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WILLIAMS , DAVID ( 1793? - 1845 ), author ;

b. at Landore, Glam. , c. 1793 , becoming in course of time a member of the Congregational church at Mynydd-bach . He emigrated to Mexico , leaving Haverfordwest on 12 March 1825 , and reaching Vera Cruz on 13 May ; he had learnt Spanish during the voyage. He published Llythyrau Cymro yn Mexico at ei Gyfeillion yn Nglandwr wrth Abertawy … ( Abertawy , 1827 ). Two parts were issued out of three that were projected, and three editions appeared in the same year. In 1833 he left for the U.S.A. , settling at Allentown , Pennsylvania , where he was employed at the Craneville iron-works . He d. 1 May 1845 .


  • Y Cyfaill cylchgrawn misol y Presbyteriaid Cymreig yn America (New York), 1845 , 92;
  • Llythyrau Cymro yn Mexico (Dafydd Wiliams) at ei gyfeillion yn Glandwr, wrth Abertawy yn rhoddi hanes pob peth hynod a ganfu ar y môr; ac wedi tirio, rhodda hanes y wlad, ei brodorion, eu tai, eu gwisgoedd, eu dull o fyw, eu crefydd, etc. (Swansea, 1826-27) (as above).


Robert (Bob) Owen, O.B.E., M.A., (1885-1962), Croesor

Published date: 1959