AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND
REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 1020
M. EVANS, a prominent farmer and timber dealer of Brooklyn, Windham county,
Conn., is not only the largest landowner of the town, but is also one of its
most enterprising citizens.
early records of the Evans family locate the great-grandfather of Henry M.,
Jonathan Evans, in Smithfield, R.I., where he followed agricultural pursuits and
died at an advanced age. His son,
Elijah Evans, was one of the numerous family, who was born in 1786, in
Smithfield, R.I., and lived in that locality until a few years after his
marriage. About 1818 he moved to
Brooklyn, Conn., and there purchased a farm which has been the family home ever
since. The acreage of the estate has
remained the same as at the time of purchase, but the original residence has
been renovated and has had three additions made to it.
Evans carried on farming and also butchering, buying considerable stock for that
time. For a long time he conducted a
meat market at Brooklyn Center, the farm being given over to the management of
his sons as soon as they were old enough. Until
stricken with a dropsical affection, he was a man of great energy and industry,
but a few months of illness reduced him so that his death occurred April 28,
1856. As the result of his industry,
he was able to leave his family in comfortable circumstances, a fact which gave
him much comfort, as he had always been devoted to their welfare.
A Democrat in his political views, he supported the party actively; he
was a consistent member of the Unitarian Church of Brooklyn, living the
Christian life he professed. He
married Waty Smith of Smithfield, R.I., who did not survive him long, her death
taking place March 10, 1858, both being buried in the Witter cemetery in the
town of Brooklyn. The children born
to these good and worthy parents were six: Mercy,
who died in infancy at Smithfield, R.I.; Elijah,
who took an interest in the meat business and although he only lived to the age
of seventeen years, was an expert in his line and of the greatest assistance to
his father; Juni, who became a
farmer and married Emeline Coburn, later dying in Hampton;
Rachel, who married Harvey Cleveland, a farmer, and died in Wauregan,
Conn.; Thomas, who married Eliza
Kennedy, and in early life taught school, but later became a stock dealer, in
Danielson, Conn., where he died; and
Elisha, the father of Henry M.
Evans, the youngest son of Elijah, was born May 21, 1831, in Brooklyn and
enjoyed the benefits afforded by the public schools through the winter seasons,
assisting his father in the meat business and on the farm in the summers.
Being the youngest of the family, he remained at home and managed
affairs, caring for his parents until they passed away, and then succeeded to
the farm. Mr. Evans had more
progressive ideas than many of his neighbors and was well known as a successful
dealer in stock. For many years,
especially between 1850 and 1860, he made it his custom to take an annual trip
through Vermont, New Hampshire and Canada, where he would buy cattle and horses,
disposing of them in Brooklyn and the surrounding towns.
In a small way, he also dealt in lumber, being a man of business
sagacity, able to turn almost any line to his advantage.
of a robust constitution Mr. Evans took little care of his health when it
interfered with his industrious habits, and probably it was this lack that
finally caused his death at the age of fifty-six years, Nov. 8, 1887, after a
lingering illness of six months. Mr.
Evans was a man who was much missed in his community, having been reliable and
prominent in all public affairs, serving faithfully the Democratic party all his
life, and efficiently filling the offices of the town, at the time of his death
being town road surveyor, an office which he had capably filled for twenty-five
years. Mr. Evans was a consistent
member of the Unitarian Church, of which he was a liberal supporter.
Evans was married June 16, 1856, to Miss Dilla Cady, who still survives him.
She was born July 25, 1835, in Brooklyn, and was a daughter of Lemuel and
Lydia (Taylor) Cady, the former of whom was a farmer who spent his life in that
locality. The children born to
Elisha Evans and his wife were: Charles
C., who was born Nov. 9, 1857, and died July 9, 1867;
Esther, born Aug. 8, 1861, who married Jerome M. Woodward, and resides in
Hampton; and Harvey S. and Henry M.,
twins, born Oct. 22, 1863, the former of whom died Sept. 17, 1864.
Morey Evans was born in the house he now occupies, and is encircled still with
the surroundings which gave him a happy boyhood.
Until he was nineteen years old, his winters were passed in the district
school, while his summers were devoted to farm work on the home estate.
At the age of twenty years, Mr. Evans was hired by Dwight Bassett, of
Brooklyn, a miller, to drive his team, and the young man continued with Mr.
Bassett for one and one-half years, or until the illness of his father
necessitated his return home, where he has remained ever since, with the
exception of eight months, when he was in the employ of the dairy of the
Wauregan Company. As early as the
age of seventeen years, Mr. Evans saw the commercial advantages to accrue from a
well managed lumber business, and since that time he has been engaged in getting
out timber, being at present in partnership with his brother-in-law, Jerome M.
Woodward, of Hampton, in his line, their trade in timber of all kinds being a
very large one.
Evans has been a successful farmer and not only operates his own farm, but also
one comprising 168 acres which he purchased a few years ago from Jesse Fuller.
Combined with an industry which enables him to show satisfactory results
in this and other lines, Mr. Evans is successful also as a citizen, on account
of his upright character and sterling honesty.
In politics he follows in the footsteps of his father and grand-father,
upholding the principles of the Democratic party, and he has faithfully and
efficiently served his town in many responsible positions.
His first public office was that of assessor, and soon after the close of
his term, he was elected as second member of the board of selectmen, holding
this office through the year, being re-elected in 1900, and serving until the
fall of 1901. In November, 1901, he
was elected to represent Brooklyn in the State constitutional convention, in
this election receiving a very decisive majority over his Republican competitor.
The convention was held in the State capitol, beginning Jan. 1, 1902, and
adjourned May 15, 1902. At the
present time Mr. Evans is chairman of the board of relief, and is the
representative from Brooklyn to the General Assembly of 1903-04.
Mr. Evans is one of the progressive men of his section and is identified
with many of its leading interests.
marriage of Mr. Evans took place Aug. 18, 1894, to Miss Susie E. Andrews, who
was a daughter of Russell Andrews, of Wauregan, and the children born to this
union are: Walter H., a sturdy
little representative of his father, born March 28, 1896;
and Edith May, born Dec. 6, 1898. Both
Mr. and Mrs. Evans belong to the Unitarian Church, to which Mr. Evans is a
liberal contributor, and they enjoy the respect and esteem of the whole
D. Pingel – great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, Ct.
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