EVANS, REV. THOMAS SMITH - Izard County, Arkansas | REV. THOMAS SMITH EVANS - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

Rev. Thomas Smith EVANS

Pleasant Grove (at Oxford) Cemetery
Izard County,
Arkansas

Thomas was born 15 Mar 1822 in Bedford Co., VA and died 8 Oct 1920. He was the son of John R. and Susannah Thompson Evans. He was the husband of Martha Ann Neal and the father of nine children. He kept a diary from 1859 to 1877 detailing events of his life. He was a teacher, a preacher, a farmer and a leather crafter in spite of an early injury that crippled his arm from childhood. His great grandfather was John Evans a little Cherokee boy adopted by an English Capt. John Evans and given his name. A copy of his diary is on file the University of AR, Ottenheimer Library Archives and Special Collections, item B-1#213. It was donated by Ladd H. Schwegman one of his descentants.

Calico Rock Progress
Oct 15, 1920
Rev. Thomas S. Evans Dead

Oldest Citizen of Izard County Dies at age 98 Years.

Rev. Thos S. Evans of Newburg, one of the oldest citizens of the state and one of the pioneer settlers of this county, died at his home at Newburg last Saturday, October 9th.

“Uncle Tom” Evans lived to a ripe old age and his was a most useful and well spent life. He was born in Virginia March 15, 1822, being married at the age of 19 to Martha A. Neal in East Tennessee, who passed away September 21, 1899. He came to Arkansas in 1844 and settled in Searcy County, where he taught his first school. He entered the ministry of the Methodist Church at an early age and was engaged in religious work up until his health began to fail him. He was associated with the early educational interests of this part of the state and taught school in this section for many. He bears the distinction of having taught the first free school in the state.

Rev. Evans enjoyed the best of health until a short time back when he was stricken with pneumonia, age so weakening his condition that he was unable to withstand the illness.

He was the father of nine children, six living and five of these attended the funeral which was held at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery Sunday, conducted by Rev Noel S. Chaney of Melbourne.

The deceased is survived by four daughters and two sons, Mrs Susan E. Saunders, Mrs Nannie J. Jeffery and Mrs E. A. Gifford of this county; Mrs M. S. Staggs of Blanchard, Okla., John C. Evans of Cushman and James T. Evans of Batesville.
(Obit from the files of Vera Reeves.)

Contributed on 9/5/08 by mjones4359
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Submitted: 9/5/08 • Approved: 3/13/12 • Last Updated: 7/23/12 • R52286-G0-S3

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