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Christopher Evans

Christopher Evans[1, 2]

Male 1847 - 1917

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  • Name  Christopher Evans 
    Born  19 Feb 1847  Nepean, Carleton, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Bells Corners
    Gender  Male 
    Census  1851  Nepean, Carleton, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census  1861  Nepean, Carleton, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census  1880  Visalia, Tulare, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died  9 Feb 1917  Portland, Multnomah, OR, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Buried  12 Feb 1917  Mount Calvary Cemetery, Portland, Multnoham, OR, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Chris' death certificate states that he was born in Canada, February 19, 1847 and died in Portland, Oregon, February 9, 1917 at St. Vincent's Hospital, which in 2002, in modern version, still exists on Barnes Rd. in NW Portland near the Beaverton border. Chris was born to parents who belonged to the
      Anglican Church, though he and Molly raised their family in the Southern Methodist faith (an important distinction after the Civil War, especially to Tennessee born Grandmother Byrd). He was buried in Mt. Calvary Cemetery also on Barnes Rd in the hills a mile or two east of St. Vincent's Hospital. According to his death certificate, Chris died of "carcinoma of the prostate gland" which had been diagnosed 2 years before. The death certificate indicates his parents were both born in Canada, given as Thomas and Mary Switzer Evans. Daughter Eva Evans in her manuscript "An Outlaw and his Family" indicated that Chris who had a tall, dark twin brother, Thomas, was short, and fair with a red beard, and was a towhead into early adulthood, had a short, dark-haired father from Ireland and a tall, blond mother from Germany roots. (She too came from Ireland, a member of a colony of Irish Palatinates who fled the French wars, devasting the German Palatinate, to England in the early 1700's and some thence to Ireland). Switzer is an Irish Palatinate name that once had been Schweitzer. Mary Ann's Switzer's parents immigrated to Canada in 1825. They had a large family of 4 boys and 4 girls. Chris was said to have left home at 16 "to seek his fortune".

      Chris had lived in Portland for 6 years at the time of his death, having been paroled from California's Folsom Prison in 1911 with the explicit terms that he move to Portland and not re-enter California without permission of the authorities. The informants on his death certificate were the Sisters of Charity, rather than a family member, although wife Molly and the younger children had joined him in Portland. Oldest daughter Eva had married her third husband, Perry McCollough, a successful real estate developer in Laguna Beach, CA in 1909. Chris had been a towhead as a boy and grew into a fair haired, strong and wiry man of about 5'8". Chris had a fraternal twin named Thomas, who was taller and darker-haired, who was said to have gotten into trouble with the Dalton Gang and killed with them during their last Kansas bank robbery in Coffeyville. This was not true; the fact is that Tom and his wife lived briefly in California with Chris and Molly, both wives losing their newborns shortly after birth. Tom's wife was so
      disheartened and homesick after this that they soon returned to Canada where they remained. - from Barbara Baker
    Person ID  I4026  Switzer Family
    Last Modified  1 May 2014 

    Father  Thomas Galway Evans,   b. 1804, County Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1898, Nepean, Carleton, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary Ann Switzer,   b. 1807, County Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Aug 1892, Nepean, Carleton, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1204  Group Sheet

    Family/Spouse  Mary Jane Byrd,   b. 21 Jan 1859, Jackson, Amador, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1944, Laguna Beach, Orange, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  4 Nov 1874  Visalia, Tulare, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Eugene Evans,   b. 15 Jun 1875, Auckland, Tulare, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1875, Auckland, Tulare, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Evalina Isabella Evans,   b. 13 May 1876, Auckland, Tulare, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1970, Laguna Beach, Orange, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Elmer Evans,   b. Jun 1878, Tulare, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1879, Tulare, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Jane Evans,   b. Jun 1878, Visalia, Tulare, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Ynez E. Evans,   b. 4 Aug 1880, Tulare, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1966, Laguna Beach, Orange, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Winifred Harriet Evans,   b. 20 Nov 1882, Visalia, Tulare, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1968, San Francisco, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Joseph Francis Evans,   b. 21 Dec 1884, Tulare, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1974, Eugene, Lane, OR, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Louis L. Evans,   b. 5 Feb 1887, Visalia, Tulare, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1925, Washington County, OR, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. John Christopher Evans,   b. May 1889, Visalia, Tulare, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1951, Portland, Multnomah, OR, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Carlton J. Evans,   b. 8 May 1890, Visalia, Tulare, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1954, Laguna Beach, Orange, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F1284  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 19 Feb 1847 - Nepean, Carleton, ON, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1851 - Nepean, Carleton, ON, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1861 - Nepean, Carleton, ON, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Nov 1874 - Visalia, Tulare, CA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1880 - Visalia, Tulare, CA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 9 Feb 1917 - Portland, Multnomah, OR, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 12 Feb 1917 - Mount Calvary Cemetery, Portland, Multnoham, OR, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Christopher Evans
    Christopher Evans
    l to r: Walter William Burrell & Christopher Evans
    l to r: Walter William Burrell & Christopher Evans

    Headstones
    Christopher Evans
    Christopher Evans

    Histories
    Christopher Evans - His Life
    Christopher Evans - His Life
    Christopher Evans

  • Sources 
    1. [S116] Heather Evans Putnam - e-mail.

    2. [S152] Barbara Baker - e-mail.

    3. [S19] 1851 Canadian Census.

    4. [S101] 1861 Canadian Census.

    5. [S36] 1880 US census.

    6. [S492] Oregon, Death Index, 1898-2008.