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Tombstone Tuesday: Bishop Evans Tyree

This past week or two, I’ve been contacted by several descendants of Bishop Evans Tyree whom I first encountered while walking Greenwood Cemetery.  After doing some research on him I started building his family tree and it was recently found by them.  I’m delighted in their interest and am glad they found the information of use! Before them, I’d even had a distant relative of his wife contact me as well. 



Bishop Evans Tyree was from Dekalb County, Tennesse.  There is an article from the Library 0f Congress’ Chronicling America archive that gives great information about him at http://is.gd/d0r.  This week, I created a FindAGrave memorial for he and his wife – maybe this will help even more descendants locate him. 

Since I occassionally like to look for new information, I’ve just taken a moment to explore Footnote some more and found another newspaper article about him.  In a 1901 article in the Chicago Tribune where he is mentioned as one of several clergy praying for President McKinley (after McKinley was wounded in an assassination attempt from which he would die a week later).


I also found that he was one of 5 complainants in a 1908 lawsuit agains the Interstate Commerce Commission for “unjust and unlawful treatment.”  The article from the February 27, 1908 issue of the Washington Post states that the five men, all Bishops with the AME Church, paid for 1st class accommodations passenger coaches but were given coaches that were “dirty and filthy and are not of first-class quality or description.”  I wonder what became of the suit; more research will be needed. 


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  1. Thanks for this article. Interestingly enough in the article it says Dr.Charles little of Illnois was in Hugh Price, Hughes place in St. James Hall. Hugh Price , former president of the National Urban League lives in New Rochelle,,NY my hometown. I beleive that is his family


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