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EVANS , THOMAS ( 1714? - 1779 ), Independent minister ;

b. at Mynyddislwyn, Mon. He was converted by James Davies (d. 1760 ) (q.v.) , joined the church of Penmain , began preaching , and was at Haverfordwest Academy under Evan Davies , 1741-3 . In 1743 , he accepted a call from the ‘ Merionethshire Church ,’ by that time localized at Llanuwchllyn , but was not ordained till 19 June 1745 ( Y Cofiadur , 1923 — from the Cilgwyn church book). He lodged at Tal-ardd in Cynllwyd (where Howel Harris stayed on his first visit to Llanuwchllyn , in 1740 ), m. a sister of Thomas Owen of Tal-ardd , and kept a good school there. The chapel at Rhos-y-fedwen (the first in Merioneth ) was built in 1745-6 . In 1756 or 1757 , Evans removed to Denbigh ; the records of his period there are very defective, but he was certainly there in 1762 ( Jeremy 's list of ministers, N.L.W. MS. 362 ), and he probably remained till 1764 , for his predecessor at Mixenden, Yorks. , d. in 1763 , From 1764 till his death, 25 May 1779 , ‘aged 65,’ Evans was at Mixenden , living in ‘ The Old Hall ’ and keeping school there. He was regarded as an Arian . He is believed to have started the first Sunday school in Yorkshire . In his will, he left an endowment to his old congregation at Penmain , for the augmentation of the ministers’ stipend.

Sources:

  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , i, 23, 413, iv, 44;
  • R. T. Jenkins , Hanes Cynulleidfa Hen Gapel Llanuwchllyn , 1937 , 1937 , 82-4;
  • Miall , Congregationalism in Yorkshire a chapter of modern church history , 1868 , 318.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959