Ellen B. Merritt married George W Evans in Iowa in 1884 (1910 Census records show they were married 26 years, which would be approximately 1884).

George W. Evans was born in Dec 1844 in Ohio, to Aaron and Barbary Evans. In 1856, he is 15 years of age, living with his parents in Pioneer Township, Cedar County, PO Lisbon.  Aaron is 35 years old, listed as a farmer born in Ohio. They had been living in Iowa since 1853. Aaron is listed as a native voter, and militia is also checked. He had 10 acres of spring wheat, with 200 bushels harvested. He had 26 acres of corn with 1300 bushels harvested, and ˝ acre of potatoes with 40 bushels harvested. He sold 40 hogs valued at a total of $200.00 and manufactured 100 lbs of butter. His wife Barbary was 38, also born in Ohio. They had a daughter Ann, aged 15, and George, aged 11, both born in Ohio, and Ema, born in Iowa.

According to Iowa Cemetery Records, Aaron died Jul 09, 1857.

Barbary is listed as Barbara in the 1860 Census; she continues to live in Pioneer Township, Cedar County, PO Lisbon, and is the head of the house. Anna is 16, George is 14, Emma is 4 and Elnora is 2. There is also an Alice Paltz age 10 living with them, also born in Ohio.  Value of person estate is $360.00.

In 1870, the Evans family is living in Pioneer Township, Cedar County, PO Mechanicsville in 1870, but Anna is no longer living with them- unable to find her in the census, she may have married or died. George is 21, Emma is 14 and Elenora is 12. Value of personal estate is $1150.

In 1880, George is living with Barbary in Fairview Township in Shelby County. There are a lot of Evans in Shelby, it is possible they moved to be near family.

In 1880, Ellen was living with sister Maggie and Jacob Sutzen in Pioneer Township, Cedar County, and Julia and John are living in Shelby. She may have met George through John and Julia, or she may have known the family when they both lived in Cedar County,  Iowa.
In 1885, George and Ellen are living in Shelby, with baby Vinnie and Barbary. In Mary Merritt’s will in 1889, they are listed as living in Botna, Shelby County, Iowa. George is listed as a farmer in 1892, Shelby, Shelby Township, Iowa

In 1900, they are located in Jefferson Twp in Shelby County, Iowa, and have 4 more children. Vinnie is 16, William, 13, Charlie 11, Agnes 8, and Kate is 5. Barbary continues to live with them. According to the census, she had 5 children and 3 are living. Her father was from Pennsylvania and mother was from Maryland.  I was not able to find any of George’s sisters in the Iowa Marriage Index.

In 1905 the family is listed in Botna, Shelby County census records: George, Vinnie, William, Aggie, Katie and Barbra.  We know from the Mt Olivet Cemetery List of Manilla, Crawford County, Iowa, that Iowa Cemetery Records that Charlie died at age 14, in 1903. http://www.rootsweb.com/~iacrawfo/mtolivetcem2.html

In 1907 they moved to Ortley, South Dakota. According to my grandpa, Clem Pugh, they moved onto a farm that was four miles west of Summit, South Dakota.

March 1, 1907 Summit Signal

George Evans and family of Shelby, Iowa arrived with a carload of machinery and household goods Thursday, they intend to make the old Tolbout farm their home.

In 1910 they are in Ortley Township, Roberts county, Barbara is no longer with them, and neither is Vinnie, as she is now married.

Jan 27, 1910  Married: Miss Vinnie Evans and Mr. Charles Edwards at Webster Wednesday morning. The bride is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Evans and is highly respected by all who know her. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwards of Botna, Iowa, where he and his bride both resided until coming to Summit some three years ago. After a reception held at the home of the bride's parents the happy couple left for a visit with relatives in Iowa. We join in extending congratulations.

George died in 1913, and Ellen died in 1918. George is buried at Hope Lutheran Cemetery in Summit; and Ellen is buried in St Lawrence Cemetery in Milbank, next to William and Kate.

Vinnie and Charles are living in Botna, Shelby County in 1915, and Hartington, Cedar, Nebraska in 1920. They have the following children:





Winnifred (Peggy)

b. 1910 Waubay, SD

died 1980 in Oregon

None known

Howard (Pete)

b. 1912, Waubay, SD

Died 1993 in  Oregon

Cleone Dorcas Watkins- 6 children

Dorothy Ellen

B 31 Jan 1915-Botna, Iowa

30 Dec 1917 Botna Iowa



b. 1921 Emerson Nebraska

died 1945 Germany, WW II



b. 1923 Sioux City, Iowa

died 1924, Emerson Nebraska


Dorothy L

b 1927  Emerson, Nebraska

died 2002 Sioux City, IA.

Albert Ackerman

The 1920 and 1930 census records show William and Kate in Adams Township, Grant County, which is near Revillo.  They never married.

Agnes married John Popp in 1915 and they moved to Waubay, SD.  Agnes and John are buried in the Waubay Catholic Cemetery.

23 Jun 1915 Grant County Review


A large gathering of friends were assembled at the Annunciation church of Revillo last Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock to witness the marriage ceremony that united John Popp and Agnes Evans in wedlock. The usual Catholic service was used and the bride gowned in white, and standing beside the groom in blue presented a picture that well illustrated the sanctity of the holy rites of marriage. The brides maid was Kathryn Evans, who wore a gown of reseda green satin and net. Mr Jake Popp, of St Cloud, attended the groom. Not often are congratulations more heartily given than those which the happy pair received as they stood in front of the altar after the solemn words had been uttered. After the bridal party antoed (?) to the Evans home where a wedding breakfast was served. The only out of town guest was Jake Popp of St Cloud. The bride and groom departed the same day on an auto tour to St. Cloud where the groom's parents reside. The bride wore a going away suit of Belgium blue poplin. They will be at home after August 23rd. The bride is well and favorably known and a young lady of whom we can only say words of praise. In her social life she had the admiration of many.

Agnes and John had four children, James, Lorraine and Loris (twins) and Mary Ellen.