Richard Evans

Richard Evans was born on 26 Aug 1797 probably in The Red Lion Inn in Wolverhampton. He was baptized at St Peter’s Collegiate Church in Wolverhampton on 27 September 1800. We have a glass rummer monogrammed ‘RE’ that dates from his childhood or even christening.

Richard Evans

Richard Evans

Richard would have been brought up in the surrounds of the coaching business. His father, by all accounts was highly involved in all aspects of the business which clearly involved dealing with people of all classes – from traveling dignitaries to stable hands. It appears that Richard (jnr) took over a new venture in the New Hotel in Wolverhampton that was set up in about 1820. The best account of this can be found in Charles George Harper “The Holyhead Road”

In 1824 he married Mary Shaw-Hellier and had a large family. It is clear he became very wealthy in this period as a large number of artifacts still remain in family possession. This wealth may largely have come from the successful coaching business but it would also appear that Mary received a considerable inheritance in the 1830’s. Crested Silver that we have is hallmarked in the 1820’s so the family were acting the part of the gentry even if they were keenly engaged in commerce. In the 1841 census, taken a few months after Richard Evans’ father’s death Richard is listed as a farmer of 950 acres with 44 labourers. He was living at Pendeford Hall a large mansion which was rented from the Fowler family from about 1825-1860.

His bachelor brother Thomas was at this time engaged in the horse breeding and trading business as we have his stud book dated 1833. With the advent of the railway the days of the stage coach were numbered. It is recounted by ‘Nimrod’ how in 1838 the “Wonder” stage coach beat the train in a race from London to Wolverhampton, but the writing was on the wall. The diversification into becoming landed gentry was however also a difficult financial move because of rapidly falling agricultural prices. We have a telling drawing of this period that shows the dramatic decline of “The Wonder” – together with a little poem. It could have been drawn by Sarah Evans, his only daughter.

The challenges were considerable for Richard’s six surviving sons. The eldest son, Richard, seems to have traveled to Canada and then been a lawyer in London but although mentioned in his mother’s will in 1879 we know very little else about him. Charles went to Australia and founded an Evans dynasty over there with whom we are still in contact. Thomas abandoned his family and also ended up in Australia. Some of the Agard Evans family, descended from Thomas, ended up in Switzerland. Daguerreotypes exist of all these children.

Richard Evans Daguerreotype

This website has more information on the youngest son Henry Evans who became a Bank Manager and who with his sister Sarah inherited most of the family heirlooms at their mother’s death in 1878.


Family of Richard EVANS and Mary SHAW-HELLIER

Husband:Richard EVANS (1797-1859)
Wife:Mary SHAW-HELLIER (1801-1878)
Children:Richard EVANS (1825-c. 1879)
Thomas EVANS (1826-aft1910)
James EVANS (1827-1872)
Sarah EVANS (1828-1890)
Charles EVANS (1830-1916)
John EVANS (1832-1833)
Edward EVANS (1834-1835)
George EVANS (1836- )
William EVANS (1838-aft1911)
Henry EVANS (1840-1923)
Marriage2 Mar 1824Wombourne
Witnesses Thomas Evans, Elizabeth Meredith, Elizabeth Evans

Husband: Richard EVANS

Name:Richard EVANS1
Father:Richard EVANS (1768-1841)
Mother:Sarah STYLES (bap.1775, d.1812)
Birth26 Aug 1797Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
Red Lion Inn
Baptism27 Sep 1800 (age 3)St Peter’s Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton
Occupation1820 (age 22-23)Proprietor of Carriage Business buying out the business from his father; Bew Hotel, Wolverhampton
Portrait1840 (age 42-43)Pair of Portraits (DJM)
Occupation1851 (age 53-54)Landowner 950 acres and 44 Labourers
Death17 Mar 1859 (age 61)Pendeford Hall, Staffordshire


Father:James SHAW-HELLIER (1759-1827)
Mother:Elizabeth BADDELEY (bap.1766, d.1835)
Birth27 Feb 1801Dudley, Staffordshire
Baptism21 Apr 1801 (age 0)St Thomas, Dudley
Death6 Dec 1878 (age 77)Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton

