EVANS, Katharine, -1692
From Quaker Dictionary
Katharine Evans (d. June, 1692) was an English Friend who suffered great persecution for her faith while travelling across Europe in ministry.
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Katharine Evans was the wife of John Evans, of Englishbatch near Bath, who died in prison in 1664.
Sarah Chevers and Katharine Evans visited Scotland in 1654. In 1657, having been banished from the Isle of Wight, 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). Evans travelled also in the Isle of Man, Ireland, and elsewhere and underwent much suffering and abuse. The journey towards the East with Sarah 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). She was eleased through the efforts of Gilbert Latey, who enlisted the influence of the Lord D'Aubigny, a Roman Catholic priest, then in England. Upon the return of these Friends, they undertook further service in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
- 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.
- 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.