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EVANS , JENKIN ( 1674 - 1709 ), Independent minister ;

b. in Glamorgan . Nothing is known about his early history or about his education. There is no record of his being licensed to preach nor is his name found in the list of those educated by James Owen (q.v.) . He succeeded James Owen at Oswestry . He was a celebrated preacher , popular not only in the town but in the surrounding districts. Mathew Henry (see under Henry , Philip ) pays him a high tribute for his sterling character and his gift for preaching . He translated Mathew Henry 's Short Catechism for Children into Welsh , and the translation, Catecism Byr i Blant , was published at Shrewsbury in 1708 . He d. 19 Aug. 1709 , ‘aged 35,’ and the funeral address was delivered by Mathew Henry .

Sources:

  • Congregationalism in Shropshire , 1898 , 36-8;
  • Memoirs of Mathew Henry , 1850 , 297;
  • Cambrian Bibliography , Llanidloes, 1869 , 285.

Author:

Reverend John Dyfnallt Owen, M.A., (1873-1956), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959