James William Montague Evans’ birth was recorded by the UK GRO as being in the September quarter of 1873 in the Shoreditch registration district. Despite his mother’s maiden surname being recorded as ‘Torrence’, no marriage entry for James’ parents have been found. Nor have any census records before 1901.
However, James’ marriage to Mary Ann Brown on 26 December 1897 in St Stephen’s Church in Upton Park, Essex has been found, and where James’ father’s name was recorded as being John William Evans.
James and Mary’s daughter, Elsie Lily, was born on 24 June 1900 in Catford, Kent. Elsie was not baptised until two years after her father’s death.
The 1901 census records the family living at 7 Blythe Hill Lane, Lewisham where James was working as a milk carrier. Also living with them was Mary’s widowed mother.
On 18 March 1902 James was admitted to Horton Asylum in Epsom where he died a few weeks later on 2 May and was buried in grave 9 in Horton Estate Cemetery.