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EVANS , WILLIAM ( 1800 - 1880 ), hymnist ;

b. 1 Oct. 1800 , fourth son of Thomas Evans ( 1756 - 1837 ) of Pen-y-feidr , Trefgarn, Pembs. , and his wife, Sarah ( Bevan ) ; the father, an elder of Woodstock C.M. church , had, in his youth, acted as guide to Williams of Pantycelyn on his journeys in Pembrokeshire . William Evans had but three weeks’ schooling. He became a member of Hall C.M. church c. 1820-1 , and was later an elder there; he was most active in Sunday-school work and in fostering congregational music — he held singing-schools at Fishguard , Trefîn , and S. Davids . He was also a hymnist , and one of his hymns still holds its place in some of our hymnals. On 11 April 1826 he m. Margaret (d. 1879 ), only daughter of William Meyler , of Ford , and took up his residence at Ford . In 1851 he bought a holding at Ambleston , and in 1857 gave up his occupation (he was a butcher ) and retired to Ambleston ( Treamlod ), the place generally associated with his name. As Ambleston is about two miles from Woodstock chapel , Evans built a house in the village for religious meetings — after his death, a chapel was built there. He d. 2 April 1880 , and was buried with his wife in Ford chapel graveyard; he had had two sons and seven daughters.

Sources:

  • Y Cylchgrawn , xxi, no. 233, pp. 252, 268, 308, 414;
  • Y Goleuad , 24 Dec. 1881 ;
  • Y Drysorfa , Jan. 1882 ;
  • information from the Rev. Richard Williams , of Woodstock.

Author:

Dr Enid Pierce Roberts, M.A., D.Litt., Bangor

Published date: 1959