Biographical History of Montgomery and Adams Counties, Iowa - 1892 - E

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Biographical History of Montgomery and Adams Counties, Iowa. 
Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1892.


Unless otherwise noted, the following biographies were submitted by Dick Barton.

Patrick Egan

This gentleman furnishes a remarkable example of what can be [accomplished] by an energetic, industrious man with strong constitution, properly tempered with will and determination, coupled with honest purpose to make a success of life.

Mr. Egan was born in county Roscommon, Ireland, March 17, 1826, son of Edward and Mary (Haley) Egan. The father was an enemy to English rule, and in this his children did not differ from him. Their coming to America happened in this manner: Thomas and Bridget had considered seriously the propriety of emigrating to this country, and, as they were without [means], finally appropriated a sum of money which the father had laid by with which to pay his landlord. On discovering what his children had done, he gave them the money and added more thereto. Landing here, the two were well pleased and in due time sent for Patrick and Margaret, the former at that time twenty-your years of age. A few years later, when the four had saved their earnings and had means enough to send for the rest of the family - the parents, Edward, Mary, William and John - they did so and all were united in this "land of the free and home of the brave." They settled in Lee county, Illinois, where the parents spent the rest of their days and are buried, the father having died August 6, 1881, at the age of ninety-two years, and the mother in 1872, at the age of eighty-four. Both were devout members of the Catholic church. Of their eight children, Edward, Mary, Thomas and Bridget are deceased.

Patrick Egan received his education on his native isle. He was put to work at the early age of twelve years, and has been a hard worker ever since. As already stated, he was twenty-four when he came to America. On his arrival here, he stopped with an uncle, who lived near Baltimore, two years and a half. He then located in Lee county, Illinois, where he made his home for fourteen years, working for the railroad company. During this time he laid up money and speculated in town lots, and later bought eighty acres of land from the railroad company. He subsequently sold the land, and in 1877 came to Adams county, Iowa, to the farm where he now resides, in section 7, Lincoln township. He bought a half section of land, when all wild, now under a high state of cultivation. His cottage home is nicely located and overlooks a most beautiful stretch of fertile country. He has a new barn, other good buildings and all necessary conveniences for successfully carrying on general farming and stock-raising. An orchard of four acres is among other improvements on his farm.

Mr. Egan was married in Lee county, Illinois, in 1857, to Miss Bridget McGinnis, a native of Ireland. Following is the issue from their union: Edward, who died when a year and a half old; John, who only lived ten months; Thomas, at home, engaged in farming for himself; William, who has been a teacher for some time, is now working on a farm in Lee county, Illinois; Mary, also a teacher; James, Patrick, deceased; and Peter.

Mr. Egan and his wife and some of their children are members of the Catholic church. Politically he is a Republican.

B. H. Egleston has been a resident of Douglas township, Adams county, Iowa, since 1881, and is one of its intelligent and prosperous citizens.

Mr. Egleston was born in Oswego county, New York, September 25, 1849. His father, Jeremiah Egleston, was born at Floyd Hill near Holland Point, New York, son of Ezekiel Egleston, also a native of New York State, the family being of English descent. The mother, Rozena (Howard) Egleston, was born in Oswego county, New York, daughter of Dexter Howard, a native of Whitesboro, New York, and a descendant of Dutch ancestry. To Jeremiah Egleston and his wife were born eight children. The father was a contractor and builder, and was a member of the Baptist Church. He died at the age of fifty-six years. The mother is now a resident of Pulaski, Oswego county, New York, and is seventy-two years of age.

B. H. Egleston was reared in his native county, attended the public schools and completed his studies at Mexico Academy. He learned his father's trade, that of carpenter, and has followed it the most of his life. In 1873 he moved to Will county, Illinois, and made his home near Joliet for four years. He then went to Trego county, Kansas, bought and improved a farm and lived there three years. In 1881 he came to his present location, purchased eighty acres of wild bush and, at once began the work of clearing and improving, and now has a good farm, comfortable cottage home, good barn and outbuildings, and an orchard and grove. Since coming to Adams county he has devoted much of his time to work at his trade.

Mr. Egleston was married in Oswego county, New York, at the age of twenty, to Ida Cole, a native of that place and a daughter of Clark and Caroline (Root) Cole. They have five children: Louisa, wife of Oscar Oster, of Douglas township, and Willie J., Arthur, Freddy and Roy. Gracie, their third child, died at the age of two years.

