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MOSES , EVAN ( 1726 - 1805 ), ‘of Trevecka ,’ a tailor ;

b. in June 1726 at Aberdare , he joined the Trevecka Family in 1752, and was Harris 's right-hand man till 1773. With Evan Roberts ( 1718 - 1804 ) (q.v.) and James Pritchard (who left in 1774), he was one of the three trustees appointed by Harris ; his special charge was the religious life of the Family, and he also itinerated throughout Wales to recruit new members. He was an honest but crotchety man, of small powers, but his Journals (at N.L.W. — extracts printed in Cylch. Cymd. Hanes M.C., x and xxxi) throw valuable light on the history of the Family. His wife (1774) was Barbara Parry of Llansannan, Denbs. , and it was with her money that the Trevecka Press was set up. He d. in 1805 (‘ Evan Moses , Minister of Gospel , bur. 7 December,’ in Talgarth Par. Reg.). See M. H. Jones The Trevecka Letters and his lists in Cylch Cymd. Hanes M.C. ix. This Evan Moses should not be confused with

EVAN MOSES early C.M. exhorter at Bala ,

a Cardiganshire man (so it is said) who with his brother JOHN MOSES settled in the town (they were blacksmiths ) in the early 18th cent. ; they were among the first members of the C.M. Society at Bala ( William Williams , Methodistiaeth Dwyrain Meirionydd , 52-5). Evan Moses 's dates are not known, but his brother John d. in 1787 . The poet Ioan Tegid ( John Jones , 1792 - 1852 , q.v.) was John Moses 's grandson.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959