The story told of the Evans Family who lived in Tennessee through the eyes of 4 year old John. John's father, Zachariah Evans was baptized by Elder John H. Gibbs on 14 Oct 1883, the second baptism of his mission. Born on 26 July 1830 to David & Eliza Evans in Greenville South Carolina, Zachariah moved with his family to Houston County Tennessee. There he met Phoebe Murphy whom he married on 11 July 1869.
By the time they met the missionaries in the spring of 1883, they had four living children, and had recently lost twin girls. Zachariah was baptized first, followed by Phoebe a month later and the three oldest children a month after that. Their last child, born in 1885 was a boy. They named him John Gibbs Evans in honor of the slain missionary who taught them the gospel.
Four years later, as the story was told, their family forced them to leave their Tennessee home and make their way to Zion.