"On 10 December 1823, when the Cyrus arrived in Pitcairn, and John Buffett volunteered to remain on the island as schoolteacher, 19-year-old Evans had a tearing decision to make. Buffet was his best friend and mentor. Since Buffett had signed on the ship in Honolulu, Evans had attached himself to the well-traveled and intelligent older seaman. Now Buffett had chosen to leave. It was not until the Cyrus had left was it descovered that young Evans had hidden himself in the hollow stump of a tree on the island. When discovered, it was decided to allow him to stay.
"He was reportedly a very tiny man, reports of his height range from 5' to 5'3' tall. His father was either a coachmaker or a watchmaker in Longacre, England (depending on who read the original record). He apparently had an above average education for a sailor.
"It was not long before he sought the hand of Rachel Adams, daughter of John Adams, who was 7 years his senior. Adams was initially not impressed, feeling that Evans was too young to seriously consider marriage, but Rachel convinced him to relent.
"The arrival of Joshua Hill in 1832 marked the beginning of a very trying period in the lives of Evans, Buffett, and Nobbs. Realizing that these three would be the most threatening to his plans and beliefs, Hill singled them out for special humiliation and punishment. The ill-treatment that the three endured reached a climax when they were forced to leave the island in March of 1834, on board the Tuscan. They were carried to Tahiti, where Evans appears to have traveled to the Gambier Islands where he was later reunited with his family. They were not able to return to Pitcairn until after Hill's forced departure in 1837. Their stay on the Gambiers was not comfortable, as the islands were suffering a food shortage at the time. Reportedly, the family returned to Pitcairn in a very emaciated condition.
"Little is known of his activities on the island. He was fully accepted by his neighbors, and settled down to a quiet life on the island. He appears to have never played an important role in island affairs."