He was a poet, was born in the parish of Llanwinio, Carmarthenshire, and, after receiving a little elementary education, sought employment on a farm. In a few years, he returned to his home, and learnt his father’s trade of wheelwright. Upon the death of his mother, in 1833, he settled at Llanelly, afterwards removing to Merthyr, where, in course of time, he established a business of his own. He was a good prose writer, and for some years edited the Welsh columns in the Merthyr press. As an Eisteddfodwr he was well-known throughout the Principality, and many were the prizes he won at these gatherings. (Y Geninen, 1894.) See T Geninen, 1901, p. 177.