This week the topic in Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is “Longevity”. Since I am currently working on the descendants of Isaac Whimpey , I decided to see which of his descendants lived the longest.
To determine this, I exported my new Ancestry Public Member tree to a gedcom, and then uploaded the gedcom to a new tree on my website www.loiswillis.com. I use TNG (The Next Generation of Genealogy site-building) on my website, and this has a statistics section, which lists the longest living relatives in the file.
The top result was Oscar Whimpey Evans, who died at the age of 99 years 236 days. His wife, Vivian Marguerite Harris, also appears in this list.
Oscar Whimpey Evans was born 21 August 1895 in Lehi, Utah, Utah, United States. He was the eldest child of Taliesin Thomas Evans and Emily Jane Whimpey.
Oscar was 4 years old at the time of the Scofield mine disaster in January 1900. A public member tree at Ancestry has a story about Oscar’s memories of the disaster. At the time of the disaster, Oscar was staying with his uncle Richard (Dick) Evans, and Richard’s wife Martha. His uncle Richard was killed in the disaster, as well as 4 other family members.
The 1900 census shows Oscar was living with his parents, Taliesin and Emma, at Scofield, Carbon, Utah, USA. Oscar was 4 years old. Also in the household were his brother Taliesin age 2, and sister Vivian age 1.
By 1910 the family had moved to Castle Dale, Emery, Utah, USA. The household included the head of the household Taliesin age 35, his wife Emily age 34, son Oscar age 14, son Taliesin age 12, daughter Vivian age 11, son Isaac age 9, daughter Maud age 6, and daughter Emily age 5 months.
Oscar was inducted into service on 7 December 1917. He was a volunteer in the Army. His military record shows “Oscar passed with a high percentage in the truck department, and was at the head of his company in the hauling of his truck”. He was transported overseas on 20 April 1918, and he served in France. He was a private when he entered the service, and was later promoted to Corporal. The service record also shows “Oscar and company got within 7 miles of Metz[?] when the armistice was signed. Before entering the service, Oscar was a miner with the Utah Fuel Co. of Sunnyside, Utah. He was a graduate of the district school.
Oscar has a separate military record which shows that he enlisted at Fort Douglas, Utah, on 11 December 1917. He was promoted to Corporal on 1 October 1918. He served overseas from 23 April 1918 to 5 July 1919, and was discharged on 15 July 1919. At the time of his enlistment he was living at Sunnyside, Carbon, Utah.
Oscar was still living with his parents at the time of the 1920 census. The family were living at Sunnyside, Carbon, Utah. The household included Taliesin age 48, Emily age 44, Oscar age 23, Isaac age 18, Maude age 15, Emily age 9, Lucile age 6, and Pershing age 1. Oscar was a driver for a coal mine.
Oscar married Vivian Marguerite Harris on 19 June 1928 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA.
The 1930 census shows that Oscar and Vivian were living at Castle Gate, Carbon, Utah, USA. Oscar owned his own home, which was worth $550. They didn’t own a radio set. Oscar was a postmaster for the US mail service. The household also included a daughter aged 9 months.
By the 1940 census, the family had moved again, and were now living at Locust Avenue in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, USA. Oscar owned the home, which was worth $2000. The household included Oscar age 44, his wife Vivian age 36, 3 daughters aged 10, 8 and 6, and a son aged 3. Oscar had changed his occupation again, and he was now a farmer, on his own farm. The census shows that in 1935 the family had been living at Castle Gate, Carbon, Utah.
In the Provo (Utah) City Directory Volume 1 for 1939, Oscar and Vivian are listed in the Pleasant Grove section (page 431 (image 220 of 296)). Oscar was a farmer.
Oscar was registered in the WW2 Fourth Registration, also known as the “Old Man’s registration”, on 27 April 1942 at Provo. He was 5 ft 8 ½ inches tall, and weighed 165 pounds. He had brown hair and blue eyes, and a light complexion. He was living in Pleasant Grove, and his mailing address was R.F.D. Box 180, Pleasant Grove, Utah. He was 47 years old, and had been born 21 August 1895 at Lehi, Utah. His next of kin was his wife Vivian. He was self employed.
The next records I found for Oscar on Ancestry were related to his death and burial, so I decided to check the FamilySearch Family Tree. His profile can be found at https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/KWCW-SGT
One of the memories attached to his profile was a newspaper article where he was honoured on his 90th birthday. The article was from the Pleasant Grove Review, 5 Sep 1985. – https://www.familysearch.org/photos/artifacts/25729187. This provided some more details about his life.
I also did a search in the record collections at FamilySearch, and found the link to the Missionary Registers – https://history.lds.org/missionary/individual/oscar-w-evans-1895?lang=eng. This record shows that he was baptized 6 September 1903. He served as a missionary from June 1921 to August 1924.
Oscar died 14 April 1995 at American Fork, UT. He was buried 19 April 1995 at the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, USA.
Photos of Oscar’s gravestone can be found on FindAGrave, as well as 4 entries on BillionGraves:
Sources of information can be found on Oscar’s profile on my website –
I am trying to download as many records as I can from Ancestry before my subscription expires at the end of March, so I am just using the source citations created by Ancestry for now.