John Evans (c1796) and his wife Susannah Preece (c1802) were married in Whitchurch, Herefordshire, two days before Christmas in 1824. They had what we believe to be seven or eight children. John lived his life as an Agricultural Labourer and Susannah made her way as a Seamstress, according to census records. John and Susannah lived in Bridstow for most of their married life, and spent some time in Pencraig (Marstow) in later years. Their eldest known son, John, was born about 1827. He was my great-great-great-grandfather.
John Evans (c1827) and Eliza Smart (1839) were married on Christmas
Day 1864, in Ross-On-Wye, Herefordshire. We believe John and Eliza had
seven children, one of whom died in infancy. John worked as an Agricultural
Labourer like his father in early life, later becoming a Tinworks Labourer.
Eliza worked many years as a Laundress. Two of John and Eliza's sons
and one of their daughters are known to have emigrated to Australia.
Their son Wallace was my great-grandfather.
left: Eliza Smart, date unknown (source: JH)
Wallace Evans (1872) and Amy Lealer Stöcker (born Bertha Matilda Stöcker
in Queensland in 1871) met in Wallace's home town of Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.
They were married in early 1899 in the city of Northampton, England.
It's believed Wallace served as a driver for the Army Service Corps
during the Great War. This family emigrated with their four children
to Australia in 1922, aboard the "Orvieto" and the "Themistocles".
My grandparents, Wallace and Mary, met in North Queensland, Australia, and married at St Monica's Church in Cairns in 1926. Neither had been in Australia very long: Wallace arrived in 1922 from Northampton England, and Mary from Strabane Ireland in 1924 with her widowed mother and five siblings. Wallace and Mary had four children.
left: Wallace Evans, Mary Theresa Hamilton (Evans) and son David, taken Macalister St, Mackay QLD c1928 (source: JH)