Mary Ann (Marian) Brough
and Robert Evans
by R. Clayton Brough, James H. Brough and Marie B.
Nielson, November 2003
Mary Ann (Marian) Brough
was born on 3 May 1836 in Longton, Staffordshire, England, to Richard
Brough and Mary Horleston. She was christened on 15 May 1836 in St.
John's Parish Church (of England), Lane End, Longton, Staffordshire.
In 1840, Mary Ann's father, Richard Brough, joined the L.D.S. Church.
When Mary Ann was nearly 21 years old she also joined the L.D.S. Church,
and was baptized on 25 April 1857 by C.C. Shaw of the L.D.S. Longton
As a young lady, Mary Ann Brough worked
in the Potteries around Longton. On 25 December 1865, Mary Ann Brough
married Robert Evans of Longton in Blurton, Staffordshire. At the time
of their marriage, Mary Ann was more than twenty-nine years old and
Robert was nearly twenty-two years old.
Robert Evans was christened in St. James
Parish Church of Longton on 28 January 1844. According to British Census
records of 1871, 1881, and 1891, Robert Evans was a coal miner for much
of his life. Robert Evans father--who was also named Robert Evans--was
a coal miner from Denbighshire, Wales.
It appears from various records
that Robert Evans and Mary Ann Brough lived in Staffordshire all of
their lives. They had three children: Robert Evans, born 11 September
1866 in Trentham; Samuel Evans, born on 22 August 1868 in Longton; and
Robert Evans, born 16 November 1871 in Longton. According to the British
Census of 1871, Robert and Mary Ann were living in Stoke-upon-Trent
during the 1870's and 1880's. In the 1881 Census, Robert is listed as
a "coal miner" and Mary Ann is listed as a "potters transferer."
Mary Ann Brough Evans loved
and honored her parents and was present at the death of both of her
parents--Richard Brough, who died in 1873 in Trentham and was buried
in the Parish Church of Dresden, and Mary Horleston Brough, who died
in 1879 in Longton and was buried at St. John's, Lane End, Longton.
In November 1890, Samuel
Richard Brough, an American nephew of Mary Ann Brough and a son
of Thomas Brough--who was one of Mary Ann's older brothers and who had
emigrated to the United States in 1856--personally visited Robert Evans
and Mary Ann Brough in their home at "58 Lord St. Woodhouse N Longton."
(The 1891 British Census records Robert Evans and Mary Ann Brough as
living at "58 Lord Street, Longton.") According to the diary
of Samuel Richard Brough, he resided with Mary Ann Brough and Robert
Evans in their Longton home from November 8 through November24, 1890.
During this seventeen-day period, Samuel was able to collect genealogical
and historical information on his Brough ancestry and relatives from
records maintained at the Parish Churches in Longton, Trentham, Dresden
Mary Ann Brough Evans died on 24 July
1891. Robert Evans died in May 1897. They are both buried in the sectional
area of "Block 29 (Row 1, Grave 3)" in the Longton Cemetery
near Spring Garden Road in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire,
According to the 1891 and 1901 British
Census, Samuel Evans was a "green grocer" and then a "builder's
labourer", while Thomas Evans was a "potter crewman"
and then a "potter's placer."
Efforts are currently being made by James
(Jim) H. Brough in England and R. Clayton Brough in the United States
to find and contact living descendants of Samuel Evans and Thomas Evans
and invite them to freely join the RBFO.