John Henry was born on October 05, 1815 in Warren County, Tennessee. He was the son of Charles Evans and Sarah Blackburn. John married Nancy Caroline Cantrell on June 15, 1834 in Cannon County, Tennessee. Nancy was born on October 28, 1816 in Jefferson City, Jefferson County, Tennessee and was the daughter of Stephen Cantrell and Elizabeth Hurd.
Stephen was born Abt. 1790 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Elizabeth was born Abt. 1791 in Grainger, Tennessee. Stephen died Abt. 1850 in Cannon, Tennessee.
John served as Justice of the Peace for District 7 in Cannon County, Tennessee from 1852 until he resigned on January 4, 1853 and then moved to Anderson County, Texas.
Source: "Tennessee Probate Court Books, 1795-1927," images, FamilySearch
(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-2T5H-B9?cc=1909088&wc=M6QQFZS%3A179633501%2C179833101 : 22 May 2014), Cannon > Minutes, 1850-1857, Vol.
C > image 132 of 334; county courthouses, Tennessee
The 1850 census records show that John and Nancy lived in District 7, Cannon, Tennessee. The 1860 census shows that they lived in Beat 5, Anderson County, Texas.
County Tax Rolls of Texas, 1846-1910 show that in 1858, 1860, 1861, 1862, 1864, 1867, and 1868 John H. Evans paid taxes in Anderson County, Texas.
I have been unable to definitively find and prove date of death for either John Henry or Nancy. They are both listed on the 1880 Census of Johnson County, Texas taken on June 9, 1880 as living with their son John H. Evans. John Henry was 64 and Nancy was 63 years old. The date of a letter John Henry wrote to his daughter and son-in-law, William Artice and Nancy Cook was dated January 6, 1882. So I can only surmise their death's were after that, not on that date as some other sources has stated and that they may have died in Johnson County not Anderson County, Texas.
John and Nancy’s children:
Dorinda Caroline Evans
Dora Jane Evans
Sarah Jane Evans
Margaret Ann Evans
Nancy Elizabeth Evans b. October 23, 1840; d. June 12, 1921; m. William Artice Cook
David Benjamin Evans
William Blackburn Evans
David Bluford Evans
Joseph Smith Evans
Martha Emaline Evans
Mary Leona Evans
James Anderson Evans
John Hennegar Evans
Elizabeth Evaline Evans
Andrew Floyd Evans
James B. Evans
Land plat of land owned by John Henry Evans in Anderson County, Texas. Land owned by his son J.A. is shown to the west and a relative of Nancy's borders John Henry's to the east
Grantee: EVANS, JOHN H Patentee: EVANS, JOHN H Survey 1: EVANS, J H Patent Date: 03 Feb 1858 Abstract Number: 270 Location: Anderson County, TX Certificate: 78 Patent Volume: 15 Longitude-95.6617216873835 Latitude 31.9612609151303
Google Maps Information: 31°57'40.5"N 95°39'42.2"W Frankston Independent School District, TX X86Q+G8 Bois D'Arc, Texas
The following are transcripts provided by various relatives of the preceding letters: