You are here:  Cambria > Books > Biographical & Portrait Cyclopedia


DAVID E. EVANS, a leading business man of Cambria county, and a representative of one of the pioneer families of that county, is a son of John J. Jr., and Elizabeth (James) Evans, and was born in Cambria township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, July 6, 1855.
    John J. Evans, the grandfather of Mr. Evans, was a native of Cardiganshire, Wales, and was a sea captain and a resident of London, England, prior to emigrating to America. He settled in the northern part of Cambria township, in 1828, upon a tract of land which he purchased and proceeded to clear and improve. Having gotten his land in a tillable condition and erected the necessary buildings thereon, he, in 1832, returned to Wales for his family. The same year he returned to his farm, accompanied by his family, and there followed the arts of husbandry for some years. He finally retired, however, to Ebensburg, where he died in 1847, aged sixty-five years.
    John J. Evans, father, was also a native of Wales, born in Cardiganshire, April 25, 1811. He came with his family to America in 1832, and four years later, in 1836, returned to the land of his birth, and there married Miss Elizabeth Jones, a lady whom he had previously loved, wooed and won, and whom he brought to America soon after their marriage. They settled upon a farm in Cambria township, near his father's home, and resided there the remainder of their lives. He died December 7, 1893. He followed farming and saw-milling for more than half a century, and was regarded as one of the reliable and substantial citizens of his county. He was a member of the Welsh Methodist church, and a staunch and loyal republican. He voted for Lincoln in 1861, and every republican presidential nominee thereafter until his death. He was married on January 18, 1837, and became the father of
eight children: Mary, born April 1, 1838, married Henry Jones, of Cambria township; Elizabeth, born June 30, 1840, wedded Evan C. Evans, of Ebensburg; John E., born March 6, 1842, died December 15, 1883; Margaret, born April 17, 1844, became the wife of John Lloyd, of Ebensburg; Hulda, born September 5, 1846, died August 21, 1865; Jane, born January 14, 1849, resides with David E. Evans, subject; Magdalene, born September 12, 1851, married John S. Davis, and David E., the youngest child, is the subject of this sketch.
    David E. Evans was educated in the public schools of his township, and became associated in the saw-milling business with his father, in which they continued until 1870, shipping their lumber to Pittsburg, East Liberty, etc., and doing an extensive business. Upon that date they began farming on a large scale in connection with their lumbering interests, and continued until after the death of Evan J. Evans, after which David E. Evans, subject, continued the business. He abandonod lumbering in 1894 and began farming more extensively, baling and shipping hay in large quantities. Mr. Evans owns three farms whose aggregate acreage is five hundred and twenty, all well improved and under a good state of cultivation. Politically he is a republican, but has never sought office. In 1882 he became a member of company A, Fifth regiment, Pennsylvania State militia, and was discharged in 1887.
    October 23, 1890, Mr. Evans and Miss Parmelia, a daughter of Robert D. Davis, were united in the bonds of matrimony.

ISAIAH M. YEARICK, a merchant and the postmaster at Flinton, this county, is a son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Cronoble) Yearick, and was born in Penn Valley, Clinton county,

Previous page Title Page Contents Image Index Next page

Last Updated: 30 Mar 2008
Copyright 2000, All Rights Reserved
Lynne Canterbury and Diann Olsen