I have continued to do some research on Bishop Evans Tyree. I have constructed the beginnings of his tree as part of my Nashville genealogies database. His specific information is here.
Since the previous post, I think I have finalized the list of all of his children. In addition to Evans Tyree Jr., Carrie B. Tyree, Anna Alberta, and Herman F., he had two other children – a girl named Eugenia and a son named Wayman.
So far, I’ve located Evans and his family in the 1900 & 1910 census records, but none others yet. Evans Sr. died in 1920 and I have found one obituary for him so far from the Chicago Defender.
I’ve also discovered that he’s had associations with the Rev. L. Napoleon Merry, brother of Nelson Merry. This is not surprising to me since they were both clergy. In the July 13, 1876 of the Christian Recorder, an African-American newspaper, Rev. Thomas Whitlock writes in a letter to the editor
…My third Quarterly meeting Conference was held on the 20th and 51st inst. The Presiding Elders, L.N. Murray, Evans Tyree of the Santa Fee mission, and M. Howard of the Ashwood circuit were with us. We had quite a good meeting. We had ten persons added to the church this quarter and we left about forty anxious souls seeking the way of salvation. Our financial report was very poor. My support this quarter all told was $45., and the Presiding Elder’s $40.25; total $55.25. I have baptized 11 this Conference year, and but one of these was slipped; and the Presiding Elder baptized for me five infants. I think sir, that African Methodism has a firm footing now in this hard shell Baptist country. Pray for us. Mt. Pleasant, Tenn., May 20, ’76.
That L.N. Murray should be L.N. MERRY.