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Evans, Frederick William (1808-1893), reformer and Shaker elder  

Elizabeth Kolmer

Evans, Frederick William (09 June 1808–06 March 1893), reformer and Shaker elder, was born in Leominster, England, the son of George Evans, a soldier in the English army, and Sarah White. Because of his mother’s death when he was four and the absence of his father on military service, Frederick was cared for by relatives and, after a brief attendance at school in Stourbridge, received only a practical education at Chadwick Hall, his relatives’ 500-acre English estate. In 1820 at age twelve he emigrated with his father and brother George to the United States, where he worked for the next ten years on reform causes with his brother. These ten years composed another phase of informal education for Evans during which he and his brother published several reform newspapers, among them the ...