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John Evans

Also Known As: "ab Evan"
Birthdate: (55)
Birthplace: Llanvachreth Parish, Talybont, Merionethshire, North Wales
Death: March 24, 1738 (51-59)
West Nottingham Friends Meeting, Chester County, Pennsylvania
Immediate Family:

Son of Evan Lloyd ab Evan and Catherine verch Rhys Wynn
Husband of Jane Evans and Charity Evans
Father of John Evans; Robert Evans; Isabella Nevins; John Evans, Jr; Margaret Nivins and 1 other
Brother of Thomas Evans; Robert Evans; Owen Evans; Cadwalader Evans; Sarah Pugh and 2 others
Half brother of Sarah Pugh

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About John Evans

John Evans. b. ; d. 1738; buried April 16,1738. He married circa 1708, Jane Moore; b. ; d. 1751.

John Evans' Will. In the name of God, Amen, the 24th day of March, 1737. I John Evan of the township of West Nottingham and county of Chester, being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to God therefore, calling to mind the mortality of the body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament; that is to say, principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul to God who gave it and my body tO' the earth, to be buried in a decent and Christian manner at the discretion of my executor, nothing doubting that I shall receive the same again at the general resurrection, by the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly estate as it has pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. Imprimus: I give and bequeath to Robert Evans, my beloved son, the sum of five shillings current money of Pennsylvania; to my son James Evans, five shillings, to my son John Evans, five shillings, to my daughter Isabel Evans, wife to David Evans,* five shillings, to my daughter Margaret Evans, five shillings, and to my daughter Mary Evans, five shillings, all current money as above said. Item: I give my well beloved wife Jane, whom I likewise constitute, appoint and ordain my sole executrix of this my last will and testament, all and singular my lands and other movable estate whatsoever, by her freely to be possessed and enjoyed and to be disposed of among my children when and in what manner she pleases, by and with the consent of her brother Joseph Moore, or in his absence, by and with the consent of her brother-in-law John Moore, and if my said wife dies intestate, then what estate she dies possessed of, shall be divided among my children, as the aforesaid Joseph and John Moore or either of them shall see fit, and I do hereby iitterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments, wills, legacies and bequests, and executors by me before in any wise named to be my last will ; ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written. John Evin, Seal."

  • "Isabel Evans, wife to David Evans." This is this same man called David Nivin, son of David Evans or Nivin.

Inventory filed June i6, 1738, gives the value of the estate 632 pounds, 17 shillings and 8 pence. Among the items are : Body clothes, linen and woolen 13 Negro boy 3° 400 acres of land 15*^ 250 " " " in New Castle. 400 " " " in Lancaster County.

Jane Evans' Will. In the name of God Amen: this twenty-sixth day of August 1751. "I Jean Evans of the Township of West Nottingham, and County of Chester ; being frail and weak of body, but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God therefore, calling to mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all mankind once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament ; that is to say principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it, and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent and christian like manner, at the discretion of executor nothing doubting but I shall receive the same at the great Resurrection, by the mighty power of God. And as concerning such wordly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give, bequeath and dispose of the same in the following manner and form : Imprimus: I give and bequeath to my well beloved son Robert Evans, the plantation he now^ dwelleth upon, with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging. Item: I give to my well beloved daughter Isabel Evans, the one half of my body clothes. Item : I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son James Evans, the plantation he now dwelleth on, with the appurtenances thereunto belonging ; the negro he now possesses in his own purchase. Item: I give and bequeath to my well beloved son John Evans, the plantation he now dwelleth on, with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging. Item: I give to my well beloved daughter Margaret Evans, my negro woman named *Jud' and the negro boy named 'Cezar,' together with the one half of my body clothes and what other things is in my chest, to be divided between her and Isabel. I order my son James Evans to pay my funeral charges, and if any money remains, I order him to have it. I hereby constitute and ordain my well beloved son Robert Evans, executor of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the day and year above written. her Jean X Evans mark Note. — "My well beloved daughter Isabel Evans." She at that time was the wife of the man called David Nivins.

