EVANS, Jonathan, 1759-1839

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  • Name: Jonathan Evans
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  • Gender: M
  • Birth date: 25 January 1759
  • Place of birth: Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Nationality: US
  • Spouse(s): Hannah Bacon (m., 1786)
  • Children: 7
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  • Branch:
  • Disowned date: --
  • Death date: 8 February 1839
  • Place of death: Philadelphia, Pa.
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b. 25 Jan. 1759, Phila., Pa., s. Jonathan and Hannah (Walton) Evans.
Liberal education. Apprenticed to a carpenter. Enjoyed gay companionship. Became sober on reading Penn’s No Cross, No Crown. 1784, at Va. Y. Mtg., Black-water with Daniel Offley and others.
m., 1786, Hannah Bacon [see Evans, Hannah (Bacon), 1765-1829]. Seven children. Built a house at 102 Union St (now 322 Delancey).
House carpenter and builder. Later in the lumber businesswith Jesse Williams, with a yard at 7th and Orange Sts., Phila.
Imprisoned for 16 weeks, for refusing to obey draft.
ca. 1782, overseer. ca. 1795, elder. Clerk of Phila. Y. Mtg. Clerk of the Mtg. for Sufferings. Opposed Elias Hicks. 1826, at Pine St. Mtg., Phila., following a sermon by Elias Hicks, J. E. openly opposed doctrine just delivered. 1827, signed An epistle to the members of the Religious Society of Friends . . . Phila. 1828 ,was at Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, at the time of the separation, but did attend meeting on account of illness.
Was one of the principal opponents of rationalism fundamentalism.

Edited: A journal of the life and religious labours of Richard Jordan, &c.,1829.
A journal of the life, travels, &c., of William Savery, 1837.

d. 8 Feb. 1839, Phila., Pa., aged 80.
1795, Address of Quakers to Indians. Wayne Papers. Vol 41:13.
1824, J. E. to Roberts Vaux. Vaux Papers. A. L. S.
Evans, Jonathan Evans and his time, 1959.
The Friend (Phila.), 3:270, In re "Extracts …”; 12:156. Haines, Clovercroft chronicles, pp. 184,333.
Comly, Friends Misc., 6:23.
Jos. Smith's Cat., 1:577.
Phila. Y. Mtg., Memorials concerning deceased Friends…, selection from . . . 1788 to 1878 . . . 4th ed., 1879, p.227

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