EVANS, Katharine, -1692
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- Name: Katherine Evans
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- Gender: F
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- Spouse(s): John Evans
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- Death date: June 1692
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Katharine Evans was wife of John Evans, of English Batch near Bath, who died in prison in 1664.
Sarah Chevers and she visited Scotland in 1654. In 1657, she suffered the indignity of being 'strip’d and ty'd to a whipping_post in the market of Salisbury and there whip'd (Whiting, Memoirs, 1715, p.219). K. Evans travelled also in the Isle of Man, Ireland, and elsewhere and underwent much suffering and abuse. The journey towards the East with S. Chevers commenced in 1658 (Sewel, Hist., 1722) or beginning of 1659 (Whiting, Memoirs) and lasted for three and a half to four years, during which time these undaunted women underwent terrible sufferings in the Inquisition in Malta - 'we were stung with Flyes called Muskatoes in our faces and our heads, as we lay in our beds, that were swollen as if we had the small-pox... The Room was so hot and so close, we were fain to rise often out of bed, and lie down at a chink of their door for air to fetch breath' (Short Relation, 1662, p.13; see also Swarth. MSS.iv.184).
On the return of these Friends they undertook further service in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. K. Evans lived to a great age.
British Friend, 1847, p.293
[Boerne] The Friend in His Family, 1865
Smith, Steven Crisp, 1892
MSS (c.1668) in the possession of Joseph J. Green, of Tunbridge Well, 1911
Note by N. Penney in Fox's Journal, Camb. ed 1911 vol.2, p.374.
Katharine Evans, the wife of John Evans was of Englishbatch near Bath, Som. Notable for her journey to Malta and her sufferings at the hands of the Inquisition, described by her companion, Sarah Chevers, and herself in their Short Relation. of B.Q., 428 foll ('a woman of indomitable courage'; of. Edward Burough); C.J., ii;374; Brailsfard, Q.W., 143, 206 ff., 215; Ann. Cat. Note by G.F. Nuttall in Early Quaker letters, 1952, p.58.
Home also given as Inksbatch (Somersetshire). Had children. [For husband see Evans, John, -1664.]
1657, banished from the Isle of Wight. On the Isle of Man a soldier came to her bedside, and carried her on shipboard to send her away.
1658, started for Alexandria, Egypt, with Sarah Cheevers. During confinement on Malta, Katharine was ill for 12 days. Endured fastings, ensnaring words, threatenings and cajolings. Released through the efforts of Gilbert Latey, who enlisted. the influence of the Lord D'Aubigny, a Roman Catholic priest, then in England.
ca. 1664, with Sarah Cheevers through Scot. and Ire.
1682, imprisoned in Newgate. With 116 Friends in prison in Bristol.
A valiant and persevering witness for Truth. d. June 1692, at a great age.
Friends Library (Phila.), 14:35.
Journal of G. F., bi-cent. ed., 1:524.
Sewell’s hist., 1:513.
Jos. Smith’s Cat., 1:578.
Evans and Cheevers, This is a short relation of some of the cruel sufferings . . . of Katharine Evans and Sarah Cheevers, 1662.
Evans and Cheevers, A brief history of the voyage Of Katherine Evans and Sarah Cheevers to the Island of Malta, 1715.
Whiting, Persecution exposed, pp. 219-223.