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Alas Evans recommendation letter

 Collection — Folder: S2568
Identifier: S2568

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a recommendation letter for Alas Evans dated September 24, 1849. The letter states that Evans was a "young man of color" of good moral character and it certified that he was a "free man" who intended to travel to the western states. The letter is signed by Elisha Coffin and 21 other citizens of Randolph County, North Carolina.


  • 1849/09/24


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

Alas Evans was born in North Carolina around 1825-1828. He came to Indiana sometime after 1849. He married Drusilla Winburn on November 6, 1859 and they had several children: Charles E, Benjamin F., John W., Susan L, Emma (or Anna) D, Della Adell, Jessie, and Florena. He and his family lived in Noblesville and Jackson Township, Hamilton County, Indiana. His name was variously spelled Alas, Ales, Elias, Allas, Alvis, and Aloes. He passed away on July 31, 1894 and is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Noblesville, Indiana.

Sources: "Ales H. Evans." 1860 United States Federal Census. Accessed July 30, 2016. "Elias H. Evans." 1870 United States Federal Census. Accessed July 30, 2016. "Allas H. Evans." 1880 United States Federal Census. Accessed July 30, 2016. "Allas H. Evans." Indiana Marriage Index, 1800-1941. Accessed August 3, 2016. Aloes H. Evans." Find a Grave Index. Accessed July 30, 2016. "Charles E. Evans."1920 United States Federal Census. Accessed July 30, 2016. "Della Adell Epps." Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed August 3, 2016.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Indiana State Museum.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1998/10/23 by Philip Williams. EAD finding aid created 2016/08/03 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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