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EVANS , OWEN ( 1829 - 1920 ), Congregational minister and author ;

b. 19 Nov. 1829 in Pen-y-bont-fawr, Mont. He hailed from a deeply religious family — on his mother's side he was related to the hymnist, Ann Griffiths (q.v.) . He worked in a factory at first. He was received into church membership at Llanfyllin when he was sixteen. For a while he was at a school kept by Evan Jones ( Ieuan Gwynedd , q.v.) ; later he himself kept school in the same place. He began to preach at Llanfyllin ; be ministered at Berea ( Anglesey ), 1853-4 , Maentwrog , 1854-6 , Fetter Lane , London , 1856-63 , Brymbo and Wrexham , 1863-7 , Llanbryn-mair , 1867-81 , and Fetter Lane (for the second time) together with King's Cross , 1881-1901 . He retired from the ministry and lived in Liverpool , 1901-18 , and London , 1918-20 . In 1920 he received a Civil List annuity . He was chairman of the Welsh Congregational Union in 1887 . He d. 1 June 1920 .

Many of Owen Evans 's published works consisted of addresses which he had given in Bible study classes . They are: Gwyrthiau Crist , 1868 , Dammegion yr Arglwydd Iesu , 1873 , Oriau gyda'r Iesu , 1882 ; Merched yr Ysgrythyrau and Sêr y Duyrain , 1886 , Geiriau Olaf Iesu Grist , 1887 , Yr Aberthau , 1889 , and Bywgraffiadau'r Beibl a Phregethau Eraill , 1899 . He was not an eloquent preacher in comparison with some of his contemporaries nor was his literary style of a high quality. His brothers, David Evans ( 1842 - 1914 ) and Thomas Evans ( 1844 - 1922 ) are noticed separately.

Sources:

  • Y Dysgedydd , July 1920 ;
  • Y Tri Hyn sef y Parchedigion Owen Evans, D.D., Llundain, David Evans, Caerfyrddin, Thomas Evans, Amlwch , 1931 .

Author:

Rev. John Dyfnallt Owen, M.A., (1873-1956), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959