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JONES , EVAN ( 1790 - 1860 ), the last of the Usk japanners ,

was descended from the Allgood family (q.v.) . He bought the japannery from John Pyrke (q.v.) in 1826 , but after the death of John Hughes ( 1784 - 1851 ) (see under Allgood ), and of his artist Morgan Davies ( 1770 - 1837 ), he paid comparatively little attention to this business, and became increasingly absorbed in his farm , his ironmongery shop , his brickworks , and his gasworks , not to mention his participation in public life — he was an alderman of Usk and was six times portreeve . He was a close friend of Edward John Trelawny ( 1792 - 1881 ; see D.N.B. ) during Trelawny 's residence ( 1840-58 ) at Twyn Bell near Usk , on the estate of Cefn Ila which he had purchased. Evan Jones was a trustee of Twyn Congregational Church . He d. 12 March 1860 and was buried at Twyn . He bequeathed his japannery to his niece Elizabeth Jones , who in 1869 m. Philip John Pulling , sold off the stock in 1872 , and emigrated to the United States .

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Author:

Robert Stephen, M.A., (1878-1966), Colwyn Bay

Published date: 1959