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EVANS , DAVID ( fl. 1710?-1745? ), an early Independent minister in the Welsh Tract, etc., Pennsylvania, and author .

Although it is not certain that he was born in Wales — some authorities say that he was a son of the Rev. William Evans , Pencader, Carms. , who emigrated to America — he deserves notice as one of the earliest Welsh authors in America . At least three books by him were published, (a) A Help for parents and Heads of families … by David Evans, a Labourer in the Gospel at Tredyffren in Pennsylvania ( Philadelphia , B. Franklin , 1732 ); (b) The Minister of Christ and his Flock … ( Philadelphia , B. Franklin , 1732 ); and (c) Law and Gospel, or Man wholly ruined by the Law and Recovered only by the Gospel. Being the Substance of some Sermons preached at Tredyffren in Pennsylvania … 1734 and again at Piles-Grove in New Jersey in … 1742 ( Philadelphia , B. Franklin and D. Hall , 1748 ). He ministered to the church of Pencader , Pennsylvania , for seven years.

Sources:

  • Y Cenhadwr Americanaidd sef cylchgrawn gwybodaeth fuddiol a dyddorawl i Gymry America / The American messenger , Utica, New York, 1840-1901 , December 1878 ;
  • The Cambrian , 1882 , 118-9.

Author:

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

Published date: 2001