William Saint Thomas Evison – The Immigrant

This is the story of William Saint Thomas Evison — my great, great, great grandfather and the first of my Evison ancestors to arrive in North America.

Christening - William St Thomas EvisonWilliam Saint Thomas Evison was christened in Hundleby, Lincolnshire (England) on 25 Dec 1807, the son of  John and Elizabeth Evison.

Elizabeth’s maiden name was likely Richardson (further research is needed to verify this).

St Martin's Church, Welton Le Marsh, Lincolnshire

St Martin’s Church, Welton Le Marsh, Lincolnshire

On 23 Oct 1831, in Saint Martin’s Church in Welton Le Marsh, Lincolnshire, William Saint Thomas Evison married Lucy Frost, daughter of Francis and Sarah Frost.  Sarah’s maiden name was likely Coddy.

Lucy was christened in Scrivelsby, Lincolnshire, on 17 Feb 1805.

William Saint Thomas Evison and Lucy Frost had four children — all born/christened in Hogsthorpe, Lincolnshire:

  • Harriet: christened on 9 Dec 1832.  Harriet died in 1841 at age 9.
  • John: christened on 23 Mar 1834 and also died in 1841 at age 7.
  • Francis: born in Nov 1836
  • William: born on 11 May 1839 and christened 9 Jun 1839.   William is my great, great grandfather.

1841 UK Census - William and Lucy Evison and Family

In 1841, William Saint Thomas and Lucy were living in the village of Hogsthorpe with their sons, Francis (age 4) and William (age 2)  Also living with them was Lucy’s illegitimate son, Herman Frost (age 13; born abt 1828).  William Saint Thomas was employed as a tile maker.

1851 UK Census - William and Lucy Evison and FamilyBy 1851, the family moved to Farlesthorpe, Lincolnshire.  William Saint Thomas’s occupation is “brickmaker” and his sons are working as brickmaker’s boys.

Herman Frost is still living in the Evison household, along with his wife, Martha, and their son,  William Shaw Frost (age 2).  More about Herman and his family in a subsequent blog.

Farlesthorpe Brick - geograph.org.uk - 230963
This is the remains of the former Farlesthorpe brickworks where William Saint Thomas and his sons worked.

It is one of the few Scotch kilns to have survived in Lincolnshire.

Photo by: Michael Patterson


Sometime between the 1851 UK census and the 1860 US Census, William Saint Thomas and Lucy and their family immigrated to the United States (see below for Update on 17 Dec 2013)

860 Census - William St Thomas, Lucy and William EvisonIn 1860, William Saint Thomas, Lucy and their son, William, are living together in Sylvania (pronounced: Sih-vain-ee-ah), Lucas County, Ohio (USA).

By 1860, Francis was married and moved to Michigan (USA).  More about Francis in a subsequent blog.

1860 Agriculture Census - William Evison
In the 1860 agricultural census for Sylvania, William Saint Thomas is listed as having 40 acres of improved land worth $500.

He had 2 milk cows, 2 oxen, 1 other cattle and 4 swine, worth $225 — along with 60 bushels of indian corn which presumably was used to feed his livestock.

Sometime after the 1860 US Census,  William Saint Thomas and Lucy’s son, William, married and moved to Middlesex County, Ontario (Canada).

1870 US Census - William and Lucy EvisonIn 1870, William Saint Thomas and Lucy are still living in Sylvania.

Two things are interesting and informative about this census.  One is that it says that William could not read nor write.  The other interesting thing is who is living with them.

Listed in the census is a grandchild by the name of Frank Evison (age 11) and a farm labourer named Alden Wickham.  It took me a while to figure out who Frank and Alden are but I’ll explain in future blogs 😉

As of the date of this blog, I have been unable to find out what happened to William Saint Thomas and Lucy Evison after 1870. (See Update on 27 Dec 2013)

The next blog will be about my great, great grandparents, William Evison and Sarah “Ellen” Wickham

Update on 17 Dec 2013

Passenger List - William and Lucy Evison and SonsI finally found the passenger list for William Saint Thomas and Lucy and their sons, Francis and William!!

The family departed from Liverpool (England) and arrived in New York (USA) on 19 Dec 1853 aboard the ship, West Point. 

William’s occupation is listed as “bookbinder”.

Update on 27 Dec 2013

While researching William’s son, Francis Evison, I finally found where William Saint Thomas Evison is buried!!

Death - Ann, William St Thomas and Frank Evison

This is a transcription of the people buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci, Lenawee County, Michigan.  According to the transcription, William Saint Thomas Evison died on 1 Feb 1879 in Seneca (Michigan).  He was 72 years old and died of erysipelas — a bacterial infection of the upper layer of skin.

William Saint Thomas is buried in the same plot (plot #96) as his son, Francis, his son’s second wife, Ann, and their infant son, Frank.

untitledI e-mailed the person who did the transcriptions and asked if she would go to the cemetery and take a photograph of the headstones.

In her e-mail reply, she explained that the transcriptions were taken from the original Sexton’s Records and burial cards kept at City Hall in Morenci. Her husband was Mayor at the time and she had access to those records and was able to transcribe them.

She attached a photograph that she took of the headstone for Francis and Ann Evison and explained that there isn’t a marker for William Saint Thomas or Frank — but that the lot is very large, so they are likely buried in the same plot.

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