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William Evans of Oldham
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The Evans Family
Our Evans family has lived in South
Australia since 1856, when the recently widowed Mary
Ann Evans and her infant son James travelled to SA only twenty years after the
State's foundation. She followed her parents, the Reverend Henry
Cheetham and his wife, who were then at the Kensington Congregational Church in Adelaide. Mary Ann
travelled to Melbourne in the American-built
Clipper "Invincible" and from Melbourne
to Adelaide in
the "Burra Burra", arriving at Glenelg on 31 December 1855.
Mary Ann's late husband was William Evans, Civil Engineer, of Oldham, Lancashire.
Unfortunately tracing our own line of Evans back beyond 1840 is hampered by
a paucity of records, but the search goes on. The task is a challenge and not
helped by the popularity of the surname or the small range of Christian names
fashionable at the time.
From William’s marriage certificate, we know his father
was John. From William's will dated 21 May 1855, we know he had
two brothers and three
sisters, Sarah, Charles, Mary, Eliza, and
George Henry. With this information we were able to identify
families in both the 1841 and 1851 censuses who are to be
William's parents, John and Susannah.
This Evans surname in Australia
is in great danger of disappearing. Whilst there have been a reasonable number
of male births, war, sickness, and accidents have resulted in some untimely
deaths. Nevertheless, the girls have carried their Evans genes into many
families who can be proud of their ancestors.