Petersburg Observer October 18, 1907
Death of Mrs. Bettie Evans.
Bettie Rollins was born a slave in Boydton, Va., Aug., 15, 1856, and there grew to womanhood. She was married to Richmond Evans in 1865. To them were born eight children, only one, Nannie May, survives. Her late husband died six years ago. Their oldest child, John, was the first colored child born in Petersburg.
For the past year Mrs. Evans has been a great suffer (sic) and death came a welcome messenger.
The death of Rev. Charles Evans, for many years a well known minister and evangelist of the Christian church, occurred last Saturday morning, February 1, 1930, at the Jacksonville hospital at the age of 71 years.
Deceased was born in Bement, Illinois, May 15, 1858. He served as minister and evangelist in several cities of Illinois and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He was engaged in evangelistic work for many years in Illinois and was instrumental in building many churches, several of them in Illinois.
He was engaged in the life insurance for some years in which he had an enviable reputation record. He left the insurance to re-enter the ministry having held his last pulpit in Ancona, Illinois.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Anna Hale Evans of this city; and two sons, Robert and Miller Evans both of Cleveland, Ohio. His first wife, Mrs. Jennie Miller Evans, died in 1903 in Portland, Oregon.
His two sons and their wives, Johannah and Ida arrived here Sunday night from Cleveland, Ohio.
Funeral services were held at the family residence in this city, Tuesday morning, February 4, at 10 o'clock, Rev. Lester R. Gerber of the Christian church officiating. The services were under the auspices of Van Meter Lodge of A.F. & A.M.
Interment was made in the cemetery at Bement.
Contributed by:Bertha Emmett
Petersburg Observer, Saturday, March 28, 1903
John Evans, (colored) died at his home in Chicago, Monday and the remains were brought to this city. Funeral services were held at the home of his mother, Mrs. Bettie Evans Wednesday, March 25, 1903. Interment in Oakland Cemetery.
Contributed by:Jeanie Lowe
Petersburg Observer June 1, 1910
Death of Mary Anna Evans
She was born in Bedford, Va., in 1855. She came to Petersburg in 1876. She was married twice. Her first husband, Mr. Brown, dying, she subsequently married Mr. Evans, who died in 1901. She had two children, Sylvester Brown, who died in 1883, and Joe Brown, who survives her, a resident of this city. She is also survived by her mother Mrs. Nancy Christy, of this place, and a brother of Bowling Green, Mo.
The funeral was held from the Colored Baptist church, of this city, of which she was an honored and highly respected member, Saturday morning, conducted by Rev. J.A. Crockett of Decatur. Interment at Oakland cemetery.