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Reverend Marcus Asbury EVANS was born in Putnam County, Indiana, on January 15, 1854, the second child of Reverend Marcus Lindsay and Elizabeth (HETSER) EVANS. He accompanied the family to southern Iowa when he was two-years-old. This was a 600-mile journey with a team of oxens. Upon reaching southern Iowa, they resided in a tent until they could build a home.

On March 29, 1877, Marcus married Eliza Caroline WERTZ. They were the parents of two daughters: Anna and Grace.

Rev. EVANS served as an Evangelical Church minister for five years, serving as the pastor of the Ringgold City Evangelical Church for a term of 1888-1892 and 1895 to 1897. In 1919, the EVANS family moved from their farm home near Russell, Iowa, into town.

Eliza Caroline (WERTZ) EVANS was born on January 1, 1859 in Adamsville, Gallia County, Ohio, one of 10 children born to Jacob H. and Sophia Ann WERTZ. They traveled down the Ohio River, then up the Mississippi River to Burlington, Iowa. From Burlington, the family traveled by rail to Eddyville, Iowa, reaching Lucas County by stage coach. Eliza attended country school in Benton Township.

Rev. EVANS died on July 23, 1944. Eliza died on August 23, 1937. They were interred at Russell Cemetery, Russell, Lucas County, Iowa.

Anna Elizabeth EVANS was born in Lucas County, Iowa on January 17, 1878, and died in 1966, Des Moines, Iowa. She was the wife of William Emery PARSONS (1878-1937). Anna and William were interred at Russell Cemetery.

Grace Ethel EVANS was born in Lucas County, Iowa, on Septemer 25, 1880, and died in 1970, Des Moines, Iowa. She married George Harrison McNEELEY (1875-1953). Grace and George were interred at Russell Cemetery.

Submission by Sharon R. Becker, May of 2010

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