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EVANS , FREDERICK ( Ednyfed ; 1840 - 1897 ), Baptist minister ;

b. at Llandybïe , 21 April 1840 , eldest son of William and Mary Evans , and brother of T. V. Evans (q.v.) . He began his career as a preacher with the Wesleyan Methodists in 1856 , but in 1857 joined the Baptists . After a short time at an academy at Bryn-mawr he went to Pontypool Baptist College in 1858 . In 1861 he was ordained at Llangynidr , Brecknock , where he m. Frances Williams . In 1866 he emigrated to the U.S.A. , where he became minister of the Welsh chapel at Scranton, Pa. ( 1867-1870 ). After that he turned to the English ministry and became successively minister of Laight Street and the Central Church in Forty-second Street, New York ( 1870-4 ), the First Baptist Church of Franklin, Pa. ( 1874-85 ), the old Tenth Church of Philadelphia ( 1885-92 ), and the First Baptist Church of Milwaukee ( 1892-7 ). During his ministry at Franklin he spent a year in Wales as minister of Salem . He d. at Llandybïe , 21 July 1897 . He played a prominent part in the Welsh community of the U.S.A. not only as a preacher but as a lecturer , critic , and eisteddfod conductor . He had also conducted at the national and other eisteddfodau during the course of his many visits to Wales .

Sources:

  • Frederick Evans, D.D. (Ednyfed) a memorial , Philadelphia, 1899 (ed. B. D. Thomas ) (Philadelphia, 1899 ).

Author:

Emeritus Professor Sir David Emrys Evans, Ll.D., (1891-1966), Bangor

Published date: 1959