Name: Evan Thomas
Reference Number: 3485
Birth: ABT 1685 in Wales
Death: 4 FEB 1755 in Hopewell MM, Frederick Co., Virginia
Change Date: 12 AUG 2009
His name is recorded in an old Welsh Bible.
From "Hopewell Friends History":
. Evan Thomas, 1014 acres, adjoniing the plantation of Alexander Ross on the northeast. Evan Thomas came from Wales about the year 1719 and settled in Philadelphia County, Pa., within the verge of Gwynedd Monthly Meeting. In 1726 Evan Thomas and his wife Catherine removed to Goshen Montly Meeting, and his certificate states that he was a minister. His son, Evan Thomas Jr., married Albenah Ross, dau. of Alexander Ross and Catherine his wife, and was one of the early trustees of Hopewell Monthly Meeting. The will of Evan Thomas was dated "the 18th of the 6th month, called June, 1753," and was probated April 1, 1755. He mentions in his will his sons Evan Jr., John, Thomas, and Enos, and his dau. Martha, and appoints his son John Thomas executor. The witnesses were John Gore, John Bailey, and John Smith. Evan Thomas was, perhaps, the first minister residing within the verge of Hopewell Monthly Meeting, and his family continued prominent among Friends for many years. The following memorial of Evan Thomas appears in the minute book of Hopewell Monthly Meeting: He was born in Wales and educated in profession with the Church of England; but in tender years joined in society with friends; and proving faithful to the gift and measure of grace bestowed upon him, by the great giver of every good and perfect gift, he came to be early engaged in the work of the ministry, and was a serviceable instrument; being also a preacher in life and conversation, remarkably meek, humble and grave in his deportment. he was zealous of the honor of God and promotion of his blessed truth, and serviceable among friends, being one of the first settlers in these parts, and a constant attender of our meetings whilst in health. He died in a very serene frame of spirit, on the 4th day of the second month 1755, aged about seventy years.
It has been suggested to me to check Seaver's "Thomas Family History," in which Evan Thomases abound. Also, the Passenger List Index refers to his arriving in 1719 citing the book "Cavaliers and Pioneers".
"Welsh Founders of Pennsylvania" v. 1 p. 213 mentions:
"Evan Thomas, of near Dolobran, par. of Meivod, co. Montg., husbandman, Rmd. to Penna., 1718. Fd. Wife, Katherine ---." I do not know whether this is the same man.
- Mary Thomas b: 30 NOV 1723 in Gwynedd MM, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania
- Evan Thomas
- John Thomas
- Thomas Thomas
- Enos Thomas
- Martha Thomas