EVANS, DANIEL (1774 - 1835), Congregational minister

Name: Daniel Evans

Date of birth: 1774

Date of death: 1835

Gender : Male

Occupation: Congregational minister

Area of activity: Religion

Author: John Dyfnallt Owen

Born at Eglwyswrw, Pembrokeshire, 16 January 1774, the family moving to Moylgrove when he was a child. After receiving more schooling than was then usual, he was apprenticed to a country tailor. He became a church member at the age of 15 and had begun to preach before he was 18. He preached regularly on Sundays and also in dwelling-houses on week-nights. He was invited to become assistant to Isaac Price, Llanwrtyd, in 1776, but he was not ordained there. In 1779 he accepted a call to minister to the small church at Bangor, Caernarfonshire. His lot there was hard as the church was weak. He worked assiduously, nevertheless, extending his field of activities as far as the Conway valley; he founded seven churches in the neighbourhood of Bangor.

In 1808 he moved to Mynydd-bach, Swansea, where he spent the remainder of his life as a very successful minister and preacher. He succoured weak churches and started some new causes. He was a moderate Calvinist in his doctrine. He died 3 March 1835. He wrote biographies of Lewis Rees, William Evans of Cwmllynfell John Davies of Alltwen, and John Davies of Llansamlet, together with Lleferydd yr Asyn (Swansea, J. Harris, 1822), Y Cawg Aur (Swansea, E. Griffiths, 1830), Cawell y Bara Croyw (Swansea, E. Griffiths, 1833), Ychydig Ddaioni o Nazareth (Caerfyrddin, D. Harris, 1834), and Y cysgod a’r Sylwedd, 1851.

A biography of Daniel Evans was published by Hugh Jones, Tredegar, 1835.