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                                      DR. MOSES EVANS
                                    Cook County, Illinois


Information contributed for use in Cook County ILGenWeb by
        Sherri Hessick, added May 2001.


Source: Album of Genealogy and Biography, Cook County,
Illinois with Portraits 3rd ed. revised and extended
(Chicago: Calumet Book & Engraving Co., 1895), pp. 21-22

DR. MOSES EVANS, an honored veteran among the defenders of
the nation, as well as in the ranks of his chosen
profession, came to Illinois more than half a century since,
and has been an interested participant in many of the
stirring scenes which make up the history of this
commonwealth. He was born at Fryeburg, Oxford County, Maine,
January 1, 1819, and is the only surviving son of Capt.
William and Anna (Webster) Evans.

Capt. William Evans was a Revolutionary soldier.  He was the
first white male born at Seven Lots Settlement, now known as
Fryeburg.  He married first Sarah Osgood, who was the mother
of three children.  His second wife, Anna Webster, had
eleven children, of whom Moses is the  youngest.  Captain
Evans was a participant in the terrible winter at Valley
Forge, and was later a Captain of Maine militia.  He was a
grandson of David Evans, of Charlestown, Massachusetts, who
was doubtless a native of Wales.

David, son of the last-named and father of Capt. William
Evans, is often mentioned, together with his brother,
Sergeant John Evans, in the history of Concord,
Massachusetts.  They were members of "Rogers' Rangers,'' and
took part in General Amherst's disastrous expedition against
the St. Francis Indians.  They were among the seven original
settlers of Fryeburg in 1762-63, then known as the Seven
Lots Settlement. David Evans' wife, Elizabeth, was a
daughter of Col. Jeremiah Stickney, of Penacook, Maine.
Moses Evans took the preparatory course at Fryeburg Academy,
and at the age of eighteen years began the study of medicine
under Dr. Ruel Barrows, of Fryeburg.  He graduated from
Dartmouth College at the age of twenty, and began practice
at Waterford, Oxford County, Maine.  In 1844 he came West
and located at Waukegan, Illinois, arriving there on the 1st
of June.  He made the journey by way of Boston, Albany and
Buffalo, taking a steamer from the latter point to Waukegan,
where he continued in practice over forty years.

In the spring of 1862 Dr. Evans was sent by the authorities
of Lake County to Pea Ridge, Arkansas, to care for the sick
and wounded troops of the Thirty-seventh Illinois Infantry,
who went out from Lake County.  A few months later he
returned and helped to recruit the Ninety-sixth Illinois
Regiment, many of whose members were boys at whose birth he
attended.  He was mustered in as Surgeon of this regiment,
but shortly after he resigned his position. He continued
with the regiment, however, as First Assistant Surgeon in
order to look after the health of the boys, in whom he took
a fatherly interest throughout their service.  His duties
were arduous and he was kept in constant activity because of
the disasters attending the battles of Chickamauga, Mission
Ridge, Atlanta and others.  After the battle of Chickamauga,
while in charge of an ambulance train on the way to
Stevenson, Alabama, he was wounded in the calf of the leg by
a stray shot. He was with Sherman's army throughout the
campaign from Nashville to Atlanta, and won the confidence
of officers and men in an unusual degree.

After the war he had a very extensive surgical practice in
Lake County.  He served many years as County Physician, and
was Health Officer of the city of Waukegan from its
incorporation until the close of his residence there.  He
served as Coroner of Lake County, was Postmaster at Waukegan
for three years, and was United States Examining Surgeon for
Pensions for a considerable period.  He became a great
sufferer from asthma on account of his exposure during the
war, and in 1877 he went to California, to escape the rigors
of the lake-shore climate. He now spends his winters in
California, and resides during the balance of his time with
his daughter, Mrs. Brown, of Evanston.  Upon his removal
from Waukegan he was tendered a banquet by friends and
comrades as a testimonial of their esteem.

On the first day of the year 1848, Dr. Evans was married to
Miss Anna Sanford, daughter of William Sanford, a lumberman
of Brighton, Canada, at which place she was born.  She died
in San Francisco, California, January 9, 1885 in the
fifty-eighth year of her age.  She was a Christian lady, of
most patient, cheerful and lovable character. Three children
were left to mourn her loss. Arthur Herbert, the eldest, is
a prominent business man of San Francisco, California.
Calista Jean died at Kinsley, Kansas, December 18, 1890,
aged forty years.  Anna Cora is the wife of Robert K. Brown,
a Chicago business man, residing in Evanston.  Frederick
Graham, the youngest of the family, died July 7, 1857, at
the age of one year.

Dr. Evans' first vote was cast in 1840, when he supported
the famous "Tippecanoe and Tyler, too'' ticket.  He has
acted with the Republican party since its organization. He
has been a member of the Congregational Church from youth,
and joined the first Grand Army post organized at Waukegan.
He has since been connected with Gen. George H. Thomas Post
at San Francisco, and U. S. Grant Post at Omaha.

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