I have a photocopy of an obituary of William S. Evans, asserting that he was a direct male desended from some Welshman named Evans who was supposedly born in "Wrightsville, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania". Parents are not mentioned, and I'd like to find them.
There's a trap: Wrightsville is across the substantial Susquehanna River in York County. Evans is an extremely common name, as a patronymic for the Welsh "Evan" or John.
The man went to Green, Starke County, Ohio with his parents, apparently became a Presbyterian after marrying one Susan Creighton of Irish descent, moved to Branch County, Michigan, and finally to Lagrange County Michigan, but not before losing three sons in the Civil War. Three of his sons survived him.
A son known as Thomas Jefferson Evans is recorded at different times as Jefferson Evans, Jeff Evans, and T.J. Evans -- commonplace practice for people with cumbersome names.
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