JOHN FLOYD EVANS

JOHN FLOYD EVANS, farmer, Banks county, Ga., (postoffice, Gillsville, Hall county), son of David and Mary(Toney) Evans, was born in Jackson county, Ga., in 1833.  His paternal grandparent, John Evans, was a native of North Carolina, migrated to Georgia in 1800, and settled in Franklin county.  He was a farmer and served as a soldier in the patriot army during the revolutionary war.  Mr. Evans' father was born in North Carolina and was a small child only a year or two old when the family came to Georgia.  He followed farming all his life.  His mother was a daughter of John and Nancy Toney, early settlers in Franklin county.  He served as a wagoner during the revolutionary war . 

        Mr. Evans was raised on the farm and received a very limited education at the old-time log school-house.  On reaching manhood he commenced farming and continued it until the war.  In 1862 he enlisted in Company E, Capt. A.T. Bennett, Thirty-fourth Georgia regiment, and participated with it in all it's campaigns and battles until the Vicksburg campaign.  In that he was very severely wounded and had to use crutches eighteen months.  When he came home from the war he was very poor and had to borrow meal for his family.  But he bravely met the emergency, went to work earnestly, worked early and late and saved what money he could.  In 1872 he bought his first "patch", to which he has gradually added until he owns 650 acres; is in comfortable circumstances and is regarded as one of the most reliable citizens of the county. He is a justice of the peace and has held the office very many years.

        Mr. Evans was married in 1860 to Miss Mary A(born in Mississippi in 1845), daughter of James and Saltania(Brooks)Bell.  He was born in Hall county, was a well-to-do farmer and moved to Mississippi, where he died.  Of the children which blessed this union three survive; Erastus P., James and Sandy F.  Mr. and Mrs. Evans are devoted members of the Baptist church.

 

Source: Memoirs of Georgia, Volume I, Southern Historical

Association, 1895

 

 

 

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