A self-made man, was a native of Aberdare, and was apprenticed to the tailoring trade in that town.
He emigrated to America at an early age, and settled at Wilkesbarre. Starting with a small tailor’s shop, he gradually built up a very extensive business, and died exceedingly wealthy. He was the composer of several congregational tunes, and was an accomplished instrumentalist. He was a thoroughly patriotic Welshman, and was ever ready to assist his less fortunate fellow-countrymen.