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George Evans papers

 Collection — Folder: S0437
Identifier: S0437

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence from George Evans in Indiana ranging from 1839 to 1840 regarding travels through the country and attending Society of Friends meetings.


  • 1839-1840

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

George Evans was born on February 25, 1802 in Newberry County, South Carolina to Benjamin (1760-1830) and Hannah (Smith) Evans (1767-1853). He attended school in Ohio. Evans married Mary Haskett (1798–1859) in Warren, Ohio, on February 6, 1822 and they had six children: Asenath, Owen, Sarah, Richard, Rebecca, and Thomas. The family moved to Henry County, Indiana around 1825. Evans was a farmer, a Quaker, and Democrat until the 1850s when he joined the new Republican Party. He represented Henry County in the Senate of the Indiana General Assembly from 1848 to 1851. Evans was a trustee for Indiana University from 1852 to 1857. He died on November 15, 1863 and was buried in Spiceland Friends Cemetery in Spiceland, Indiana.

Sources: "George Evans." 1850 United States Federal Census. Accessed May 5, 2022. "George Evans." 1860 United States Federal Census. Accessed May 5, 2022. "George Evans." Ohio, U.S., Marriages Extracted from the Old Northwest Genealogical Quarterly, 1789-1898. Accessed May 5, 2022. "George Evans." U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935. Accessed May 5, 2022.

"Evans, George." In A Biographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly, vol. 1, p. 121. Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Historical Bureau, 1980. "George Evans." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed May 5, 2022.

Indiana General Assembly. "George Evans." Indiana Legislators Database. Accessed May 5, 2022.!/legislator/388/George-Evans.


0.025 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/07/07 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/07/07 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid revised 2022/05/05 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.