EVANS, John, 1769-
From Quaker Dictionary
John Evans (b. 1769) was a businessman from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
|Place of birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Spouse(s): Barbara Cruckshank|
|Disowned date: 1807|
|Place of death:|
John Evans was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1769 to John Evans. He married Barbara Cruckshank of Philadelphia.
Disputes and Disownment
A dispute arose between John Evans and John Field, the latter having failed in business. In 1807, after this dispute was treated by the meeting, John Evans and his wife resigned their membership. This resignation was accepted, but in such a way as, according to Evans, amounted to a disownment. Women Friends then sent a committee to call on his wife. John Evans 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." In 1810, Evans 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.