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Proceedings of the Third Congress at Louisville
Genealogical and Biographical Sketch of Samuel Evans


Samuel Evans, of Columbia, Pa., was born in Donegal, Lancaster County, Pa., January 20, 1823. His great-great-grandfather, Lazarus Lowrey, came from the North of Ireland in 1729, and settled in Donegal, Lancaster County, Pa., and became an Indian trader and large land-holder.

His son, Alexander, married Mary Waters, by whom he had several children. She died in 1773, and he married secondly Ann Al-ricks, widow of Herman Alricks, of Cumberland County, Pa.

Col. Alex. Lowrey became a distinguished man, and one of the largest land-holders in Pennsylvania; was a member of the Pennsylvania State Legislature for a number of years, and was colonel commanding the county militia at the battle of Brandywine, in September, 1777, and at Germantown. By his second wife, Ann Alricks, he had one daughter, Frances, who married Judge Samuel Evans, of Chester County, Pa., who was also a member of the Pennsylvania Legislature. He was an ensign in the Revolutionary Army. His father, Evan Evans, was a colonel in the Revolutionary Army, and his brother George was a surgeon in Col. Bailer's regiment, of Virginia, in the Revolutionary War. After the war he married Miss Peyton and settled in Virginia.

Among other children of Samuel Evans and Frances Lowrey was born, March 22, 1799, Alexander L. Evans, who married Hannah Slaymaker in 1820, who was the daughter of the Hon. Amos Slaymaker, an officer in the Revolutionary War, and a member of Congress in 1811, 1812.

Alex. L. and Hannah Evans had one child, Samuel Evans, born January 20, 1823; educated at the common schools; was lumber-merchant and builder up to the year 1853; was elected justice of the peace in and for Columbia, Lancaster County, Pa., and in the year 1857 was elected clerk of the courts of Oyer and Terminer and Quarter Sessions for Lancaster County, Pa., for three years.

In May, 1861, enlisted as a private in Company K., Fifth Regiment Pennsylvania Reserves in the late war; promoted to second lieutenant June 19, 1861, and in November, 1861 was promoted to first lieutenant, and assistant quartermaster of Fifth Regiment Pennsylvania Reserves; and in April, 1864, was appointed on the staff of Gen. Warren. For meritorious service in the "Wilderness Campaign" was promoted to a captaincy; in June, 1864, returned to Columbia, Lancaster County, Pa., and was elected justice of the peace, and has been in commission ever since. He is author of many historical articles, and of a history of Lancaster County, Pa., published in 1882; member of the "Historical Society of Pennsylvania," of the "Sons of the Revolution," and of the "Scotch-Irish Society of Pennsylvania," and of the United States.

The Slaymakers were Huguenots. Amos Slaymaker married Miss Fleming, whose ancestors came from the North of Ireland.


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