JOHN FLOYD EVANS
JOHN FLOYD EVANS, farmer, Banks county, Ga., (postoffice, Gillsville, Hall county), son of David and Mary(Toney) Evans, was born in Jackson county, Ga., in 1833.� His paternal grandparent, John Evans, was a native of North Carolina, migrated to Georgia in 1800, and settled in Franklin county.� He was a farmer and served as a soldier in the patriot army during the revolutionary war.� Mr. Evans' father was born in North Carolina and was a small child only a year or two old when the family came to Georgia.� He followed farming all his life.� His mother was a daughter of John and Nancy Toney, early settlers in Franklin county.� He served as a wagoner during the revolutionary war .�
������� Mr. Evans was raised on the farm and received a very limited education at the old-time log school-house.� On reaching manhood he commenced farming and continued it until the war.� In 1862 he enlisted in Company E, Capt. A.T. Bennett, Thirty-fourth Georgia regiment, and participated with it in all it's campaigns and battles until the Vicksburg campaign.� In that he was very severely wounded and had to use crutches eighteen months.� When he came home from the war he was very poor and had to borrow meal for his family.� But he bravely met the emergency, went to work earnestly, worked early and late and saved what money he could.� In 1872 he bought his first "patch", to which he has gradually added until he owns 650 acres; is in comfortable circumstances and is regarded as one of the most reliable citizens of the county. He is a justice of the peace and has held the office very many years.
������� Mr. Evans was married in 1860 to Miss Mary A(born in Mississippi in 1845), daughter of James and Saltania(Brooks)Bell.� He was born in Hall county, was a well-to-do farmer and moved to Mississippi, where he died.� Of the children which blessed this union three survive; Erastus P., James and Sandy F.� Mr. and Mrs. Evans are devoted members of the Baptist church.
Source: Memoirs of Georgia, Volume I, Southern Historical
Copy and Copyright 2003 by Jacqueline King
BY DONNA BRAND
BACKGROUND BY DONNA BRAND