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  • ID: I4010
  • Name: Anna Jane EVANS
  • Surname: Evans
  • Given Name: Anna Jane
  • _AKA: Anna Murray
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 1858 in Oberlin,Lorain County,Ohio 1 2 3
  • Death: 5 May 1955 in Washington, D.C. 4
  • _UID: 61419089B35B9B45BD39AFF4A50EAE25C810
  • Note:
    The following article I wish to thank Herman "Skip" Mason for posting this on his website. It is very informative and gives a clear and concise history of the family that is easily understood. DW.

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    From the Desk of Herman "Skip" Mason
    Iota Chapter, Spring 82(Morris Brown College/Atlanta, Georgia)
    Eta Lambda Chapter since 1984
    Historian, Pastor, Author, Entrepreneur and Lecturer

    From VOL. 1. NO. 15 - MAY 5, 1999
    "Finding The Good and Praising It"
    A Celebration of the Jewels Mothers (Part 3):
    Mrs. Anna Evans Murray,
    Mother of Jewel Nathaniel Allison Murray

    Had it not been for Anna Evans Murray, there would not have been public kindergarten in Washington, DC She was a pioneer fighter for education. Her revolutionary spirit was inherited from her family. Anna Evans was born in Oberlin, Ohio in 1857. She was the daughter of Henry Evans, a free man in North Carolina. When the state of North Carolina took away the right of suffrage from all African-Americans, her father traveled on horseback to Oberlin, Ohio where he found work as an artisan crafting cabinets and as an undertaker. In 1858, Henry Evans defied Fugitive Slave Laws of Ohio and was arrested and imprisoned with 18 others in Cleveland. He and his wife Henrietta Leary, the daughter of a French woman, Juliette Anna Meimorial, educated all thirteen of the children (including Anna) at Oberlin College. Anna Evans great-grand father Lewis Leary befriended abolitionist John Brown and was shot during the insurrection at Harper's Ferry in Virginia. Another cousin John Anthony Copeland Jr., hanged with John Brown.
    Anna Evans Murray mother was Henrietta Leary Evans. Her father and Murray's great grandfather Matthew Nathaniel Leary, born a free man in North Carolina, worked as a harnessmaker and as an apprentice before branching out into his own wholesale harness and saddling business. Leary employed many youth in Fayetteville, North Carolina and worked until his eyesight failed and hired a white man to oversee the business. Leary purchased a large plantation for his family. His political affiliation was with the Whig party until the war erupted and he became a Republican. Matthew Leary was a staunch abolitionist and became a well known philanthropist giving freely of his time and money to advance the cause of freedom. It has been noted that he often gave money to slaves to buy their times from their masters and assisted them in securing their emancipation. A member of the Protestant church, he organized the St.Joseph's Episcopal Church of Fayetteville and directed the choir. Matthew Leary married Juliette Meimoriel, a woman of French descent who was brought from the French West Indies to what was then Cross Creek, now known as Fayetteville, North Carolina. They were the parents of seven children including Matthew, Jr., a manufacturer and politician in Washington, DC, Libby, Sarah, and Lucy,( who were all school teachers in Fayetteville). Other children were John, Lewis Sheridan, Sara and Henrietta who married Henry Evans, Nathaniel Murray's grandmother. Her sister Sara married the brother of Henry, Wilson Bruce Evans. Murray's mother Anna Evans Murray graduated from Oberlin College in 1876. During her marriage, she taught music at Howard University and at the Mott School. She dedicated her life to establishing free kindergartens and training kindergarten teachers throughout the District of Columbia. Mrs. Murray chaired the Education Committee of the National League of Colored Women(NLCW) in Washington and the State Federation of Colored Women's Club. In 1898, she successfully lobbied for a twelve thousand dollar federal appropriation to establish kindergarten classes. Mrs. Murray published "On Behalf of the Negro Woman" an article in the Southern Workman in 1904. She was an early advocate for child welfare and for children getting a start early with their education. With her vast contacts, including the wife of a California Senator, she helped to secure a second appropriation from congress in 1906 for the inclusion of a kindergarten teacher training course at Miner Teachers College in Washington. In 1934, then in her late eighties, she presented a plea at a Congressional hearing for the establishment of a health center in an area where a high percentage of tuberculosis deaths occurred. Very respected in all circles in Washington, Anna Evans Murray was a renaissance kindergarten advocate, clubwoman, educator and civic leader. She conveyed to her children the philosophy of her mother who said "Education is a pearl of great price by which you will be able to set yourself free in your environment, whatever that may be."
    She married the Assistant to the Librarian of Congress on April 2, 1879, and they were the parents of seven children including Nathaniel Allison Murray. She died on 1955 at the age of 98.
    Sources: Smith, Jesse Carney. Notable Black American Women Book II Pittsburgh Courier, May 5, 1955
    The Papers of Daniel Alexander Payne Murray, University of Wisconsin
  • Change Date: 19 Oct 2015 at 17:48:02

