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Dr. William R. Evans, Biography

from Mercer County, Kentucky – Biographies

Dr. William R. Evans, a native of Mecklenburg County, Virginia, was born September 11, 1826, and is a son of Ludwell and Jane B. (Hardy) Evans, who came to Nicholas County, Kentucky, the same year.  In 1833 they moved to Mercer County, where Ludwell Evans died in 1874, aged eighty-three years, his wife having died several years previously, aged sixty-three.  Ludwell and his wife were of Welsh and English descent, respectively.  At the age of fifteen William R. Evans, having completed the courses commonly taught in the schools in the neighborhood of his father’s farm, entered Bacon College at Harrodsburg, Kentucky.  Having pursued the curriculum couse of that institution for two or three years, he began to read medicine with Drs. Scales and McBrayer of Harrodsburg,  He was a graduate from the medical department of the University of Louisville in 1850 and the following year was appointed assistant demonstrator of anatomy for the same institution and as such, with slight intermissions, served until the spring of 1855, also acting as private assistant to S. D. Gross, professor of surgery.  He followed his profession in the interior of the State for awhile, and in the winter of 1862, went to Philadelphia, and further pursued his studies under Professor Samuel D. Gross.  he resumed active practice in Louisville, but failing health led to his purchasing a farm in the vicinity of Danville, where he combined agriculture with his medical practice.  The doctor was a member of the Boyle County Association, and has served repeatedly as delegate to the American Medical Association.  He was married, October 18, 1855, to Mary J. Lee Forsythe, of Mercer County, daughter of Andrew and Narcissa (McAfee) Forsythe (see sketch of the Forsythe family elsewhere).  Four children have been born to the doctor and his wife, viz.:  Jennie Lee (now Mrs. J. S. Robinson), William L., Mary R. (now Mrs. C. T. Worthington) and Andrew F.  The family are members of the Christian Church.  In 1876 Dr. Evans removed to the city of Danville, his present place of residence, in order to avail himself of its superior educational advantages for his children.

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