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EVANS , THOMAS ( 1625 - 1688 ), Baptist minister ;

b. at Pentre , Llanafan-fawr , Brecknock . He had had a good education and was granted a preacher 's licence by the Commissioners for the Propagation of the Gospel , 16 May 1653 . He was in charge of the parish church of Maesymynys until 1662 . He was a Baptist of the free-communion school — that is why his daughter joined Broadmead and not the General Baptist church at Bristol . It was not he, as Spinther seems to think, who attended the Aberafan assembly ( 1654 ) but Thomas Evans of Dyffryn-ffrwd . In spite of the fact that under Charles II he was thrown into prison at Brecon and grievously persecuted, two of his sons and many of his descendants entered the ministry, among them being Hugh and Caleb Evans of Bristol , John Evans of Islington , etc. [qq.v. under Evans , Hugh ( 1712 - 1781 ) ]. He continued to minister to his people at Pentre and the surrounding districts until his death in 1688 .

Sources:

  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Nghymru , 1893–1907 , ii, 431;
  • T. Richards , Trafodion Cymdeithas Hanes Bedyddwyr Cymru ;
  • W. J. Rhys , Penodau yn Hanes y Bedyddwyr Cymreig , 1949 , 56, 57.

Author:

Rev. William Joseph Rhys, (1880-1967), Gelli, Rhondda / Treherbert

Published date: 1959