About 1777 he m. Judith Humphreys (or ‘ Erasmus ’ ; she d. c . 1795-6 ). Of his nine children, the four sons d. before him; two of the daughters were Elizabeth Davis ‘of Balaclava ’ and Bridget ( 1795? - 1878 ), who was maid to lady Llanover in London and at Llanover , and is buried at ‘ Capel Ed ’ near Llanover ( Cylch. Cymd. Hanes M.C. , June 1918 ); they were b. at Penrhiw , a farm which Dafydd Cadwaladr rented from the Rev. Simon Lloyd .
About 1780 he began preaching . He knew his Bible by heart; his daughter tells us that he composed his sermons while knitting ‘very fast’; and as he was an untiring walker (even to London ) he became a favourite preacher throughout Wales . He was a great friend of Thomas Charles , and published elegies on the death of Mr. and Mrs. Charles ( Ehediadau y Meddwl , Bala , 1816 ). He d. 9 July 1834 ; he was buried at Llanycil .
Practically everything written on Dafydd Cadwaladr derives ultimately from the anonymous Ychydig Gofnodau ar … Dafydd Cadwaladr , Bala , 1836 ; but there are also sidelights upon him and upon his environment in his daughter Elizabeth 's autobiography.
Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor
Published date: 1959