Mr. Egleston has served as a member of the School Board for ten years, and is at present Township Trustee, being an efficient and popular officer. He is a Democrat and an active worker in the ranks of his party.

William H. Ellenwood, one of the prominent farmers of Washington township, section 29, Eureka postoffice, was born in Henry county, Illinois, May 20, 1840. His parents were Morris and Susannah (White) Ellenwood, both natives of Ohio. The father was a farmer; was hackdriver and mail carrier after coming to Illinois, owing to the loss of an arm. He came to Illinois from Washington county, Ohio, about the year 1838, and settled on a farm in Henry county. He died in Henry county, Illinois. His wife is still living with general health fairly good. She is still an honored resident of Henry county, Illinois, is well known and highly respected as an old settler. Her father, Rev. William White, was a minister of good standing in the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Our subject began assisting in the support of the family at about the age of fourteen years. Agriculture has been his business all his life. He farmed in Henry county, Illinois, until 1870, when he moved to Adams county, locating on the farm where he now resides; it was then raw prairie. He bought 120 acres of ridge land. His house, 16 x 26 feet, one and a half stories high, is located on the road leading from Carbon to Mount Etna. He has a nice location, commanding a view of the surrounding country. He has an orchard of three acres and raises small fruit as well. The farm is adapted well for a stock farm, being well watered.

Mr. Ellenwood was married in 1863, to Virginia Cole, daughter of Asa and Rebecca Cole, of Washington county, Ohio, now of Henry county, Illinois. The father was a very thorough farmer, well and favorably known as an honest and upright citizen. He is still living, an honored resident of Henry county, Illinois. His wife died April 17, 1891, at the age of sixty-six years.

Mrs. Ellenwood is the oldest in a family of eleven children, nine of whom are still living. Mr. and Mrs. Ellenwood are the parents of sixteen children, three of whom died in infancy. The others are, Edward J., married to Emma Anderson; Ard, deceased at the age of twenty-three years; he went West and took possession of a claim in Banner county, Nebraska; he made a visit home and on his return to his claim he took sick and died June 21, 1889; Elmer, married to Ida Powell; Majesta, wife of John Powell; Maud, wife of A. B. Schofield; Lucy R., wife of Rodman Hathaway; Virginia, William S., Bennett G., Olive L., Martha B., Leonard and Lillie B. Both parents are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

In politics our subject is a Republican; he is also a member of the Farmers's Alliance. He is a highly esteemed and valued citizen.

J. L. Ellis, Nevinville, Adams county, Iowa, is a Nova Scotian by birth, having first seen the light on the 23rd of November, 1826. When a mere lad he went to Massachusetts, and lived in that State until he was twenty-nine years old. He came to Adams county, Iowa, and settled where he now resides in the fall of 1856. His father, J. A. Ellis, also a native of Nova Scotia, was born March 10, 1803. He, however, spent the greater part of his life in Massachusetts, where he died April 15, 1887. His family consisted of twelve children, seven daughters and five sons, J. L. being the eldest son.

In 1857 Mr. Ellis commenced farming near Nevinville, and in June of that year was united in marriage to Miss Theresa M. Trask, who came from Nova Scotia to join him. They have been blessed with eight children, five of whom are living. Among their number are two pairs of twins. Their oldest son, Walter M. Ellis, is a Congregational minister, now stationed in Wisconsin; George R. Ellis is engaged in gold-mining in the Black Hills, South Dakota; Elizabeth M. Ellis is engaged in teaching in the public schools of Fontanelle, Adair county, Iowa; her twin sister, Miss Theresa A., is a teacher, stenographer and typewriter, at present residing in Denver, Colorado; Robert W. is a student of Tabor College, and is also a teacher.

Mr. Ellis like his father before him, has always been a farmer. He owns 135 acres of fine, well-improved land in sections 3 and 2, Colony township, and is engaged in general farming and stock-raising, giving especial attention to the breeding of Shorthorn cattle and Poland-China hogs. He has a beautiful home, two large barns, numerous outbuildings, fine orchard and groves, and every thing necessary for successfully carrying on agricultural pursuits.

Mr. Ellis served one term as county Surveyor, and for fifteen years as Justice of the Peace in Nevinville; has also held, on various occasions, the offices of Township Trustee, member of the School Board, etc. He has ever taken an active part in the promotion of the educational interests of the community in which he lived. In politics he is a Republican. Mr. and Mrs. Ellis have been connected with the Congregational Church of Nevinville ever since its organization thirty- three years ago, and he has served in the capacity of Deacon for fifteen years. Their family are also members of the same church. For the past forty-three years Mr. Ellis has kept a record of daily events.

