Robert Milton Evans

Robert Milton Evans

Civil War (Union)

Genealogy of Robert Milton Evans

  • Newberry, South Caroline

Early Evans families were Quakers and whenever they moved they checked in with their Monthly Meeting House (church) thus providing good records still available today.

Squire Evans also kept records and according to one of his journals, he said a Robert Evans born about 1725 came from Wales prior to 1750 with some of his brothers and located in Pennsylvania near where Pittsburgh (Chester Co.) is today.   Some moved on to South Carolina and later to Georgia near Milledgeville.  Many of them didn't care for the religious discrimination the Quakers were receiving and decided the movement to the Northwest was a means of escape.  Plans were made.  Supposedly our Joseph, (Squire Evan's grandfather) had a brother Robert who died before they got started, but some of his children came on ahead including his son Joseph, who later settled in West Milton, Ohio.

Our Joseph Evans was born in August 20, 1749 near Newberry, S. C., name of parents unknown.  On November 17, 1773 he married Esther Buffington who had been born Feb. 1, 1751.  To this union were born 13 children, one of whom was Robert Evans (Robert Milton's father.)  Sometime during these years they moved to Georgia, as our Robert was born in Millidgeville, Georgia on Feb. 7, 1789.

According to reuniuon notes, they traveled in a big farm wagon.  Wrightsboro, Georgia (near Augusta) M M records show that Josphy, Esther, sons Robert and Aaron, and daughers Margartet, Mary & Sarah left there on April 6, 1805.  They arrived at the Miami MM (Waynesville, Ohio in Warren County) on June 12, 1806 (Hinshaw).  In 1809 they were registered at Elk M. M. in West Elkton, Preble County, and then on June 12, 1810 transfered to West Brandh M.M. at West Milton, Ohio.  1812 finds them at Millcreek MM on County Line Road, near Frederick, until they were disowned.  Some historians say they came in 1801 passing the site of the present city of Dayton, Ohio enroute to LaPorte, Indiana where they lived until 1804, when they returned to Ohio settling on the county line between Montgomery & Miami Counties.  Land was later referred to as Ira Jackson or Martin Eidemiller farm.  This property was owned by John Johnson in 1900 & the one story double log home by the Evans family stood on the site where Johnson's large brick residence was.  Nearest neighbor was Mr. Pierson who lived 6 miles away.

Joseph died Aug. 31, 1828 and Esther on May 30, 1820, both buried in Mill Creek Cemetery on County Line Road near Frederick.

Joseph's son, Robert was about 15 years old when he finally setled in Montgomery Co., Ohio.  When he reached maturity he entered Government land securing a farm on the "county line: where he built a typical southern home, two stories in height.

Robert married Ester Jenkins (born 1794) daugher of Thomas Jenkins and Maria Gaunt on Juuly 2, 1812 at Mill Creek.  They later sold their home to advantage and bought land in Miami County on which Tippecanoe City now lays.  The 104 acres was purchased from Sally and David Clark for $700.00 - deed filed Oct. 25, 1828.  At that time all the land was a thicket except where Indians had made small clearings.  After clearing the land with his sons, he built two houses on the south side of the state road from West Milton to Springfield (571 today).  One was located where Monroe Federal Savings & Loan is now in Tipp City and the other was at the west side of the current Methodist church parking lot.  About this time the construction of the Miami & Erie Canal brought about many changes.  Workers on the canal led a different life style from the simple and devout Quakers and Robert feared for their influence on his sons and daughters.  By now Robert and Esther had 10 children.  Esther died on January 20, 1835 and is buried in Pearson Cememtery west of Tipp City on Peters Road.  On Nov. 26, 1835 Robert married Esther's cousin, Mary Jenkins (born Sept. 14, 1808), daughter of Jesse Jenkins and Hannah Russell.  After they had their first child they decided it was time to move their family elsewhere, so on June 27, 1839 Robert and Mary exchanged farms with his brother-in-law John Clark and Harriett Jenkins Clark for $6700.  He acquired the NW one quarter of Section 28, Monroe Twp - probably on Evanston Road - an 80 acre tract of land.  Robert and Mary were parents of 6 children, one of whom was Robert Milton Evans.  Robert was a vigorous man until an advanced age.  On this farm Robert died on June 25, 1863 and Mary on Aug. 10, 1876.  Both are buried in Pearson Cemetery.

