Jedediah Prince Evans
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JEDEDIAH PRINCE EVANS LIFE HISTORY
Jedediah Prince Evans was born the 27th of November 1856 at Kaysville, Davis Co., Utah to Charles David Evans & Olivia Prince. He was the 2nd oldest son born into a family of six children.
His older brother, Charles Edward Evans, was born 21 Aug. 1855 in Salt Lake City, Utah and died there 1 Jan. 1856.
Since his father was a schoolteacher, the family moved around a bit. They were living in Provo, Utah in 1858 when Jedediah's younger brother, Charles David Evans, was born 4 Oct. 1858 By 1861 the family was living in Springville, Utah where their next child Nelson Adam Evans was born 16 Feb. 1861 By 1864, the family was living in Lehi, Utah when Jedediah's only sister, Olivia Prince Evans was born 19 Dec. 1864. At that time, his father was bishop of the Lehi LDS Ward. The last child born in the family was George William Evans, born 22 Nov. 1867 in Springville, Utah & died 19 Feb. 1868 in Springville, Utah.
While Jedediah grew up, the family lived in many places in Utah County. His father taught him the basics of education, at the age of fifteen was apprenticed to Fred Mitchell in Salt Lake City, Utah to learn the tinsmith trade.
He earned $3.00 a week & 75 cents a week doing side jobs for other people in order to make ends meet After all, he paid $4.00 a week for his board and room to Alexander Neubar, the first dentist in Salt Lake City.
He completed his tinsmith course when he was nineteen years old.
Then he returned to Springville to ply his trade in 1876. At this time his father was called to serve his 2nd mission to England. While his father was gone, Jedediah helped support his mother and family.
Upon his father's return from England in 1879, his father was called to be the bishop of the Salem Ward, so the family moved there where they lived ten years.
Then his father was called to serve on the high counsel of Utah Stake.
Edna Rosena Stewart
At this same time, Jedediah Prince Evans was living in Springville, Utah where he met and fell in love with EDNA ROSENA STEWART, the daughter of Uel Stewart &
Caroline Mendenhall. They were married the 22nd of December 1886 in the Logan LDS Temple. While they were there, they performed much temple work for their deceased relatives.
The family settled in Springville, Utah where they attended the Springville LDS Ward 1st ward & later the 2nd ward. It was here that the majority of their children were born. They were:
Jedediah Earl Evans, b. 20 Oct. 1887 Springville, Utah, Utah d 1 Feb 1964
Uel Charles Evans, b. 28 Oct. 1889 Springville, Utah, Utah d. 30 Mar 1944
Effie Ann Evans, b. 11 Dec. 1891 Springville, Utah, Utah d. 18Jun 1951
Winnie Olivia Evans, b. 13 Feb. 1894 Springville, Utah, Utah d. 27 Sept. 1894 Springville, Utah, Utah.
Ernest Levar Evans, b. 29 Jan. 1896 Springville, Utah, Utah d.19 June 1911.
Sheridan Stewart Evans, b. 27 Aug. 1898 Springville,Utah, Utah d. 19 Jun 1993
James William Evans, b. 21 Apr. 1900 Springvillle, Utah, Utah d. 9 Aug 1988
While he lived in Springville, he was presiding Elder of the Elder’s Quorum for 15 years
With land limited in Utah, the call to move to Idaho, which was being settled at a great rate of speed. At this time enticed Jedediah Prince Evans & his wife's sister's family, Sarah Eliza Stewart, who married Elias Cook, to take a trip to Idaho to see what they could find. The two families traveled in surrey-topped buggies for a solid week, reaching a place north of Rexburg, called Salem, where they purchased land and returned to Utah to move their families to Idaho. This was done in the year 1904. After all, Jedediah & Edna had five sons to raise and what better place to raise them than on a farm?
However, Jedediah Prince Evans continued his trade as a tinsmith in the town of Rexburg.
while the boys were left to run the farm themselves. The only son who became a farmer was his eldest son, Jedediah Earl Evans, for he took his responsibilities seriously while the other boys fished the Snake River that ran past their land, played cowboys or Indians or cops and robbers.
Jedediah Prince Evans, Edna Rosena Stewart & 5 children
The last two children born to Jedediah Prince Evans & Edna Rosena Stewart were born at Salem, Idaho. They were:
Beulah Caroline Evans, b.23 Jan. 1908 Salem, Madison, Idaho d. 30 Mar. 1908.
Joseph Elias Evans, b. 29 Mar. 1907 Salem, Madison, Idaho d. 7 July 1908.
During the years of 1910 he paid for his son Jedediah Earl Evans to go on a mission for the church.
On June 19, 1911 their son, Ernest LeVarl, was accidentally killed by a gun when he was only fifteen years old. He, too, was buried in the Rexburg cemetery where his younger brother and sister are also buried.
In 1912 his son Jedediah Earl returned from his mission for the church.
About 1912, the family moved to Blackfoot, Idaho where Jedediah worked for Neil F. Boyle.
The family lived there for four years before moving to Rigby where he set up his tinsmith business in what became the Mountain States Telephone office on State Street.
By then, most of the family was married, except for Uel, Sheridan & James. Jedediah set up his business in front of the building while the family lived in back of it. They lived there until Jedediah bought a farm two miles north of Rigby There the family lived while the boys farmed the land & Jedediah kept his tinsmith business going in Rigby. Jedediah later moved his business to a building on the East End of Rigby's main street.
On September 8th, 1925, his beloved wife, Edna Rosena Stewart, died from crippling arthritis. She was buried beside her three children in the Rexburg Cemetery.
Then he made his home with his oldest son, Uel & his wife, Ruth in their home until 1928.
When Sheridan got married in 1927, he soon made his home with them in a new house they built on 2nd North Street in Rigby.
Sheridan Evans & Jedediah Prince Evans in his tinsmith shop.
He continued to open his tinsmith shop faithfully six days a week where he made big round bath tubs, oblong tubs for boiling water for washing clothes, etc.
He used to sleep in a downstairs bedroom, but, when he fell going down the cement stairs, they moved him into the upstairs bedroom & Sheridan & Leah's two daughters moved downstairs.
At the age of 84, he was hale and hearty and continued to work daily in his tinsmith shop. Because he had perfect eyesight, he read the Deseret News every day without glasses.
Black leg became Jedediah's downfall health wise. He refused to have his leg amputated, so he was moved Dec. 24, 1941 to Salem to live with his only living daughter, Effie Mortensen. That's where he died July 28, 1942. He was buried in the Rexburg Cemetery beside his beloved wife and three children.
Some of his other attributes are:
He believed that temperate habits and the laws of the Word of Wisdom helped him keep fresh for work in his senior years.
He never charged a widow or a missionary’s wife for work that was done in his shop.
He was kind to all people that he came in contact with.
He would never hear a vulgar story
His daughter, Effie Evans Mortensen, and his granddaughter, Joyce Leah Evans Lindstrom, have compiled this life history