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fort. This petition was granted. This proliably
closed his military service. His will was dated Au-
gust 16, 1710, and proved July 7, 1715.

He married, in Dedham, [Nlay 13, 1662, Elizabeth
Pepper, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Johnson)

Pepper, of Roxbury. She was born ]May 25, 1645,
and died April i, 1714, at Dedham. Their children,
recorded at Dedham, were : Elizabeth, Hannah,
Bethia, John, William, Israel and Richard.

(III) Deacon John (2), fourth child and eldest
son of Captain John (i) and Elizabeth (Pepper)
Everett, was born in Dedham, June 9> 1676, and died
there March 20, 1751, aged seventy-five. He was
selectman 1724-32. His name appears on the val-
uation and assessment list in 1727-32-42; also in
1729 on a petition to the general court for a new
parish in the south part of the town. This, the
second parish of Dedham, was established in 1730,
and John Everett was moderator of the first meeting.
He was also appointed an assessor. June 20, 1736,
he was dismissed from the First Church of Dedham
to the Second Church, of which he was the first
deacon. His will was dated January i, 1750, and
proved April 2, 1751- He married (first), January
3, 1700, Mary Browne, who died November 27,
1748, aged about seventy. He married (second),
August 31, 1749, Mrs. Mary Bennett, of Wrentham.
His children, all by the first wife, were: John, Jo-
seph, Ebenezer, Eleazer (died young). Mercy, Elea-
zer, Edward, Hannah, Abigail and Mary.

(IV) Deacon Ebenezer, third son and child of
Deacon John (2) and Mary (Browne) Everett, was
born in Dedham, August 5, 1707, and died June 19,
1778, aged seventy-one. In 1731 Ebenezer Everett,
of Dedham, bought lot No. 47 in Suncook, New
HamiJshire, for £55; in 1732, forty acres in Methuen,
:\Ias~achusetts. for ii6o; in 1734, twelve acres ni
^Methuen adjoining his previous purchase for £48.
In 1738-39 he was called of Methuen, but in 1745-5-
he w^as again called of Dedham, when he sold land
in Methuen. He was dismissed from the First
Church of ^Methuen, and his first wife, Joanna, from
the First Church of Andover, to the Second Church
of Dedham, jNIarch 22, 1741. He was chosen deacon
of the Second Church, November 30, 1760, and was
selectman 1760-64. His will, dated January 10, 1776,
was proved July 18, 1778. He married :\Iarch g, 1734,
at North Andover, Joanna Stevens, daughter of
Ebenezer and Sarah (Sprague) Stevens. She was
born in September, 171 1, and died June 21, 1791,
aged eighty. Their children were : Ebenezer, John,
Asa, Andrew, Joanna, Phinehas, Aaron, Moses and

(V) Phinehas, sixth child and fifth son of
Deacon Ebenezer and Joanna (Stevens) Everett,
was born in Dedham, September i, 1745, and died
at ]sIontville, [Maine, Alay 2T, 1813, aged sixty-eight.
He removed to Rutland, Massachusetts, and about
1805 to ]Montville, Maine. He died suddenly in his
chair c^fter supper. He married, June 6, 1770. ]\Iary '
Clap, daughter of Seth and Mary (Bullard) Clap,
of Walpole. She was born January 28, 1742, and
died in April, 1833, in the ninety-first year of her
age. They had six children : Mary. Phinehas, Bet-
sej-, Ebenezer, Cynthia and Sarah.

' (VI) Phinehas (2), second child and eldest son
of Phinehas (i) and i\Iary (Clap) Everett, was born
in Rutland, }ilassachusetts, April 22, 1776. and died
in Bradford, New Hampshire, July 30, 1830, aged
sixty-four. He was a farmer at Stockbridge, Ver-
mont, and Bradford. New Hampshire. His will,
dated July 29, 1830. was proved the following month.
He married (first). Lydia Bullard, who was born
in Oakham, Massachusetts, and died in Deering,
New Hampshire: (second). Hannah Sawyer, who
was born in Dracut. ^lassachusetts, February 10,
1773, and died September 27, i860, aged eighty-
seven. She was the daughter of Josiah and Lydia



Sawyer. The children of this union were: Alice
Lydia, Lucius and Horace.