John Clark whom Robert sold his farm to, saw fine potential in the canal and state road intersection.  He platted and laid out a small settlement of Tippecanoe name after President William Harrison's campaing "Tippecanoe and Tyler, too".  His village grew and combined with her sister village, Hyattsville, into the present town, Tipp City, Ohio.

Robert Milton Evan's Biography

  • Tippecanoe City, Ohio

Robert Evans referred to himself as Milton, but was known to others as "Squire Evans."  He was born March 18, 1845 to Robert and Mary (Jenkins) Evans on the homestead farm on Evanston Rd, Tippecanoe City, Ohio between 25A and Peters Pike on the North side of the road.  He had a vivid memory of a happy boyhood, spending most of his time in the fields and woods with occasional attendance at the district school, where his teacher presented him with a gift for good conduct in about 1851.

When Milton was about 18 years old, his father died making him an heir to the homestead.  He received the East one-half or about 40 acres.  At age 19, Milton, his brother Jesse, age 22, and his half brother, Moses, enlisted to serve in the Civil War.  He was a private with Company "G" 147th Ohio Volunteer Infantry for one hundred days service, organized at Camp Dennison near Cincinnati on May 16, 1864, sent to Washington City, moved into trenches to protect the city from Early's Raid. Mustered out on August 30, 1864, having to pay 41 cents to the U. S. for equipment (one canteen)!  After serving for 100 days, Milton became a member of "The Home Guards" for 4 years and 3 months.  ( See this link for more information on The Home Guards.)

On March 2, 1867, Milton married Manervia "Jane" Keller (born March 23, 1846) with Rev. William Pearson performing the ceremony.  History records indicate in 1876 that Milton was working several hands and teams on roads in Miami County.  Four horses were used to pull a heavy road plow.  The ground was hard and the horses were walking fast when the plow struck a stone.  The plow handle struck his left breast and broke 2 ribs.

On Nov. 6, 1876 Milton was elected Justice of the Peace, a position he held for 42 years for Monroe Township, discharging his duties in a most creditable manner.

In 1879 Jane and Milton moved from the old Evans homestead to Ginghamsburg where he joined Albert C. Besom in a general store at the soutwest corner of 25A and Gingham & Frederick Road, namely "Besom & Evans" merchants and dealers in agricultural implements, dry goods, and groceries."  During this time, a post office appointment was obtained by Christian Besom, Albert Besom, and R. M.Evans (May 13, 1889 to Nov. 7, 1893.)  On Aug. 2, 1894 the firm dissolved with Milton selling out to Besom.

Milton and Manervia Jane were parents of 10 children during the years of 1868 to 1889.  They are: Maris Alwilda, Lillie Hortentie, Sarah Arletta (better known as "Lettie"), Korah Webster, Zenitia Burzilla, Laura Alice, Anna Predemcy, Howard Virgil, Eldon H.  and Rhoda Marie.

In 1890 Rober Milton bought 80 acres from his father-in-law Lewis Keller, near the old Evans homestead, but on the corner of 25A (a red brick house known as the old Keller farm.)  Milton took up farming although he did not do it himself.  This left more time for his active part in politics.  He was an active member and leader of the Republican party and his Justice of the Peace duties earned him the title of "Squire."  He was an active member of the D. M. Rouzer Post, GAR of Tippecanoe, Fidelity Grange, and the United Brethren Church of Ginghamsburg where he was Sunday School Superintendent and a class teacher for 15 years, and contributer to the building.  He worked untiringly to obtain the land right-of-way for the traction line, the D & TT, running from Dayton to Toledo.  He was one fo the first to own an auto in Tippecanoe and also a Bell telephone.