General W. W. Ellis was born in Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, March 18, 1840, a son of Quaker parents, Emmor K. and Susan (Metz) Ellis, natives of Pennsylvania. His father was a hatter by trade and for years kept a hat store; later, he had charge of a warehouse on the canal, where all kinds of goods were sold at wholesale, and occupied this position up to the time of his death, which occurred about 1880. During the late was he enlisted in 1862 and served as a private in Company D, Sixty-first Pennsylvania Regiment Volunteer Infantry. He took part in the battles of Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, and others; was never wounded or taken prisoner; was honorably discharged on account of disability in 1863. He had two sons in the service, the subject of this sketch and Thomas C. The latter enlisted August 18, 1861, in Company L, Twenty-third Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He took part in all the battles of the army of the Potomac until the battle of the Wilderness, May 10, 1864, when he with five others was instantly killed by the bursting of a shell. His age at death was twenty-two years. He had served three years, had veteranized, and had discharged his duty faithfully as a brave soldier.

W. W. Ellis began business for himself by clerking in a store, in which he was engaged when the war came on. April 18, 1861, he enlisted as a private, but served as such only one day. Previous to this he had been a member of the Wyoming Artillerists four years. This company had served in the Mexican war under General E. L. Dana, and in 1861 became Company F, Eighth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, under command of Captain A. H. Emily. When the regiment was organized Captain Emily was made Colonel and Ed. Finch occupied his place as Captain of Company f. The second day after entering the service Mr. Ellis was employed in drilling companies and officers, and rendered most efficient service in this as will be seen when it is known he was one of the best drill masters in the regiment. Later he was elected Captain of Company H, same regiment. He, however, refused to be captain because of an ill feeling engendered between the former captain and the company itself. He was made Acting Quartermaster, which position he held until the three months' service had expired. He then went home, organized a company and became Captain of Company L, of Berney's Zouaves, Twenty-third Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. In 1862 he, with his company, was transferred to Company D, Sixty-first Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He served in this company until May 3, 1863. At that time he was severely wounded while storming Mary's Heights at Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was shot, receiving a compound fracture below the knee; also received a gun-shot would in the right side. This ended his field service as a soldier. He was present and carried General O. O. Howard from the field when he had his arm shot at the battle of Fair Oaks; later, the arm was amputated. He resigned from the captaincy to accept a position in the Veteran Reserve Corps. He was offered the captaincy of the Veteran Reserve Corps by President Lincoln in person, but did not accept for reasons that were satisfactory to himself. He was in the hospital at Washington about sixty days, and was subsequently on court- martial duty in that city six months. Afterward he was sent to Newark, New Jersey, where, for six months, he had charge of convalescent soldiers in the hospital. From there he was sent to Trenton, New Jersey, and served as commanding officer a portion of the time for nineteen months. After that he was appointed additional Quartermaster of the United States Army for the State of New Jersey. The war closing, he was sent home to await orders and received instruction from the War Department to report to General O. O. Howard at Washington, District of Columbia. The General ordered him to report at Vicksburg to Colonel Samuel Thomas, Commissioner of the State of Mississippi. General Ellis was then made Sub-Commissioner of the Freedman's Bureau at Vicksburg, where he served six months and then resigned.

The war over, he embarked in the mercantile business in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, continuing that with the lumber business and the manufacturing of lime. In 1870 he came West and settled in Montgomery county, Iowa, where he has since resided. Here he has met with good success. For the past eighteen years he has been in partnership with David Whitmyer, raising stock on their farm and dealing in grain in Villisca. They own 160 acres of Montgomery county's richest soil, which is well suited for stock-raising, and where they are especially interested in the breeding of fine draft horses. He is also engaged in the Paulus railroad drill-making, and driving a good business.

General Ellis has been twice married. In the spring of 1861 he wedded Miss Tamzen Spry, who died in 1868, leaving four children, viz.: Arthur W.; Emmor K., who is married and lives in Dallas, Texas; Walter S., a bookkeeper for Keys Bros., of Council Bluffs; and Maud S., who has been engaged in teaching in the public schools of Beatrice, Nebraska, two years. In 1869 the General married Miss Margaret Sleppy, daughter of Christian Sleppy, of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. His first wife was associated with the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he and his present companion are members of the Presbyterian Church, of which he was a trustee for many years.

