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EVANS , WILLIAM ( 1779 - 1854 ), Wesleyan minister ;

b. 25 Oct. 1779 at Caernarvon . His father died before he was born and the cost of his education at Beaumaris was borne by his mother's family — she came from Pant Hywel , Llandegfan . After having been a barber at Amlwch and Caernarvon , he became a minister in 1806 . His circuits were as follows: Cardiff ( 1806 ), Llangollen ( 1807 ), Llanrwst ( 1809 ), Pwllheli ( 1810 ), Holywell ( 1812 ), Beaumaris ( 1814 ), Ruthin ( 1816 ), Llanfyllin ( 1818 ), Machynlleth ( 1821 ), Llanfaircaereinion ( 1824 ), Pwllheli ( 1826 ), Dolgelly 1828 , Caernarvon ( 1831 — the year of the ‘Little Wesley’ trouble [see A. H. Williams , Welsh Wesleyan Methodism , chapter vii]), Llandysul ( 1832 ), Crickhowell ( 1835 ), Swansea ( 1837 ), Merthyr ( 1840 ), and Machynlleth ( 1843 ). He retired in 1844 and settled at Machynlleth , were he d. 30 July 1854 . He was the secretary of his province , 1812-24 and 1827-32 , and editor of the Eurgrawn Wesleyaidd , 1824-5 . He wrote Hanes Bywyd a Marwolaeth y Parch E. Jones, Bathafarn , 1850 , and some ‘controversial’ books — Ymddiffynydd y Gwis , 1822 ; Traethawd yn erbyn yr Athrawiaeth o Barhad Diamoddol Mewn Gras , 1839 ; Amddiffyniad i Ddysgyblaeth y Methodistiaid Wesleyaidd , 1850 , and others, Adam Evans , printer and publisher at Machynlleth , was his son.

Sources:

  • Yr Eurgrawn Wesleyaidd , Dolgellau , 1856 , passim ;
  • Hanes Wesleyaeth Gymreig , 1911–3 , ii, 766-71;
  • J. Jones , Y Bywgraffydd Wesleyaidd yn cynwys bras-hanes am un a thriugain o weinidogion Wesleyaidd Cymreig yn nghyda 35 o weinidogion a gwyr lleyg Saesonig , Machynlleth, 1866 , 89-91.

Author:

Reverend Griffith Thomas Roberts, M.A., (1887-1977), Tregarth, Bangor / Talsarnau

Published date: 1959