Everett, Robert, Dd

Everett, Robert, D.D.

a Congregational minister, was born in Gronant, North Wales, January 2, 1791. He studied under Reverend Thomas Jones, of Newmarket, also in the Denbigh Academy; began preaching in 1809, but two years later entered Wrexham Theological Seminary, and completed a four years' course. He was ordained pastor in Debigh in 1815; dismissed in 1823; came to America and began to minister to the Welsh Congregational Church,Utica, N.Y., in July of the same year. This charge he resigned in 1832, and in the following year became acting pastor at East Winfield, where he remained until 1835, when, for about three years, he served the Presbyterian Church at Westernville. In April 1838, he was installed pastor of the two Welsh congregations of Steuben, a position which he retained until the close of his life, although, during the last few years, he preached only occasionally. He died there, February 25, 1875. The Welsh people in the United States gave him eleven hundred dollars as a testimonial in 1871.

Stenographia is the title of a work which he published at Denbigh in 1816, in which shorthand writing was first adapted to the Welsh language. Sixty editions of his First Catechism were published in Wales, being first issued at Denbigh in 1822. This was republished in America, and passed through several editions. At Steuben he published a Larger Cutechism; also Arveinydd, an aid to reading Welsh, of which fifteen editions were printed prior to his death. In January 1840, he published the first number of Y Cenhadwr Americanaidd (The American Missionary), a Welsh Congregational monthly, which was edited, after his death, by his son. In 1843 he published Y Dyngarwr (The Philanthropist), devoted to emancipation and temperance; and from 1850 to 1852 he edited Y Detholydd (Eclectic). Two Welsh hymnbooks, published in 1839 and 1846, were in large part prepared by Dr. Everett. See Cong. Quarterly, 1876, page 425; 1877, page 314.

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