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EVANS , WILLIAM ( 1734 - 1805 ), early Calvinistic Methodist exhorter .

Born at Ystrad , Llangwm, Denbs. , but the family moved to Fedw Arian , Bala . He was baptised 31 Nov. 1734 . He was a freeholder and afterwards bought the farm of Maesgwyn in Llanfihangel-glyn-myfyr, Denbs., letting this out in 1781 , and afterwards raising mortgages upon it — the last occasion being in 1797 , when he mortgaged it to his son Morris for £500. His wife Gwen d. in 1772 (buried in Llanycil churchyard on 1 Feb. ); they had at least five children: Elizabeth ( 1758 ), Evan , Morris , David , and Anne . He began exhorting about 1765 , was a noteworthy preacher , and was one of the most important figures of Bala Methodism in his day, a trustee of Methodist meetinghouses in Merrioneth from 1770 onwards, and an agent for the distribution of Williams of Pantycelyn 's hymn-booklets. He published at Trevecka in 1786 an elegy upon Mrs. Thomas Charles 's mother Jane Foulkes ; and in 1789 a small book o hymmns by himself and Edward Parry ( 1723 - 1786 ) and others, printed ‘for the benefit of a poor man named William Ellis . According to Robert Jones of Rhoslan , he was ‘ paralysed for some time before his death.’ In 1805 , he went to Devonport , to visit two of his sons who lived there, Evan (see below) and David . There, he fell ill, and d. 2 April 1805 at David 's house, 110 Pembroke-street , Plymouth Dock ; he was buried in Stoke Damerel churchyard on 5 April ; his age was then given as 70.

Sources:

  • Robert Jones (Rhoslan) , Drych yr Amseroedd ;
  • Cambrian Bibliography , Llanidloes, 1869 ;
  • W. Williams , Methodistiaeth Dwyrain Meirionydd , 1902 ;
  • family information from Mr. E. M. P. Evans , Johannesburg, S. Africa.

Author:



William Evans 's eldest son EVAN ( 1760 - 1815 ), a surgeon in the Navy for a short time, and assistant-surgeon to French prisoners-of-war at Devonport , founded a noteworthy line of medical men. His son WILLIAM ( 1795 - 1867 ) was a surgeon at Devonport , and had as many as four sons in the profession; three were naval surgeons who died at sea, and the other, EVAN ( 1821 - 1887 ) was at first a surgeon R.N. , but afterwards practised in the City of London . He was followed in the profession by his sons WILLMOTT HENDERSON EVANS ( 1859 - 1938 ), M.D. , F.R.C.S. , a dermatologist who was a lecturer at various hospitals and at the Royal College of Surgeons , and ROBERT EVANS ( 1871 - 1941 ), who was also a writer . On the other hand, their brother JOHN WILLIAM EVANS ( 1857 - 1930 ), b. 27 July 1857 , became a distinguished geologist . Educated at University College School and at University College ( LL.B. 1882 ), he was called to the Bar from Lincoln's Inn in 1878 , but turned to geology , and in 1891 became D.Sc. (London) . He travelled widely ( S. America , India , S. Africa ) as a geologist , wrote more than 150 geological papers , was president of the Geological Society in 1924-6 , and was elected F.R.S. in 1919 . Though only in a remote sense a Welshman , he was interested in his ancestry and visited Bala to make inquiries about it; some of the information given here about the family is derived from his notes. He d. 16 Nov. 1930 , in London .

Sources:

  • Who was who? ;
  • obituary notices of J. W. Evans in Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London , 29 May 1931
  • and in Nature , 24 Jan. 1931 ;
  • information from Mr. E. M. P. Evans .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959