He is a member of the Masonic order, the I. O. O. F., the K. of P., and the G. A. R. of Villisca. Of the last organization he was the first commander at this place. In politics he is an ardent Republican. While in Pennsylvania, and after returning from the war, he was made Captain of the Wyoming Veteran Zouaves. He organized a company of militia in Villisca. He was elected Colonel of the Fifth Regiment in 1880, and was re-elected in 1885-6, but after serving while resigned. Governor Larrabee then appointed him on his staff, with the rank of Brigadier- General. He was re appointed by Governor Larrabee on his re-election, and had charge of the escort to the Governor on his inauguration. In organizing the Blue-Grass League of Iowa, he was made its first treasurer, and the following year was elected its president. Two terms he was commander of the Veteran Association of Southwestern Iowa and Northwestern Missouri, and afterward was president of that organization. He is now president of the Creamery Company, president of the Paulus Railroad Drill Company, and vice-president of the Anchor Fire Insurance Company of Creston.

Such is a mere outline of the life of this prominent man; to give an extended account of his useful and eventful career would be to fill the pages of an entire volume.

C. H. Elmendorf, dealer in real estate, Corning was born in Brooklyn, New York, the youngest son of Rev. Anthony Elmendorf, D. D., and Sarah (Clark) Elmendorf. Dr. Elmendorf was of Holland-Dutch parentage, was born and reared in Kingston, Ulster county, New York, and graduated at both Rutgers College and Rutgers Theological Seminary. While pursuing his studies at New Brunswick he made the acquaintance of, and married, Sarah Clark, of English extraction and a descendant of the famous Drake family. Dr. Elmendorf was a prominent minister of the Reformed Dutch Church, and during the last twelve years of his life founded, and was the pastor of the North Reformed Dutch Church of Brooklyn, New York, one of the largest and prosperous congregations in the "City of Churches."

On the death of Dr. Elmendorf in 1865, the surviving members of the family removed to New Brunswick, New Jersey, to the old Clark homestead. The subject of our sketch remained in New Brunswick for seven years, during which time he received his education at Rutgers College Grammar School. In 1873 he was obliged to abandon his chosen profession, his eyes having failed from over-study, and he determined upon a business life. For four years and a half he engaged in the wholesale paper trade in New York City, receiving a valuable business ducation, in the house of J. F. Anderson, Jr., & Co., one of the best and strongest in the city. At this time he made the acquaintance of George W. Frank, of the firm of George W. Frank & Darrow, bankers and negotiators of western loans, 167 Broadway, New York, and Corning, Iowa, and this acquaintance led to an engagement with them in their New York city office. After nine months in this capacity Mr. Elmendorf came to Corning to enter into a partnership with Mr. George W. Frank's son, Augustus (Second), as a dealer in real estate, under the firm name of Frank & Elmendorf. The firm were placed in charge of a large amount of property I Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska, and conducted the business with profit to themselves and to the advantage of their many patrons.

In February, 1886, the firm of Frank & Elmendorf was dissolved, and in April following Mr. Elmendorf removed to Kearney, Nebraska, where he engaged in the real-estate business, negotiating many transactions of magnitude and importance. He has also engaged in stock-raising on a large scale, his well-known herd of fine-bred Herefords ranking among the best in the land.

During his residence in Adams county he materially aided in starting and maintaining the Adams County Agricultural Fair Association, of which he was President for the first and second years. The existence and present healthy condition of this association are largely due to his energy, enterprise and executive ability. Mr. Elmendorf married Jeanie Frank, only daughter of George W. Frank, in September, 1880, and has four living children: George Frank, Edward, Eleanor and Margaret. At present the family make their home in Kearney, Nebraska; but as Mr. Elmendorf still has land interests in Adams county, it is possible that they will at some future time resume their residence in Corning.

