History of Crawford and Clark Counties, Illinois, Vol. II.

William Henry Perrin, ed.

(Chicago: O.L. Basking & Co. Historical Publishers)

1883.

Iredell Evans, farmer, p. O. Melrose, is a son of Nixon and Minerva (Bartlett) Evans.   He is a native of Clark County, Ill., born May 18, 1841, and was raised in the county and educated in the common schools, and in August 1862, he became a member of Company I, Seventy-ninth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, from which he was discharged in spring of 1865, at Nashville, Tenn.  Participated in the battles of Stone River and Chickamauga, where he was taken prisoner, and held at Danville and Richmond for eight months as a prisoner of ward, during which time, in the Danville Prison, he had small-pox.   He was a non-commissioned officer.  After returning home, he became a student in the Westfield College, where he remained one year, thus qualifying himself for the profession of teacher, which he followed for some years.  Married, in Melrose Township, October 1, 1867, to Miss Alice Drake, daughter of Peter and Christina Drake.   She was born in Livingston County, N. Y., on the 29th of September, 1849.  Her parents were also natives of New York; the father was born November, 1817, and the mother was born in 1820.  She died in the State of New York, in 1853, and the father afterward removed to this county in 1866, where he died April 27, 1877.  Mr. and Mrs. Evans have a family of four children, of whom one is dead, Bartlett J. Evans, born Jun 27, 1868, and died July 24, 1870; Bruce D. Evans, born April 9, 1870; Jennie G. Evans, born February 9, 1873; Earnest E., born April 26, 1877.  He owns a farm of 173 acres in Section 27 and 34 of Melrose Township.  Engaged in stock-raising.  He is Republican and has represented the township in the capacity of Supervisor, Assessor, and Justice of the Peace.

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