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Derbyshire Photographers' Profiles
by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
Edwin J. & Joseph C. Evans

of Youlgreave

E.J. & J.C. Evans worked very briefly as photographers in Youlgreave, probably in the late 1880s or early 1890s.


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Edwin James and Joseph Cook Evans were two sons of a Youlgreave draper and insurance agent, James Evans (1842-1899) and his wife Annie Cook (1842-1892).  Edwin was born at Youlgreave in 1864, his younger brother Joseph two years later.  In his teens, Edwin was apprenticed to a joiner and by 1891 described himself in a trade directory as a "joiner & wheelwright."  Joseph Evans initially worked as a lead miner, but in his early twenties became a pianoforte tuner.  The 1895 and 1899 editions of Kelly's trade directory shows them still working as joiner/weelwright and pianoforte tuner, respectively.  However, their father died in the latter half of 1899, and Joseph appears to then have taken over as a Prudential Assurance agent.  In 1912 (Kelly), Edwin was still described as a wheelwright, but Joseph Evans was now the "Relieving Officer for South District, Bakewell Union."

Edwin Evans married Sarah Shimwell in 1883, and they had at least eight children.  Joseph Evans married Mary Dorothea Toft in 1894, but were still childless in 1901.

A single cabinet card is known, with the mount printed, "E.J. & J.C. Evans, Youlgrave, nr. Bakewell."  Although difficult to date precisely, is is believed that this photo was taken prior to 1894, as the subject is known to have died in that year.

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Image © & courtesy of Cliff Prince
Hannah Prince (1818-1894), wife of James Prince (1815-1865) of Youlgrave
by E.J. & J.C. Evans of Youlgrave, nr Bakewell
Date

Format: Cabinet Card

Image © & courtesy of Cliff Prince

Notes: Hannah Prince died in 1894.


References
Image kindly provided by Cliff Prince
1841-1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
North East Midland Photographic Record - Picture the Past
The following trade directories have been accessed using the University of Leicester's online collection, Digital Library of Historical Directories:
Anon (1887) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co., London.
Anon (1891) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Nottinghamshire, Kelly & Co., London. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1895) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co. Limited, London.
Anon (1895) History, Topography, and Directory of Derbyshire, T. Bulmer & Co. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith
Anon (1899) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Nottinghamshire, Kelly & Co., London. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1912) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1912, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
Adamson, Keith I.P. (1997) Professional Photographers in Derbyshire 1843 - 1914, The PhotoHistorian, No. 118 Supplement, September 1997, ISSN 0957-0209. Courtesy of John Bradley

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