P.117 Historic Carm. Homes by Major Francis Jones..Llwyn Dwr,
Llandisilio..........John Evans gent, a freeholder, was born at Glanrhyd and
moved later to Llwyndwr. A strong Baptist, he built Rhydwilym chapel at his
own costs, and gave land to support the ministry there. He died in 1705,
aged 63. His son Owen Evans settled at Glanrhyd where he died unmarried in
1767, in his 73rd. year, and his daughter Joan Evans (born about 1690)
married John Griffiths, gent of Egremont parish and came to Llwyndwr after
marriage. Joan died in 1776 in her 86th. year. They had two children,
Evan Griffiths of Glanrhyd Esq. JP, who erected a monument in Rhydwilym
chapel to his mother,
and his uncle Owen Evans; and Mary Griffith who married in 1748 Richard
Lewis of Henllan and had issue.
There is a little bit of early family history associated with Glanrhyd,
Llanfallteg, in the same book.....
including the fact that John Evans born 1642's wife was named Lleucu.
Bettye Kirkwood, Australia.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert D Hemphill" <bob_rees(a)mindspring.com>
Sent: Saturday, June 02, 2001 5:20 AM
Subject: [Dyfed] Asst. or Lay Minister of Rhydwilim Baptist Church, John
Davis CE1650 - 1700 Llagolman, Pembrokeshire, Wales
I have reached an impasse on my research for family information on my
John Davis an assistant or lay minister at the Rhydwilim Baptist Church
in Llandissilio Parish in Carmarthenshire. I have looked under all of
the stones, opened all of the books I could find, asked all of the
listening ears, wrung my hand and howled to no avail. Since I can't
find anything on John I thought I would switch my search to Mr. John
Evans of Llwyndwr who was given as a guardian more or less or gave care
for John's and Jennets children and Jennet after John's death in 1700.
Does anyone have information on this Mr. John Evans of Llwyndwr as of
1700? See John Davis' biography pasted below. Does anyone know if
there were many members of the Rhydwilim church who lived in this
village. If so did many go to America about 1700?
Any help, hints, suggestions on redirection of my search, etc., etc.,
will be greatly appreciated.
Best regards, Bob Hemphill, Orangeburg, SC, USA
Richard Davis/David of Llangolman, Pembrokeshire born 1671/1679,
parents believed to be assistant minister of Rhydwilim Baptist chapel
John David/Davis and Jennet Davis/David maiden name unknown.
John's Biography from J Davis' book, the Welsh Baptist:
John Davis was a member of the church at Rhydwilim, and began to preach
about the year 1681. He was the son of a rich man in the world, but most
wonderfully displeased his father when he became a Baptist. And as he
married one of the members of the church, the old man thought fit to
disinherit him; so that he and his wife had their share of
poverty as long as he lived. However, Mr. John Evans of Llwyndwr, out of
respect to him, was so liberal to his widow and his fatherless children,
that they wanted nothing which this world could afford. Though he was
poor in the world, yet he was rich in grace and ripened for glory. He
never was ordained, but was a good and faithful preacher.
He finished his course in the year 1700. His children and
grandchildren, from time to time, have been eminent members, and some
deacons of Baptist churches in that region to the present day.
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