Evans, Shadrach (1861-1944)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918

Early years

Shadrach was born on 27 May 1861 at Coed Poeth, near Wrexham, to parents Evan and Ruth. Evan is described as a lead-miner, draper and grocer in the 1871 census return. His brother Joseph Thomas Evans was also a PM Minister.

Shadrach commenced his career as a school-teacher. He was brought to a decision for Christ in 1878 under the ministry of Rev W Wilkinson and a few months later became a local preacher. At the close of his teaching apprenticeship he was recommended for the ministry.


As a circuit minister, Shadrach was conscientious, courteous, discrete, and careful in attention to detail.

His obituary records that Shadrach had a gentle humour and a friendly disposition that made him loved by all. As an administrator he was a man of sound judgement and wise counsel. The circuits in which he travelled remembered with gratitude his sympathetic understanding, his unfailing courtesy and his faithful ministry of the Word.


Shadrach married Elizabeth Richards (b1863) in the summer of 1888 at Chacewater, Cornwall. Census returns identify six children.

  • Evan William (1889-1923) – a draper’s assistant (1911)
  • Shadrach Charles (1890-1954) – an outfitter’s assistant (1911); later borough treasurer’s clerk (1944)
  • Ruth Adeline (1892-1980) – married Sydney Noble in 1916
  • Joseph Ernest (1894-1972) – a clerk (1911)
  • John Reginald (1896-1916) – died of wounds in WW1
  • Harold (b1898)

Shadrach died on 16 March 1944 at Northampton, Northamptonshire.


  • Hartley
  • 1884 Swansea
  • 1885 St Day
  • 1887 Bristol I
  • 1888 Mangotsfield
  • 1889 Monmouth
  • 1891 Dalton in Furness
  • 1894 Hadnall
  • 1896 Congleton
  • 1898 Oakham
  • 1901 Newark
  • 1904 Ashbourne
  • 1907 Portland
  • 1910 Canterbury
  • 1913 Redhill
  • 1916 Yarmouth
  • 1918 Haverhill
  • 1923 Canterbury
  • 1927 Canterbury (S)


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918/150

Methodist Minutes 1944/137

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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