by Annette Edwards

Oliver John Evans was born in Wrexham in 1850; he was the son of Robert Evans who was a miller from Llanwrst and Mary Jones from Wrexham. His parents had a mill in Pentrefelin, Wrexham but later moved to Maes y Coed, Caerwys, and then by 1871 they moved to Halghton Mill, just outside Hanmer,  Oliver was  working with his father who owned the mill.

There were 3 other sons, William Robert, Arthur Llewellyn and Ebenezer Daniel.

Oliver came from a Methodist family; both his parents were very well known in the community for their work within the church.

In 1877 Oliver got married and there was a report in the papers.

Marriage – March 25th, 1877 at Zion Chapel, Llanrwst, by the Rev. W. R. Jones, the minister of the chapel, Mr. Oliver Jones Evans, Halghton Mills, Wrexham, to Miss Lizzie Jones, second daughter of Mr. John.Jones, Bodgwynedd, Llanrwst

He carried on working at the mill and had 3 children born there – Margaret, Robert and Mary.

Oliver’s political views are clear; he is named in an article in the newspaper.

On 17 Jan 1891 a Primrose League meeting was held at Bangor is y Coed, the Primrose League was founded in 1883 by a group that included Lord Randolph Churchill and named after Disraeli’s favourite flower, the league’s aim was to promote Toryism across the country. It was particularly keen to harness the women’s vote; membership was soon to be open to women, who joined in droves.

The open meeting of the “Hundred of Maelor Habitation, No. 723”  was held in the Girls’ Schoolroom, when there was a large number present,  among those was Mr Oliver Evans, Halghton Mill .

In May 1892 Oliver was one of many people who attended the Wynnstay Hunt Horse Show at Overton; the president was Sir W. W. Wynn, and Oliver was obviously on the guest list.  He was also a member of the Halghton Parish Council and attended many meetings to discuss local affairs.

Margaret died in 1899 aged just 21. She was buried on 29 April 1899. Elizabeth (Lizzie) died the following year aged 47; she was buried with Margaret on 1 March 1900.

Oliver still ran the mill,  but he  wasn`t  there for the  1901 census  as he was in Birkenhead visiting Ferdinand Thomas who was a corn merchant, probably on business matters.

The only members of his family there were his children Robert who was a solicitor’s clerk and Mary.

Oliver died 10 August 1907, his probate states he was of Halghton mill, a farmer and miller. Administration to William Robert Evans, solicitor, who was his brother. Effects of £1814 8s.

It seems that with Olivers death the Evans connection with the  mill ended as there are no members of the family  there in 1911.

Wrexham Cemetery 2017-12-04

Source: Researched by Annette Edwards. August 2018. Photograph by Graham Lloyd

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