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JENKINS , EVAN ( 1781 - 1863 ), hymnist .

Born in the upper part of Llansamlet parish, Glam. He was a weaver , and worked for a time at Neath and Llantrisant , but returned to Llansamlet , where he became a member and an elder of Capel-y-Cwm (C.M.) church . His two sons (by two marriages) became weavers at Swansea , and members of Trinity (C.M.) church there. The father joined them, but regularly walked out to Capel-y-Cwm for the services. One hymn by him (beginning ‘ Duwioldeb yn ei grym … ’) has retained popular favour, and appears in modern hymnaries. He d. 4 April 1863 , aged 82, and was buried in front of Cwm chapel .

His elder brother, WILLIAM JENKINS , b. 18 April 1779 , was a collier , and also caretaker of Philadelphia C.M. chapel at Morriston . He wrote elegies and hymns (notably an elegy upon John Evans of Llwynffortun , 1779 - 1847 ) ; some of his hymns were printed by Daniel Evans ( 1774 - 1825 ) in his collection Swp o Ffigys , and one was set as an anthem by D. Emlyn Evans .

Sources:

  • W. Samlet Williams , Hanes a Hynafiaethau Llansamlet (History & antiquities of Llansamlet) (Dolgellau, 1908) , 21-5;
  • Hanes Methodistiaeth Gorllewin Morgannwg sef hanes Eglwysi y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd yng Ngorllewin Morgannwg, o ddechreuad Methodistiaeth hyd o gylch y flwyddyn 1870 (1916) , i, 158-9, 203-4;
  • W. A. Griffiths , Hanes Emynwyr Cymru (Caernarfon, 1907) , 102-3;
  • J. Thickens , Emynau a'u Hawduriaid (1945) ;
  • information from Mr. Garfield H. Hughes , Aberystwyth.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959