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Evans family papers

Identifier: HC.MC-1007

Scope and Contents

Papers include letters, legal and financial papers, deeds, journals and diaries, genealogical material, photographs, other. Noteworthy among the letters are the correspondence of John Carter and John L. Kite, concerning Gurneyite tendencies in Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, 1860; letters, 1895-1899, to Charles Evans; a letter from William Evans, Antigua, June 4, 1780, to his brother Jonathan, telling of life as a ship's carpenter; correspondence of William Evans (1835-1919) with his family. Legal and financial papers include wills, receipted bills, and account books of various Evanses and relatives, 1778-1916. Deeds include one from William Heulings, of Burlington, N.J., To Charles Read, Dec. 11, 1752, and one from Joseph Rhoads and his wife to William Evans, 10mo. 29, 1851. Journals and diaries, 1876-1939, are those of Charles Evans. Genealogical material includes data on the Carter, Shoemaker, Cope, Harlan, Barton, Rhoads, Bacon, Jackson, and Evans families, plus notes on Joseph Warrington, M.D.


  • Creation: 1752-1958


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Biographical / Historical

Jonathan Evans was born on a Friday in 1714 to Evan Evans with two siblings, Hannah (? - 1720), and David (1730 - 1800). He married Hannah (Walton) Evans. The two had one child, Jonathan Evans, Jr. Jonathan Evans lived in Philadelphia until his death in 1795.

Jonathan Evans, Jr. was born on January 25, 1759 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Jonathan and Hannah (Walton) Evans. Evans enjoyed a liberal education and was apprenticed to a carpenter. He became sober upon reading Penn's "No Cross, No Crown." He visited Virginia Yearly Meeting and Black-water in 1784 with Daniel Offley and others. Evans married Hannah Bacon in 1786 and the couple had seven children. He built the family home at 102 Union Street (now 322 Delancey Street) in Philadelphia. He died on February 8, 1839 in Philadelphia.

Charles Evans was born on December 25, 1802 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Jonathan and Hannah (Bacon) Evans. He was educated at the William Penn Charter School and studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1836, he married Mary Lownes Smith, the daughter of Robert Smith III, who was the first editor of The Friend. The couple made their home first on Race Street, above 7th Street in Philadelphia, but later moved to West Philadelphia. When he died in 1879, he left a substantial legacy to Westtown School.


1.75 linear ft. (4 boxes)

Language of Materials



Included in this collection from the Quaker Evans family spanning two centuries (mid-18th-mid-20th), are the journals and diaries of Charles Evans (1870-1958), as well as genealogical and other information on the Bacon, Barton, Carter, Cope, Harlan, Jackson, Rhoads, Shoemaker and Warrington families


This collection is arranged in six series: Jonathan Evans (1714-1795), William Evans (1835-1919), Charles Evans (1870-1958), Misc. (Books), Misc. (Papers), Misc. (Letters)

Related Materials

Material in this collection is closely related to the William Bacon Evans papers and the Charles Evans Collection.

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Evans family papers, 1752-1958
February, 2019
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Revision Statements

  • May 2022: by Nathaniel Rehm-Daly, Harmful Language Revision Project

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