Chris Evans’ family tree reveals ancestors that fought in nearly every major war in American history.
Captain America represents the quintessential American hero: a soldier wholly dedicated to defending the ideals of the U.S. of A. To celebrate the release of the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, researchers at Ancestry looked into the family history of Captain America himself, Chris Evans, and found him more than qualified to play the iconic American superhero. Evans has a long lineage of real-life heroes who have fought in nearly every major war in American history, all the way back to the American Revolution.
A History of Heroes
Morgan Cryer, Evans’ 5th great-grand-uncle, served as a private in the 6th regiment from South Carolina during the Revolutionary War and was shot in the ankle during a skirmish.
War of 1812
Honor Cryer, Evans’ 5th great-grandfather, served in Captain Thomas Bickham’s Louisiana militia company in the War of 1812.
The Civil War
The Civil War was a particularly pivotal conflict for Evans’ family, with relatives fighting on both sides of the war. Daniel Cryer, Evans’ 4th great-grandfather, sided with the Confederacy, whereas John Garvey, Evans’ 3rd great-grandfather, fought for the Union. Both men died in separate battles during this brutal war.
World War II
In the more recent past, several of Chris’s direct ancestors bravely served in World War II. One was a private in the U.S. Army. Another, great-grandfather George Robert Evans, was an officer who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy with the class of 1929.