The first 30 years of his life were spent at home, writing and following eisteddfodau and researching the history of the country between Newcastle Emlyn and the sea in the parish of Penbryn , and despite frequent attacks of infirmity , undoubtedly the first ten years of the 20th c. were the most fruitful for his researches. He published a constant flow of poems, articles and notes in the Cardigan and Aberystwyth weekly papers and in periodicals such as Seren Gomer , Yr Athraw , Arch. Camb. , Byegones and Y Geninen , but his essay on the History of Cenarth which won the prize under the adjudication of Sir John Rhys ( DWB , 844-5) at Newcastle Emlyn eisteddfod in 1902 was not published. During this period he corresponded with a number of contemporary Welsh scholars. While at Treherbert he succeeded in safeguarding the official archives of the chapel and wrote Canmlwyddiant Libanus … braslun o'r hanes ( 1950 ). From his early days he was active in rescuing the libraries of famous men and contemporaries , and at times using the material as a basis for biographies, e.g. his grandfather ‘ Gwynionydd ’ ; David James , ‘ Defynnog ’ ( 1865 - 1928 ) (see Supplement below) , Lewis Jones , the musician of Treherbert (d. 1882 ), William Evans Davies ( 1861 - 1945 ), Dre-fach , Rees Price (d. 1896 ), Cilfowyr , John Gomer Lewis ( 1844 - 1914 ) ( DWB , 556) , and David Price ( 1865 - 1931 ), both of Swansea , and Anthony Williams ( 1845 - 1913 ), Ystrad Rhondda ; and also Rhys Jones Lloyd ( 1827 - 1904 ), the son of Bronwydd mansion , Llangynllo , the rector of Troed-yr-aur , and his troubled Independent neighbour Thomas Cynfelyn Benjamin ( 1850 - 1925 ), Pen-y-graig , upon whose grave in Llethr-ddu cemetery Trealaw D.P.W. played a part in arranging for a tomb-stone to be erected.
He m., 1 Oct. 1941 , in Tabernacl , Cardiff , a member of his church, Annie Lydia , only daughter of David and Jane Morgan , Cedrwydd , Treherbert , deputy headmistress of Penyrenglyn Primary School and secretary of Treherbert Cymrodorion Society . He d. suddenly in Church Village Hospital , 27 Oct. 1952 and was buried in Glyn-taf Crematorium .
Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001