EVANS, Annie Edith, 1870?-1961
From Quaker Dictionary
|Annie Edith Evans|
|Birth date:||about 1870|
|Place of birth:||Newton Heath district, Manchester England|
|Death date:||20 April 1961|
|Place of death:||Withington, Manchester, England|
Annie Edith Evans (1870? - April 20, 1961) was an educator, abstinence worker and convinced Friend from Machester, England.
Annie Edith Evans, the eldest daughter of W.T. and M.A. Evans, was born about the year 1870(1). Two of her sisters were Marian B. and Mabel A. Evans(2). Her family were Wesleyans and her great-grandfather was a Chartist. The family settled in the Newton Heath district of Manchester, where they had a match manufacturing business which was eventually taken over by Bryant and May Ltd.
Annie Evans, like her father,was a devoted worker for total abstinence, in the Band of Hope and the United Kingdom Alliance. She also organized the District Nursing Association in Newton Heath, in association with her father. She found one of her greatest interests in the Sunday School Movement. She started the first primary school at Newton Heath Wesleyan Church and throughout her life she had a wonderful way with young children. In 1914 she went to Westhill and at the outbreak of the First World War she helped to run a Serbian boys' hostel at Selly Oak. She acted as a matron at Westhill for a number of years.
She joined the Friends in 1940, when she was about seventy years old. Work among the children of the Meeting was among her major concerns, but she also worked for temperance and peace. Annie Edith Evans of 1 Parkgate Avenue, Withington, Manchester died on April 20, 1961 at the age of ninety-one(3).
References and Notes
- (1) Aged 91 at death
- (2) Entry in The Friend vol 119 (1961) p 580 gives second name, parents' initials and sisters' names
- (3) Digest of Deaths: she is described as a spinster
N.B. There is no reference to her in J Friends Hist Soc, vols 1-45
- The Friend vol 119 (19(1) p 715