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her twenties and Hnin atrick arried ly Millie (Ellard)
Moses. Her children were Elher", John and .. Bo. The
bama, children of Henry Patrick and Emily Millie Erwin were: Ruth
and to Ann, George Mack Henry Monrne, Pearl and Roseye.
e chit Emily Millie Eliard Moses Erwin was hnrn Novembhr 20,
1852 and died July 8, 1921. Henry Patrick Erwin died Febru
rand ary 1, 1927 at the age of 70. Tom Erwin married Estella Lev-
is pio ins and they had two daughters, Clody Beth Burrell and
firstt Ilena. Tom was a tinsmith in Ladonia.
a year George Mack Erwin married Jeffie Mayo and they had two
unity sons, John Henry and Billy Joe. George Mack was an under-
taker and was also in the furniture business. Of his two sons,
Betty John Henry has lived all his life in Ladonia. He is a plumber
Alice, and does tin work.
frs. C. Henry Monroe Erwin married Allie Hidler and they reared
of Dal their family: James Preston, Albert Allen, Elizabeth Muriel,
McLemore, Emily Josephine Boothby, Henry Monroe, Jr.,
eman, Frank Childs and William Howard, on a farm near Ladonia.
23rd Of these children Albert Allen and James Preston have
them: farmed or owned land in Fannin County all their lives. Albert
Veldon owns and farms 260 acres of the original Erwin farm that his
nham, grandfather Henry Patrick Erwin established. BY MRS.
Henry Patrick Erwin home in Ladonia; Emily Millie Erwin on porch
JOHN CAMPBELL EVANS
John Campbell Evans was born near Carthage, Smith
County, Tennessee on December 17, 1847 and died on June
6, 1908 in Bonham. He was buried in Willow Wild Cemetery.
He ran away from home at the age of 15 and joined the army
during the Civil War. He served as body guard for Gen. Sul
Ross. After the war he came to Texas and worked in a mer-
He was married to Lucy Green Locke (1854-1922), the
daughter of Richard Locke and granddaughter of Dr. Daniel
Rowlett. They were married about 1870 at the Locke home
in what came to be known as Russell Heights. The site is
now owned by Dr. Max Ayer. They moved to Duplex onto
land given to her father Richard Locke by the Republic of
Texas for service in the war against Mexico. They built a log
cabin where all their children were born. Their children were:
William Haywood who married Beulah Newman; Pearl who
married Jess Briley; Marcellus who married Bessie Stubbs;
Maude never married and Mary who married Jack Russell.
Some of the land is still owned by several descendents of the
Locke family. BY MRS. HELEN EVANS BUROW
WILLIAM ASHLEY EVANS
In 1861 at the age of 31 after graduating from Cumber-
land Law School in Tennessee, William Ashley Evans left his
home in Bowling Green, Kentucky with his young wife, Su-
sanna Hampton Evans,and two small sons to seek a new
home in Texas. They made the trip down the Mississippi to
Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana, from there overland to Jef-
person, thence north to Bonham where they built a log home.
There they lived, with the exception of one year spent in
Starville, until his death in 1916 and hers in 1928. Evans be-
came an enrolling officer in the Confederate Army and con-
tinued in that office until the end of the war. At the close of
the war, he established a law practice in Bonham which he
maintained until 1914.
Through the years in spite of war, hostile Indians and
many hardships, the Evans reared seven children and, in ad-
dition, helped to care for half-brothers, sisters, nieces and
nephews who came to visit and often lingered. When the Ev-
ans came to Texas, they were affiliated with the Cumberland
Presbyterian Church. Evans served as state senator from his
district several times where he made an enviable record. He
was county judge of Fannin County for a number of years
and was always called "Judge" Evans after that time.
The children of the Evans: James Carson Evans attended
law school at Tehuacana and became an abstract and title
man. Henry Grider Evans became his father's law partner.
Sue Evans married G. D. Smith who became the first morti-
cian in Dallas, which was only a village at the time. Belle Ev-
ans married Edwin L. Agnew who was state senator from the
district during the terms of Gov. Lubbock. William Ashley Ev-
ans attended the University of Texas and became the editor
of the Bonham News and the Bonham Daily Favorite. Au-
gusta Evans married E. H. Pritchett from Pittsylvania
County, Virginia. He was a graduate of Virginia Military Insti-
tute and surveyed roads in Wood County, Texas; then taught
in Savoy College and Fannin College, but later joined James
C. Evans in the title and abstract business. Blanche, the
youngest child, was never married.
Judge Evans and his son were the lawyers in the settle-
ment of the Tom Bean estate. Bean was a large landowner in
Fannin County and they received a 500-acre farm as a fee.
The grandchildren: Colby Smith, a prominent mortician
and Mason of Dallas, was the son of Sue Evans Smith. Belle
Smith Timmerman the daughter of Sue Evans Smith. Andy
Pickens Evans, who died in a veterans home in Arizona, was
the son of Henry G. Evans. Ilene Agnew Russell was the
daughter of Belle Evans Agnew. Allen Evans was the son of
Ashley Evans. Evans Pritchett, a valued employee of Humble
Oil Company, died in his early 40's; he was the son of Au-
gusta Evans Pritchett. Mary Alice Pritchett is the only one
now living, the daughter of Augusta Evans Pritchett.
Of the eight great-grandchildren only four are living. Colby
Smith, Jr., Ilene Timmerman, Anna Douglas Evans and Dor-
othy Russell Goetzke have been dead for several years. The
three sons of Allen Evans returned from World War II without
injury and Mary Evelyn Pritchett Richardson is living in
Houston with a happy family. William Ashley Evans Ill retired
from the Navy a commander, James Monroe Evans is a com-
puter expert and Ben Hampton Evans is prominent in the ar-
chitectural world. Danny Evans, son of Anna Douglas Evans,
was lost in World War II. Lynn Richardson, daughter of Mary
Evelyn Richardson has been with Xerox for 11 years. William
Ashley Evans IV is a submarine captain with a home in Flo-
There are about 20 other descendents, most of them liv-
ing in Texas. BY MARY ALICE PRITCHETT
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Bonham Public Library. Fannin County Folks & Facts, book, 1977; Bonham, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1151234/m1/189/: accessed December 7, 2023), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Fannin County Historical Commission.