Isaiah E (!st Sgt) Evans

BirthDec. 25, 1844
DeathJan. 10, 1935
CemeteryKenesaw (Kenesaw)
PostMathies (Kenesaw)
Unit49th Wisconsin Infantry, Company E

First Sergeant Isaiah E. Evans

Company E, 49th Wisconsin Infantry

Evans was born in Blossburgh (Tioga County), Pennsylvania on December 25, 1844. He was residing in Spring Green (Sauk County), Wisconsin when he enlisted and was mustered as a sergeant on February 7, 1865. He was promoted to first sergeant during his tour of duty. Evans served 9 months before being mustered out on November 8, 1865 at St Louis, Missouri.

The 49th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Madison between December 24, 1864 and March 5, 1865. The unit was sent to Missouri and assigned to garrison and guard duty at Rolla and St Louis. The regiment was mustered out on November 8, 1865.

Evans died on January 10, 1935 at the age of 90 years. He is buried in the Kenesaw Cemetery in Kenesaw (Adams County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Mathies Post (#155) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Kenesaw. In addition, he was a member of the Meade Post (#19) of the GAR in Sutton, Nebraska.

The “Find-a-Grave” website offers an excellent account of his life after the Civil War. Some of the items include:

1878 – married Emma Williams. The couple had 3 children.

1880 – moved to Sutton, Nebraska and established a newspaper.

1887 – bought and laid out the town site of Stockham, Nebraska.

1896 – moved to Kenesaw and operated a farm.

1898 – elected to the Nebraska House of Representatives.

1900 – appointed supervisor of the 5th Nebraska District of the 1900 Census.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.