Harvey Eno, deceased, was among the early settlers of Carl township, Adams county. He located here in 1873 and made this place his home until the time of his death. Following is a brief outline of his life. Harvey Eno was born in Onondaga county, New York, June 9, 1837, son of Ira and Esther Eno, both of English ancestry. He was reared on a farm and received his education in the common schools. In early life he learned the trade of mason, which he followed for some years. On arriving at manhood, he came west, and in Bureau county, Illinois, was married to Esther Sheldon, who was born in Lake county, Ohio, near Cleveland. At the age of thirteen years she moved with her parents to Bureau county, Illinois, where she grew to womanhood. Her parents, Samuel and Emma (Vickry) Sheldon, the former a native of Vermont and the latter of New York, subsequently came to Adams county, Iowa, where they passed the rest of their lives and died. Mr. Eno lived in Bureau county two years after his marriage. He then west East and spent three years in New York. His next move was to Clinton county, Iowa, in 1867; thence, in 1873, to Adams county, where he bought 160 acres of land and lived on it until the time of his death, November 20, 1883. He was a good citizen and a man who had the respect of all who knew him. He left a widow and nine children. The latter area as follows: William Moores, of Carl township, this county; Hattie, wife of Homer Ray of Nuckolls county, Nebraska; Ed. W., also of Nuckolls county, Nebraska; Emma, wife of William Morrison of Adair county, Iowa; and Joseph, Nettie A., Albert, James D. and Howard.

Mrs. Eno has a fine farm of 200 acres, having added forty acres to the land her husband had purchased. Her comfortable cottage home is located on a natural building site and is surrounded by a beautiful lawn, orchard and grove. Everything on [the] premises is in good shape and shows enterprise and prosperity. Mrs. Eno is a woman who has passed through many trials, and has always proved herself equal to any emergency. She is a devoted Christian and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Carl.

W. H. Ensign

This gentleman has been a resident of Douglas township for many years and is well known here. A brief review of his life and ancestry furnishes the following facts:

The family name was originally English[.] One of his ancestors was an ensign in the British army, and was a rebel and deserter. Coming to America he dropped his own name and assumed that of Ensign, which has been handed down to his posterity. The great-grandfather of our subject was a mechanic by trade and made cutlasses for the Revolutionary soldiers. His grandfather, Isaiah Ensign, was a captain in the war of 1812, and both he and his son William, father of W. H., were natives of Hartford, Connecticut. William was twenty years old when his father moved to New York State, and the former was engaged in the manufacture of salt at Syracuse when that town contained only four houses. He married Huldah Brookins, a native of Berkshire county, Massachusetts, and a daughter of of Stephen Brookins, a native of Massachusetts. Stephen Brookins was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, as was also his wife's father, Michael Taylor. The Ensign family were among the early settlers in Madison county, New York, Captain Ensign died there, aged eighty-eight, and his wife, ninety-six.

In 1856 William and Huldah Ensign removed from Madison county, New York, to Fond du Lac county, Wisconsin, where they remained until 1866, when they came to Adams county, Iowa. They reared a family of five children, four of whom are living. Here the mother died in 1873, and the father passed away at the age of seventy-five years. The latter was a Whig and subsequently a Republican; was an earnest Christian man, first a Baptist, afterward a Methodist, and at the time of his death a member of the United Brethren Church. The names of the children born to them are as follows: Polly Noise, of Bates county, Missouri; W. H., whose name heads this sketch; O. S., of Douglas township, Adams county; Stephen B., deceased, and Eunice Jenette Wright, of Bates county, Missouri.

Stephen B. Ensign was born in Madison county, New York, and was reared there and in Wisconsin. He was married in Adams county, Iowa, to Mrs. Mary E. Erskins, nee Spargur. She was born and reared in Highland county, Ohio, daughter of Caleb W., and Lydia Spargur. Her first husband, Michael Erskins, died in Highland county, Ohio, leaving her with one son, M. G. Erskins, who now resides with W. H. Ensign. Stephen B. Ensign and wife both died about the same time, some twelve years ago, leaving a daughter, Anna Belle Ensign, who also resides with her uncle, W. H. Ensign.

The subject of our sketch was reared on a farm in Madison county, New York, where he was born August 18, 1835. He received his education in the common schools of his native State, and was twenty years old when the family moved to Fond du Lac county, Wisconsin. February 9, 1864, he enlisted in Company I, Thirty-fifth Wisconsin Infantry, volunteers; served on the Mississippi river, most of the time doing provost and guard duty, and was honorably discharged at Madison, Wisconsin, May 12, 1865. In 1866 he came to Adams county, Iowa, with his parents and older sister, making the journey with teams and camping out at night. He settled on his present farm in 1870. It was then wild land, and under his judicious management it has been developed into a fine farm. The two-story residence is built on the southern style and is located somewhat back from the road. Mr. Ensign has given much attention to stock. He owns one horse, now twenty-six years old, that he brought with him from Wisconsin.

A jovial bachelor, honorable and upright in all his business dealings, and frank and cordial at all times, Mr. Ensign is a favorite among his many friends. He is a Republican and a member of the Meyerhoff Post.

