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EVANS , TOM VALENTINE ( 1861 - 1935 ), Baptist minister ;

b. at Llandebïe , 14 Feb. 1861 , son of William and Mary Evans and brother of Frederick Evans (q.v.) . He began his career in 1877 as a Calvinistic Methodist preacher and, after being to school at Carmarthen , went on to Trevecka College in 1879 . His views, however, changed; he became a Baptist , and in 1880 went to Pontypool College . In 1882 he was ordained minister of Calfaria chapel, Clydach ( Swansea Valley ), where he remained until his resignation in 1927 . He m. Jennet Griffiths of Bridgend , 1886 . He lectured frequently on such subjects as Robert Ellis ( Cynddelw ) , ‘ The Hymn Book ,’ Joseph Harris ( Gomer ) , and ‘ The Folklore of Carmarthenshire .’ He published Clydach a'r Cylch (a prize-winning essay) in 1901 , Y Ford , a book of sermons ‘for children of all ages,’ in 1911 , and Ieuan Ddu o Lan Towy in ‘ Cyfres y Bedyddwyr Ieuanc ’ in 1923 . All his works bear the imprint of the refinement and neatness which characterized his person, his mind, his handwriting and, above all, his sermons. He d. 12 Jan. 1935 .

Author:

Emeritus Professor Sir David Emrys Evans, Ll.D., (1891-1966), Bangor

Published date: 1959