Born in November 1792 at Bryn-teg, Cil-y-cwm, Carmarthenshire, the son of David Elias and Mary his wife, he was apprenticed at 10 to a tailor at Llanwrtyd. At 14 he went to Merthyr Tydfil, but returned in a few years, married, and in 1822 began preaching — he was ordained in 1831. His latter years were spent at Senny-bridge (Brecknock), where he died 14 March 1855, aged 62. A cywydd by him appeared in Seren Gomer, 1821, 214, and a collection of his hymns, with a memoir, was published at Merthyr Tydfil in 1856.
Published date: 1959
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