John Evans and Jane Moore had children: John, Robert, James, Isabella, Margaret and Mary.


Wells Hist pg 44 " John Evans the progenitor of the Evans family was probably born in Wales about 1680, He was the father of three sons who settled here in 1730.; John, James and Robert."

WILL: John Evan. W. Nottingham, Chester Co., Pa. MAR 24, 1738 - June 23, 1738, B. 27 To sons Robert, James, John, 5 shillings each. To daughter Isabel, wife to David Evans 5 shillings. To daughters Margaret and Mary Evans, 5 shillings each. To wife Jane all land and moveables estate to be disposed of among my childern as she pleases with the consent of her brother Joseph Moore or in his absence of her brother in law, John Moor.... Executrix: wife Jane Witnesses: Thomas Williams, Alex McKee... __________________________________ HISTORY OF CECIL COUNTY. PAGE 485 THE EVANS FAMILY. This family is one of the most numerous in the county and for more than a century has been one of the most distinguished; many of its members having filled important public positions, while others have been successful manufacturers and farmers. There is reason to believe that most of the Evans name in this county are the descendants of three brothers, John, James, and Robert Evans, who settled here about a century and a half ago, and are believed to have been the sons of John Evans, who was probably born about the year 1680. In 1739, James Evans bought four hundred acres of land in Lancaster Count, Pennsylvania, which he continued to hold, and probably resided on it until 1752, when he sold it to his brother, John Evans, the great-grandfather of William James Evans, and John P. Evans, and Catharine P. Evans, wife of W. W. Black. James and Robert Evans married sisters, Isabella and Margaret, daughters of John Kilpatrick of West Nottingham, who made them the executors of his will, and as such they, in 1773, sold his plantation, about two miles west of the Rising Sun, on the road leading to Porter's Bridge, to their brother John Evans, who had settled many years before at Drumore Centre, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and whose son James, settled on the aforesaid farm. ____________________________ To master Maryland history we must know the biography of its foundeitrs. That biography has never before been written. Boz.ns„n, McMahan, McSherry, Davis and Scharf, content to accept the bitised opinions of contemporary partisans, have been lavish in their criiticisms of our "Early Settlers." At this distance from that crucial era, under our broad ideas of t'bleration, it is difficult to judge the men and measures of an age of unlimited privileges. For the first time in all history an ideal government had been organized in Maryland; a benevolent lord with knightly powers was at its head. An act of toleration had just been passed. It was the joint product of liberal men of all faiths, but it was at a time when the mother country was involved in religious controversies, which, of necessity, were just as bitter here. Hence the act of toleration was for a season obscured in Maryland; but its influence, once felt, continued to grow until it became a leaven of enlightenment, ending finally in complete revolution. Annapolis, Maryland:

  • Previous to 1836, the senators of Maryland were elected by an electoral college, composed of forty electors; each county electing' two and Baltimore City and the city of Annapolis, one each. The constitution provided that not less than twenty-four members of the college should constitute a quorum.

At the election in 1836, the Whigs elected twenty-one and the Democrats nineteen members of the college. The latter refused to go into an election until they had a guarantee from the Whigs, that certain amendments to the constitution should be made, allowing the people to elect the governor and senators by a direct vote. The Democratic members have since been known as the "glorious nineteen."

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John Evans's Timeline

1683
1683
Talybont, Merionethshire, North Wales
1709
November 1709
Age 26
White Clay Creek, Chester County, Pennsylvania
1710
February 17, 1710
Age 27
Rising Sun, Cecil County, Maryland
1715
1715
Age 32
Cecil County, Maryland
1717
1717
Age 34
Chester County, Pennsylvania
1722
1722
Age 39
1725
1725
Age 42
1738
March 24, 1738
Age 55
March 24, 1738
Age 55