The Rev. Dr. Arthur Benoni EVANS DD 1781 - 1854
He was the third child, second son of Lewis EVANS and Anne née NORMAN
Born 25th March 1781 at Compton Beauchamp, Berkshire
Dixie Grammar School
Headmaster of Market Bosworth Free Grammar School, Leicestershire, from 1828 till his death, 8th November 1854 .
Died 8th November 1854 at Market Bosworth, Leicestershire
See TIME and CHANCE by Joan EVANS. Longmans, pub. 1943
Married Anne DICKINSON on June 1819 at Plumstead, Kent, by license. Anne was daughter of Captain Thomas DICKINSON R.N. and Frances de BRISSAC of Bramblebury near Woolwich; she died 10 May 1883 and was buried at Kensal Green.
Their children were –
1. Anne EVANS, 4 June 1820 - 19 Feb. 1870; buried at Kensal Green 24 Feb 1870
2. Arthur EVANS, 9 Jan. 1822 - 21 April 1850; ordained; curate of St John’s Coventry. Buried at Market Bosworth.
3. John EVANS KCB 17 Nov. 1823 - 31 May 1908;
     m. 1) 12 Sept. 1850, his cousin Harriet Ann DICKINSON. She d. leaving five children, 1 Jan 1858 and was buried at Abbot’s Langley, Herts.
     m. 2) 23 July 1859, his cousin Frances PHELPS who died 22 Sept. 1890 and was buried at Abbot’s Langley, Herts.
     m. 3) 9 July 1892 Marie Millington LATHBURY (4 Dec. 1856 - 4 June 1944) - one daughter (Joan Evans)
4. George EVANS, 17 May 1825 - d. in Madeira 25 Jan 1847 and was buried in the Old Cemetery, Funchal.
5. Emma EVANS, 13 Sept. 1828 - 2 June 1905;
     m. 10 Jan 1856 Dr John Waddington HUBBARD MRCS (Member Royal College of Surgeons) of Market Bosworth, Leics. Five children.
6. Sebastian EVANS, 2 March 1830 - 18 Sept. 1909;
     m. 6 April 1858, Elizabeth GOLDNEY dau. of Francis Bennett Goldney Esq. of the Manor House, Brixton. Two children.
From the Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900:
EVANS, ARTHUR BENONI (1781–1854), miscellaneous writer, was born at Compton-Beauchamp, Berkshire, on 25 March 1781. His father, the Rev. Lewis Evans 1753 - 1827, vicar of Froxfield, Wiltshire, was a well-known astronomer, and held for many years the professorship of mathematics at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He married Ann, eldest daughter of Thomas Norman. The second son, Arthur, received his education at the college school, Gloucester, of which his uncle and namesake was head-master, and here he was known as ‘The Bold Arthur,’ from his remarkable personal courage.
He went into residence at St. John's College, Oxford, 23 Oct. 1800, and proceeded B.A. 21 Feb. 1804, M.A. 1820, and B.D. and D.D. 1828.
In addition to his knowledge of the classical languages, he became well versed in Hebrew, French, Italian, Spanish, German, and Icelandic.
He had an excellent ear for music and was a performer on several instruments.
As an artist he sketched in pencil, crayon, and sepia, and his cattle pieces were of eminent merit.
He studied geology and botany, and his knowledge of Greek, Roman, and English coins, of which he had a large collection, was considerable.
He was ordained to the curacy of Hartpury, Gloucester, in August 1804, and after receiving priest's orders in September 1805, was in the following month appointed professor of classics and history in the Royal Military College, then lately established at Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire, and he removed with the college to Sandhurst in October 1812. Resigning this appointment in 1822, he went to Britwell, near Burnham, where he prepared pupils for the universities, and served the curacy of Burnham until 1829, when he accepted the head-mastership of the free grammar school at Market Bosworth, Leicestershire. While resident at that place he held successively the curacies of Bosworth, Carlton, and Cadeby between 1829 and 1841.
He never derived from his clerical profession more than £100. a year. As a schoolmaster he was eminently successful.
In June 1819 he married Anne, third daughter of Captain Thomas Dickinson, R.N., of Bramblebury, near Woolwich, by whom he had six children. She died 10 May 1883, in her ninety-second year.
He died 8th November 1854 at Market Bosworth.
Evans was the author of the following works:
1. ‘Synopses for the use of the Students in the Royal Military Academy.’
2. ‘The Cutter, in five Lectures on the Art and Practice of Cutting Friends, Acquaintances, and Relations,’ 1808.
3. ‘Fungusiana, or the Opinions and Table-talk of the late Barnaby Fungus, Esq.,’ 1809.
4. ‘The Curate and other Poems,’ 1810.
5. ‘Plain Sermons on the relative Duties of the Poor as Parents, Husbands, and Wives,’ 1822.
6. ‘Present National Delusions upon Wisdom, Power, and Riches,’ 1831.
7. ‘Sermons on the Christian Life and Character,’ 1832.
8. ‘Effectual Means of Promoting and Propagating the Gospel,’ 1836.
9. ‘The Phylactery,’ a poem, 1836.
10. ‘Calamus Scriptorius, or Copies for writing Greek,’ 1837.
11. ‘The Fifth of November,’ a sermon, 1838.
12. ‘The Village Church,’ a poem, 1843.
13. ‘Education and Parental Example, in imitation of the XIVth satire of Juvenal,’ a poem, 1843.
14. ‘The Sanctuary Service and not the Sermon the great object of Public Worship,’ 1843.
15. ‘The Layman's Test of the true Minister of the Church of England.’
16. ‘Divine Denunciations against Drinking, or the Word of God more powerful than Pledge-taking.’
17. ‘Leicestershire Words, Phrases, and Proverbs,’ 1848. Reprinted by the English Dialect Society, 1881.
18. ‘Personal Piety, or Aids to Private Prayer for Individuals of all classes,’ 1851.
19. ‘Britain's Wreck, or Breakers Ahead. By an Old Hand on Board,’ 1853.
Of Evans' children:
Anne EVANS, (1820 -1870), wrote poems and music, which in 1880 were edited and published with a memorial preface by Anne Thackeray Ritchie.
John Evans, K.C.B., F.R.S. (1823–1908), was treasurer of the Royal Society (1878–98), president of the Society of Antiquaries (1885–92) and a writer on coins, and stone, bronze, and flint implements.
Emma Evans, (1828 - 1905) was a talented artist who enjoyed watercolours; carving; detailed illustration of birds and flowers.
Sebastian Evans, (1830 - 1909), was a designer for glassworks and a poet; he edited the ‘Birmingham Gazette’ 1867 - 70 and was for some time the editor of ‘The People,’ a conservative Sunday journal.
At Brasenose
By Emma Evans, his daughter
Rev. Arthur Benoni EVANS
By Henry Moseley 1849
Possibly made for spectacles?
A number of sketches made by Arthur Benoni EVANS have recently (2022) been found.
Gloucester Cathedral with River Severn
Old Park, Market Bosworth
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