The first member of the Evans family that we know of was Morgan John Evans 1771-1828, and it is no surprise that he was a mariner. His son was known as John Evans the Elder, 1792-1853, of whom little is known other that he may have run sloops such as the Mermaid and there is a mention of him commanding the schooner Laura and Elizabeth in 1839. John the Elder married Mary Benjamin 1803-94, of Cwmcethin in 1824. The couple went to live at the 3 acre small holding in Glanwern which was owned by Mary's father, a joiner and ships carpenter. They had three children, John the Younger b.1828, Jane b.1835 and Elizabeth b.1838. The latter married master mariner Thomas Lloyd and they also lived at Cwmcethin where a dozen people were listed as residents. The Lloyd descendants were to play a large part in Borth's maritime history up until recently.
Captain John Evans the Younger 1828-94 married Sarah, daughter of Rhiwlas farmer William Jones, in 1854. They lived at Saxatile, an early Georgian house previously called Morfa. It was amongst the first built on the shingle bank. They had four children, William, Jane, Sarah and Margaretta. The captain owned several ships, which according to oral family tradition, sailed from Porthmadog to South America with roofing slates ,where they were exchanged for guano which was brought back to Wales for fertilizer. The first ship he owned and captained was the schooner Sarah named in honour of his wife which was built in Aberdyfi in 1858. This ship was under his command from 1859-64 and later abandoned at sea. He commanded the Sarah and Mary, which according to records was built at Derwenlas in 1852, and owned by the Evans Family of Morben Isaf. I wonder if the two Evans families were related as John captained several of their vessels. To confuse matters there is another master mariner called John Evans from Aberdyfi who commanded the schooners Mary and Ellen and the Ala Charles. Does the name of the Sarah and Mary come from John's wife Sarah and his mother Mary? If the shipping records are correct and she was built in 1852, then it is a mere twelve months before the death of John Evans the Elder. John Evans the Younger also commanded the schooners Eleanor and Jane, Savatele and the barque Nelson Hewitson.