EVANS, Joshua, 1731-1798

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'''Joshua Evans''' (1731 - July7, 1798) was a mason and an eccentric Friend who travelled in ministry for Haddonfield Monthly Meeting in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
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==Vitals==
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* '''Name:''' Joshua Evans<br/ >
* '''Name:''' Joshua Evans<br/ >
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* '''Birth date:''' 1731<br/ >
* '''Birth date:''' 1731<br/ >
* '''Place of birth:''' Evensham, N.J.<br/ >
* '''Place of birth:''' Evensham, N.J.<br/ >
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* '''Nationality:''' <br/ >
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* '''Nationality:''' US<br/ >
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* '''Spouse(s):''' Ann Kay (m., 1777)<br/ >
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* '''Spouse(s):''' Priscilla Collins (m. 1753), Ann Kay (m. 1777)<br/ >
* '''Children:''' <br/ >
* '''Children:''' <br/ >
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* '''Meeting:''' <br/ >
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* '''Meeting:''' Haddonfield Monthly Meeting<br/ >
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* '''Branch:''' Pre-separation<br/ >
* '''Disowned date:''' --<br/ >
* '''Disowned date:''' --<br/ >
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* '''Death date:''' 17 July 1798<br/ >
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* '''Death date:''' 7 July 1798<br/ >
* '''Place of death:''' <br/ >
* '''Place of death:''' <br/ >
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* '''Works by:'''  
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* '''Works by:''' ''An abstracted journal of the life, early baptisms, and religious exercises of Joshua Evans'' (ed. George Churchman, 1804)
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==Biography==
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===Personal===
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Joshua Evans was born in 1731 in Evesham, New Jersey to Thomas and Rebekah Evans.  By 1745, he was apprenticed to a bricklayer.  In 1752, he contracted pleurisy in Philadelphia and was taken to the home of John and Elizabeth Collins.  He married Priscilla Collins in 1753 and moved to Mount Holly, New Jersey, where he worked as a mason.  The couple later removed to a house near John Woolman's.  In 1757, they settled on the south side of Cooper's Creek in Gloucester County, New Jersey, within the limits of Haddonfield Monthly Meeting.  In 1756, Evans had his goods requisitioned on account of his refusal to be a soldier.  He abstained from all intoxicating liquors, tea, coffee, sugar and molasses.  By 1762, he adopted the use of undyed clothing and wore a beard.  In 1761, he purchased a farm in Newton township.  Evans married a second time in 1777 to Ann Kay (d. 1807).  He died on July 7, 1798 and was burried in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
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===Travelling ministry===
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For 13 or 14 years, Evans' meeting did not release him to travel in the ministry on account of his peculiarities, but in 1794 he was set at liberty to visit New England and Canada with a minute of unity. In 1797, he returned after a 14-months’ absence in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia, New York and Pennsylvania.  In 1798, he retired from visiting Virginia and Pennsylvania.  In 1796 he had a prospect of going to England, but his meeting not concurring. With John Hunt of Moorestown, New Jersey, Evans often visited Indians near Indian Mills, New Jersey, taking blankets and supplies.<br>
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b. 1731, s. Thomas and Rebekah Evans, of Evesham, N.J.<br>
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1745, apprenticed to a bricklayer.<br>
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* Evans, Joshua, Journal, 1837.<br>
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1752, had pleurisy in Phila. Taken to home of John and Elizabeth Collins.<br>
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* Journal (Comly), 1831.<br>
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m., 1753, Priscilla Collins, and went to Mt. Holly, N.J.,  and worked as a mason. Removed to a house near John Woolman’s.<br>
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* Comly, Friends Misc., 1:241 10:1, 312. Jos. Smith's Cat., 1:578.
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1757, settled on south side of Cooper’s Creek, Gloucester Co., within limits of Haddonfield Mo. Mtg.<br>
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1756, refused to go as a soldier; had goods requisitioned.<br>
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Abstained from all intoxicating liquors. Offered 6d. a day more to harvest labourers with the understanding that no liquors would be provided. He himself partook of no tea, coffee, sugar or molasses. 1762, adopted use of undyed clothing. Wore a beard.<br>
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1761, purchased a farm in Newton township.<br>
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For 13 or 14 years his meeting did not release him to travel in the ministry on account of his peculiarities, but in 1794, he was set at liberty to visit New Eng. and Canada with a minute of unity. 1797, returned after a 14-months’ absence in Carolina, Ga., Va., N. Y. and Pa. 1798, ret from visiting Va. and Pa. 1796, had a prospect of going to Eng., but his meeting not concurring, he felt released.<br>
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m. (2d), 1777, Ann Kay (d. 1807).<br>
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With John Hunt of Moorestown, N. J., often visited Indians, near Indian Mills, N. J., taking blankets and supplies.<br>
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Author: An abstracted journal of the life, early baptisms, and religious exercises of Joshua Evans. Edited by George Churchman, 1804.<br>
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d. 7 July 1798, in his 68th year. Bur. at Haddonfield, N. J.<br>
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Evans, Joshua, Journal, 1837.<br>
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Journal (Comly), 1831.<br>
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Comly, Friends Misc., 1:241 10:1, 312. Jos. Smith's Cat., 1:578.
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Revision as of 18:08, 5 June 2007

