Thomas Evans was born on 9 Mar 1776 in Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton. His father was John Evans the inn keeper of the Old Bell Inn on the western fringe of the rapidly growing town of Wolverhampton. He was baptized on 20 Apr 1776 at St Peter's Collegiate Church in Wolverhampton. His father died in 1784 and he was brought up by his mother Mary. She herself was to die in 1792 but the young Thomas was clearly a determined and resourceful boy.

He must have left and joined the army shortly after this, leaving his elder brother Richard to manage the Inn business. His distinguished military career is best recorded on the Canadian National Biography website, despite some factual errors about his childhood family. It should also be noted that contrary to the Canadian National Biography he is NOT the uncle to Francis Evans, Irish born clergyman in Upper Canada - that is Lieutenant Colonel William Evans (see Tecumseh's Last Stand, John Sugden 1990) and the will of Francis' father, Francis Evans, Nantes 1836.

Having served with distinction in repelling the Americans from Canadian soil in the war of 1812, Thomas Evans' young family grew up in Trois Rivieres in Montreal. In about 1827 Thomas Evans, promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, was posted to Ireland based at Templemore Barracks, Tipperary and a number of his children were bought up and saw Ireland as their home. This is the basis of the Evans family in Ireland and the Egerton Warburton branch that came to settle in Monkstown, Cork and held various clerical posts in and around the Cork area.  

We have a portrait by the well known artist Richard Dighton, labelled "Thomas Evans, Governor of Malta" that may have come from the artifacts we have inherited from his son Charles Richard Ogden Evans. Other family documents record him also as "Governor of Gibraltar". In reality he was never the titular governor of either of the colonies, although he was the commanding military officer. At least as far as Malta was concerned he was formally Acting Lieutenant Governor from July to October 1836 that meant he was the acting head of government during the illness of Major General Sir Frederick Cavendish Ponsonby. He arrived in Malta from Gibraltar on 1 July 1836 with 489 men and immediately took command. (see Malta Government Gazette). A successor to Ponsonby was appointed on 1 October 1836.

He left Malta and retired to Canada after 1838, where he died in 1863.

 

Family of Thomas EVANS and Harriet Lawrence OGDEN

See also
Thomas EVANS's siblings: Richard EVANS (1768-1841), Elizabeth EVANS (1769-1808), Mary EVANS (1770-1830), Charles EVANS (1773-1820) and John EVANS (1781- )
Harriet OGDEN's parents: Isaac OGDEN (1740-1823?) and Sarah HANSON ( -1838)
Harriet OGDEN's siblings: David OGDEN, Henry OGDEN, Isaac Gouverneur OGDEN (1783-1868), Peter Skene OGDEN (1790-1854) and Charles Richard OGDEN (1791-1866)

 

Husband: Thomas EVANS (1776-1863)
Wife: Harriet Lawrence OGDEN (1788?-1858)
Children: Harriet Elizabeth EVANS (1811-1895)
  Mary Ogden EVANS (1812-1914)
  Catherine Maria EVANS (1814-1884)
  Julia Ann Elizabeth EVANS (1817-1827)
  Thomas Owen EVANS (1819-1842)
  Charles Richard Ogden EVANS (1824-1890)
  Gordon Henry James EVANS (1825-1886)
  Emily Anne Crookshank EVANS (1828-1868)
  Richard John EVANS (1830-1898)
Marriage 12 Mar 1810 Montreal, Canada

Husband: Thomas EVANS

Name: Thomas EVANS 1
Sex: Male
Father: John EVANS (1739?-1784)
Mother: Mary OWEN (1743-1792)
Birth 9 Mar 1776 Wolverhampton
Title   General
Death 11 Feb 1863 (age 85) Quebec, Canada

Additional Information

Birth Date of birth given in Canadian Dictionary of Biography (but false fathers name)

Wife: Harriet Lawrence OGDEN

Name: Harriet Lawrence OGDEN
Sex: Female
Father: Isaac OGDEN (1740-1824)
Mother: Sarah HANSON ( -1838)
Birth 1788 (app) England
Death 27 Nov 1858 (age 69-70)  

Child 1: Harriet Elizabeth EVANS

Name: Harriet Elizabeth EVANS
Sex: Female
Spouse: Henry William Egerton WARBURTON (1808-1868)
Birth 31 Mar 1811 Montreal, Canada
Death 14 Mar 1895 (age 83)  

Child 2: Mary Ogden EVANS

Name: Mary Ogden EVANS
Sex: Female
Spouse: John SUTTON (1810-1891)
Birth 4 Nov 1812 Montreal, Canada
Death 1914 (age 101-102)  

Child 3: Catherine Maria EVANS

Name: Catherine Maria EVANS
Sex: Female
Spouse: Isaac HELLMUTH (1819-1901)
Birth 12 Aug 1814 (app) Canada
Residence 1841 (age 26-27) Census records a Catherine Evans living at Pendeford Hall aged c25
Death Jun 1884 (age 69)  

Child 4: Julia Ann Elizabeth EVANS

Name: Julia Ann Elizabeth EVANS
Sex: Female
Birth 1817  
Death 1827 (age 9-10)  

Child 5: Thomas Owen EVANS

Name: Thomas Owen EVANS
Sex: Male
Birth 2 Aug 1819  
Death 29 Sep 1842 (age 23) Afghanistan

Child 6: Charles Richard Ogden EVANS

Name: Charles Richard Ogden EVANS
Sex: Male
Spouse: Sarah EVANS (1828-1890)
Birth 4 Mar 1824 Trois Rivieres, Canada
Education 1842 (age 17-18) Royal Military Academy, Woolwich
Census 1881 (age 56-57) Sarah is described as General Officers Wife in 1881 Census
Artefact 1882 (age 57-58) Passport for Brigadier General Evans, wife and Daughter for travel to the continent
Death 1890 (app) (age 65-66) Eastbourne

Child 7: Gordon Henry James EVANS

Name: Gordon Henry James EVANS
Sex: Male
Spouse: Lucy Anne GOVETT (1835- )
Birth 21 Oct 1825 Canada
Death 24 May 1886 (age 60) Melbourne, Australia
Occupation   Share broker

Child 8: Emily Anne Crookshank EVANS

Name: Emily Anne C EVANS
Sex: Female
Spouse: Adam CROOKS (1827-1885)
Birth 19 Mar 1828 Tipperary
Death 1868 (age 39-40)  

Child 9: Richard John EVANS

Name: Richard John EVANS
Sex: Male
Spouse: Louise Caroline ANGELO (1841-1911)
Birth 18 Feb 1830 Tipperary
Death 20 Apr 1898 (age 68) Toronto

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