Daniel Evans was born in Caernarvonshire, Wales, in 1743, and came to America in 1752 with his father, Lewis, who settled ion Vincent township. Daniel was a schoolmate of Gen. Anthony Wayne, and on the latter's retreat from Paoli to Warwick Furnace he encamped one night on Danaiel's farm. Daniel, who died in 1820, married Esther Benner, and their third son and fourth child was Ezra, who married Eliza King, of German extraction, to whom were born two children,--Jesse Benner and Newton. Of these, Jesse Benner Evans was born Oct. 3, 1824, and was raised on a farm. receiving the education the public schools afforded. He was married July 16, 1850, to Sarah S. Wagonseller, daughter of Jacob Wagonseller, of Union County, by whom he has had six children: Franklin; Eliza, married to Clark Pierson, editor of Lambertville (N.J.) 'Record;' Lewis Wilmer; Martha K.; Abigail; and Gertrude. In early life he studied dentistry, and practiced his profession at Phoenixville until 1855, when he removed to the farm of ninety-seven acres he now owns, and where he has since resided. He has served seven years as school director, and one term as justice of the peace, and is now on his second one as magistrate. He is a member of the Windsor Baptist Church, with his family, and to which he liberally contributes. He was originally a Democrat, but on the repeal of the "Missouri Compromise," in 1854, attached himself to the Republican party.
Belongs to the Patrons of Husbandry, and has been Master of Grange Lodge,
No. 53. In 1853 he joined Phoenix Lodge, No. 75, A. and Y.M., and was
afterwards a charter member of Williamson Lodge, No. 309, of Downingtown,
of which he was its second Worshipful Master. He subsequently as a charter
member aided in the organization of Mount Pickering Lodge, No. 446, of
which he was the first Worshipful Master, and to which he yet belongs. His
farm lies on the State road from West Chester to Pottstown, midway between
them, and his post office is Uwchlan. He is a gentleman of deserved high
standing in the community, as is well attested by the many responsible
positions to which he has been chosen.