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EDWARDS , JOHN ( Eos Glan Twrch ; 1806 - 1887 ), poet and prose-writer .

B. 15 April 1806 , at Tyn-y-fedw , Llanuwchllyn, Mer. He received some education under Michael Jones and was a member of ‘ Cymdeithas Cymreigyddion Llanuwchllyn .’ He emigrated to the U.S.A. in 1828 , lived for a while in New York , in Utica in 1831 , and again in New York ( 1834-42 ), where he m. Mary James , a native of Newcastle Emlyn, Carms. He moved to Floyd, N.Y. , and engaged in farming there for twenty-four years. He left Floyd in 1866 to go to a smaller farm near Rome, N.Y. , where he remained until his death [on 20 Jan. 1887 ]. He became known among Welsh Americans as a poet and prosewriter . He won several prizes in American eisteddfodau; he also contributed numerous poems and articles to such journals as Yr Arweinydd , Haul Gomer , Y Cymro Americanaidd , Y Wasg , Y Drych , Y Cyfaill , and The Old Countryman . He published a selection of his poetical work under the title of Llais o'r Llwyn: sef Barddoniaeth, ar Amryfal Destynau ( Utica , 1854 ).

Sources:

  • The Cambrian (Utica), 1887 , 96-9;
  • Llais o'r Llwyn , 1854 ;
  • Y Cyfaill cylchgrawn misol y Presbyteriaid Cymreig yn America (Utica), 1850-87 ;
  • The Sentinel , New York, 1887 ;
  • Y Wasg , Pittsburgh ;
  • T. Morgan , Enwogion Cymreig (1700-1900) , 1907 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959