Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, 1912

Evans, Richard Biography

Richard Evans, son of Thomas (q. v.) and Mary M. (Barnes) Evans, was born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, in 1840, and was accidentally killed in 1879. He was educated in the public schools and grew to manhood in Connellsville. He learned the shoemaker's trade, being an expert workman. When machinery-made superseded hand-made footwear and the vocation of the oldtime shoemaker was reduced to that of a mere cobbler, he quit his trade and took up civil engineering. He was killed with five other men at a boiler explosion at Reed's Works, in 1879. He was a veteran of the civil war, serving in a Pennsylvania regiment, attaining the rank of setgeant. He was wounded in the head is battle, but nevertheless, after his first term of service expired, re-enlisted and served until the close of the war. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and a Republican. He married Annie Williams, who survives him, residing with her son, Charles M. Evans. She was born at Waltersburg, Fayette county, in 1846, daughter of William W. Williams, for many years and at the time of his death janitor of the Fayette county court house at Uniontown. He was a genial, companionable man, and a great favorite with the attorneys, who appreciated his practical joking, though often themselves the victims. He married Annie Brown, Children of Richard and Annie (Williams) Evans: Harry, deceased; Charles M., of whom further; Walter, now a merchant of Fairchance, Pennsylvania; Crampton, deceased: Bessie, died aged eleven years.

(III) Charles M., second son of Richard Evans, was born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania. March 26, 1871. He was eight years of age when his father died. His mother then moved with her children to Uniontown. making her home with her father. Before the removal he had attended the public schools in Connellsville, and then continued his studies in Uniontown. While yet a boy he assisted his grandfather, Mr. Williams, in his work at the court house, and later was employed as office boy. In 1889 he returned to Connellsville, where he entered the Boyts-Porter Works to learn the machinist's trade, and continued there as a latheman for twenty years. He then entered the employ of the Prudential Life Insurance Company, continuing nine months. He then (1909), in association with William Weaver, founded the firm of Evans & Weaver, and has since conducted a successful fire, life and accident insurance, bond indemnity and general real estate business. In 1911 J. N. Sisley purchased Mr. Weaver 's interest, the firm now being Evans & Sisley. This partnership was dissolved April 1, 1912, and Mr. Evans is now the sole owner. He is a member of the Baptist church and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He married, February 7, 1896, Blanche D. Robbins, born in Connellsville, daughter of Levi and Sarah (Lohr) Robbins. Children of Charles M. Evans: Odile (or O'Dill), born November 28, 1896; Joseph W., April 28, 1898; Frances, April 12, 1900; Byron, November 15, 1901; Dorothy.

Source: Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, John W. Jordan, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1912.

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