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Family of Louise A. WALKER (15) & William P. ESSARY

41. Olevia Jane ESSARY. Resided in Chesterfield, Henderson County, Tennessee in Feb 1935.

Olevia Jane married Ellis Martin EVANS, son of James M. EVANS (1850-1927) & Eliza DAVIS. Born on 9 Apr 1875 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 78, Ellis Martin died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 20 Feb 1954. Buried in Feb 1954 in Union Cemetery, Chesterfield, Henderson County, Tennessee.

BIOGRAPHY: E. M. Evans was born April 9,1874 on a farm near old Moores Hill, in the northeastern part of the county. He was one of the five children of the late J. M. and Eliza Davis Evans. He spent his early life at the place of his birth and he got his early education at the Moores Hill school. When he was five years of age, his mother died, but his father remarried in a few years to the sister of his first wife and the young boy was reared by this good woman, scarcely knowing the difference from his real mother. When he was 11 years old, his father moved to Lone Elm and here he finished his education. Alter the railroad was built, his father again moved to the town of Chesterfield, where he has made his home since then, with the exception of six years. Soon after coming to Chesterfield, the young Mr. Evans started out for himself. He was first employed as a clerk in a general store. He then moved to Beacon where he worked for his uncle as a clerk for six years. He then accepted the position as agent for the N.C.&St.L. railroad at Chesterfield and served in this capacity for 35 years until the agency was removed in 1931, and he is still caretaker for said company. He was postmaster at Chesterfield from 1900 to 1934. In 1900 he was married to Miss Olivia Essary. He was a partner in the mercantile business with O. L. Wallace for two years, who later sold to John T. Moore. This partnership continued until 1930 when other duties made it Impossible for him to continue, and he sold his business to said Mr. Moore, who still runs the store. By an Act of Legislature, he was made district road commissioner in 1922, and continued in this capacity until the death of H. E. Graper in 1924. He was then made chairman of the Highway Commission and served In this office throughout the dark days of the Henderson County roads when the county was wrapped up in debt and remained to see the county road warrants worth 100 cents in the dollar. He served as Chairman of this Commission until the legislative act of 1931, which abolished same. He has been a member of the County Board of Education for 13 years and served as chairman of this august body for several years. This has always been Mr. Evans pet hobby, as he has always been a strong advocate of better teachers and better schools. In his own section of the county he was instrumental in getting nine new school buildings, all of which were two and three teacher schools except two. He has likewise been as progressive for other sections of the county. He is now back at his favorite occupation as merchant. He, together with his sons, is still in the mercantile business at Chesterfield. He was a member of the State Executive Committee of the Republican party for eight years. E. M. Evans has made a success of his own business which qualifies him to look after the business of the public.

They had one child:
i. Bradley. Born in 1903 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 81, Bradley died in Henderson County, Tennessee in 1984. Buried in 1984 in Union Cemetery, Chesterfield, Henderson County, Tennessee.

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