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WILLIAMS , EVAN ( 1724 - 1758 ), Welsh Moravian ;

b. in Merioneth , 27 March 1724 , a tailor . At 16, he went to London , and thence to Haverfordwest , but in 1748 he was in Bristol , a foundation-member of the Moravian society there ( 1748 ) and of the Congregation ( 1755 ). He was a studious man, knew several languages , and made a Welsh translation of Zinzendorff 's ‘ Berlin Discourses ’ — this was revised and published in 1760 by John Gambold (q.v.) . In April 1758 , Williams was sent to Derwen Deg , near Ruthin , to open a Moravian mission in North Wales ; but he d. there 2 May 1758 , and was buried at Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd .

Sources:

  • Moravian documents in the Bristol Congregation archives — see Y Cymmrodor , xlv, 50-1.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959