EVANS, John, 1769-
From Quaker Dictionary
b. 1769, Phila., Pa., s. John Evans.
m. Barbara Cruckshank of Phila.
A dispute arose between John Evans and John Field, the latter having failed in business. 1807, after this dispute was treated by the meeting, John Evans and his wife resigned their membership, which resignation was accepted, but in such a way as, according to Evans, amounted to a disownment. Women Friends sent a committee to call on his wife. J. E. forbade them to enter. He claimed that a member of the committee did not obey (she was somewhat deaf) and placed her hand upon him, which he claimed amounted to "assault and battery." J. E. thereupon, 1810, sued the Overseers for $20,000, and engaged four lawyers. The court awarded damages of half-a-cent, but no costs. The trial lasted a week.
Bull. Friends Hist. Soc., 7:50ff.
Hinshaw's Encyclopedia, 2:518, 519.