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HUGHES , WILLIAM ROBERT ( 1798? - 1879 ), healer of cancer and cancerous warts ;

b. at Tanyrallt , in the parish of Abererch, Caerns. , of a family reputed to have an exceptional ability to cure cancerous warts , etc. After marriage he moved to live at Mur Crysto , Llangybi , in 1821 . He was a friend of David Owen (‘ Dewi Wyn o Eifion ’; DWB , 700) , Ebenezer Thomas (‘ Eben Fardd ’; DWB , 944-5) , and Robert Williams (‘ Robert ap Gwilym Ddu ’; DWB , 1067) . So great was his power that he became known as ‘ Dewin y Cennin ’ ( The leek magician ). He emigrated to U.S.A. in 1845 , settling in Columbus , Wisconsin . It was claimed that the first Welsh sermon in the state of Wisconsin was preached in his house. In America he continued to treat cancer and cancerous warts . He d. 15 Mar. 1879 .

Sources:

  • Y Brython (Tremadog), 1859 , 221; 1860 , 32;
  • Y Cenhadwr Americanaidd sef cylchgrawn gwybodaeth fuddiol a dyddorawl i Gymry America / The American messenger , Utica, New York, 1840-1901 , 1867 , 374; 1879 , 154;
  • Y Cyfaill cylchgrawn misol y Presbyteriaid Cymreig yn America (Utica), 1879 , 270-1.

Author:

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

Published date: 2001