In 1896 Mr. Evans erected his large more modern and tasteful residence on the SW corner of 25A and Evanston Road, still owning the 40 acres of the old homestead.

In 1918 Evanston was named after him as was Evanston Road.

Manervia Jane died on Feb. 6, 1909 and her funeral was held at Ginghamsburg Church.  According to Harbaugh's History "She was a lady of Christian life (united to M. E. Church in Tippecanoe at age 21 and 10 years; later transferred to Gingham U. B.) and exemplary character, one who filled every position that life presnted to her with the completeness of a good woman."

Five years later, on March 2, 1914, Milton remarried to Anna Cushwa Schaffer, who lived on Fourth Street between Down and Broadway (Coddinton house).  Anna had 3 children by her previous marriage.

Squire Evans kept many, many interesting records now in the possession of his only son's great granddaughter Jill Alexander Heffner.  Som of interest follows:  In 1896 he had a partnership with a Mr. Neal in the Troy Novelty Works.  On May 2, 1911, he filed his personal property tax - Automobile $200, Household $100, Grain $100, Watch $10, Organ $20, money on deposit $2250.00, Bldg & Loan Stock $13,620.00, Notes, Mtgs & accts. $5750.00 for a total of $21,460.00.

In his journal he had a page for each heir and it appears that he left his widow $2000 in his will.  His chldren as heirs got various amounts of money, probably because some had borrowed from him.  Each got a final settlement of $17.78 in addtion to:  Rhoda got $5051, Anna P. got $5001, Korah $6451, Laura $6651, Sarah Arletta (my ancestor) $5866, and Lillie Underwood received $5976.

According to reunion notes he was 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed 160-165 pounds, had a light complexion, brown hair, and hazel or gray eyes.

This is a quote from the Biographical Record (1900) of Miami County, Ohio.  "He is one of the substantial and highly repected agriculturists of the community and belongs to the progressive class of citizens who believe that time should bring improvement and that the enterprise of today should advance beyond that of former years.  During his active career he has been found true to the duties of citizenship and to those of public and private life in every particular, and well does he deserve representation in the history of the county wherein his entire life has been spent."

Robert Milton Evans died on his 73rd birthday on March 18, 1918, and he and Manervia Jane are both buried in Maple Hill Cemetery, Tipp City, Ohio.

Co. G of the 147th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry

  • Camp Dennison, Ohio

Milton Evans served with Company G of the 147th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  They mustered in May 16, 1864 at Camp Dennison, Ohio by Major G. E. Johnson (A.C.M.)  Mustered out August 30, 1864 at Camp Dennison, Ohio by 2nd Lieutenant William Stanley, 10th Infantry, U. S. A.  Milton was 19 at the time and he served 100 days as did the rest of his company.  He enlisted on May 2, 1864.   This Regiment was organized at Camp Dennison, May 16, 1864 to serve one hundred days.  It was composed of the Twenty-fifth Regiment, and Eighty-seventh Battalion,  Ohio National Guard, from Miami County.  On the 20th of May the Regiment started for Washington City.  Upon arrival it reported to General Augur, and was ordered on duty at Fort Ethan Allen.  On the 27th of May four companies were ordered to Fort Marcy (this is where R.M. Evans stayed for the duration.)  On the 1st of June Company A was detailed to perform guard duty at Division Headquarters and remained there during its term of service.  At midnight on the 11th of June the Regiment was ordered to Fort Reno.  Marching as far as Fort Stevens the One Hundred and Forty-seventh moved into the trenches as a support to the First Maine and First Ohio Batteries.  In this position the Regiment remained until July 4th, when it returned to Fort Ethan Allen.  On the 23rd of August it was ordered to report at Camp Dennison, Ohio and was mustered out August 30, 1864 on expiration of term of service.

The above photos are the actual words from a copy of the diary Robert M. Evans kept while serving with Company G of the 147th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

Repulse of Early's attack on Washington

  • Washington, D. C.

The Civil war archive also list the 147th Regiment as having participated in the repulse of Early's attack on Washington on July 11-12, 1864.