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EVANS , JOHN ( 1779 - 1847 ), cleric, afterwards Calvinistic Methodist minister .

Born Oct. 1779 at Cwm-gwen , Llanfihangel Iorath, Carms. , son of John and Rachel Evans . He was brought up as an Independent but, after hearing David Jones ( 1736 - 1810 ) of Llan-gan preach at Gwaun Ifor , he joined the Methodists there, and later at New Inn . He was educated by some of the local clerics and afterwards opened his own school at Llanpumpsaint where, in 1796 , he began to preach . In 1798 he went to Carmarthen Presbyterian College , but the length of his stay there is not known. Some time c. 1808 he m. a widow who lived at Llwynffottun , Llanegwad , in the vale of Towy . He was ordained deacon c. 1809 by bishop Watson of Llandaff and officiated for short periods as curate at Mynydd-islwyn , Newport, Mon. , Bridgend , and Laleston , but, having roused antagonism by his Methodism , returned to Llwynffortun . He served yet another period as curate of Llanddowror , but was never priested. As far back as 1801 he had been christening children at Water Street church , Carmarthen , and in 1811 he accepted ordination by the Methodists at their first ordination at Llandilo . His second wife was Rachel , daughter of John Davies of Pentwyn , Llan-non, Carms. , and it was in her home that he spent the remainder of his life.

Nobody of his own generation was more popular in the whole of Wales . He was a strange creature, liable to fits of melancholy , but because of his handsome appearance, his genial and kindly nature, his melodious voice, and his wit, he was the idol of his hearers. ‘ Old Llwynffortun ,’ as he was called, could rouse his hearers to spiritual ecstasy by the charm of his preaching. He d. 6 Oct. 1847 and was buried at Pen-twyn .


  • Y Drysorfa , 1847 , 353-4;
  • T. J. Williams , Hanes bywyd y Parch. John Evans, Llwynffortun dan nawdd Cyfarfod Misol Sir Gaerfyrddin (1848, 1849) ;
  • Oriel Coleg Caerfyrddin (1909) , 21;
  • D. E. Jenkins , Life of Thomas Charles (Denbigh, 1908) , iii, 260;
  • Owen Thomas , Cofiant y Parchedig John Jones, Talysarn (New York, 1868) , 872-8.


Reverend Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 1959