In 1895 my 2nd great grandfather, Alhanan Evans, was a 39 year old merchant in the Indian Territories of what is now Oklahoma. He brought his wife Annie and their growing family from Texas and settled. In 1901, instead of a 'land run' the lands of Kiowa and Comanche were open up to a lottery. There were 13,000 quarter sections registered. 160,000 people registered at Reno or Lawton in hopes of being drawn. Alhanan's lottery was drawn! He was granted SW 1/4 of Sec 27, Township 4N, Range 8W, 160 acres in Township 4, Indian Territory.
Alhanan Leander Evans and his wife Nannie Annie Roper, raised five children in the Indian Territory; Earl Darrell, Horace Marvin, Ernest Roy, Florence V, and one other. Horace Marvin is my 2nd great grandfather. He grew up in Rush Springs, OK, attended Tulane University in Louisiana where he gained his medical degree. He returned to Rush Springs in 1912 and practiced medicine there, off and on, most of his life. In 1938, he was the attending physician who delivered my father to Virginia McKee and Horace M. Evans Jr, in Chickasha, Ok.