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1882 History of Linn County, Missouri





THOMAS D. EVANS††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Parsons Creek Township, page 722


was born in Madison county, Kentucky, September 6, 1844.His parents were William and Paulina (nee Cornelison) Evans, both natives of Kentucky.In 1856 the family moved to Pettis county, Missouri, and lived in that county and in Saline till 1864.During the civil war he was enrolled in the Sixty-second Regiment Missouri State Militia, and was in active service four month.His military experience, however was confined to this State, and he took part in no very heavy battles.He participated in the Marshall fight in Saline county, and other lighter skirmishes.In 1864, he came to Meadville in this county, and opened the only store the place then had.He continued merchandizing for five years, and during that time served as postmaster and depot and express agent for the railroad.In 1869 he moved to the place on which he still resides in Parson Creek township.His farm contains 240 acres of finely improved land, which Mr. Evans manages very successfully.He has creditably filled several township offices, and was supervisor under the township organization, which made him, ex officio, a member of the County Court.Himself and wife are both members of the Christian Church.June 30, 1868, he was married to Miss Nancy Botts, daughter of Seth Botts, Sr., and Elizabeth Botts.Mrs. Evanís father was one of the pioneer settlers of Linn county, and served as a lieutenant in Captain Hamiltonís company under General Jackson in the War of 1812, and was in the battle of New Orleans.He died in Linn county at the advanced age of eighty-seven.Mr. and Mrs. Evans are the parents of seven children, six of whom still survive, named respectively: Edwin E., Seth D., William B., Walter E., Adella and Cornelison.


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