Evans: Paul Evans Family Papers, 1872-1946

Call Number:  MG-413

1 box     3 folders     .25 cubic ft.

Repository:  LancasterHistory.org (Lancaster, Pa.)

Shelving Location:  Archives South, Side 10

Description:  This collection contains documents from Paul Evans’ family, including diaries, estate papers of Anna M. Evans, and a land draft for Robert Evans’ property in Little Britain Twp.

Creators:  Evans family; Evans, Paul, d.1972.

Conditions for Access:  No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Reproductions:  Collection may not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.

Language:  English

Source of Acquisition:  Gift of Mrs. Lynn Besecker, 3 November 2006.

Administrative/Biographical History:  Paul Evans was a chemist at a battery company in New Jersey. His family was from Lancaster County and he returned upon retirement. Mr. Evans lived at 231 E. Orange Street in Lancaster and later moved to the Brethren Home. He is buried in Woodward Hill Cemetery in Lancaster.

Mr. Evans was Lynn Besecker’s neighbor in Lancaster in the 1960s. He was a family friend and an “adopted grandfather” to her children. He was the last in his line and Mrs. Besecker was happy to save these items. He also had Jasper Yeates’ desk which was [sold to] the Bashore family.


Folder 1  Two diaries of Paul’s sister or aunt. She was engaged, but her fiancé died in 1942, in service during WWII. Some of the pages for 1942 have been torn out, presumably by the writer. 1942, 1946.


Folder 2 

Insert 1  Agreement between Henry Burger, carpenter of Lancaster, and John J. Evans of West Lampeter Twp. to build a barn on the Evans’ Leman Hill Farm to replace the barn which had recently burned. 23 January 1872.

Insert 2  Last will and testament of Anna M. Evans of West Lampeter Twp. 3 December 1895.

Insert 3  Handwritten draft of account for the estate of Anna Margaretta Evans, deceased. John H. Evans, executor. [1906].

Insert 4  Typed copy of account for the estate of Anna Margaretta Evans, deceased. John H. Evans, executor. [1906].

Insert 5  Final settlement for the estate of Anna M. Evans. 16 April 1906.

Insert 6  Dates of deaths of Evans family members and financial notes regarding the family farms. No date.

W. U. Hensel received payment from John H. Evans for counsel fees regarding the estate of Anna M. Evans. 16 March 1906.

Insert 7  Daniel Kachel, Asst. Clerk of Orphans’ Court of Lancaster County, received payment from John H. Evans for filing account. 16 March 1906.

Release of heirs of Anna M. Evans and Sarah C. Evans to executors. Filed with Recorder of Deeds, Lancaster County. 19 May 1906.


Folder 3  Land draft for 450 acres belonging to Robert Evans in Little Britain Twp. “This draft was copied from others by John James Evans.” No date.