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EVANS , JOHN ( 1815 - 1891 ), archdeacon of Merioneth

[b. 4 March 1815 ], son of John Evans of Tan-y-coed , Llanfair, Mer. , and Anne , daughter of John Owen of Crafnant , Llanfair . He was educated at Beaumaris grammar school . He then became a clerk in the office of David Williams (see under Williams of Bron Eryri family ), solicitor , who was at that time M.P. for the county of Merioneth , and from there went on to Trinity College , Dublin , where he graduated B.A. in 1841 . He was ordained and became successively curate of Llanbedr y Cennin, Caerns. ; curate of Pentrefoelas, Denbs. ; rector of Machynlleth and rural dean of Cyfeiliog , 1857 ; rector of Llanllechid , 1862 ; archdeacon of Merioneth , 1866 ; rector of Aber., Caerns. , 1888 . He d. 24 May 1891 . He worked hard both in his parish and in the diocese generally, was an able scholar , and a sound antiquary . He wrote ‘ Pentrefoelas ’ (in the Cambrian Journal , 1854 and 1855 ), and ‘ Ysbytty Ifan and the Hospitallers ’ (in Arch. Camb. , 1860 ).

Sources:

  • North Wales Chronicle , June 1891 ;
  • Y Geninen , 1894 ;
  • [ T. Morgan , Enwogion Cymreig (1700-1900) , 1907 ].

Author:

Chancellor John Williams James, D.D., Aber, Bangor

Corrections and additions:

EVANS , JOHN ( 1815 - 1891 ; DWB , 244).

His mother was a descendant of Edmwnd Prys , and his wife Mary , of Saethon , was a cousin of David Williams the M.P. (Letter from his grandson, the Rev. C. Beverly Davies , Hammersmith .)

Author:

Published date: 1959