EVANS, Thomas, 1798-1868

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  • Name: Thomas Evans
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  • Gender: M
  • Birth date: 23 February 1798
  • Place of birth: Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Nationality: US
  • Spouse(s): Catherine Wistar (m., 1834)
  • Children: 5
  • Meeting:
  • Branch:
  • Disowned date: --
  • Death date: 25 May 1868
  • Place of death: Philadelphia, Pa.
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b. 23 Feb. 1798, Phila., Pa., s. Jonathan and Hannah Evans.
ed. at Academy, 4th and Chestnut St., Phila.
1819, druggist, at 3d and Spruce St., Phila., Pa.
1821, travelled with George Withy, from Eng., in Ohio and southern states. 1830, 1831, was witness at Camden trial where his testimony was outstanding. 1832, first spoke as a minister, in Va.
m., 1834, Catharine Wistar (d. 1871), of Salem, N.J. Five children.
1837, accompanied by Bartholomew Wistar, sailed for Charleston, S. C. There was a violent storm at sea. In pumping he injured his spine.
1844, recommended a minister. While retaining simplicity in his ministry, he was eloquent in a high degree. 1851, sailed with his wife to Eng.
1833, a founder or Haverford College.
Partly because of poor health, he travelled but little.
Called upon Joseph John Gurney, when the latter a in Phila. Strove earnestly to prevent a Gurney-Wilbur separation in Phila. Yearly Meeting. "Disputed and disputable doctrines should not be made a test of discipleship."


Author: An exposition of the faith of the Religious Society of Friends, 1828.
A concise account of the Religious Society of Friends, &c., 1856.
Published, with his brother, William Evans: The Friends Library, 14 vols., 1837-1850.
Republished, with William Evans: Piety Promoted, in 4 vols., 1854.
d. 25 May 1868, Phila., Pa., aged 70, a minister ca. 24 years.


Shotwell, complainant, … Report of the testimony in a cause at issue . . . between Thomas L. Shotwell... and Joseph Hendrickson and Stacy De Cow . . . by Jeremiah J. Foster, 1:265-315, 2:368-408.
Quaker Biog., series 2, 1:67.
Haines, Clovercroft chronicles, p. 335.
Dic. Am. Biog., p. 210.
The Friend (Phila.), 43:336.
Jos. Smith's Cat., 1:579.
Phila. Y. Mtg. , Memorials concerning deceased Friends, 1875, p.137.
Phila. Mo. Mtg., Memorial of Thomas Evans, Phila., 1870.
Hopper, Thomas Evans, from the North American and United States Gazette of June 22, 1868.

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