshire ; and d. 29 Nov. 1915 .


  • Information [from her son Joseph E. Davies and] from papers belonging to the writer;
  • parish registers of Llanfrothen and Llanfihangel-y-pennant;
  • Dros Gyfanfor a Chyfandir sef hanes taith o Gymru at lanau y Mor Tawelog ac yn ol trwy brif dalaethau a thiriogaethau yr Undeb Americanaidd (Aberystwyth, 1883) , 69;
  • 'Dictionary of Welsh Biography.' 27 vols., N.L.W. MSS. 9251–77 ;
  • Yr Herald Cymraeg (a'r Genedl) , 1865-6 ;
  • The Druid , 15 Dec. 1915 .


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

Published date: 1959