40. Richard David Evans (1839-1899) Age 60
41. Elizabeth Alban (1842-1918) Age 76
Richard David Evans was born 12 Feb 1839 on the Blaenwaum farm near Cilcennin, Wales, and brought to the United States as an infant, arriving in Philadelphia in Aug 1839. He was the son of David D. and Anne (Evans) Evans.
By the 1840 Census, the family is found in Madison Township, Jackson County, Ohio. While the Census did not enumerate people by name, it did indicate head of household, and the gender and age range for all in that household:
3 males under 5 = Jenkin M. Evans, David G. Evans, Richard David Evans
1 male over 20 and under 29 = David D. Evans
1 female over 20 and under 29 = Ann (Evans) Evans
In the 1850 Census, Richard is shown at age 11
living with his family in Madison Township, Jackson County, Ohio.
I have been unable to locate Richard in the 1860 Census. His father died in 1852 and his mother remarried in 1857. They are living in Greenfield Township, Gallia County, Ohio, but Richard is not enumerated with them.
Richard enlisted as a Sergeant in the Union Army 17 Oct 1861 at the age of 22 years. He served with Company C, 56th Ohio Infantry Regiment, for 1 year 3 months and was discharged 4 Dec 1862 at Helena, Phillips County, Arkansas, on a Surgeon's certificate of disability.
Richard married Elizabeth Alban, daughter of John
and Mary (Morgan) Alban, 23 Oct 1863 in Jackson County, Ohio.
Richard and Elizabeth had at least 10 children:
-John Evans (1864-1865)
-Anna Evans (1865-1870)
-David Charles Evans (1867-1951)
-Mary E. Evans (1869 or 1870-1899)
-Sarah Elizabeth Evans (1872-1874)
-Richard Harry Evans (1875-1935)
-Thomas Hubert Evans (1876-1945)
-Gomer Jay Evans (1879-1938)
-Margaret (Evans) Edwards (1881-1945)
-John Frederick Evans (1884-1966)
Richard is enumerated in the 1870 Census 16 Jun 1870 at age 37  years in Greenfield Township, Gallia County, Ohio, living in the area served by the Patriot Post Office. His wife Elizabeth, age 27 years, is keeping house. David T. [C.] is in the same household, and is age 2 years. Richard is a Farmer, and the value of his real estate is $170 and the value of his personal estate is $350.
Richard and Elizabeth were among the founding members of the Peniel Church. Daughter Mary, born in September, was christened when the church was established 17 Dec 1870. The records (in Welsh) show:
Dec 17 1870 Bedyddiwyd Merch Fechan i Richard D. ac Elizabeth Evans Galwyd hi Mary
which loosely translates to:
Dec 17 1870 Christened little daughter of Richard D. and Elizabeth Evans; she was called (named) Mary.
The 1880 Census shows Richard at age 41 working as a Farmer and living in Greenfield Township, Gallia County, Ohio. Enumerated with him are:
Elizabeth, age 38 years, wife, keeping house
David C., age 12 years, son, farming
Mary, age 9 years, daughter
Richard H., age 5 years, son
Thomas H., age 3 years, son
Gomer, age 1 years, son
Richard's mother, Ann, and stepfather, Edward A. Edwards, are enumerated in the household listed before his.
The 1890 Veterans Schedule shows Richard living in the area serviced by the Peniel Post Office, Greenfield Township, Gallia County, Ohio. It indicates he suffers from Chronic Diarrhea, Rheumatism, and Piles due to the Civil War.
Richard died of Bright's Disease 28 Apr 1899 at the age of 60 years, 2 months, and 14 days. He is buried in Sardis Cemetery in Oak Hill, Jackson County, Ohio.
A short item about daughter Anna's death was posted in the Gallipolis Journal 3 Mar 1870:
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