The Evans family from The Wirral and Cheshire


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My husband’s Evans family probably originate from Wales (like most Evans’) although at this point I am still stuck somewhere in Chester where I have a bit of a brick wall!

The sticking block is Robert Evans, grandfather of Henry Evans. According to Henry’s marriage certificate of 1894, he was the son of William Evans, Gentleman, deceased. Family folklore confirms that Henry was born in Chester and by his age at marriage, born around 1860 give or take a couple of years. The only likely Henry on the 1881 census was living with his mother; father presumed dead. The 1891 census mentioned his mother, Ellen as an earthenware dealer and as my mother-in-law remembered that the family had sold pots, I know that I was on the right track. 

Then by a huge piece of luck, and thanks very much to Irene Birch who found them for me, I know have this Evans family in 1871; with both William and Ellen and five children. Once I had trace William and Ellen’s marriage, I had William’s father, Robert Evans, a labourer.  However, there are so many Robert Evans’ in Chester that it is impossible at the moment to narrow him down. I have a couple of possible burials but that is about it. 



Robert Evans, labourer, b abt 1800? (and  wife as yet unknown) had at least one son:

William Evans born abt 1833 at Chester, m 7.11.1854 at Liverpool, St Alban to Ellen Jones (daughter of John Jones) 1, d 23.2.1873 at Birkenhead aged 40 1.

I have not been able to locate William Evans, in the 1841 or 1851 censuses as yet. I had thought he was living at Handbridge, an area of Chester, at the time of the 1851 census, with his mother Elizabeth. But on researching further, I discovered that this lady was Elizabeth Reece, and her death certificate confirmed that she was the widow of George Evans, Needlemaker, (her second husband) not Robert, so this is clearly not the right William.  



William married Ellen Jones, daughter of John Jones, earthenware dealer and Mary,  on 7th November, 1854 at St. Alban Church, Bevington, Liverpool.  They were both living in Summer Seat at the time of the marriage. One witness was a Mary Ann Holmes [who may or may not have been the Mary Ann Evans that married William Holmes in 1837 – this is being investigated via their marriage certificate].

William was a hawker or General Dealer and he and Ellen had the following children:

Mary Ann Evans born 12.5.1856 at Chester 1, m 1882 Wirral to Robert Pimm (became step-mother to Margaret Pimm), d 1884 Birkenhead aged 28
William Evans born 1857 Caersws, Montgomeryshire North Wales, bp 24.6.1857 Llanwnog St. Gwynog 3, m 2.6.1879 Liverpool St. Nicholas to Rachel Jones 
Henry Evans born 9.6.1859 Chester, bp 3.7.1859 Holy Trinity Chester 6, m 26.3.1894 at Tranmere to Susannah Peers 1
John Evans born 1861/2 at Macclesfield (missing from census after 1891).
Rachel Evans born 1864 at Denbigh, d 1887 Birkenhead

William and his family were living in a caravan in Threapwood, Flintshire in 1861 together with a William Holmes, (a possible relation).  In 1871 they were living at 58 Egerton Street, Birkenhead which is where William died in 1873.  In 1881, Ellen was living at 1 Birkenhead Cliffs, Tranmere. By the time of the 1891 census, Ellen was living at 37 Stanley Street with her son sons Henry and John and a 12 year old grand daughter called Margaret Pimm 2.  This is how I found out what had happened to Ellen’s eldest daughter, Mary Ann Evans. She had married Robert Pimm in 1882. He had been previously married (cannot find out who to) and had a daughter Margaret in 1880 but his wife had died by the time of the 1881 census. At this time Margaret had been adopted by a George Bebbington and his wife Eliza. After Mary Ann and Robert married in 1882, they probably took her back and then when Mary Ann died herself in 1884, her mother Ellen was step-grandmother to Margaret. [Margaret later married George Sarson in 1913 5].

Ellen died on 28th June, 1895 at 16 Roslyn Street, Tranmere aged 64. Her son Henry was present 1.  She was buried on 2nd July 1895 at Bebbington cemetery. 



