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Latterly, through the efforts of Canon Allchin and others, she is becoming increasingly well-known to students of hymnology and spirituality outside Wales – not least following the inclusion of an English translation of one of her hymns in the service of enthronement of Dr Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury in February 2003.‘Despite the limitations of her work,’ says Canon Allchin, ‘her stature is to be measured against the great and unquestioned figures of the Church’s history.’ Such a claim contrasts starkly with her insignificance during her own lifetime, except within a fairly close circle of friends and acquaintances.Ann’s native area, then, was no backwater, despite its being rural.It was open to influences of all sorts, and the various awakenings of the eighteenth century – economic, cultural, political and religious – were all to affect Ann, her family and her community in a variety of ways and to varying degrees.Her father’s family roots were deep in that parish and her mother’s roots also lay deep in northern Montgomeryshire.When they married in February 1767, John Evan Thomas took his bride to live at his parents' farm, Tŷ Mawr Dolwar, and there their first two children were born, Jane in 1767 and John in 1769.On their marriage, Thomas came to join Ann and her brother at Dolwar Fach.
Ann’s hymns have long been regarded as one of the highlights of Welsh literature, and since the mid-nineteenth century she herself has become a prominent icon in Welsh-speaking Wales. She has been the subject of novels, dramas, films and numerous poems.
We know little of his wife, Jane Theodore, apart from the fact that she was probably related to some of the more well-to-do families of the neighbourhood.