Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois (edited by Newton Bateman, L.L.D., and Paul Selby, A.M.) and History of Peoria County (edited by David McCulloch), Illustrated; Volume II; Chicago and Peoria: Munsell Publishing Company, Publishers 1902; p. 801.
EVANS, ADOLPHUS: Farmer; was born in Radnor township October 21, 1851. He traces his ancestry from Jenkin Evans, who was born in Wales in 1694, and came to America with his brother David, his father and mother having died on the ocean. His son, Walter, was the great-great-grandfather of Adolphus, and was born in 1723. The great-grandfather, also named Walter, was born December 2, 1751, and married Mary Smith, born January 22, 1760. Evan Evans, the grandfather, was born March 18, 1789, and was married March 4, 1819 to Amelia Morris, born January 25, 1786. Adolphus Evans, father of Walter M. Evans, was born at Norristown, Pennsylvania, April 11, 1820 and died in 1879; his mother Mary (Dickison), a native of Vevay, Switzerland County, Indiana, was born April 2, 1823, and died October 9, 1899. She was the daughter of John and Polly (White) Dickison; the former died May 12, 1854. Evan Evans came to Chillicothe, Illinois during the early settlement of the country and purchased a farm in the vicinity. Walter M. Evans and his father moved to Radnor Township and purchased a gristmill, which they rebuilt and managed for many years. They also owned land and carried on farming. Mr. Adolphus Evans married Lucy Secretan in Limestone Township May 5, 1887; they have had two children: David A., born October 15, 1888; and Eugene Howard, born July 10, 1890, died December 17, 1890. Mrs. Evans was born in Kickapoo Township, May 10, 1861, and died December 16, 1891. Mr. Evans has three brothers: Evan, a farmer in Radnor Township; Aaron J.; and David G., who resides in Princeville. Adolphus and his brother, Aaron J., who lives with him, own about five hundred acres of land. Mr. Evans has served as School Director several terms. He is independent in politics.