Margaret Evans

Name: Margaret Evans (Gray)
Birth Date: 1830
Birth Place: Bowdoinham, Maine, USA
Death Date: 1906
Death Location: Denver, Colorado, USA


Margaret Gray Evans was born in 1830 in Bowdoinham, Maine to a wealthy, seafaring family. She was one of four daughters of the Hon. Samuel Gray. One of four sisters, each married a Chicago business man. In 1852 she married Dr. John Evans and they moved to Evanston in 1855. They built a house (no longer standing) on the north side of Clark St. between Hinman and Judson Ave. and had two children. While living in Evanston, Margaret Evans helped found the American Methodist Ladies’ Centenary Association and was a trustee for the Evanston College for Ladies. She is probably best known in Evanston for giving the community its name, naming it after her husband, a founder of Northwestern University.

She is known in Evanston for giving the “final form to the name of Chicago’s classic suburb” (Willard, 219).

Quotes: When assessing the prejudice women experience when entering the legal profession she wrote, "Nothing save a blast from Gabriel's trumpet can dispel these lifetime prejudices" (Chicago Legal News, June 14, 1873, 453).
Father: Hon. Samuel Gray
Children: Three children: Margaret Gray Evans, Anne Evans, and William Gray Evans; four grandchildren
Years in Evanston: 1855-1863

Sources: Willard, Frances. "A Classic Town: The Story of Evanston." EHC Bio Files: Evans, J; Halaas, David Fridtjof. "The House in the Heart of a City: the Byers and Evans Families of Denver."