(VII) Lucius, second child of Phinehas (2) and
Hannah Sawyer Everett, was born in Stockbridge,
A^ermont, April 16, 1804, and died at Dover, New
Hampshire, April 14, 1878, aged seventy-four. He
Avas a carriagemaker and removed to Dover, New
Hampshire, and in partnership with John O. Jane?
•carried on an extensive factory. After the death
of Mr. James, he continued the business. He mar-
ried, October 15, 1826, at Charlestown, Massachu-
setts, Judith Delano, daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth
(White) Delano. She was born in Duxbury, ]\Ias-
sachusetts, October 15, 1803. They had seven chil-
dren : Charles Edward, Elizabeth Ann, Walter,
Clarendon Adams, Helen Frances, Lucius Theodore
and Mary Low. All the sons were in the
war of the Rebellion.. Charles Edward enlisted in
Company K, Eleventh New Hampshire Volunteer
Infantry, in Dover, August 7, 1862; was mustered
in September 5, 1862, as a private; appointed second
lieutenant, December 24, 1862; first lieutenant, Sep-
tember I, 1863; captain of Company D, May 15.
1865; mustered out June 4. 1865, as first lieutenant
■of Company K. He died in Dover, April 26, 1892.
Walter was a colonel of a Massachusetts regiment.
Clarendon A. is mentioned below. Lucius Theodore
unlisted in Dover, August 7, 1862, and was mustered
in September 2, 1862, as a corporal ; appointed ser-
geant; was transferred to Company E, Seventh Regi-
ment Invalid Corps, February 15, 1864; and was dis-
charged June 29, 1865, at Washington, D. C.

(VIII) Clarendon Adams, fourth child and third
son of Lucius and Judith (Delano) Everett, was
born in Dover, New Hampshire, February 21, 1835.
and died_ in Portsmouth, November 28, 1883. He
engaged in the carriage business w^ith his father in
Dover, and in 1870 established himself in the same
business in Portsmouth, continuing until his death.
He enlisted at Dover, August 8, 1862, in Company
K, Eleventh Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteer
Infantry, was mustered in September 2, 1862, as
•first sergeant ; and was discharged for disabilitv
March 5, 1863, at Newport News, Virginia. He en-
listed at Dover, December 10, 1863, in Company A,
Thirteenth Regiment Veteran Reserve Corps, "was
mustered in the same day, and was discharged No-
vember 17. 1865, at Boston, Massachusetts. He mar-
ried, at Dover, Mary Josephine Clark, daughter of
Joseph and Nancy Clark. She was born in Dover,
February 9. 1841, and died at Dover, September.
1885. Their children were: Horace Delano, Theo-
■dore, Carrie Ordway and Edith. Of these, Horace
D., born June 24, i860, attended the public schools
■of Dover, Phillip's Academy, and Harvard Univer-
sity, but he did not remain to graduate from the
latter. Lie married Sarah ]\I. Bock, of Boston, Mas-
sachusetts, and they have one child, Margaret.

(IX) Theodore, second son and child of Claren-
don A. and ]\lary J. (Clark) Everett, was born in
Dover, New _ Hampshire, October 2, 1862. He re-
ceived his primary education in the common schools,
his higher education at Phillips Exeter Academy,
and his medical education at Harvard Universitv.
where he graduated M. D. in 1888. Subsequently
lie spent a year_ at New York Medical College, and
practiced medicine two years in Haverhill, Massa-
chusetts. In 1891 he relinquished medicine and he-
came a partner with his brother Horace D. in the
Everett Press Company of Boston, since incorpor-
ated as the Everett Printing and Publishing Com-
pany of Boston, of which Horace D. Everett is presi-
dent, and Theodore Everett treasurer. They employ

over fifty persons, and do a thriving business. Dr.
Everett resides in Arlington, Massachusetts, where
he is a member of the First Congregational Church,
and a member of its finance committee. He married,
September 20, 1888, at New Hartford, Connecticut,
Luna E. Vickerj-, who was born in Unity, Maine,
December 10, 1861, daughter of John and Abigail
W. (March) Vickery, of Bedford, j\Iaine. They
have two children : (Ilaroline Vickery and Judith

This honored Welsh name has been
EVANS borne by many citizens of New Hamp-
shire, and many families not related
upon this side of the Atlantic are found often in
the same neighborhoods. The stock is good, and the
state owes something of its high standing among
commonwealths to the moral and intellectual vigor
of those of this name.