Joshua Evans (1731 - July7, 1798) was a mason and an eccentric Friend who travelled in ministry for Haddonfield Monthly Meeting in Haddonfield, New Jersey.

Contents

Vitals

  • Name: Joshua Evans
  • Alternative names:
  • Gender: M
  • Birth date: 1731
  • Place of birth: Evensham, N.J.
  • Nationality: US
  • Spouse(s): Priscilla Collins (m. 1753), Ann Kay (m. 1777)
  • Children:
  • Meeting: Haddonfield Monthly Meeting
  • Branch: Pre-separation
  • Disowned date: --
  • Death date: 7 July 1798
  • Place of death:
  • Works by: An abstracted journal of the life, early baptisms, and religious exercises of Joshua Evans (ed. George Churchman, 1804)

Biography

Personal

Joshua Evans was born in 1731 in Evesham, New Jersey to Thomas and Rebekah Evans. By 1745, he was apprenticed to a bricklayer. In 1752, he contracted pleurisy in Philadelphia and was taken to the home of John and Elizabeth Collins. He married Priscilla Collins in 1753 and moved to Mount Holly, New Jersey, where he worked as a mason. The couple later removed to a house near John Woolman's. In 1757, they settled on the south side of Cooper's Creek in Gloucester County, New Jersey, within the limits of Haddonfield Monthly Meeting. In 1756, Evans had his goods requisitioned on account of his refusal to be a soldier. He abstained from all intoxicating liquors, tea, coffee, sugar and molasses. By 1762, he adopted the use of undyed clothing and wore a beard. In 1761, he purchased a farm in Newton township. Evans married a second time in 1777 to Ann Kay (d. 1807). He died on July 7, 1798 and was burried in Haddonfield, New Jersey.

Travelling ministry

For 13 or 14 years, Evans' meeting did not release him to travel in the ministry on account of his peculiarities, but in 1794 he was set at liberty to visit New England and Canada with a minute of unity. In 1797, he returned after a 14-months’ absence in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia, New York and Pennsylvania. In 1798, he retired from visiting Virginia and Pennsylvania. In 1796 he had a prospect of going to England, but his meeting not concurring. With John Hunt of Moorestown, New Jersey, Evans often visited Indians near Indian Mills, New Jersey, taking blankets and supplies.


Sources

  • Evans, Joshua, Journal, 1837.
  • Journal (Comly), 1831.
  • Comly, Friends Misc., 1:241 10:1, 312. Jos. Smith's Cat., 1:578.
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