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EVANS , JOHN ( 1737? - 1784 ), Methodist exhorter ;

a native of Cil-y-cwm, Carms. He travelled considerably in both North and South Wales and in some places suffered persecution. His temperament was genial, but he could thunder forth on occasion. ‘ John Evan of Killy-comb ’ is mentioned in the will of Morgan Rhys (q.v.) , the hymn-writer , 1779 . William Williams of Pant-y-celyn wrote a short elegy upon him according to which he was buried at Cil-y-cwm in March 1784 [the diarist William Thomas (q.v. in Appendix) says he was ‘about 47.’] A collection was made for his wife and children at the Llangeitho Association , 1785 . One of his sons was John Evans of Llandovery , and later of Llandilo , a dry and quarrelsome preacher who, before he d., joined the Church of England .

Sources:

  • W. Williams , Darluniad Gras , 1785 , 1785 ;
  • Methodistiaeth Cymru , 1851–6 , ii, 391, 448, iii, 92, 159;
  • Y Drysorfa , 1834 (347), 1839 (85);
  • Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , xi, 61, xvii, 17;
  • James Morris , Hanes Methodistiaeth Sir Gaerfyrddin , 1911 , 339;
  • J. Evans , Biographical Dictionary of Ministers and Preachers of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Body…to the close of the year 1850 , 1907 , 78;
  • [ Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , xxxv, 39].

Author:

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

Published date: 1959