Child 1: Richard EVANS

Name:Richard EVANS
Spouse:Louisa WATSON (1832-1898)
Birth24 Mar 1825Wolverhampton
Baptism25 Mar 1825 (age 0)St Peters Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton
Occupation1851 (age 25-26)Attorney
Occupation1853 (age 27-28)bankrupt
Src London Gazette (4167)
Deathc. 1879 (age 53-54)2
Mentionned in mothers will

Child 2: Thomas EVANS

Name:Thomas EVANS
Spouse:Sarah Amelia AGARD (1828-1893)
Birth5 Apr 1826Wolverhampton
Baptism9 Apr 1826 (age 0)St Peters Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton
Occupation1861 (age 34-35)Maltster and Farmer; Gunstone
Occupation1871 (age 44-45)Retired Farmer
Emigrationc. 1875 (age 48-49)from Leaves family and goes to Australia
Deathaft 1910 (age 83-84)Australia

Child 3: James EVANS

Name:James EVANS
Birth20 Jun 1827Wolverhampton
Baptism26 Jun 1827 (age 0)St Peters Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton
Occupation1861 (age 33-34)Auctioneer
Occupation1871 (age 43-44)No occupation aged 43 years
Death6 Apr 1872 (age 44)Wolverhampton

Child 4: Sarah EVANS

Name:Sarah EVANS
Spouse:Charles Richard Ogden EVANS (1824-1890)
Birth23 Sep 1828Wolverhampton3
Baptism30 Sep 1828 (age 0)St Peters Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton
Will1880 (age 51-52)Executor of Henry’s will – prior to Henry’s marriage
Artefact1880 (age 51-52)Sewing Box – Wood/Mother of Pearl
Residence1881 (age 52-53)With Brother Henry – Tettenhall, Staffordshire
Death28 Sep 1890 (age 62)Monkstown, Co Cork

Child 5: Charles EVANS

Name:Charles EVANS
Spouse:Eleanor DAVIS (1846-1909)
Birth6 Nov 1830Wolverhampton
Baptism11 Nov 1830 (age 0)St Peters Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton
Emigration1852 (age 21-22)from Went to Australia
Death24 Aug 1916 (age 85)Gisborne, New Zealand

Child 6: John EVANS

Name:John EVANS
Birth23 Oct 1832Wolverhampton
Death20 Nov 1833 (age 1)

Child 7: Edward EVANS

Name:Edward EVANS
Birth20 Jul 1834Wolverhampton
Death6 May 1835 (age 0)

Child 8: George EVANS

Name:George EVANS
Spouse 1:Alice DAY (1838-c. 1881)
Spouse 2:Emily CORBETT (1840-aft1901)
Birth14 May 1836Tettenhall, Staffordshire
Occupation1861 (age 24-25)Ironmasters Clerk
Residence1881 (age 44-45)Seals, Derbyshire (1881 census)
Occupation1881 (age 44-45)Commercial Traveller Coal

Child 9: William EVANS

Name:William EVANS
Spouse:Elizabeth EDWARDS (1842-aft1911)
Birth22 Jan 1838Tettenhall, Staffordshire
Occupation1861 (age 22-23)Wine, Beer and Spirit Merchant; Merchants Clerk
Deathaft 1911 (age 72-73)
Correspondence in 1911 from Roby Liverpool trying to establish if Thomas (85) is still alive in Australia

Child 10: Henry EVANS

Name:Henry EVANS
Spouse:Florence Eliza (Floss) MARTEN (1858-1922)
Birth2 Jun 1840Pendeford Hall, Staffordshire4
Education1854 (age 13-14)Bridgnorth School, Shropshire
Occupation1881 (age 40-41)Bank Cashier
Occupation1901 (age 60-61)Bank Manager
Death1 Jul 1923 (age 83)Hagley


1“Pendeford Hall”. Text From Source: Lived at Pendeford Hall, rented from Thomas Fowler
2“Mary Evans Will”. Text From Source: Left £200
3“Evans Family Bible”.
4“Marten Family Tree says 2 June 1841”.
Last updated on 28 February 2019 by JJ Morgan