David Davies (Dewi Cynon) 1854-1938
David Davies (Dewi Cynon)
David Davies was born in cottage as Pontbren-Llwyd, the son of a Carmarthenshire man who came to work as a haulier in the Penderyn Tramroad and married a local girl.

David was sent to a local ‘Dame’ school kept by the wife of the Baptist Minister, he was an avid reader and became interested in poetry and history. He became an ardent eisteddfodwr. Dewi Cynon had many talents, had a fine singing voice and was an able musician, teaching local youngsters to play the piano and harmonium and conducting choirs.

He worked as a quarryman for most of his life and was also a sub-postmaster. But his great love was writing essays on local history and conducting local choirs.  His essay on the history of the native parish ‘Hanes Plwyf Penderyn’ was published in 1905 (Second Edition 1924) by Jenkin Howell of Aberdare. He is buried in the graveyard of Siloam Chapel where he had been precentor for many years.

Siloam Church Penderyn

Murdered in a Foreign Land 25.01.1913

Mr. David Davies (Dewi Cynon), Penderyn, received the news some time ago of the death of his son. John Haydn Davies, in Tongoa, one of the South Sea Islands, where he was engaged as a cocoa plantation manager to Messrs. Kerr and Co., Sydney. At the time it was stated that the cause of his death was the bursting of a blood vessel, brought about by over-exertion in walking in the heat of the sun.

Now the news has been communicated to the father that the young man was murdered by natives. He left his home in Tongoa for the Isle of Epi, 15 miles away, in search of more workers. He was accompanied by two native boys. Next day he crossed the island on foot. In the after- noon the boys returned, and reported that "the white man" had been killed. A terrible wound, on the back of the head proved that death was the result of a heavy blow. His wife, to whom he was married in December, 1911, and who was previously a nurse in Sydney, is confident that her husband was treacherously murdered by natives, and she is having the matter investigated. Mr. Davies was well known in Penderyn and the neighbourhood. He was a young man of considerable musical and literary abilities.