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Mary J. Evans notebook


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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Mary Jane (Black) Evans was the youngest daughter of Samuel Henry Black and Dorcas Armitage Middleton. On June 17, 1856, she married George Gillespie Evans, a community leader in Newark, Delaware.

After marriage, George Gillespie and Mary Jane Evans settled in Newark, building their house across from the Evans family's general store. Their six children included son Charles B., and five daughters: Ann M., Harriet N., Margaret G., Agnes Armitage, and Lena Evans.

Scharf, J. Thomas.History of Delaware,1609-1888. Philadelphia: L.J. Richards and Company, 1888.

This small notebook contains brief, sporadic notes taken by Newark, Delaware, resident Mary J. Evans from 1904 to 1906. The entries document monetary transactions, home life, and events in the community over the two-year period.

The entries made by Evans were very brief and were for the most part random. Several of the entries list payments made to individuals for services and goods delivered, as well as the amount of money withdrawn from the bank. Evans also documents weather events (such as snow storms), random daily activities, trips taken to visit relatives and other cities, gifts received, and events in the region (such as a fire in Baltimore). She also noted the deaths of various individuals, including that of her husband George G. Evans, in 1904.

The notebook itself contains autograph notations made in pencil.

  1. Item 0026: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0097

A digital copy of material in this collection is available at the University of Delaware Digital Institutional Repository.

Acquired, 1957.

Processed and encoded by Evan Echols, July 2009.

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University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2009 July 7
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Mary J. Evans notebook, 1904 February 8-1906 March 12.
Item 0026
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