EVANS Riverside Cemetery

Riverside Cemetery, Adams County, Colorado

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Martha Trench Evans commissioned Denver architect John James Huddart to design the Evans family mausoleum, built ca. 1889.

Widow Martha Washington Evans, b. ca 1830 New York, wife of Thomas Evans, a native of Maryland, states in the 1880 Hannibal, Marion County, Missouri Federal Census that her father was born in Scotland and her mother in England.   Living with Martha in Hannibal are sons James Porter Evans, age 19, and Frank Joseph Evans, age 22, and his wife Lena, age 20, born ca. 1860 in Illinois.

Sometime between 1881 and 1885 the Evans family moved to Denver, Colorado.  In the 1885 Colorado State census son Frank Joseph Evans, b. ca. 1859, Ohio,  and wife Lena have one daughter named Mary E. Evans, born ca 1881 in  Missouri.

James Porter Evans, born November 29, 1860, Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio married Isabella Nesmith, the 7th of October 1891 in Denver.  Isabella, born June 13, 1859 in Pittsfield, Pike County, Illinois, was the daughter of John Wellington Nesmith and Elizabeth Dickson.

The Nesmith family arrived in Colorado in 1860, settling in Gilpin County where Isabella's father engaged in mining.  By 1879 John Wellington Nesmith was employed as the manager of Colorado Iron Works.  Daughter Isabella Nesmith Evans worked for Colorado Iron Works as its secretary and treasurer. Colorado Iron Works made the steel superstructure for the Brown Palace Hotel.