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EVANS , HENRY ( fl. 1787-1839 ), Arminian Baptist minister .

The very little that is known of him is set down here for the convenience of students. He was b. in Carmarthen town, was a member of Dark Gate church , and began preaching in 1787 . From 1788 till 1791 he was at Bristol Baptist Academy . In 1791 he was living at Merthyr Tydfil , whether as a pastor is uncertain, but he certainly had a chapel there later, and Merthyr Tydfil General Baptist church appears in Titus Lewis 's list, 1810 , printed by David Peter in his Hanes Crefydd yng Nghymru . However, on 5 Dec. 1792 Evans was ordained pastor of Craig-y-fargod General Baptist church (see under Winter , Charles ), by David Saunders I (see under Saunders , Evan ) of Aberduar and Morgan John Rhys ( Rippon , Baptist Register , i, 523) — a renewal of contact between that church and the Baptists . Evans signs the minutes of the General Baptist Assembly at its meeting at Craig-y-fargod in 1809 ( Monthly Repository , 1809 , 695). It is still not clear that he had removed from Merthyr . In 1814 , a ‘ W. Rees ’ appears at Craig-y-fargod (ibid., 1814 , 64 — note that these are minutes of the Unitarian Assembly ). The church waned; the chapel was closed by 1830 and sold to the Independents in 1833 ( Hanes Egl. Ann. , ii, 311-12). Evans 's Merthyr church also faded out; its chapel was bought by the Particular Baptists in 1812-13 ( D. Jones , Hanes Bed. Deheubarth Cymru , 592 — Jones , who was at the time a printer in the town, had a hand in the purchase). What became of Henry Evans afterwards is not known, but he was alive in 1839 (ibid., 440).


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959