(I) Henry Evans is believed to be the progenitor
of the family herein traced, but little is found of
record concerning him. He was probably an old
man, coming with a son to America. He settled in
that part of Maiden, Massachusetts, which subse-
quently became a part of Reading.

(II) Nathaniel, son of Henry Evans, came with
his father from Wales, and settled in Maiden, Mas-
sachusetts. His was one of the ten families set off
from jNIalden in 1729 and annexed to Reading, con-
stituting the present village of Greenwood. He died
in 1710. He was married before 1680, to Elizabeth,
daughter of Samuel (i) Dunton. Tradition says:
"her temper was less amiable than her looks," and
the neighbors said : "Evans had spoiled his family
for the sake of a pretty face." She survived him
about thirty years, dying in 1740. They had a son,
Nathaniel, and John Evans, who married Sarah
Sweetser, in 1719, is supposed to have been also their

(III) Nathaniel (2), son of Nathaniel (i) and
Elizabeth (Dunton) Evans, w-as born 1680, and suc-
ceeded his father on the original homestead, wdiere
he died in 1750. He was married in 1704 to Abigail
Townsend, who died in the same year as himself.
Their first four children are recorded in INIalden,
and all in Reading, namely : Abigail, Sarah, Andrew,
Elizabeth (died young), David, Elizabeth, Jonathan
and ]\Iary.

(IV) Jonathan, seventh child and third son of
Nathaniel (2) and Abigail (Townsend) Evans, was
born 1722, in Maiden, and reared in Reading, though
on the same farm. He lived on a farm at the
southerly end of Smith's Pond, his residence being
near the present Boston & ]\Iaine railroad bridge.
The track crosses the site of the cellar. He lived
to the age of seventy-five years, dying 1797. He was
married in 1744 to Eunice, daughter of David and
IMartha Green. It is said of her : "This woman had
more dignity of manners, and was more reserved
and _ discreet in conversation than her husband."
Their children were : Jonathan, Thomas, Jonas,
Amos, Samuel, Eunice, Timothy, Sarah. Lois and

(V) Jonathan (2), eldest child of Jonathan (i)
and Eunice (Green) Evans, was born 1746, in Read-
ing, and settled in Winchcndon, Massachusetts. He
enlisted in j-y6 as a Revolutionary soldier, and was
in the service at Ticonderoga in that year. He was
at Cambridge in garrison in 1777.

(\T) Daniel, son of Jonathan Evans, was born
in INIassachusetts, in 1776. He and his wife were
among the earlier settlers of Shelburne, New Hamp-
shire, where they made their permanent home.



Daniel Evans married Phila demons, daughter of
Benjamin demons, who was in the New Hampshire
Continental line, and recei^'ed a government pension
■during his later years. They had eleven children,
but their names are not recorded. Daniel Evans
■died at Shelburne, New Hampshire, November 29.
1846, and his widow survived him thirty years, dying
at Shelburne, April 8, 1876, aged ninety-eight years,
four months and twenty-five days.