O. P. Essley, one of Grant township's well-known and popular citizens, came to this county in 1874, where he has since resided. He was born in the Hawkeye State, in Washington county, December 21, 1846, a son of John and Jane (Mickey) Essley; the former was born near Muncie, Indiana, and the latter in Pennsylvania. The parents were married in Washington county, Iowa. The father was married previous to this in Indiana, of which State he was a pioneer. Our subject was nine years of age when his father died, and the mother was afterward married, and now lives in Washington county, Iowa.

O. P. Essley was reared on a farm in Mercer county, Illinois, by relatives, and received his education in the common schools. During the great Rebellion he enlisted, in October, 1864, in the one Hundred and Twenty-fourth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Company G, and participated in the battle of Mobile, Alabama. He was honorably discharged at the close of the war, and returned to Mercer county, where he engaged in the more peaceful pursuits of agriculture. In 1874 he came to Grant township, Adams county, where he bought eighty acres of wild land, to which he has since added until he now owns 200 acres of Adams county's best soil, well improved. He has a good cottage, an orchard, groves, sheds, cribs, yards and feed lots.

Mr. Essley was married February 27, 1873, to Averilla Pratt, who was born, reared and educated in Mercer county, a daughter of John and Mary (Furgeson) Pratt, the former a native of Pennsylvania, Fayette county, and the latter in Mercer county, where the father died, in 1889, at the age of 73 years. Mr. and Mrs. Essley have four children - Jennie, Mary, Ruth and Martin C. Politically Mr. Essley is a Republican. He is a member of the G. A. R., Lenox Post, and also of the Presbyterian Church, in which he is a trustee. Mrs. Essley and daughter Jennie are members of the same church.

David E. Evans, a farmer of section 26, Grant township, Adams county (postoffice Lenox), is one of the well-known, enterprising and successful citizens of that part of the county. He was born in Cardiganshire, Wales, June 8, 1836, a son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Davis) Evans, both natives also of that country, in which they spent their lives. They had four sons and three daughters.

Mr. Evans, our subject, was reared to farm life. In 1856 he bade farewell to family and relatives and sailed from Liverpool to Philadelphia, by steamer. After arrival he first found employment at Johnstown, Pennsylvania. In 1858 he went to Jackson county, Ohio, and for two years was employed in iron mining and blasting furnaces at Cambria. Next he was engaged in coal-mining in Rock Island county, Illinois, until the breaking out of the war, when he enlisted in defense of his adopted country, in Company D, Twelfth Illinois Infantry, three- months men. Most of the time his regiment was stationed at Cairo, Illinois, and Cassville. At the expiration of his time of enlistment he was honorably discharged and returned home, in August, 1862; but when President Lincoln called for 300,000 men he again offered his services, enlisting this time in Company H, One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and participated in the siege of Vicksburg, the battles at Little Rock (Arkansas), and other battles and skirmishes. On account of disability, in November, 1864, he was honorably discharged, when he was First Lieutenant, having made a gallant record as a soldier and officer.

Returning to Rock Island, he resumed peaceful pursuits, following mining until 1880, when he came to Adams county, locating upon land which he had purchased in 1869. Here he has a modern frame house, 14 x 26 feet, with an L 14 x 16, and both a story and a half in height. Ornamental trees, barn and other outbuildings, good and substantial, adorn the premises.

November 18, 1862, is the date of Mr. Evans' marriage to Miss Sarah Daniels, a native of Amboy, Oswego county, New York, who at the age of eighteen years came to Henry county, Illinois. Her father, Buckley Daniels, was born in Lewis county, New York, and died at Rock Island. Her mother, whose maiden name was Ann Wheeler, was born at Norwich, Connecticut, and died here in Adams county, in 1888. Mr. and Mrs. Evans have one son, Benjamin Grant, who was born at Rock Island, February 24, 1866, and was married December 22, 1887, to Miss Lettie Cochran, a daughter of Thomas and Ann (Kinser) Cochran, of prominent and well-known families in this county. Her father, who was a soldier in the last war, is an old settler here. The younger Evans has one daughter, born December 6, 1888, and named Lula Grace. He is a member of the blue lodge, F. & A. M., at Lenox, of the K. and P. and S. of V. Mr. D. E. Evans is a Republican in his political views, is a member of Lenox Post, 316, G. A. r., and also of the Masonic and Odd Fellows' orders; and he and his family are members of the Presbyterian Church.