KSGENWEB INTERNET GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY COPYRIGHT NOTICE: In keeping with the KSGenWeb policy of providing free information on the Internet, this data may be used by non-commercial entities, as long as this message remains on all copied materiel. These electronic pages cannot be reproduced in any format for profit or other gain. Copying of the files within by non-commercial individuals and libraries is encouraged. Any other use, including publication, storage in a retrieval system, or transmission by electronic, mechanical, or other means requires approval of the file's author.
The following transcription is from a 750 page book titled "Genealogical and Biographical Record of North-Eastern Kansas, dated 1900. These have been diligently transcribed and generously contributed by Penny R. Harrell, please give her a very big Thank You for her hard work!
On the roll of the "boys in blue" who fought for the preservation of the Union and kept the country intact appears the name of Franklin Evans. He is now a well known resident of Mission township, Brown county, where he has resided since 1878.
He was born in Pike county, Indiana, on the 22nd of June, 1842, and is a son of Dennis Evans, whose birth occurred in France. The father was reared and educated in the land of his nativity and when a young man crossed the Atlantic to the new world, taking up his abode in the Hoosier state.
He was married, in Evansville, Pike county, at the age of nineteen, to Julia Grisson, a native of Gibson county, Indiana, and a daughter of Dr. Thomas and Polly (Vinn) Grisson, both of whom were natives of Indiana and are now deceased.
Mr. and Mrs. Evans began their domestic life in Pike county, where the father died at the early age of twenty-three years, leaving his widow and one son, Franklin, their only child.
In politics Mr. Evans was a Whig. The subject of this review
was reared and educated in Indiana and Illinois. During his youth he
worked as a farm hand in those states and was trained to habits of
industry, economy and honesty, and these have proved important factors in his successful career in later life.
The educational privileges which he received in the common
schools were greatly supplemented by
lessons learned in the schools of experience. For some years he resided in Sangamom county, Illinois, and when President Lincoln issued his call for three hundred thousand men he offered his services to the Union, enlisting in August, 1862, as a member of Company B, One Hundred
and Fourteenth Illinois Infantry.
He served with that command for eighteen months, during which time he underwent many sufferings. He was ill with fever and rheumatism, hearing and eyesight were greatly affected and indeed so serious was the trouble with his eyes that some years ago he lost his eyesight entirely and has since been totally blind.
Such were some of the great sacrifices which the soldier made
in order to defend the Union, and their names should ever be engraved on the
pages of history and the country should ever be mindful of the
debt of gratitude which it owes to them. For some years after the war Mr. Evans resided in Logan county, Illinois.
In 1870 he married Ellen Whittaker, a lady of intelligence
and culture, who has been to him a
faithful companion and helpmate through many years. She was born in Ohio, but spent her girlhood in Mason and Tazewell counties in Illinois, there obtaining her education.
Her parents were Samuel and Ann (Tettle) Whittaker, both of whom were natives of Ohio. They had a family of four children, of whom two are now living: Charles, now a resident of Mason county, Illinois; and Mrs. Evans, of this review.
In 1878 Mr. Evans left Illinois and came to Brown county, Kansas where he now owns a valuable farm of two hundred acres, which is under a high state of cultivation and is improved with all modern conveniences and accessories. Rich meadow lands and well tilled fields, a good residence, substantial barns and outbuildings and an orchard add to the value and attractive appearance of the place and stand in exemplification of the fact that the owner is a progressive and enterprising agriculturist.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Evans had been blessed with twelve children, nine of whom are now living, namely: Hattie, Leatha, Jackson, Bessie, Sherman, Alta, Nettie, Gladys and Elmer. Those deceased are Julia A., who died in 1871; Maud, who died at the age of sixteen years; and Beulah, who died when seven weeks old.
In his political views Mr. Evans is a Republican, having been a stanch advocate of the principles of that party since attaining his majority.
He has, however, never sought or desired public preferment.
Socially he is connected with the Grand Army post, of Hiawatha, and his wife is
a member of the Evangelical church. Frank and genial in manner, he is a
progressive citizen and an honest man whom to know is to respect and honor.
Last update: Friday, July 18, 2003 20:22:11
The Digital Library of the KSGenWeb is a non-commercial entity dedicated to free access to records of genealogical value. All documents contained herein may be freely copied for personal and library use, as long as the KSGenWeb Statement of Use remains attached. These records may not be published in any format, including electronic (web pages or CD's) and print, without prior written consent of the contributor. In order to insure continued free access, violators of this policy will be vigorously pursued.
We invite all contributions of transcribed records with genealogical value. This could range from wills and letters from your personal family records to indexes of your county's marriage records. There are many, many more examples, of course. Anything you have that you are willing to contribute will be gratefully accepted. For more information, contact Kenneth Thomas, KSGenWeb Digital Library Coordinator at email@example.com.
We also accept any non-copyrighted printed materials that you have access to and would like to see transcribed and placed on-line. If the material is copyrighted and you are the copyright holder, please include written permission for use by The KSGenWeb Digital Library. These may be mailed to Kenneth Thomas, 26 Circle Dr., Windsor, MO 65360-1610.
DIGITAL LIBRARY PAGE
KSGENWEB HOME PAGE
PAGE for KANSAS STATE LIBRARY
An Extra special thanks to Blue Skyways, Home page for Kansas State Library, for donating space for the many KSGenWeb pages.
Page Design, HTML Coding and Layout -
Copyrightę1998-2004 by Kenneth Thomas, All Rights Reserved.
The KSGenWeb Project logo Copyrightę1996-2004 by Tom & Carolyn Ward, All Rights Reserved.
For the limited use of the KSGenWeb Project. Permission is granted for use only on an Official KSGenWeb Project page.
The Official USGenWeb Project logo designed by Linda Cole.