The hardships, privations and trials of a typical pioneer were undergone by the elder Evans, and little did he know that a mighty empire was to spring up where was then virgin prairie. But he, in common with all other brave pioneers, builded better than he knew. Posterity will not likely recall what these people did for the advancement of this great county, but the fact nevertheless remains that the march of civilization owes its progress to these old heroes, and it is meet that their names should be embalmed in history. From Winchester, in 1853, the father, Daniel Evans, removed to Iowa, and from there, a year later to Missouri, where he lived until the outbreak of the late war. During the Rebellion he lived in Winchester, thence returned to Missouri, and at Kirksville, that State, spent the remainder of his life, dying in 1874 at the age of seventy-two years.
Hezekiah was the second of seven sons. In 1852 Hezekiah Evans went to California overland, and remained there one year, returning to Illinois via the Isthmus and New York. In 1855 he engaged in the livery business, and in March 1863, enlisted at Winchester as a private soldier in Company F, 33d Illinois Infantry, and served until mustered out by reason of the close of the war in Nov. 1865. Leaving the army he returned to Winchester, and has here continued to prosecute his old calling, that of the livery business - in which he has been very successful - up to the present time. He has been five times elected alderman, a fact which fully illustrates his popularity and fitness for the office, and is now representing the second ward in the City Council. He has always been active and aggressive Democratic worker and possesses the fullest confidence of his party, while his election to the position of Post Commander of the G. A. R. at this place, attests alike his fidelity, patriotism and good citizenship.
Mr. Evans was married in this county in 1849 to Miss Harriet Claywell, who has borne him eight children, four of whom are dead. The living are: Hezekiah Jr., now in St. Louis; Laura (Mrs. Frank Morgan) of St. Louis; Charles, who is associated with his father in the livery business, and William. The list of the deceased is as follow: James died in 1849, aged four months; Charles died in 1854, aged two years; Minnie died in 1867, aged eighteen months; Ollie died in 1888, aged thirty-three years; and Hattie died in 1872, aged fifteen months. In addition to their own children Mr. and Mrs. Evans have reared eleven orphans, which fact fully attests the kind-heartedness of this couple.