Evans, Frederick William (1808-1893)

Birth date
Death date

Frederick Evans was born in England and immigrated to America at the age of 12. In 1830, he planned to establish a communal, socialist society, but after meeting the Mount Lebanon Shakers he decided could do no better than to join them. In 1838, he was appointed second elder of the North Family; a North Family journal noted on August 26 of that year, "Frederick Evans preaches a regular discourse to the world at public meeting for the first time. Very interesting." He was named first elder in 1858. Evans wrote and spoke extensively on a wide variety of topics, including spiritualism, sanitation, diet, clothing, land ownership, farming practices, temperance, pacifism, equality for women, and the separation of church and state. In addition to writing and speaking, he also devoted considerable time and effort to the gardens, orchards and farm of the North Family. He oversaw the construction of the Great Stone Barn, and may have even designed the structure. He never ascended to the Ministry of the Society, but that may be because he was uniquely well suited to the North Family, which as the community's gathering order served as a public interface to the world, and focused mainly on agriculture.


Do you have information you'd like to share?


Shaker Museum updates database records with information when it becomes available.

Copyright of this artwork Citation rules

Citation rules

Shaker Museum Evans, Frederick William (1808-1893). https://shakermuseum.us/people/?id=11. Accessed on February 21, 2024

We are dedicated to making the cultural heritage of the Shakers available to the public for free.

A black and white photo of a person smiling.

Shane Rothe

Curatorial Associate

Shane Rothe (they/them) joined Shaker Museum in July 2023, working with independent curator Maggie Taft on an exhibition for the new museum space in Chatham. Shane is an artist as well as a curator and continues to create in the mediums of painting, sculpture, writing, and performance. Shane holds a BFA from CalArts and an MA in art history and curatorial studies from the University of Chicago.