EVANS, Thomas, 1798-1868

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Thomas Evans (February 23, 1798 - May 25, 1868) was a travelling minister from Philadelphia and, in 1833, among the founders of Haverford College.

Thomas Evans
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Gender: M
Birthdate: 23 February 1798
Place of birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality: US
Spouse(s): Catherine Wistar (m. 1834)
Children: 5
Disowned date:
Death date: 25 May 1868
Place of death: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania




Thomas Evans was born on February 23, 1798 in Philadelphia to Jonathan and Hannah Evans. He was educated at the Academy at 4th and Chestnut Sts. in Philadelphia. In 1819, he worked at a druggist at 3rd Street and Spruce Street. Evans married Catharine Wistar (d. 1871) of Salem, New Jersey in 1871 and had five children. In 1851, Evans sailed with his wife to England.


Partly because of poor health, Thomas Evans travelled only a little. While retaining simplicity in his ministry, he was eloquent in a high degree. In 1821, he and George Withy (an English Friend) travelled to Ohio and southern states. In 1832, he spoke for the first time as a minister in Virginia. In 1837, he and Bartholomew Wistar sailed for Charleston, South Carolina. There was a violent storm at sea and he injured his spine.

Works By

  • An exposition of the faith of the Religious Society of Friends (1828), A concise account of the Religious Society of Friends, &c. (1856), The Friends Library (14 vols., with brother William Evans, 1837-1850), Piety Promoted (4 vols., with William Evans, 1854)


  • 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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