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EVANS , JONAH ( 1836 - 1896 ), preparatory school tutor, and minister (Congl.) ;

b. 7 Feb. 1836 in Llanfihangel, Carms. He enjoyed very few privileges early in life, and was a farm servant for years. He attended Carmarthen College , 1859-61 , and opened a preparatory school at Llanybydder in 1861 , before moving it to Llansawel under the name ‘ Sawel Academy ’. He prepared students for the ministry and other callings. He was a prominent leader in establishing the Congregational church at Llansawel , and was ord. as minister there in 1870 . He served the churches on Sundays, and lectured on ‘ Agriculture ’ throughout the country. He wrote Cofiant Evan Jones, Crugybar, 1804-78 ( Llandeilo , 1883 ), and Y Berllan Ddiwinyddol . He d. 31 March 1896 .

Sources:

  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present , 1908 ;
  • NLW MSS 9257, 10326;
  • Notable Welshmen (1700–1900) , 1908

Author:

Rev. John Dyfnallt Owen, M.A., (1873-1956), Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001