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EVANS , TITUS ( 1809 - 1864 ), Unitarian minister and schoolmaster ;

b. at Redcock in the vale of Cerdin , Llandysul, Cards. His father was a weaver and he was brought up to the same craft. He was a member of Horeb Independent chapel and received his early education at the school kept by Samuel Griffiths (q.v.) of Horeb . When his weaving was finished for the day he used to go to Owen Evans ( 1808 - 1865 ) (q.v.) at Burlip ( Llandysul ) for a lesson. He became parish clerk of Llandysul and worked in a lawyer's office at Llandysul and Swansea . Life as a lawyer's clerk did not, however, appeal to him and, once again, he sought out Owen Evans , who was now at Cefn-coed-y-cymer — the two were related to each other. He had already changed his tenets. He passed into Carmarthen College , where he remained for four years ( 1844-8 ). He was ordained minister of Rhyd-y-parc , near Llanboidy, Carms. , and Onnen-fawr , near Llandilo , and opened Parc-y-felfed school at Carmarthen ( 1849-64 ). He was a very successful teacher . Poor boys who hoped to become ministers were admitted free to his school. He was a simple, unassuming, great-hearted man; his sermons were severely practical, and his services to Wales can only be estimated by considering the influence acquired by his pupils. He m. Rachel , daughter of John Jeremy (q.v.) of Caeronnen ; Walter J. Evans (q.v.) was their son. He d. 29 Feb. 1864 at the age of fifty-four and was buried in the public cemetery at Carmarthen .

Sources:

  • Yr Ymofynnydd , April 1864 , 99;
  • Hanes Plwyf Llandyssul , 1896 , 134;
  • The Unitarian Students at the Presbyterian College, Carmarthen…1796–1901 , 1901 , 51;
  • Oriel Coleg Caerfyrddin , 1909 , 63-4.

Author:

Rev. Thomas Oswald Williams, M.A., (1888-1965), Lampeter

Published date: 1959