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Evans Deed

Posted: 945345600000
Classification: Deed
Edited: 995650964000
Surnames: Evans, Ivy
Looking for information on Monroe Evans of Ala.He held a homested cert. #1698 Application #6386 Registered at Huntsville,Ala. Recorded vol.4 Page 173 dated March 10 1884

The Hanging of Wm. Monroe & John Evans Aug 1891 Alabama

Sharon Engle (View posts)
Posted: 1149808247000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Evans, Evens, Evins
Found the following story at the Morgan County, AL archives...


"On Thursday, August 13, 1891, Justice of the Peace J. Matt Heaton arrested 21 year-old John Evans on a warrant sworn out by Pierce Mooney. He was placed in jail at the Alliance Store at Baileyton and guards posted. The following day, his father, Monroe Evans, was arrested and placed in jail with his son. On Saturday, an angry mob overpowered the guards, removed the prisoners from the jail and hung them on a tree limb."

There is quite a story behind the hanging the Evans men. Monroe Evans was actually William Monroe Evans, and John Evans was a son. Monroe Evans lived near the Madison and Marshall counties line {Alabama} before the Civil War. After the war he resided in Morgan County, AL.

Would like to find the parents of William Monroe Evans, and will share the complete story of his life.

Sharon Engle

Re: The Hanging of Wm. Monroe & John Evans Aug 1891 Alabama

Sharon Engle (View posts)
Posted: 1150083415000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Evans, Evens, Evins
The following information is from pages 123 & 124 of a book {unknown name} located at the Morgan Co., Alabama Archives...

MONROE EVANS...A True History of His Life and Character...Blue Springs, Morgan County, September 8, 1891

Ed. Trubine: As some newspapers and their correspondents have had much to say in regards to the lynching of Monroe and John Evans at Baileyton, I think it would be interesting to your readers to know something of the life and character of Monroe Evans. It is not my purpose to justify lynch law, or justifymen in their actions making lynch law necessary, but our object is to make a true statement as to make a true statement as to this man's career, and that justice may be done "though heavens fall". So without the fear of man or the hope of reward, we ask space in your paper to give a few facts concerning this man Evans.

We have known Monroe Evans since he was a boy, he being about five years my senior. He lived in Marshall County {AL} and I in Madison {AL} about seven miles apart. When a boy he was bigoted, overbearing and unprincipled, and always engaged in some kind of deviltry.

When the Civil War broke out there lived in the northern part of Marshall County one John Dickey, a man who was noted for his hatred toward his neighbors and cruelty and brutishness to his wife and children; and when Federal troops took possession of the country North of the Tennessee River, this man Dickey offered his services to the Federal commander who mistook Dickey's hatred for his own people for patriotism to the Union and gave him a commission as captain of scouts with power to organize a company to operate in North Alabama. Then began a reign of terror. Dickey's company was composed principally of men who had deserted the Confederate Army or had been dodging conscription and nearly all of them had some old grudge to settle. In this company, Monroe Evans was an active member. They were employed as scouts and pilots for the federal troops, thus giving them a splendid opportunity to wreak havoc and vengeance upon the innocent and unprotected people. Men were dragged from their homes and murdered, some of them in the presence of their families, by this cruel band of outlaws as they should not be called soldiers.

Dinstinctly do we remember the names of Volney Ellett, Alfred Clark, Davis Russell, Fletcher Lewis and many others who fell by their hands. Many houses were burnt and many women and children thrown out of a house and home without food or shelter in the midst of winter for no greater reason or crimes than that their husbands, fathers, and brothers were soldiers in the Confederate Army.

But the war ended and Dickey and Evans still lived. Dickey went West but Evans remained in Marshall County and married, but he could not be idle, he must be up and about his master's {the Devil} work. He was soon charged with all manner of crime; one being taking too many liberties with other people's hogs. He next organized a plan for self-protection composed of a few white men and several Negroes. They decided that they were strong enough to make war on their enemies, and made a plot to blow up the Methodist church and Masonic Hall at New Hope in Madison County {Alabama}, but the plan leaked out through a Negro belonging to the clan. Warrants were taken out for Evans and his gang and placed in the hands of a deputy sheriff who summoned a strong posse - your correspondent being one of the number. The sheriff moved at once against the band, but they fled to the mountains. After days of hard riding and searching, a part of them were overhauled. They resisted arrest and firing at once began and sic Negroes were killed or died shortly afterwards from their wounds.

Evans escaped though severly wounded. He lay in the mountians until he recovered sufficiently to enable him to travel, when he came to Morgan County {Alabama}.

Evans' life in Morgan County has been one of continuous lawlessness. He resided on the Morgan-Cullman County line on the brink of a mountain, a place well suited to his purpose. He was a Morman in practice and has raised several families by several women besides his own wife. Your correspondent has been reliably informed that this monster in human shape by continued abuses and by garbled and misquoted extracts from the Bible, he forced his poor, ignorant wife to acknowledge that it was right and proper for man to have as many wives as he wanted.

Nearly every grand jury for the last sixteen years has been called upon to remove this blot of corruption and immorality from the community, but Evans through trained and practiced witnesses who cared nothing more for committing purjury than they did for the wind that blew, succeeded in defeating their efforts. And this blot upon Christian civilization remains as an insult to the community and to the dignity of the law. Evans greatest desire seemed to be for strife, contention and bloodshed. The shooting of a man several years ago by the Evans that they might further debase his wife is a well-remembered fact in that community. The attempt to assassinate Mooney last spring and the attempt to murder the Goodlett boys is still fresh in the minds of our people. Also, the oft repeated threats to kill the attending physician of Mooney and Mooney's wife for the attention given Mooney while suffering from his wounds by Evans and his sons is a well-known fact. It seemed that these inhuman wretches were determined that he should die from neglect if they could not kill him with their bullets. Monroe Evans only lacked one thing to have made one of the most desperate outlaws in the land and that was true courage.

Rube Burrows was shot down by Carter and his name was lauded to the skies as a hero. Ford, in a most cowardly manner, shot and killed Jesse James but the state of Missouri paid him large sums of money. Both these men had some redeeming qualities. They were true to their families and true to their friends. But this man had none. He was not true to his country or his family. But the men who relieved North alabama of the presence of this man are called by the Cullman correspondent of the Age-Herald "brutes and murderers". Evans por wife is in a better condition. The man who wrecked her life and educated her son for the gallows is gone. She will no longer be insulted by the presence of her husband's harem. His gang is scattered to the four winds and peace and order have taken their place. The last stronghold of the devil in east Morgan {county} has been destroyed and the people say "Amen!".
Yours for the right,
A. M. Nabors

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