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SAUNDERS , EVAN (d. 1742 ), deacon

in the Baptist church at Coedgleision , Betws Bledrws , which was moved to his house at Aberduar , on the removal of Enoch Francis (q.v.) the minister to live in the Newcastle Emlyn district about 1730 . He began to preach on the minister's death in 1740 , but d. in 1742 .

His son was DAVID SAUNDERS ‘ I ’ (d. 1812 ) who began to preach in the church in 1764 and was ordained co-pastor with Zecharias Thomas (q.v.) and David Davies in the spring of 1771 . His ministry, however, was not a complete success. He so lost his popularity among the members of Bethel , Caeo , that he was obliged to confine his activities to the other branches, and eventually adhered to the General Baptists , although it is not recorded that he accepted pastoral charge. He d. at the home of his brother Thomas Saunders at Undergrove , Lampeter , 26 April 1812 , at the age of 81.

He published Antigraphon; neu Wrthargraphiad Sion, yn achos y Cam-achwyniad a gafodd … mewn Llyfr Newydd, a elwir Amddiffyniad o'r Eglwys Grist'nogol, yn bedyddio Plant Bychain , 1780 , and an elegy ( Marwnad ), 1791 , on William Williams , Pantycelyn .

His nephew, son of Thomas Saunders , was David Saunders ‘ II ’ (q.v.) , minister at Zion chapel , Merthyr Tydfil .

Sources:

  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr ymhlith y Cymry (1885 ed.), 385, 518, 522, 526, 539;
  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Neheubarth Cymru , 1839 , 130, 133, 327, 329;
  • NLW MS 10785;
  • Cambrian Bibliography , Llanidloes, 1869 , 600, 655;
  • Trafodion Cymdeithas Hanes Bedyddwyr Cymru , 1930 (52); 1942 (16).

Author:

Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959