The son of Amos & Mary E. Evans and the husband of Elizabeth Agnes (King) Evans, whom he married October 18, 1894, in Snohomish County, Washington. In 1860, he was a farmer living in Peach Bottom Township, York County, Pennsylvania, a neighboring county of Harford. He stood 5' 8" tall, had brown hair and gray eyes, and an "H" tattoo on his left arm, the meaning of which is unknown.
A Civil War veteran, he enlisted in York August 7, 1862, and mustered in Harrisburg August 9 with Co. I, 130th Pa Inf, at the rank of private. Wounded in the thigh at the battle of Antietam September 17, 1862, and did not return to active duty until May 7, 1863, thus missing the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. Honorably discharged with his company on May 21, 1863.
After the war he moved around the country, living in Washington DC twice, Kansas, Charleston, South Carolina, and reaching Oregon in 1872. Joined the lighthouse service and was stationed in both Alabama and Oregon. Maintained a lifetime of correspondence with 130th Pa comrade, Edward Fisher. Died of heart disease on Smith Island.