W. E. Evans, a prominent retired farmer of Jasper county, who resides in Carl Junction, was born in Butler county,
Ohio, on December 7, 1841. His grandfather, William Evans, was born in Wales and came to Ohio as one of the pioneer
settlers. Evan Evans, his son and the father of our subject, was born in Butler county, Ohio, on May 2, 1816, was
married there and followed agricultural pursuits all his life. He married Anna Herring, who was a native of Morgan
township, Butler county, Ohio, and still lives on the farm where she was born on August 11, 1826. Her father, John
Merring, was one of the first settlers of Butler county, having come there from Maryland. He built the first mill
in the county, at Paddy's Run, now called Shandon, and for many years was the leading miller in the county. The
maternal grandparents were natives of Maryland, but their parents came from Germany. The father and mother of our
subject had nine children, eight of whom grew to maturity, and seven of these still survive.
Our subject, W. E. Evans, was the eldest in the family and is the only member of it who made a home in the western
part of the country. He was reared in Ohio and received a liberal education, and also had the advantages afforded
by the normal school at Lebanon, Warren county, Ohio.
In October, 1861, when not yet seventeen years old, he enlisted as a private in Company H, Fifth Ohio Volunteer
Cavalry, and served three years and two months, being promoted to corporal, and took part in some of the most important
battles of the war, as Shiloh and Corinth, in October, 1862, Iuka, Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, and was
in many minor engagements, returning home after his honorable discharge on November 27, 1864. without a wound or
any hospital experience.
After the term of his service was over, although he was not yet twenty years old, Mr. Evans returned home, well
physically and strong mentally. He resumed farming on the home place, in Butler county, Ohio, where he remained
until 1869, in which year he was married to Miss Elizabeth Griffiths, who was born in Montgomeryshire, North Wales,
October 12, 1849, and was brought to America by her parents, David and Mariam Griffiths, when she was about seven
years of age. She was reared and educated in Ohio. Her parents came from their native land. and first located in
Tennessee, but later came to Butler county. They reared a family of three children, all born in Wales, Mrs. Evans
being the third of the children. One son, David Griffiths, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Evans.
Mr. Evans removed to Jasper county the same year as his marriage, locating on a farm in Twin Grove township. Two
years later he purchased another farm and improved both of these, engaging in farming until 1896, at which time
he retired from activity and removed to Carl Junction. His land comprises one hundred and eighty seven acres and
is regarded as very valuable.
Mr. Evans has always been a member of the Republican party and has been very active in political circles. He has
filled many of the local political offices and was twice made city collector by a handsome majority. In the G.
A. R. post he has been honored and has been the delegate on two occasions to the national encampment and once on
the staff of commander in chief. Socially he is connected with the G. A. R., Modern Woodmen and the Horse Thief
Protective Association, and is well and favorably known throughout Jasper county.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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