Biography of Dr. John Evans
Indiana County, PA Biographies

DR. JOHN EVANS, a successful physician of Homer City, and a wounded Union veteran of the late war, is a son of William and Susan (Wilkins) Evans, and was born in Brush Valley township, Indiana county, Pennsylvania, May 20, 1835. The Evanses are of Welsh descent, and Hugh Evans (grandfather) was among the early settlers of Brush Valley township. He came from Wales, and about 1800 erected a stone grist-mill on Brush creek, about three quarters of a mile below the present site of Mechanicsburg. It was the first mill in Brush Creek Valley, and for many years was a prominent landmark. Besides the grist-mill, Hugh Evans owned a large farm and a distillery. He was the first member of the Baptist church who settled in Brush Valley township. He was a strong abolitionist, and died in 1849, when he was about seventy years of age. He was married twice. By his first wife, Hannah ____, he had eight children: Ann, married to James Stewart; John, Hugh, William, Evans, James, Mary and Elizabeth. After the death of his first wife he married Esther Creswell. William Evans (father) was born in 1800, and followed farming for a livelihood. He was a presbyterian and a whig, and served as school director and judge of elections. He has a well improved farm of one hundred and thirty five acres. He died in 1852, in the fifty third year of his age. He married Susan Wilkins, daughter of Andrew and Elinor (Robinson) Wilkins. To Mr. and Mrs. Evans were born eight children: Dr. John, Andrew W., Samuel W., William A., Nancy, E., married to J. Rhoads; Susan, wife of W. S. McCormick; Sarah E. and George W.

Dr. John Evans was reared on his father's farm and attended the common schools and Saltsburg and Jacksonville academies. From 1851 to 1859 he taught school. He read medicine with Dr. James McMullen, and attended Jefferson Medical college, but left his class to come home and enlist as a soldier. On July 24, 1861, he became a member of Co. H, 41st regiment, Pa. Vols., and in November of the same year was appointed hospital steward. He served until June 11, 1864, when he was honorably discharged at Harrisburg. He participated in the battles of Drainsville, Mechanicsyule, Gaines' MilLs, Malvern Hill, Charles City Cross Roads, Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Bristoe station, Rappahannock station, Mine Run, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Jericho Ford and Bethesda church. In the battle of Mechanicsville Dr. Evans was wounded by a ball. In 1864 he entered upon the practice of his profession at Greenville, but in 1866 removed to Homer City, where he has enjoyed a lucrative practice ever since.

On December 21, 1868, he married Isabella S. Watt, daughter of Isaac and Jane (McKennan) Watt. To Dr. and Mrs. Evans have been born five children: William I., born in 1871, and died in 1876; Luella G., born in March, 1876; John J., born August 26, 1880; Andrew E. and Jane I., born in 1888.

Dr. Evans and his estimable wife have been members of Homer City Presbyterian church since it was organized, July 21, 1870. On May 26, 1889, he was appointed postmaster at Homer City, and is one of the leading republicans in the borough, having been a member of the school board ever since its organization. Dr. Evans is a successful physician and well deserves the esteem in which he is held.


From:
Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891

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