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Rebecca Coleman Evans
Original name: Rebecca Colman Evans
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Birth: Oct. 4, 1838
Luton, England
Death: May 7, 1923
Lehi
Utah County
Utah, USA

Daughter of Prime Coleman & Sarah Thorton

Married David Evans, 18 Nov 1856, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

"Rebecca Coleman, fourth daughter of Prime Coleman and Sarah Thornton, was born October 4, 1838 at Thorncot, Bedford, England, and as a child of four and a half years she came with her parents to America in the spring of 1843, so the history of her early life is included in that of her parents.

She remembered the trip across the ocean and, after landing in the states, of living on the farm of the Patriarch Hyrum Smith. As has been stated in her mother's history, her father and eldest sister died of typhoid fever at Nauvoo, Illinois June 1844, and were buried, with others, in an old dry well.

Rebecca's childhood days were anything but pleasant because of the years of sacrifice, hardships and persecution of the Saints with whom her lot was cast. As her mother was left a widow with seven children, Rebecca had to share the responsibility and work, as this family was driven from state to state and finally across the Plains to Utah.

The Coleman family was placed in a company with David Evans as Captain, and after a long journey arrived in Salt Lake City September 1850. The next February they came to help build a city near what was known as Dry Creek. Here Rebecca shared in the toils and hardships of a new and barren country living in huts with dirt roofs and dirt floors, with little to eat, and in constant fear of the Indians who roamed about.

On the third of June 1856, as a girl of eighteen years, she married and became the wife of Bishop David Evans.

Rebecca Coleman Evans became the mother of eight children: George, Prime, Harriet, Sarah, Rebecca, Susanah (died an infant), Emma Jane, Martha Ann and Ellen (Ella).

During the Indian trouble in this section of the country she, with her first two small children, lived at Pelican Point on the south shore of Utah Lake. For fear the Indians would be led to her lonely cabin at night, she did without fire or light, and was sick with fear the children's crying might attract some of the red men.

While living there their food consisted mostly of fish with dandelions, alfalfa, and plantain (a wide leafed weed) for greens. She also salted fish down in barrels for winter use. This kind of food so sickened Rebecca on fish that she could scarcely stand the smell of fish being cooked; and she never ate fish during her whole life, when she could get anything else to eat.

Later she was moved into the town of Lehi. In the early days when soap was made by burning grease wood to make the lye, she became an expert at the art of soap making.

She also washed wool, corded, spun, colored and wove it into cloth to clothe her family. She made her own dye to color the wool or yarn. The green was made by boiling peach leaves; red from a reddish mineral found in the mountains, and blue from a mineral of a bluish color tied in a small sack and soaked in urine. The yarn was left in the dye from twelve to twenty-four hours, and even double that time, or until the desired shade was obtained. She, in connection with the other members of the David Evans family, made up into cloth five hundred pounds of wool each summer to fall, and this in turn was made into shirts, suits, dresses and blankets for the family.

Rebecca also gleaned wheat in the fields and wove carpet for years to help support her family, as she was left a widow in 1883 when her husband died.

She was counselor to Mrs. Mary Ann Davis in the first Primary Association organized in Lehi October 1878. Was teacher in Sunday School many years, and was visiting teacher in Relief Society for twenty years. Her district covered all of the southwest quarter of the town, Donations were gathered in the form of soap, sugar, flour, wheat, eggs and most anything that could be used by families in need; quite a different method compared with later ones.

She did a lot of temple work in connection with her mother's family and when she was unable to go, she sent money to hire temple work performed for the dead.

Rebecca had four Patriarchal Blessings. The first on February fourth 1855, given by John R. Murdock; the second February 13, 1860; the third December 5, 1897 by Charles D. Evans; and the fourth April 24, 1908 by George Larkin.

In 1919 she sold the old home where she had lived all her married life (except for the early period at Pelican Point), and where her children had been born, and moved up near two of her daughters Mrs. Sarah Taylor and Mrs. Ella Manning, and finally went to live with her daughter, Mrs. Taylor in 1921.

In January 1923 while standing near the dining room table in her daughter's home "her hip gave way" so the Doctor said, and she fell helpless to the floor. The result was that she was bedfast four months, suffering constantly from this broken hip and on May 7, 1923 Rebecca C. Evans passed from this stage of action to meet her loved one who had gone on before.

Rebecca Coleman, daughter of Prime Coleman and Sarah Thornton, was born 4 Oct 1838 at Thorncot, Bedford, Eng. She died 7 May 1923 at Lehi, Utah, Utah and was buried there. On 3 June 1856 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah she married David Evans. They were parents of the following eight children:

1. GEORGE EVANS, born 18 May 1858 at Lehi, Utah, Utah; md. 24 Dec 1888, Louisa Agnes Taylor. He died 26 Feb 1906.
2. PRIME EVANS, born 10 May 1860 at Lehi, Utah, Utah; md. 27 Apr 1887, Sarah Taylor. He died 8 July 1901.
3. HARRIET EVANS, born 11 June 1862 at Lehi, Utah, Utah; md. in 1882, John Wilson. She died 2 May 1941.
4. SARAH EVANS, born 22 Sep 1864 at Lehi, Utah, Utah; md. 24 July 1885, Samuel J. Taylor. She died 13 Aug 1946.
5. REBECCA EVANS, born 5 July 1868 at Lehi, Utah, Utah; died 4 Jan 1869.
6. EMMA JANE EVANS, born 11 Dec 1869 at Lehi, Utah, Utah; md. 14 Dec 1887, Isaac James Taylor. (* #6 md. (2) 18 June 1901, John Roberts.) She died 28 Feb 1942.
7. MARTHA ANN EVANS, born 24 July 1873 at Lehi, Utah, Utah; md. Jerry Anson. She died abt 1943.
8. ELLEN (ELLA) EVANS, born 23 May 1875 at Lehi, Utah, Utah; md. 3 Nov 1893, Leonard Fowler (div). She died 22 Apr 1962. She md. (2) 12 Mar 1902, Archibald E. Manning. "

 
 
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 Spouse:
  David Evans (1804 - 1883)*
 
 Children:
  George Coleman Evans (1858 - 1906)*
  Prime Evans (1860 - 1901)*
  Sarah Coleman Evans Taylor (1864 - 1946)*
  Emma Jane Evans Taylor Roberts (1869 - 1942)*
  Ellen Evans Manning (1875 - 1962)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Lehi City Cemetery
Lehi
Utah County
Utah, USA
Plot: 11_8_8
 
Maintained by: Schott Family
Originally Created by: Utah State Historical So...
Record added: Feb 02, 2000
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