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JONES , EVAN ( Gwrwst ab Bleddyn Flaidd , or more often Gwrwst , 1793 - 1855 ), Baptist minister and littérateur ;

b. at Llanddoget, Denbs. , 26 Aug. 1793 . He began to preach when he was 18 years old, and became missionary to Llŷn and Eifionydd in 1815 . He was ordained at Garn Dolbenmaen , 25 Nov. 1817 , and moved in 1820 to Llangollen , in 1822 to Dolgelley , and in Sept. 1823 to Castleton, Mon. , where he remained until his death on 1 Dec. 1855 . In 1824 he m. Mary Morgan , Maesyfelin , S. Lythans , and twelve children were born of the marriage. His ministry at Castleton was very successful, the number of members increasing, branches being established at S. Mellons in 1833 , and S. Brides , Wentloog , in 1838 , and several members including J.R. Morgan ( Lleurwg ) (q.v.) , becoming ministers of religion . He was friendly with some of the most prominent literary men of his day, such as Robert Williams ( Robert ap Gwilym Ddu ) and David Owen ( Dewi Wyn o Eifion ) (qq.v.), and was an active member of the Cymreigyddion Society at Dolgelley . He published Gwentwyson: sef Ymdrechfa Y Beirdd; neu Awdlau Galarnadol am … Y Parch. Thomas Price (Carnhuanawc) , 1849 , and the translation of Traethawd ar Faddeuant Pechod , 1809 , by Abraham Booth is attributed to him, although he was then but a youth [see under Jones , Evan , 1777 - 1819 ]. Robert Ellis ( Cynddelw ) (q.v.) won a prize given by the Ivorite Society at Castleton for an awdl in his memory, May 1856 .

Sources:

  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Nghymru , 1893–1907 ;
  • Geirlyfr Bywgraffiadol o Enwogion Cymru , 1870 ;
  • Seren Gomer , 1856 .

Author:

Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959