Under the Declaration of Indulgence he was licensed ( May 1672 ) to preach to the Independent congregation at Wrexham that had first gathered round Morgan Llwyd , now meeting in a barn rented from Edward Kenrick , while the minister lived in the house in which John Jones the regicide had formerly accommodated Llwyd , and still belonging to the regicide 's son. The revocation of the Declaration reduced Evans to poverty, which he relieved by selling much of his library and by acting as tutor to the children of gentlemen of rank in the district. Their protection, and especially that of lady Eyton (widow of Sir Kenrick Eyton of Eyton Isaf ), saved him from persecution. In 1681 William Lloyd ( 1627 - 1717 ) , bishop of S. Asaph , made strenuous efforts to bring him to conformity, challenging him to public disputations; on his refusal he was fined and outlawed. He continued, however, to minister to his congregation, to which from 1689-91 the Presbyterians (who had worshipped separately under the Indulgence ) were joined. From 1691 (when the Presbyterians withdrew and formed the New Meeting ) Evans 's congregation included Independents and Baptists , he himself (according to one account) inclining towards the latter in his later years. Declining health and loss of memory made it necessary for him during these later years to devolve most of his pastoral duties on assistants.
He d. 19 July 1700 , and was buried in the Dissenters’ graveyard at Wrexham . He left, by his second wife, a son, John Evans ( 1680 - 1730 ) , and, by his first, a daughter, who m. Timothy Thomas (friend of Matthew Henry ) and whose son Timothy became an Independent minister at Pershore .
Emeritus Professor Arthur Herbert Dodd, M.A., (1891-1975), Bangor
Published date: 1959