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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


W. W. EVANS, of the firm of Ragan & Evans, editors and proprietors of the Waynesburg Independent, was born in Marshall County, W. Va., February 8, 1851.  His parents were Walter and Sarah (Roberts) Evans.  His father was of Welsh extraction and born in Baltimore, Maryland.  Mr. and Mrs. Evans were married in Marshall County, where they remained a short time and then moved to Iowa.  Here Mrs. Evans’ health began to fail and they returned to Virginia, where she dies in 1854.  When an infant Mr. Evans was carried on horseback by his parents from Baltimore to Marshall County, W. Va.  Mr. Evans’ second wife was Susannah Hutchinson (nee Francis).  She is still living.  Mr. Evans died January 3, 1882.  He was the father of fourteen children, twelve of whom are living.  W. W. Evans, the subject of our sketch, was united in marriage, April 29, 1874, with Miss Mary, daughter of W. T. E. and Mary (Stull) Webb.  Her father was a native of Wheeling, W. Va., and her mother of Louisville, Ky.  To Mr. and Mrs. Evans have been born three children—Wilbert W., Erma, and Jesse (deceased).  Mr. Evans remained on a farm until twelve years of age, when he went with his parents to Moundsville, W. Va., his father having been elected to the office of recorder of Marshall County.  At the age of fifteen he began learning the printer’s trade and has since been engaged in that business.  In 1872 he purchased the Moundsville Reporter, which he owned for a period of seven years.  He came to Waynesburg in 1880, and purchased a half interest in the newspaper of which he is now associate editor and proprietor.  Mr. Evans is a member of the Knights of Honor and the Royal Arcanum.  When sixteen years of age he united with the M. E. Church, of which his wife is also a member.


Page 661-662
History of Greene County, Pennsylvania
Samuel P. Bates
Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888

Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles
The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project –
Date of Transcription: 17 November 2008
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