(VH) Otis, son of Daniel and Phila (demons)
Evans, was born at Shelburne, New Hampshire
Llarch 12, 181 1. He was a farmer, born and bred
to that vocation, intelligent, prosperous and well
informed, and passed all his life on the land where
Tie was born and died. On May 29, 1834, Otis Evans
married Martha Pinkham, daughter of Daniel and
Esther (Chesley) Pinkham, who was born at Jack-
son, New Hampshire, January 15, 1815. Her father's
name is imperishably associated with the White
IMountains. Daniel Pinkliam was born in Madbury,
New Hampshire, in 1776, and died in Lancaster,
New Hampshire, June 25, 1855. He was a farmer
.and blacksmith and a licensed Free Baptist preacher,
laboring chiefly in Bartlett, Jackson, Randolph, Jef-
ferson and Lancaster. Between 1824 and 1834 lie
built the state road from Adams, now Jackson, to
Durand, now Randolph, receiving therefore by
special act of the legislature the lands now known
^s Pinkham's Grant, near the easterly base of jNIount
Washington, and also other state lands. To Otis
and Martha (Pinkham) Evans were born three
children : Daniel P.. December 6, 1835, who died
April 30, 1889 ; William W., September 17, 1837, wdio
died November 29, 1861 ; and Alfred R., whose
sketch follows. Otis Evans died in Shelburne, Oc-
tober 13, 1886, and his wife died there August 7,

(Vni) Alfred Randall, youngest of the three
sons of Otis and Martha (Pinkham) Evans, was
born at Shelburne, New Hampshire. March 21, 1849.
He was educated jn the common schools of his town,
the academy at ' Lancaster, New Hampshire, the
Nichols Latin School at Lewiston. Maine, and wvas
graduated from Dartmouth College, class of 1872.
He read law in Gorham, New' Hampshire, was ad-
mitted to the Coos county bar in the spring of 1875,
and has been in active practice at Gorham since that
time. In 1889 he was admitted to practice before
the United States circuit court. On January i,
1895, he w-as appointed by the governor and council
judge of probate for Coos count}', which position
he still holds. Judge Evans is an ardent Republican,
and represented Shelburne in the state legislature
in 1874-75-78. _ In 1902 he received the nomination
from both political parties, and also received every
ballot cast for delegate from Gorham to the state
constitutional convention. In January, 1807, Judge
Evans was appointed quartermaster-general upon
the staff_ of Governor Charles M. Eloyd. He was
served his town as chairman of the board of select-
men, superintendent of schools, library trustee, is
president_ of the Gorham board of trade, and has
served it in various other capacities. Upon the organi-
zation of the Berlin National Bank at Berlin, New
Hampshire, in 1891, he was chosen president, and
""held_ the position for ten years, declining further
election. He is now the president of the Gorham
Savings Bank at Gorham. Judge Evans is the
president of the Berlin-Gorham Bar Association.
is _ an honorary member of the New Hamp-
-shire Veterans' Association. belongs to the
New Hampshire Club of Boston, and is a
;Mason of the thirty-second degree, serving
for thirty-three years as secretary of Gorham Lodge,

No. 7s, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. He
attends the Congregational Church. On June i,
1880, Alfred R. Evans married Dora J. Briggs.
(Second Family.)

Evan is the Welsh equivalent of John,
EVANS therefore Evans is the Welsh Johns,

or Johnson. The Evanses of the present
day in America are the progeny of various ancestors
who came to this country from the British Isles at
different times.

(I) David Evans, the progenitor of the Evans
family of this article, was of Charlestown, ]Massa-
chusetts, but whether he was the immigrant ancestor
of the family cannot now be determined. He mar-
ried, September 22, 1729. Abigail Walker, born in
Woburn, August 21, 1703, daughter of Timothy
Walker of Woburn, and probably a cousirv of Rev.
Timothy Walker, the first minister of Penacook,
later Rumford, now Concord, New Hampshire.
David and Abigail lived for a time in Woburn,
where one or both of their sons were born ; and in
1731 removed to Penacook. Further records of
David are wanting. He probably lived and died in
Penacook. His two sons were David and John.

