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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory:

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the William Evans Papers, 1815-1856



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Evans, William F., 1899-1865
Title: Evans, William F., Papers
Dates: 1815-1856
Abstract: Photostats of letters, military records, and legal documents from the National Archives and Records Administration compose the William Evans Papers, 1815-1856, concerning his service in the war of 1812 and application for veteran's bounty lands
Accession No.: 1949
Extent: 8 items
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born to Joseph and Margaret Evans in Davidson County, Tennessee, William F. Evans (1799-1865) enlisted in a brigade of the Tennessee Volunteer Mounted Gunmen in September 1814 at Fayetteville. Following five months of service as a private in the War of 1812, he was discharged. In 1822, Evans married Nancy W. Davidson, with whom he would have 14 children. Moving his family to Marshall, Texas, in 1842, Evans became the town's first doctor and established a drugstore and grocery business with Edward B. Griggs and Hobart Key. In 1851, he served a term in the Texas House of Representatives. Two years later, Evans chartered the Marshall Railroad Company, though no track was ever laid. Shortly after his death in 1865, Evans' family received word of his appointment as state tax commissioner by President Andrew Johnson.

Source:

Eckel, Jennifer. "Evans, William F." Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed May 31, 2011.

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Scope and Contents

Photostats of letters, military records, and legal documents from the National Archives and Records Administration compose the William Evans Papers, 1815-1856, concerning his service in the war of 1812 and application for veteran's bounty lands. A military discharge verifies Evans' seven months of service with a brigade of Tennessee Volunteer Mounted Gunman, while correspondence and affadavits attest to the authenticity of Evans claims.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Evans, William F., 1899-1865 -- Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Army. Tennessee Volunteer Mounted Gun-Men.
Subjects
Bounties, Military -- United States
Places
United States -- History -- War of 1812 -- Veterans

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Evans Papers, 1815-1856, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory:

box
2D107 Papers, 1815-1856

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