We have found the following information about Jane (Kilburn) Evans:
Her tombstone: The two tombstones for Jane M Evans (one older and one newer) at the Lombard Cemetery in Lombard, Illinois list her birth date as Sept 8, 1833 and a death date of Sept 23, 1874. The newer one lists Jane on the same stone as Thomas. Images can be found at FindAGrave.
The 1855 New York census of Owego, County of Tioga shows Thos Evans, Jr, age 30, born in England with wife Jane M Evans, age 24, born in Oswego?, and son Alfred who we believe is actually their son Arthur, age 1, born in Tioga. The census also tells us that Thomas and Jane moved to Owego around 1853 (two years before the census was taken.)
The 1860 Federal Census of Owego, Tioga, NY dated August 31 shows Thomas Evans, age 36, a jeweler with personal property valued at $400, born in England, Jane Evans, age 27, born in N Y, Arthur T, age 6, Stella, age 4, and Maggie E, age 1.
The 1865 New York census of Owego taken on June 13th shows Thomas Evans, age 40, born in England, a merchant, Jane his wife, age 32, born in Oswego?, Arthur T, age 11, born in Tioga, Stella, age 8 born in Tioga, Maggie E, age 5, born in Tioga. We think the last name is Donna who was born on June 4th and believe her name is crossed off, possibly because the census reflected the population as of June 1st.
We haven’t found a this family in the 1870 census records but the 1880 census record shows Thomas, a widow is listed with or next door to the above children in Lombard, Illinois. Thomas is living with his daughter’s family in Hyde Park in the 1900 census which also shows he immigrated in 1834. The 1910 census shows he immigrated in 1835.
Death records of Jane’s children Arthur T Evans, Margaret Elizabeth (Evans) Patrick, and Donna Lovilla (Evans) Shackford all list their mother as Jane Kilburn born in New York. We don’t know when or where Stella Stella Jane (Evans) Towne died.
We’re still looking for:
A birth record for Jane.
Jane mentioned in the 1850 census. We’ve found a few Jane Kilburn’s but nothing to connect those specific Jane Kilborn’s with this Jane.
A marriage record for Thomas and Jane.
Any information about Jane’s death – a death record or mention in the newspaper or information about the newer gravestone….
And we have looked but sometimes someone else can find documents we just can’t seem to find.
We’re pretty confident that the above information shows that Jane Kilburn who was born in New York was the wife of Thomas Evans of Owego NY and Lombard, IL, that she lived in New York and most likely died in or near Dupage, Illinois where she was buried.
We have noticed that a few individuals who use Ancestry are listing Thomas’ wife as a different Jane – Jane Bartram, that some show the marriage in England, and reflect him as living in England at the same time the above census records show Thomas and Jane in New York. While Thomas could have had two wives named Jane, we suspect there was a different Thomas Evans who married a Jane Bartram and that Jane probably has different birth and death dates than those shown for this Jane. We hope the above information helps these folks to update the data they have shared in Ancestry as there are many other folks who may copy this incorrect information they see.
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1855 New York State Census, Tioga County, population schedule, Owego, page 56, Dwelling 457, Thos Evans; digital images, Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 January 2014).
1860 United States Federal Census, Tioga County, New York, population schedule, Oswego, page 190, dwelling 1671, Thomas Evans; digital images,Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 January 2014).
1865 New York State Census, Tioga County, population schedule, Owego, Page 23, dwelling 174, Thomas Evans; digital images, Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 June 2017).
Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 23 May 2017), Jane N Evans, Find A Grave Memorial# 23629923.
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