Edwilda A. Evans Grave

Edwilda A. Cromwell Fithian Sconce Evans
July 31, 1838 - October 6, 1914
Springhill Cemetery - Danville, IL




For Many Years Presided With
Graciousness Over Hospitable Home

Edwilda Cromwell Evans, widow of the late Judge David D. Evans, and for more than half a century occupying a prominent and enviable position in the social life of Danville, is dead. The end came at 4 o'clock Tuesday morning at the home of her son, Will E. Fithian, North Gilbert Street. She had been in ill health for the past year, yet her demise was hastened by a stroke of paralysis, received about two weeks ago.

The funeral will be held from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Fithian at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Rev. George H. Simonson, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, will officiate.

Mrs. Evans was since early girlhood, a resident of Danville.

She was born in Martinsburg, Va. (now West Virginia), July 31, 1838, [the daughter] of Dr. Edward Everett Cromwell and Rebecca B. Lemon, who were married in 1832. The father died when Mrs. Evans was a small child. Relatives in Danville secured a position as an instructor for Mrs. Cromwell, and she was one of the pioneer teachers of this community.

When she came here to fulfill her contracts, she brought the little daughter then not yet in her teens, to Danville to make her home. Edwilda Cromwell immediately won a prominent place in the social life of Danville and was married into one of the leading families of Illinois. Her marriage to George Fithian, when she was barely past the age of sixteen was one of the social surprises of the early day.

One child born to this union, survives -- Will E. Fithian, of this city.

George Fithian died after a few years of happy married life and after a period of widowhood, she was married to Hulce Sconce, the son of another pioneer and prominent resident of Danville. He died near the beginning of the civil war.

October 9, 1867, Mrs Sconce was united in marriage to Judge David D. Evans, who had been an early schoolmaster in this city and editor of the Plaindealer, the leading newspaper of those days in this section.

There were three children born to this union, Lloyd, who was born in 1868 and died in 1878; Ruth, who was born in 1873 and who died in infancy, and Waldo Carl Evans who survives.

The Evans home ws located at Oak, Pine and Seminary streets and was the scene of much hospitality for the many years that Judge and Mrs. Evans occupied the place. Many brilliant gatherings took plac there and it was there that many of the literary clubs had their inception. She retained her membership in the Clover club, the Home Decorative club and a birthday clup up to the time of her death.

This continued up to the death of Judge Evans about four years ago, when his widow went into retirement. Later, the residence was sold and since her illness began, Mrs. Evans had made her home with Mr. and Mrs Fithian.

From The Danville Commercial-News - Tuesday October 6, 1914

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