(II) David (2), eldest son of David (i) and
Abigail (Walker) Evans, was born in Woburn,
Massachusetts, before 1731, and grew up in Pena-
cook, New Hampshire, where he was taken by his
parents when an infant. His name is frequently
mentioned in the histories of Concord. He and his
brother John were members of that famous organi-
zation known as '"Roger's Rangers," in which John
held the rank of sergeant. They participated in that
expedition sent by General Amherst against St.
Francis Indians, and were among the few survivors
of the terrible homeward march through the w'ilder-
ness where the greater part of their number perished
from starvation and exposures to the frosts of win-
ter. At the time of the settlement of Pigwacket,
now Fryeburg, IMaine, 1763, David was unmarried
and lived with his brother John. It is said that
about two years after the first settlement, reckon-
ing from the autumn of 1762. when some of the men
came through to Pigwacket and made preparations
to receive their families in the spring of 1863,
David Evans and Nathaniel ^Merrill, another young
liachelor, went away and brought back wives wath
them. In one of the diaries of Rev.' Timothy
Walker, of Penacook is the entry : "Aug. 27, 1764.
matrimonio Junxi (joined in marriage) David
Evans and Catherine Walker." David died in Frye-
burg, INIarch 21, 1810, aged about eighty years.
Catherine died November 15, 1798. Their children
were : Sarah, David, Elizabeth. Timothy and Ruth.

(HI) Timoth}-, fourth child and second son of
David and Catherine (Walker) Evans, was born
in Pigwacket. July 30, 1772, and moved to Sweden,
Maine, in 1812. He married Polly, daughter of
Joshua Gamage of Fryeburg, and they had eight
children : Peter, Polly. James, Abigail, Sarah Ann,
Caroline, David and Eliza.

(IV) James, third child and second son of
Timothy and Polh- (Gamage) Evans, was born in
Fryeburg, June 20, 1805. and died in Sweden. March
24, 1870. He was seven years old w'hen his father
removed with his family to Sweden. He married
Caroline E. Eastman, of North Conway, New
Hampshire, daughter of Abiathar and Susan (Dur-
gin) Eastman, by whom he had eight children:
Charles, John H., Susan R.. Samuel E., Cavlin
E., George Meserve, Susan Isabel and Mary Arabell

(V) John Henry, second son and child of
James and Caroline E. (Eastman) Evans, was born



in Sweden, April t6, 1834, and died October 2,
1889, in Sweden. He settled in Sweden and was a
farmer and blacksmith. He nnrried, October 23,
1859, Lydia C. Tucker, who was born in Portland,
Maine, April 2, 1837, daughter of Captain Lemuel
and Statira Tucker, of Portland, Maine. They had
ten children: Ida I., died in infancy; Henry J.,
Mary Ellen; Carrie G., died in infancy; Albert
Tucker, died at two and one-naif years; Frank
Webster, John Conkey, Charles ^Maurice, Walter
Eastman and Eva Belle.

(VI) Frank Webster Evans. M. D., sixth child
and third son of John H. and Lydia C. (Tucker)
Evans, was born in Sweden, Elaine, August 20, 1868.
He attended the common schools and the academy
at Bridgton, Maine, and then took a course of lec-
tures in ihe Maine ^ledical College, from which he
went to Dartmouth College, and there received the
degree of Doctor of ^Medicine, November 23. 1897.
Soon after graduation he settled in Coos, in the town
of Stratford, New Hampshire, where he has since
resided, and by care, skill and strict attention to
business, has gained the confidence and esteem of
the citizens of that region and now has a flourish-
ing practice. He is secretary and treasurer of
the Coos ]\Iedical Society, and a member of the New
Hampshire Medical Society, and the American
Medical Association. He is a ]Mason of the thirty-
second degree, and a member of the following
named iNIasonic bodies : Evening Star Lodge, No.
Zl^ of Colebrook; North Star Royal Arch Chapter,
No. 16; Evening Star Council, No. 13, Royal and
Select ^Masters; North Star Commandery, Knights
Templar, of Lancaster; Edward A. Raymond Con-
si^story. Sublime Princes of the Royal Secret, of
Nashua ; and ]Mt. Sinai Temple, Ancient Arabic
Order of the Mystic Shrine, of ^Montpelier, Ver-
mont. Also of Cumberland Lodge, No. 30. Inde-
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, of Bridgton,
]\Iaine, and Strafford Lodge, No. 30, Knights of
Pythias, of Strafford.

He married, at Strafford, June 12, 1901. Olive
L. Beecher, who was born in Barnet, Vermont,
August 10, 1879, daughter of Victor and Amanda
(^Nlulliken) Beecher. She was a successful school
teacher and musical instructor before her marriage,
and for eight years was organist of the Baptist
Church of Strafford. They have one child, Beatrice
L., born September 27, 1905.

