Descendants of James Evans of Wales

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Generation #3

John (2James, 1James)  Evans of Luzerne Co PA

Research Notes: 

This Evans family is not the pioneer Evans family of John and Washington Evans who settled in Licking Co before 1800. This Evans family migrated from central Pennsylvania in 1823.

Evans family research has been stymied by a dearth of records; as known records for land transactions, birth and marriage and probate records for Licking Co OH were lost in a courthouse fire. Therefore, we must turn to any and all ancillary records including non-specific censuses and tombstones. This research resumes by looking at gravestones in the surrounding communities. [Research Notes]

And, continuing research reveals:

John Evans was born 3/22/1796 in Northumberland (now Columbia) Co PA. John's father, James, was a renowned millwright. And, John learned his trade as a blacksmith working under his father.

In 1823 in Luzerne Co PA, John married Susannah Stout b. 1/23/1804 in Northampton Co PA. From the 1880 Licking Co OH Census, we learn that both of Susannah's parents were born in Pennsylvania.

Research Note: John Evans and Susannah Stout were 2nd cousins within the larger Hess family. John lived at Fishing Creek, Columbia county, just across the county line from Susannah who lived at Harveyville, Luzerne county.

Sometime after 3/1828 and the birth of son Nathan, John and family migrated to Licking Co OH. With this late date of migration, the route would have been fairly easy. Starting in central Pennsylvania, the family would have traveled south and west down to the intersection with the the Germantown Pike and the ferry at Harrisburg, crossing the river then west on Forbes Road toward Pittsburg then down Zane's Trace to central Ohio.

John is possibly enumerated in the 1830 Licking Co OH Census. And, the History of Licking County cites John as the founder of the Town of St. Louisville. We know that it was this John Evans from the history which links him with Wesley Coffman:

St. Louisville was laid out in 1839 by John Bell and Stephen Ritter. Subsequently additions were laid out by John Evans and Wesley Coffman. It early became a post town, superceding the post office at Newton Mills, half a mile below. . . .

    "History of Licking County [OH]," Licking Co OH GenWeb Site, <http://www.heritagepursuit.com/Licking/LickingFile8.htm> 14 May 2007.

Evidence connecting this John Evans to son Nathan comes from the 1850 Licking Co OH Census where both John and Nathan are found in Newton TWP, listed as blacksmiths. And in the 1860 Licking Co OH Census, John's profession is still that of a blacksmith.

By 1870 John no longer lives in the family home. I wonder which child he left it to? In the census, John is found living with son-in-law Phillip Coffman and daughter Lydia. John died 7/28/1871 and is believed to be buried in Evans Cemetery, Licking Co OH.

Males Born After

#

Evans

Females Born After #

Evans

100+ 100+
to 100 1740 to 100 1740
to 90 1750 to 90 1750
to 80 1760 to 80 1760
to 70 1770 to 70 1770
to 60 1780 to 60 1780
to 50 1790 1 John to 50 1790
to 40 1800 0 to 40 1800 1 Susan
to 30 1810 0 to 30 1810 0
to 20 1820 0 to 20 1820 0
to 15 1825 1 Nathan to 15 1825 1 Mary Ann
to 10 1830 1 William to 10 1830 1 Amanda
to 5 1835 1 Evan to 5 1835 1 Lydia
1849. James Evans household in Briar Creek township. Probate records list sons of James: Ephraim, James Jr., John and George.
1850 Licking Co OH Census, Newton Twp
HN   FN   Last  First      Age  Sex  Occup.      POB
========================================================
1818 1833 Evans John       52   M    Blacksmith  PA
                Susan      45   F                "
                William    19   M                O[hio]
                Amanda     17   F                "
                Lydia      12   F                "
                Evan       10   M                "
                Elizabeth   5   F                "
                Hulda       3   F                "
1860 Licking Co OH Census, Newton Twp
HN   FN   Last  First      Age  Sex  Occup.        POB
==========================================================
1818 1833 Evans John       63   M    Blacksmith    PA
                Susan      56   F                  "
                Lydia      22   F    Housekeeper   Ohio
                Elton      16   M    Schoolteacher "
          Beard Hannah     12   F                  "
1870 Licking Co OH Census, Newton Twp
HN   FN   Last    First    Age  Sex  Occup.        POB
==========================================================
35   37   Coffman Phil     34   M    Farmer        Ohio
                  Lidia    33   F                  "
          Evans   John     73   M    Infirm        Penn
                  Susan    65   F    Lives w/ dau  "
Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
 George M. BENEAR   Self   M   Male   W   35   OH   Dealer In Grain   VA   VA 
 Susanah EVANS   Other   W   Female   W   75   PA      PA   PA
Evans Cemetery, Licking Co OH:
Evans, John B S [b. 1796] d. 7/19/1871; age 75 yr
Evans, Susanna [Stout], wife of John [b. 1804] d. 6/2/1883; age 79 yr

    Children

    1. Mary Ann Evans

1850 Licking Co OH Census, Newton Twp
HN   FN   Last  First      Age  Sex  Occup.      POB
========================================================
     1779 Smith Wesley     27   M    Farmer      O
                Mary Ann   24   F                PA

    2. Nathan Evans b. 3/5/1828 Columbia Co PA

    3. William Evans

Note, the William D. Evans who was a blacksmith and married Catherine was the son of Alexander Evans of Virginia. That William migrated to the Dakotas in 1883.

 Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
 William EVANS   Self   M   Male   W   40   OH   Farmer   PA   --- 
 Amanda EVANS   Wife   M   Female   W   34   OH   Keeping House   PA   OH 

    4. Amanda Evans b. 1833 Licking Co OH

    5. Lydia Margaret Evans

 Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
 Phillip COFFMAN   Self   M   Male   W   44   OH   Farmer   VA   VA 
 Lydia COFFMAN   Wife   M   Female   W   48   OH   Keeping House   PA   PA 
Newark Advocate, Thursday, Sep 22, 1910
The Coffman reunion was held at Mr. Phillip Coffman's last Sunday. Those being present were; Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Coffman. Mr. and Mrs. William O'Bannon. Mr. and Mrs. Adam Maharg. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Graves. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Coffman. Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Coffman. Mr. and Mrs. George Vance. Mr. and Mrs. [Eliza Coffman] George Mahard. Mr. and Mrs. Low Haltz. Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Coffman. Mr. David Hall. Mr. and Mrs. John Westbrook. Miss Rose Terman. Emery Vanechester. Indus Vance. Willie Maharg. Harry, Irwin, Emma, Johnnie Maharg. Martha Coffman. Lester, Daisy, Roxie, Ruth, Cary, Wylie Coffman. Mr. Frank Shanks, and Mr. Clark Weaver.

    6. Evan Evans

    7. Elizabeth Evans

Generation #4

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