EVANS, Josiah, 1829-1896
From Quaker Dictionary
Josiah Evans (November 13, 1829 - September 5, 1896) was an educator and minister originally from Birmingham, England.
|Birthdate: 13 November 1829|
|Place of birth: Birmingham, England|
|Spouse(s): Mary Hannah Sharp|
|Children: Emily Caroline (b. 1873), Margaret Hurchinson (b. 1880)|
|Death date: 5 September 1896|
|Place of death: Christchurch, Hampshire, England|
Josiah Evans, the son of John and Mary Evans of Birmingham, was born there on November 13, 1829(1). Throughout his life, Josiah was identified with education. He attended Ackworth School from 1839 to 1844, apprenticed from 1845 to 1850 and attend Rawdon, Flounders Institute. Evans taught at Croydon and later became Superintendent at Sidcot School. From 1850 to 1853, he was a master at Ackworth. In 1873, he succeeded George Satterthwaite as the school's headmaster. Many building improvements were introduced during this period. The boys school was also divided into five classes of about 35 students each. Evans was succeeded as headmaster by Frederick Andrews.
He went to reside at Christchurch in the year 1877 and was closely associated with the meeting at Bournemouth, where his ministry was much appreciated. He was a recorded minister. "His messages were given with freshness and point, and although tinged with sadness, they breathed trust and hope, with a firm reliance on the unalterable Love which orders out outward lot as well as trains our spiritual life" (Testimony of Alton Southampton & Poole MM in YM Proc. 1897, p.152). Josiah Evans died on September 5, 1896.
References and notes
1 Warwick Leicester & Rutland QM Births Digest. His father is described as a cooper.
- The Friend (London), 36:609.
- Friends Quart. Exam:, 58:257.
- Ackworth School, Supplementary list, 1879-1900.
- Knight, A history of Sidcot School, pp. 164-168, 206-244 (portrait).