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EVANS , JOHN ( 1830 - 1917 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister, and biographer .

Born 20 Nov. 1830 , son of David (who d. when the son was two years old) and Sarah Evans , Penlôn , Llanbadarn-trefeglwys, Cards. Brought up though he was in poverty, his love of reading made up for his scant education, and his devotion to Sunday school work led to his being pressed to start preaching ( 1853 ). After four years at Trevecka ( 1856-60 ), he was in 1861 called to the pastorate of Abermeurig, Cards. , and remained there till his death, 24 Jan. 1917 .

He was moderator of the South Wales Association in 1898-9 . He published several books . The most important of these are his very valuable contributions (in biographical form) to the history of Calvinistic Methodism in Cardiganshire : Yr Offeiriad Methodistaidd ( 1891 , on John Williams , 1754 - 1828 , q.v. , of Lledrod ), Byr-Gofiant am 49 o Weinidogion … Sir Aberteifi ( 1904 ), Hanes Methodistiaeth De Aberteifi, 1735-1900 ( 1904 ), Yr Ail Fyr-Gofiant ( 1908 ), and Y Trydydd Byr-Gofiant ( 1913 ) — all published at Dolgelley ; he also edited Hanes Bywyd y Parch. Thomas Edwards, Cwmystwyth . His wife, Eleanor , was sister of Dan Jenkins of Llan-y-crwys , schoolmaster and poet .

Sources:

  • Y Drysorfa , 1899 (289-91), 1917 (129-35);
  • Y Lladmerydd , 1917 (145-7);
  • Cerddi Cerngoch , 1904 , 210;
  • NLW MSS 3191, 5805-43.

Author:

Evan David Jones, F.S.A., (1903-87), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959