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EVAN(S) , LEWIS ( 1720 - 1792 ), one of the earliest Calvinistic Methodist exhorters in North Wales ;

chr. 18 Feb. 1719/20 , son of Evan Lewis of Trefeglwys, Mont. , but removed when very young to Crugnant , Llanllugan, Mont. , where he became a weaver . On a visit to Trefeglwys , 4 Nov. 1738 , he was converted by a sermon of Howel Harris 's. He then went to some of Griffith Jones 's circulating schools around Llanllugan , and began to exhort as a Methodist . At the Trevecka Association of 1745 he was commissioned to itinerate in North Wales . In 1746 he was imprisoned at Dolgelley for exhorting at Bala — the affair is noteworthy because Harris appealed on his behalf to the King's Bench , and the justices were compelled to release Lewis Evan (excerpts of the documents in the case have been printed in Cylch. Cymd. Hanes M.C. , Nov. 1921 ). He itinerated zealously, penetrating even into Caernarvonshire and Anglesey , and suffered dire persecution. In the Methodist disruption of 1750 he was at first on Harris 's side, and frequented his ‘associations’; but later he joined Rowland 's connexion. He d. (according to E. Griffith , Methodistiaeth Trefaldwyn Isaf , 39) 5 Sept. 1792 .

Sources:

  • The chief authority is Richard Bennett (q.v.) , more specifically his article in Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , Nov. 1921 , but also his Methodistiaeth Trefaldwyn Uchaf, 1738–1852 , 1929 .

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959