Born 24 August 1814 at Llwydcoed, near Llanybyther, Carmarthenshire, son of David and Eleanor Davies. He received some education, and followed his father's trade as a wood-turner. At an early age he moved with his parents to Rhydcymerau. He began to preach in 1834, and was ordained in 1880. He was twice married, (a) to Margaret of Coed Iarll, Briton Ferry, Glamorganshire, and (b) to Mary Evans, of Tir-Ifan-Ddu, whose father was step-brother to Thomas Evans (Tomos Glyn Cothi, 1764 - 1833). He lived from 1860 to the end of his days at Cwmcyfyng, near Capel Isaac, where he died 2 January 1891.
Although he had but little schooling, he was interested in languages, and read the Bible daily in the original languages. He was remarkable for his dramatic style of preaching, and his ready retorts and witty sayings remain as part of the lore of the countryside. Many of his idiosyncrasies arose to a certain extent from his deafness, and after his death they provided much of the contents of his biography.
Published date: 1959
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