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THOMAS , HUGH EVAN ( Huwco Meirion ; 1830 - 1889 ), Independent minister ;

b. 13 June 1830 at Bala ; the Rev. William Thomas of Beaumaris and the Rev. John Thomas ( Calvinistic Methodist ) of Bala , were his brothers. At the age of 13 he went to work in a shop at Brynmawr , Brecknock , where he became a member of Rehoboth chapel . There he began to preach and in 1850 he went to Bala Independent College , where he became friendly with John Peter ( Ioan Pedr , q.v.) . He received a call to become minister of Oliver Street church , Birkenhead , where he was ordained in July 1853 . Owing to the industrial depression he went through a very difficult time as the chapel was burdened with a debt of some £4,000. He laboured unceasingly to collect money to pay off this debt and earned the admiration of the Liverpool churches which, together with their ministers, gave him every support. He gained a reputation for himself in every movement connected with the denomination. He played a prominent part in founding Y Tyst Cymreig in 1867 , and was one of its managers . He was interested in writing poetry and won the chair at the Liverpool eisteddfod in 1854 . At midsummer 1869 he emigrated to the U.S.A. to become minister of the church at Pittsburg , where he d., 9 Dec. 1889 , highly respected as a conscientious worker. He published a memoir of his brother, Cofiant, Pregethau, a nodiadau byrion W. Thomas, Beaumaris , 1867 , and edited Cofiant, Pregethau, a Barddoniaeth T. Pierce, Liverpool , 1864 . He won the chair at Denbigh eisteddfod , 1869 . He was a frequent contributor to the Cenhadwr Americanaidd .


  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , iv, 425-7; v. 419-22;
  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present (1908) ;
  • D. Jones , Memorial Volume of Welsh Congregationalists in Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 1797 to 1931 (Utica, 1934) .


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

Published date: 1959