Farmer; Lenox Township; is a prosperous and progressive citizen, who is the owner of a fine farm of 500 acres, and who merits, and receives the honor, due to a veteran of the Civil war.

He was born in Henderson County, Ill., January 24, 1849, a son of James A. and Lucy C. (Fort) Evans. His father was born in Virginia. March 1, 1821, and spent his earlier days in Ohio and Indiana. Eventually he located in Henderson County, whence he removed in 1851, to Lenox Township, where he acquired 240 acres of land and lived there until his death, April 3, 1875. Lucy C. Fort, whom he married March 7, 1844, and who died February 6, 1897. was a daughter of Washington and Elizabeth (McChesney) Fort, natives of Kentucky. James A. and Lucy C. (Fort) Evans had children as follows: Emeline, who married David Darr and is dead; Washington, who died young; J. H.: Samuel, who died in 1869; Stephen D., who lives on a part of the Evans homestead; Mary E., Mrs. Clague. of Roseville Township; Ida J., wife of Thomas Davis, of Kirkwood; James A., of Lenox Township; Jesse, who owns and lives on 80 acres of the Evans homestead.

In 1864, J. H. Evans enlisted in Lenox Township in Company C, One Hundred and Thirty-eighth Regiment, Illinois Vol unteer Infantry, which went to Avon and thence to Quincy, where its members were sworn into the service of the United States. The regiment was stationed at Fort Leaven- worth and then at Springfield, Ill, then at Big River on Iron Mountain Railroad, Missouri. Mr. Evans was honorably discharged in 1864, and returned to Lenox Township, where he resumed farming, and where in 1873, he married Miss Dell Porter a native of New York and a daughter of Jesse Porter. Mrs. Evans has borne her husband two sons both of whom are dead. Her mother was a member of her household during her declining years

For two years Mr. Evans was in the grain trade at Larchland. He is an able business man of much public spirit, who richly Reserves the success that has rewarded his efforts thus far in life.


Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois

©Wini Caudell and Contributors

All Rights Reserved

Illinois Ancestors