    Father: Henry EVANS b: 1817 in Orange County,North Carolina
    Mother: Henrietta R. LEARY b: 1828 in Cumberland County,North Carolina

    Marriage 1 Daniel A.P. MURRAY b: 3 Mar 1852 in Baltimore, Maryland
    • Married: 2 Apr 1879 in Washington, D.C. 6
    1. Has No Children Daniel E. MURRAY b: Feb 1880 in Washington, D.C.
    2. Has No Children George H. MURRAY
    3. Has No Children Nathaniel Allison MURRAY
    4. Has No Children Harold B. MURRAY

    1. Title: U.S. Federal Census
      Note: 1860 Lorain County,Ohio,Oberlin,Image 19,#383/385:.
      HENRY EVENS - 43 - MU - CABINET MAKER - 3600/500 - NC
      HENRIETTA EVENS - 33 - MU - NC
      ELIZABETH EVENS - 16 - MU - NC
      JULIA EVENS - 14 - MU - NC
      MATTHEW EVENS - 12 - MU - NC
      SARAH EVENS - 11 - MU - NC
      DELILAH EVENS - 7 - MU - NC
      JOHN EVENS - 6 - MU - NC
      JANE EVENS - 2 - MU - OH
      SHERIDAN EVENS - 6M - MU - OH.
    2. Title: U.S. Federal Census
      Note: 1870 Lorain County,Ohio,Oberlin, Image 22, #160/159:.
      HENRY EVANS - 53 - MU - UNDERTAKER - 2200/500 - NC
      SARAH EVANS - 20 - MU - TEACHER - NC
      JOHN EVANS - 16 - MU - NC
      ANN EVANS - 11 - MU - OH
      LEWIS EVANS - 9 - MU - OH
      MARY EVANS - 4 - MU - OH
      WILSON EVANS - 2 - MU - OH.
    3. Title: U.S. Federal Census
      Note: 1880 Washington D.C.,District 19,Image 15,#1926/121/156:.
      (Twelfth Street N.W.)
      HENRY EVANS - MU - 63 - M - - NC NC NC
      HENRIETTA (wife) - MU - 53 - M - KEEPING HOUSE - NC NC NC
      LEWIS (son) - MU - 20 - S - SCHOOL TEACHER - OH NC NC
      HENRIETTA (dau) - MU - 16 - S - AT SCHOOL - OH NC NC
      WILSON B. (son) - MU - 12 - S - AT SCHOOL - OH NC NC
      MARY (dau) - MU - 14 - S - AT SCHOOL - OH NC NC
      ANNA J. (dau) - MU - 22 - M - AT HOME - OH NC NC
      DANIEL E. (gr-son) - MU - 3M - S - (Feb.) - DC MD OH.

    4. Title: Other--
      Note: Oberlin High School Alumni
      In Memoriam

      Anna Evans Murray Anna Evans Murray, former teacher and civic leader, a pioneer in the establishment of free kindergarten classes for Negro children, died on May 5, 1955, at the age of 98, in Washington, D.C. Born in Oberlin [and an 1874 graduate of OHS], she was the daughter of Henry Evans, active in the ?underground railroad? that helped former slaves reach safety and freedom in the North. Anna moved to Washington in 1875, after a year of study at Oberlin, to teach music in the public schools. She also taught at Howard University before her marriage with Daniel Murray, former assistant librarian of the Library of Congress, who died in 1925. Active for years in child welfare, Anna was an early advocate of kindergarten in the public schools, and worked with the late Mrs. Phoebe Hearst, mother of the late William Randolph Hearst, in establishing classes. She also supervised, in the early 1900?s, a training school for kindergarten teachers, and all five of the young women who took the initial course started kindergartens on their own initiative and at their own expense. On her 90th birthday she was honored by the Association for Childhood Education for her years of outstanding service. She had served as an officer of the association and was a former vice-president of the Public School Association. She was a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the YWCA, and St. Luke?s Episcopal Church. Surviving her are three sons, George H. of Washington, D.C., Nathaniel A., of Los Angeles, and Harold B. of Mexico City; and 12 grandchildren. The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, November 1955, p. 31.
    5. Title: Other--
      Note: OBERLIN COLLEGE ARCHIVES - Addendum to the Catalogue and Records of Colored Students 1862-1899-

      Attended School during the following Years:
      Evans, Anna Jane (Mrs. Daniel Murray) 1874-75 -- literary.-- (Residence)Oberlin, OH
    6. Title: Other--
      Note: SEE File of ANNA JANE EVANS (MURRAY)
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