Biography of Joseph P. Evans
Lawrence County, Pennsylvania Biographies





JOSEPH P. EVANS, a prosperous farmer of North Beaver Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, has a valuable farm of 150 acres located two miles west of Mahoningtown, on the Covert and Cleland Mill road, just north of Pleasant Hill schoolhouse. He has been a life long resident of the county, having been born in New Castle February 12, 1859, and is a son of Joshua and Catherine (Sterling) Evans.

Joshua Evans was born in Freetown, Bristol County, Mass., and was a son of Joseph P. Evans, also a native of Massachusetts, who was killed by the falling of a tree three weeks before the birth of his son, Joshua. At an early age the latter learned the trade of an ironworker, which he followed in his native state and later at Harrisburg, Pa. While still in his teens he came to New Castle, Pa., but after a short time went west to Indiana. He soon returned to New Castle, where he was thereafter employed as an ironworker for many years. He owned various farms about the city at differant times, his first purr chase being on Washington Street, New Castle. He purchased the farm which corners on the farm on which our subject now lives several years prior to the latter's birth, and moved upon it in March, 1859, driving back and forth to his work each day. He died on the home farm in 1902, and was survived by the mother of our subject, who died on November 5, 1907. They had two children, Joseph P. and Margaret. He also had two children by an early marriage, one of whom died in boyhood; the other, B. B. Evans, now resides in Kansas.

Joseph P. Evans was ten years old when his parents came upon the present farm and he was here reared to maturity, receiving his educational training in the common schools. He has always engaged in agricultural pursuits and, farming along modern and up to date methods, has made an unqualified success of his work. Fraternally, he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Lawrence Encampment, to which his father also belonged, the latter being at the time of his death the oldest Odd Fellow in Lawrence County.


From:
20th Century History of
New Castle and Lawrence County
Pennsylvania
Edited By: Hon. Aaron L. Hazen
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill., 1908


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