BEVERLY DANIEL EVANS
The Committee appointed to prepare a Memorial of the life and services of Col. Beverly D. Evans, with suitable resolutions touching his death, submit the following report:
Beverly Daniel Evans was born on Feb. 6th, 1826, at Marion, S. C. His father was Thomas Evans, an influential citizen of that state, and his mother was Jane Beverly Daniel, a member of the celebrated Virginia family of that name.
His father was a merchant, and at one time had acquired considerable wealth; but he became involved in the great panic of 1841 which produced so many financial wrecks and such universal distress.
The parental fortune was swept away, and thus the subject of this memorial was deprived of a Collegiate education, yet such was his thirst for knowledge and such was his intellectual gifts, that he acquired an excellent English education and became quite proficient in the Classics. He taught school and studied Law.
Before he reached his majority he was prepared, by indefatigable industry, to enter the ranks of legal fraternity.
Before the Supreme Court, at Charleston, South Carolina, he was admitted to the bar in January 1847. The examinations of applicants by this court were not the perfunctory affairs which our system of committee examinations so often reveal.
The fact that this youthful wooer of the dry and intricate science of the law was enabled to stand a successful examination before this august tribunal, attests the native vigor of his intellect and the zeal with which he applied himself to the study of Jurisprudence. He removed from South Carolina to Sandersville, Ga., in 1852. Here, for forty-five years, he practiced his profession with eminent success.
He practiced alone for the first three years. In 1855 he formed a law partnership with the late Robt. P. Harman; and they practiced together until 1857. In the latter years he and the late E. S. Langmade became associated in the practice under the long familiar firm name of Langmade & Evans. This partnership continued for twenty years, or until March 1877, when it was dissolved by mutual consent. Col. Evans then practiced alone until 1884, at which time he took his son, B. D. Evans, Jr., into partnership under the firm name of Evans & Evans, which lasted for thirteen years and until dissolved by his death. This is a brief chronicle of his professional career. The records of this Court reveal the success which he achieved in his profession. No ordinary man and lawyer could win so large a clientage, and hold it for nearly half a century. Legal success is not the reward of mental and moral mediocrity. In the profession of the law the race is to the swift and the battle is to the strong.
Col. Evans was a learned and astute lawyer, well trained and thoroughly equipped, he was kind and never unprofessional in his bearing, the result was he had many clients and won many cases.
But one time did he throw down the weapon of the law and abandon his chosen profession during his long career. He was then to become a soldier. He became a soldier of the Confederacy, and Colonel of the 2nd Ga. Reg. of State troops. He was in front of Sherman in his celebrated march to the sea. In the absence of Col. Wilson, he commanded his regiment in the battle of Griswoldville, and behaved with great gallantry. In this engagement he was wounded. When the war was over he returned at once to the practice of law.
There was a tenderer and better side to his character. In 1861 he married Miss Sallie P. Smith, a native of this county. Seven boys and one girl were the fruits of this marriage; of these boys, one died in infancy, and one, Harry, a noble youth, died in the prime of his young manhood. Five boys and a charming daughter survive him. His domestic achievements were no less remarkable than his professional. He was an excellent manager of money, and a splendid trainer of children. He raised five boys to manhood, gave to each an excellent education, and he and his noble wife succeeded in developing them into sober, industrious, upright and successful men. This is high praise, but this couple are entitled to it all.
No man ever loved home, wife and children more than Col. Evans. He was happy in his house-hold, his devotion to his wife and children was tender and constant, he was fond and proud of them and they repaid his devotion with a like affection.
He died March 26, 1897, after he had passed a manís allotted time on earth. The end came suddenly, and yet not without warning.
He survived nearly all of his legal contemporaries. Of those who practiced law here with him when he began but two survive, so far as we now recall, Col. Richard Lee Warthen and Judge James S. Hook. In conclusion we submit the following resolutions"
Resolved, first, That in the death of Col. Beverly D. Evans, this community lost an able, upright and distinguished citizen, this court and our profession one of their chief ornaments, and his family an affectionate husband and a tender father.
Resolved, second, That a blank page on the minutes of this court, inscribed with his name and the date of his birth and death, be left as a perpetual memorial of the esteem in which he was held by this court and his professional brethren.
Resolved, third, That this report and these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of this Court, and that a copy thereof be furnished the family of our deceased brother by the Clerk of this court.
J. N. GILMORE
JAMES K. HINES
JOHN C. HARMAN
BENJ. T. RAWLINGS
STEPH. G. JORDAN
Beverly Daniel Evans (1826 - 1897)
Preamble and Resolutions.
Hon. B. D. Evans, Sen., our lamented fellow citizen who departed this life on March
21st, 1897, came to Sandersville in 1853 and engaged in the active practice
of his profession, rapidly rising in it until he was acknowledged to be one of the
foremost of his profession in all this section of country.
His affable manner, coupled with his integrity and ability, soon made him friends,
who would no permit him to remain only a private citizen, and he was one of the first
elected to fill the honorable and responsible position of Mayor of Sandersville, which
position he well and ably filled to the entire satisfaction of his many friends and
with much credit to himself.
Col. Evans loved his country and was among the first to respond to the call to arms
at the breaking out of the Civil War; and did valiantly struggle during that bloody
period: At its close, he set to work towards the upholding and building up of this
section and his home town, Sandersville being connected with every enterprise calculated
to advance its interest and at the time of his death was President of the board of
Education, doing all in his power towards educating the coming generation.
He was an earnest member of the Baptist Church and his life exemplified its teachings,
and as man and gentleman he was beloved and esteemed by all. Such an one the rude hand
of death has taken from our midst, but what he has done and the example set by him will
live in the minds and hearts of his fellow citizens and his example taken as a guide by
The above but imperfectly portrays some of the life and public services of our
deceased citizen whom we much mourn the loss of, therefore.
Be it resolved: That this section has lost one of its ablest and worthiest citizens, Sandersville a staunch and tried friend. The cause of Education one of its greatest advocates. The church a valued member. His family a beloved and kind father and husband.
Be it further Resolved: That we extend to his bereaved family out heartfelt sympathy, that a copy of this Preamble and Resolutions be spread upon the minutes of the Council, be published in the local papers and that a certified copy under the signature and seal of the Clerk of Council be furnished the family of our esteemed and lamented citizen.
Copy of above as passed by council in session April 5th, 1897.
T. H. ALBEA Mayor pro-tem
HERMANN BASHINSKY, Alderman
H. M. LITTLE, Alderman
B. B. LOVETT JR., Alderman
Published in the Sandersville Chronicle, April 1897
Found in the Scrapbook of his only daughter, Sarah Alice (Evans) Booz
NOTE: The first wife of Col. Evans was Isabella Charlotte Smith, the sister of his second wife, Sallie. Isabella was born 21 December 1837 in Sandersville, Washington Co., GA. She and Col. Evans were married 6 May 1856 in Sandersville. Six weeks later on 30 June 1856, the young bride died of typhoid fever at the residence of Mrs. Jane Beverly (Daniel) Evans in Marion County, SC, where the young couple had gone on their wedding trip. She is buried in the Smith (Jordan) Cemetery in Washington Co., GA. The inscription reads "Isabella Charlotte Evans, age 18 years 6 months, 9 days"
Colonel Evans is buried in the Sandersville Old Cemetery in Sandersville, Georgia.
His inscription reads "Beverly Daniel Evans, C.S.A., b. Marion, S.C., Feb 6, 1826 - Mar 21, 1897."
Submitted by Jane Booz Thompson, 6 Jan 2004.