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EVANS , EVAN ( 1773 - 1827 ), Baptist minister ;

b. 3 June 1773 at Bryn-y-gwdyn , Llanarmon, Caerns. , was baptized by John Williams ( 1768 - 1825 ) (q.v.) in April 1795 , and removed to Rhos-llannerch-rugog c. 1797 . He tended at first towards Sandemanianism , but soon decided to plough his own furrow, attaching himself to neither of the two factions which at the time divided North Wales Baptists . In 1802 , while working near Llanfyllin , he founded a Baptist cause in that town; in the same year, he began preaching at Cefn-mawr ( Ruabon ), and also at Northop (the first Baptist cause in Flintshire ); and in 1805 (in which year he was ordained minister at Cefn-mawr ) he visited Liverpool and there founded a Welsh cause whose adherents still ranked as members at Cefn-mawr down to 1810 . In 1815 he revived the Baptist cause at Rhos-llannerch-rugog . During a visit to London ( 1817 ) to collect funds for his chapel, he decided to become a milk-vendor in London ; in 1819 he was released by the church at Cefn-mawr and founded a Welsh Baptist church in London . It is interesting to note that he joined the London Cymreigyddion Society , and indeed was the speaker at their commemoration of John Jones ( 1766 - 1821 ) of Glan-y-gors (q.v.) — his address was printed in Seren Gomer , 1821 , 214. There were troubles in his congregation, for some members wished to invite Daniel Davies ( 1797 - 1876 ) (q.v.) to be their pastor ; but the majority remained faithful to Evans , who in 1822 built a chapel at Moorfields . He d. 2 Feb. 1827 and was buried in Bunhill Fields .

Sources:

  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Nghymru , 1893–1907 , iii, 340, iv, 39, 44, 220, 405.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959