Welcome to Evans in Herefordshire

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Not far from Ross-On-Wye in Herefordshire, England is the small community of Bridstow, where the Evans story - as we know it in 2008 - began. Known descendants spread as far as London, Wales, Northamptonshire, Worcestershire, Gloucerstershire, Lancashire, Cheshire and eventually to Australia. Below are overviews of each key couple through the years, beginning with our first known ancestors, John Evans (c1796) and Susannah Preece (c1802). Clicking on their names will lead you to more information about their lives, children and extended families.

The image on the menu bar above shows a section of a postcard from 1906, announcing the birth of the first daughter of Alfred Evans (1870) in Ross-On-Wye, Herefordshire England. The full image, with the title, "Ross. Mill Pond." can be seen to the left.  (source: JH)

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John Evans (c1796) and Susannah Preece (c1802)

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 (1827) and Eliza Smart (1839)

Eliza Smart (1839)

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 (1871)

Wallace Evans and Amy Lealer Stöcker, 1917

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".
(source: JH)

Wallace Evans (1903) and Mary Theresa Hamilton (1905)

Wallace Evans and Mary Theresa Hamilton (Evans) with son David, c1930, 10 Macalister St, Mackay QLD

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)

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