William Evans, the eldest son of William and Ellen was born, according to the censuses in either North Wales or Chester in 1857/58.  It wasn’t until I tracked him down in the 1901 and 1911 censuses that it mentioned Montgomeryshire and a place that I have translated as Caersws. This was confirmed when I found his baptism record of 24th June 1857 on the findmypast website as being the son of William, hawker and Ellen living at Caersws.  William married Rachel Jones, daughter of John Jones, labourer, on 2nd June, 1869 at Liverpool St. Nicholas.  They had the following children gleaned from the census, FreeBMD and parish records; 

William Henry Evans b 30.8.1879, bp 9.9.1879 Tranmere St. Catherine 3, d 1Q 1882 Birkenhead 5
William John Henry Evans bp 30.4.1882 Birkenhead St. Paul’s 3 
John Evans b abt 1884 Tranmere
Henry Evans b 4Q 1885 Tranmere 5 
?? Ellen Evans b 1Q 1887 Birkenhead, d 1Q 1887 Birkenhead 5
Rachel Evans b 1Q 1889 Tranmere, m1 29.8.1909 Liverpool St. Nicholas  to Joseph Walklett, m2 1921 Birkenhead to Joseph Ashbrook George, d 1951 Birkenhead 4

William was an iron driller at the shipbuilders yard, as was his brother Henry. We know from the 1911 census when they were living at 44 Flamank Street, Birkenhead that they had 6 children and that 2 had died 2.  His first son William born in 1879 was on the 1881 census but appears to have died in early 1882. So it is assumed that the William on the 1891 census is the second born William.  I do not know what happened to William senior apart from the fact that he was living at 7 Morpeth Buildings, Birkenhead in 1917 when he was in attendance at his brother Henry’s death.

[I have not been able to trace any of the children apart from Rachel and that was thanks to her descendant Yvonne Chambers who I contacted through ancestry.com].



Henry Evans was born in 1859 at Chester. I have been unable to track down the correct birth certificate but found his date of birth 9th June, 1859 and baptism 3rd July 1859 at Chester Holy Trinity from familysearch 6 Henry was a general labourer. He married Susannah Peers, daughter of John Peers and Jane Messom on 26th March, 1894 at Tranmere 1. They lived, from at least 1895, at 20 Seabank Cottages, Tranmere. 

They had three sons, but Charles’ twin John died at 7 months;

Charles Ralph Evans b 3.7.1902 Tranmere, bp 16.7.1902 St. Paul’s Birkenhead 7, m 1939 New ferry to Robina Barnes (nee Foster), d 22.2.1976
John Henry Evans b 3.7.1902 Tranmere,  bp 16.7.1902 St. Paul’s Birkenhead 7, bur 10.2.1903 Bebbington Cemetery                             William Robert Evans (Iron Driller) b 8.12.1903 Tranmere, bp 23.12.1903 St. Paul’s Birkenhead 7, m 20.9.1930 Walton to Annie Tyrer, d 16.3.1960 Birkenhead

At the time of the 1901 Census, Henry and Susannah were living at 20 Seabank Cottages, Birkenhead together with Susannah’s widowed father John Peers 2. This was also the address given at the baptism of the twins and the burial on John Henry in February 1903.  By December 1903 when William was born they were at 10 Seabank Cottages. Susannah died on 9th January 1906 at Tranmere 1 and was buried on 12th June, 1906 at the Non-Conformist section of Bebbington Cemetery.

Henry Evans was a witness to the will of Charles Ralph Peers, Susannah’s brother, proved in 1907.  At this time, Henry was living at 83 Holt Hill, Tranmere. 8  He died on 4th June, 1917 aged 56. At the time he was living at 1 West View, Tranmere 1. He was buried on 7th June, 1917 at Bebbington Cemetery.


Charles Evans c 1940


  Charles Evans married Robina Barnes (nee Foster) in 1939 and became step-father to Roy, Pauline and Murial Barnes.










William Evans with his daughter Olive c 1950

William Evans with his daughter Olive c 1950


William Robert known as Bill Evans was the youngest son of Henry Evans and Susannah Peers, born on 11th December,  1903 at 20 Seabank Cottages, Tranmere 1

 William joined the army as a musician.  He was Bandsman W Evans army number 4114516 of the 2nd Battalion Cheshire   Regiment.  From 1st March to 9th July 1921 he attended the pupil course at the Royal Military School of Music (RMSM) at Kneller Hall in  Twickenham.   He was proficient in the oboe and at some point in the late 1920’s he was asked to play for the Shah of Persia.

 On 20th September, 1930 Bill married Annie Tyrer, daughter of Henry Tyrer and Maria Needham, at St. Luke the Evangelist church,  Walton-on-the-Hill.  He had been living at 17 Wilburn Street and working as an Iron machinist 1

They had 2 children; Henry Bryan in 1931 (my father-in-law) and Olive Lilian in 1939 (both in Birkenhead).






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1 Birth, marriage or death certificate

2 Census Returns from ancestry.com

3 Parish Record collection from Findfmypast

4 ancestry public member tree submission by ymmoore

5 FreeBMD

6 England, Cheshire Bishop’s Transcripts, 1598-1900, index, FamilySearch 

7 St. Paul’s Birkenhead registers

8 Will of Charles Ralph peers 1907



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