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EVERETT , ROBERT ( 1791 - 1875 ), and his brother EVERETT , LEWIS ( 1799 - 1863 ), Independent ministers ;

the two brothers were b. at Gronant, Flints. , Robert in 1791 and Lewis 20 Feb. 1799 . Their grandfather was a Scot and their grandmother an Englishwoman ; their father was the manager of a lead mine , a member of Trelawnyd (‘ Newmarket ’) congregation and a lay preacher .

Robert Everett began to preach in 1809 ; he went to the grammar school at Denbigh and in 1811 to the academy at Wrexham , where, for the greater part of the time, he was under the care of George Lewis (q.v.) who offered to make him joint principal . In 1815 he was ordained minister of Swan Lane , Denbigh . In 1823 he emigrated to the U.S.A. to take charge of the Welsh church at Utica . He achieved an honourable place among the foremost ministers in Wales ; Robert Thomas ( Ap Vychan , 1809 - 1880 , q.v.) considered him to be as impressive a preacher as Wm. Williams of Wern ( 1781 - 1840 ) (q.v.) ; he took a prominent part in the theological discussions of his time , and wrote an essay on Redemption for John Roberts ( 1767 - 1834 ) (q.v.) of Llanbryn-mair 's little book, Galwad Ddifrifol (see Cofiant John Jones, Talysarn , 447) He also published a system of Welsh short-hand and Catecism Cyntaf or Yr Addysgydd . In 1833 he moved from Utica to Winfield , leaving the latter place in 1838 to take charge of the churches at Steuben and Penmynydd ; he d. there 25 Feb. 1875 . In 1840 he started Y Cen-hadwr Americanaidd (The American Missionary ), which, as he had his own printing press , he continued to edit and publish until his death. It became a very popular and valuable monthly. He also published other monthlies such as Y Dyngarwr and Y Detholydd , but they were short-lived.

He confirmed his brother Lewis Everett at Denbigh . After having for some time been engaged in trade , Lewis also entered the ministry ; he was ordained at Llangwyfan in 1831 , remaining there until 1835 , when he left to take charge of the churches at Llanrwst , Trefriw , and Nant-y-rhiw . Here he stayed for eight years, at the end of which time he resigned because of ill health and went to live in Rhyl . Before long, however, he took charge of Ochr y Foel church, Dyserth , and kept a day school . He d. 1 April 1863 and was buried in Trelawnyd cemetery.


  • D. Davies (Dewi Emlyn), Cofiant Robert Everett (Utica, New York, 1879) (Utica, N.Y., 1879 );
  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , i, 364-6;
  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , iv, 215, 257;
  • Album Aberhonddu … o'r flwyddyn 1755 hyd 1880 (1898) , 59;
  • Ap Vychan , Cadwaladr Jones, Dolgellau ei fuchedd, ei weinidogaeth, ei ddefnyddioldeb cyffredinol, a phrif linellau ei nodweddiad (1870) , 26.


Reverend Richard Griffith Owen, M.A., (1890-1973), Bangor

Published date: 1959