This is the name of an extensive family
EVANS connection or clan of Celtic or ancient
• _ British blood, in Wales. Through in-
termarriages with Saxon and Norman families, their
descendants have become essentially English. Many
of the name emigrated to this country, and their
descendants are found in nearly every state in the
L^nion. In the early days the Welsh had no sur-
names, but used the patronymic with the con-
junction "ap"; thus: Evan, a son of John, would
be called "Evan-ap-John" : and Thomas, the son of
Evan, would be called "Thomas-ap-Evan." When
in the time of Queen Elizabeth the British Parlia-
ment enacted a law requiring every citizen of the
realm to take a surname, it was very common for
Welshmen to assume their fathers' names, dropping
the use of the "ap." In time this came to be called
Evans, and so it has remained.

(I) Elijah Evans" home is supposed to have
been near St. Albans pr Burlington. Vermont. He
kept his own counsel, was quiet and reticent about
his o\yn affairs, and it is not known that any of his
acquaintances in later life knew where his parents

lived, or where he spent his years of young man-
hood. Some time in middle life he settled in the
town of Wilmington, Essex county. New York,
where he married Abigail Lawrence. By her he had.
eight children : George, Sophronia, Oliver, Rhoda
Ann, Lucius, William, Henry, and Mary.

(II) Henry, seventh child and fifth son of
Elijah and Abigail (Lawrence) Evans, was born in
Wilmington, New York, September 2, 1834. He at-
tended the common schools until sixteen years of
age, and then obtained employment in a chair fac-
tory where he worked about eighteen months. At
eigliteen years of age he went to Somersworth, New
Hampshire, where he followed house painting for
nine years, and established a furniture business. He
then sold his -interests and went to Berlin, Wiscon-
sin, where he remained a year. He then removed
to South Berwick, Maine, where he carried on the
painting and furniture business for nine years more.
In 1876 he settled in Rochester, New Hampshire,
and engaged in the furniture trade, and has since
done a large and lucrative business. About 1900 he
took his son William into partnership, and since
that time they have done business under the firm
names of the Evans Furniture Company. In 1905
Mr. Evans established a hardware business in the
Dodge Block, which is conducted under the style of
Henry Evans & Company. Mr. Evans is a man of
strict integrity and sound business principles, and
his success in life comes to him as the reward of
well directed energy and industry joined with a
proper regard and attention to his rights and duties.
He is a- member of Libanus Lodge, No. 49, Free
and Accepted Masons, of Somersworth. He is a
Republican in politics. He married, first, Isabel E.
Blodgett, daughter of Wilder and Eliza J. (Ellin-
wood) Blodgett. She died 1901. He married, sec-
ond, Annie E., widow of George Willey. Three
children were born of the first wife: William W..
married Emma Ellis, of Rochester; Lillian J., and
George H. William W. is with his father in the
furniture business; Lillian J. niarried James B.
Young, of Rochester ; George H. is a printer in
Lynn, Massachusetts.

This old French name was transplanted
NIMS to New England at an early date because

of the persecution of the Hugenots in
France. Their descendants may feel the same pride
which is cherished by the offsprings of the Puritans.
as in both cases the immigrants left their native
land and all their possessions for religion's sake.
The French immigrants proved just as earnest and
patriotic citizens of the colonies as did their English
brothers, and the descendants of this family have
been among the most worthy American citizens.

(I) Godfroi De Nismes (Godfrey Nims). a
French Huguenot, first appeared in North Hampton.
Massachusetts. Septemlacr 4, 1667. There a.s a boy
he was arrested for stealing fruit. He participated
in Turner's fight with the Indians._ May 18, 1676. and
was also a soldier in King Philip's war. He was
married (first) in North Hampton, November 6.
1677, to Mrs. Mary (Miller) Williams, daughter of
William Miller and widow of Zebediah Williams.
He removed to Deerfield, Massachusetts, and there
his first wife died April 27, 1688. He was married
(second). June 2^, 1692, to Mehitable (Smead)
Hull, the widow of Jeremiah Hull and daughter of
William Smead. The house of Godfrey Nims was

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