EVANS, John, 1689-1756

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John Evans (1689 - September 23, 1756) was a Welsh-American Friend and minister from Gwynedd, Pennsylvania.



  • Name: John Evans
  • Alternative names:
  • Gender: M
  • Birth date: 1689
  • Place of birth: Wales
  • Nationality: Wales, US
  • Spouse(s): Eleanor (m. 1715)
  • Children:
  • Meeting:
  • Branch:
  • Disowned date: --
  • Death date: 23 September 23 1756
  • Place of death: Gwynedd, Pennsylvania
  • Works by:



John Evans was born in Denbigshire, Wales, the son of [EVANS, Cadwallader, 1664-1745 |Cadwallader Evans]. In 1698, he came with his family to the 'Welsh Tract' of Pennsylvania. In 1715, he married at Eleanor Ellis (1685-1765), daughter of Rowland Ellis, at Merion. John Evans died in Gwynedd, Pennsylvania on September 23, 1756. He is said to have, forseeing his approaching death, uttered, "Friends, I have but an inch of time to treat with you." Near his death he felt low and dejected, but finally could exclaim, "I am easy! I am easy!"


In 1712, John Evans became a minister and was credited with a clear and engaging manner in speaking. In this capacity, he visited most of the northern colonies. In 1740, he visited Friends North and East. In 1755, he visited subordinate meetings in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and signed an epistle to Friends from the Y. Mtg.

References and Notes

Note in 'The Journal of John Woolman', 1922 p.591


  • Glenn, T.A. Merion in the Welsh Tract
  • Piety Promoted, llth part, p. 403.
  • The Friend (Phila.) 31:284, 293.
  • Comly, Friends Misc., 3:374.
  • Churchman, An account of the gospel labours, l780.
  • Phila. Y. Mtg., Col. of memorials, 1787, p. 175.
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