Evans, David G.

Born: 1806-03-25 Baltimore County, Maryland

Died: 1881-04-12 Logan County, Illinois

Flourished: Logan County, Illinois

David G. Evans was a farmer, landowner, and pioneer settler of Logan County, Illinois. When Evans was six years old, he moved with his parents from his native Maryland to Pickaway County, Ohio. He was left an orphan at the age of sixteen when both his parents died in the same week. In January 1830, Evans married Anna Long, with whom he would have ten children. Evans and his family lived in Ohio until 1849, when he moved to Sangamon County, Illinois, where he rented a farm. In 1850, Evans was farming and owned real property valued at $800. In 1851, he acquired 1,000 acres of land in Corwin Township, Logan County, Illinois, and moved his family to the house on this property, where he lived until his death. In 1860, Evans was engaged in agriculture and owned real property valued at $40,000. In politics, Evans was first a Whig and later a Republican. He became acquainted with many prominent Illinois Whigs and Republicans, including Abraham Lincoln. Evans was a charter member of the Logan County Agricultural Society and member of the Elkhart Methodist Episcopal Church.

History of Logan County, Illinois (Chicago: Inter-State, 1886), 651-52; Lawrence B. Stringer, History of Logan County Illinois (Chicago: Pioneer, 1911), 1:518, 535; Ohio, U.S., County Marriage Records, 1774-1993, 7 January 1830, Fairfield County (Lehi, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, 2016); U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Sangamon County, IL, 179; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Lincoln, Logan County, IL, 267; Gravestone, Evans Cemetery, Logan County, IL.