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EVANS , DAVID DAVIES ( 1787 - 1858 ), Baptist minister and editor ;

b. 27 March 1787 at Dol-goch, Cards. He was brought up at Maes-y-berllan , the church of his father, David Evans ( 1744 - 1821 ) (q.v.) , began preaching on 21 Jan. 1807 , and spent eighteen months in Abergavenny Academy . He received a call to minister at the Tabernacle , Carmarthen , as successor to Titus Lewis ( 1773 - 1811 ) (q.v.) , was ordained at Maesyberllan , and instituted at Carmarthen ( 25 March 1812 ), the congregation meeting at the New Tabernacle , the debt on which and on the new burial place he succeeded in clearing. He started a school for young preachers ; he also hoped to be able to complete the translation of Gill 's commentary which had been begun by Titus Lewis (above) , Christmas Evans (q.v.) , and Joseph Harris ( Gomer , q.v.) . He m. a young woman from Pont-rhyd-yr-ynn, Mon. , who was possessed of some private means, and moved at the end of 1827 to minister in that place; there also he succeeded in clearing the chapel debt. He could preach in English as well as in Welsh , and came to be regarded as one of the wisest leaders in his denomination. [In 1830 he was elected an honorary member of the London Gwyneddigion .] He retired in 1857 and went to Cardiff , but moved to Carmarthen six months later. He d. 29 Aug. 1858 and was buried at Pont-rhyd-yr-ynn .

Joseph Harris ( Gomer had transferred the ownership and editorship of Seren Gomer to David D. Evans in April 1825 ; he, in turn, transferred it to his assistant, Samuel Evans ( 1793 - 1856 ) (q.v.) , in 1834 . He contributed much to periodicals, e.g. ‘ Adnoddau Cymru ’ in Yr Adolygydd ; he also wrote part of the biography of John Williams of Trosnant, Mon.


  • Seren Gomer , 1858 , 478;
  • J. Rufus Williams , Hanes Athrofeydd y Bedyddwyr yn Sir Fynwy yn nghyd â byr grybwylliad am athrofeydd Hwlffordd a Llangollen (Aberdâr, 1863) , 34;
  • [ Leathart , Origin and Progress of the Gwyneddigion Society of London (1831) , 112].


Reverend William Joseph Rhys, (1880-1967), Gelli, Rhondda / Treherbert

Published date: 1959