Telynfab: The Revd. Benjamin Evans of Aberdare

In 2007 we received as our 75th accession at Glamorgan Archives papers relating to the Revd. Benjamin Evans (Telynfab) of Aberdare (ref.: DX555). The papers comprised a series of photographs of Revd. Evans and his descendants.

Benjamin Evans was born in Dowlais in 1844. He worked as a coal miner before gaining a place to study at Haverfordwest Baptist College. Ordained in 1871, he moved to Aberdare in 1876 where he became minister of Gadlys Welsh Baptist Chapel. During his time as a Baptist minister he served as Secretary of the Baptist Missionary Society; he was also one of the first members of Aberdare Urban District Council, the clerk to the governors of Aberdare Boys Grammar School, and he later served on Aberdare School Board. He participated in local Eisteddfodau and was the author of several published works.

Revd. Benjamin Evans married Ann James and together they had 6 children. He died in 1900.

Those featured in the photographs include the Revd. Evans himself and his wife Ann, as well as their youngest daughter Ethel. Ethel Evans married the Revd. Robert Gwenffrwd Hughes, who also became minister at Gadlys Chapel, and their son Percival Arwyn Hughes is also shown in the photographs.

Wedding of Revd. R. G. Hughes and Ethel Evans

Wedding of Revd. R. G. Hughes and Ethel Evans

These photographs detail not only elements of the social and religious history of south Wales, but they also contribute towards a personal history of the Evans and Hughes families.

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