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EVANS , HENRY ( fl. 1787-1839 ), Arminian Baptist minister .

The very little that is known of him is set down here for the convenience of students. He was b. in Carmarthen town, was a member of Dark Gate church , and began preaching in 1787 . From 1788 till 1791 he was at Bristol Baptist Academy . In 1791 he was living at Merthyr Tydfil , whether as a pastor is uncertain, but he certainly had a chapel there later, and Merthyr Tydfil General Baptist church appears in Titus Lewis 's list, 1810 , printed by David Peter in his Hanes Crefydd yng Nghymru . However, on 5 Dec. 1792 Evans was ordained pastor of Craig-y-fargod General Baptist church (see under Winter , Charles ), by David Saunders I (see under Saunders , Evan ) of Aberduar and Morgan John Rhys ( Rippon , Baptist Register , i, 523) — a renewal of contact between that church and the Baptists . Evans signs the minutes of the General Baptist Assembly at its meeting at Craig-y-fargod in 1809 ( Monthly Repository , 1809 , 695). It is still not clear that he had removed from Merthyr . In 1814 , a ‘ W. Rees ’ appears at Craig-y-fargod (ibid., 1814 , 64 — note that these are minutes of the Unitarian Assembly ). The church waned; the chapel was closed by 1830 and sold to the Independents in 1833 ( Hanes Egl. Ann. , ii, 311-12). Evans 's Merthyr church also faded out; its chapel was bought by the Particular Baptists in 1812-13 ( D. Jones , Hanes Bed. Deheubarth Cymru , 592 — Jones , who was at the time a printer in the town, had a hand in the purchase). What became of Henry Evans afterwards is not known, but he was alive in 1839 (ibid., 440).

Author:

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

Published date: 1959