Thomas Davis Evans, successful farmer and stock raiser, and popular citizen of Washington county, was born on her father's farm in Champaign county, Ohio, July 17, 1850, a son of Thomas Davis and Nancy (Scott) Evans. The Evans family is of Welch descent and the branch of which our subject is a member was founded in America by Griffith Evans, a native of Wales, who came to the State of Ohio during the early part of the last century and located on land in Champaign county, then in its early settlement. The maternal grandfather of our subject, Samuel Scott, was a native of Ireland, who also was a pioneer settler of Ohio. Thomas Davis Evans, the son of Griffith and father of our subject, was a farmer and auctioneer, who married, when a young man, Nancy Scott, and died in 1857.
Thomas Davis Evans, Jr., was reared on the parental farm and obtained his education in the district schools of his native county, the school term at that time being limited to three months. Owing to the death of his father while the children were young, our subject being but seven years of age at the time, he and his two elder brothers were compelled to earn a living for the family, which was accomplished through the operation of the home farm. On attaining his majority our subject took over the management of this property and the support of his mother, and was engaged in farming and stock raising until 1885, when he came to Kansas and rented a farm five miles southeast of the city of Washington. He remained on this property for four years, and removed to Thayer county, Nebraska, where he remained one year, and then returned to Washington county, Kansas, and bought a farm in Farmington township. He farmed this property for several years and also engaged in stock raising with success. He next disposed of this land and bought his present farm of seventy acres, which adjoins the city of Washington, where he has since resided. As a farmer and stock raiser he has met with gratifying success and is recognized as one of the well read and best posted men engaged in this line of endeavor in his section. His farm property has the best of modern improvements and one of the most substantial farm residences in the county. Mr. Evans has been a consistent advocate of the principles of the Republican party and has been actively identified with the political affairs of his county. He served for one term as trustee of Farmington township, and his record while in this office reflects credit upon himself and his constituents. He is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, the Kansas Fraternal Citizens and of the Methodist Episcopal church. In the last named organization he has taken an active and prominent part and is an officer in his congregation.
On January 28, 1874, Mr. Evans was united in marriage with Miss Anna B. Jordan, a daughter of Robert N. and Pricilla (Fleming) Jordan, who was reared and educated in West Liberty, Logan county, Ohio. Mrs. Evans's father was a well known attorney of West Liberty, Ohio, and he and his wife are both deceased. To this union have been born three children: Fred J., a successful attorney, of Garden City, Kan., and at this writing, 1913, county attorney of Finney county; Enola B., who is deceased; and Charles W., a farmer, of Washington county, Kansas. Fred J. married Miss Bertha Graham and they are the parents of two children: Dorthea and Fred J., Jr.; Charles W. married Libby Saxton and they have one son, Charles W., Jr.
Charles W. Evans, Sr., is one of the well known stock raisers of his county, a breeder of registered Holstein cattle and is preparing to engage extensively in dairying.Pages 532-533 from a supplemental volume of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed October 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM196. It is a single volume 3.
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