32. William Evans
(1) was born about 1763 in Lunenburg Co.,
VA. He died about 1845. He has reference number F001. Evans, William (or John) F001
May have been named John. In his granddaughter, Nancy Evans Peterson's, diary
she sometimes wrote "William Evans" for her grandfather, but then crossed
it out and wrote "John" over it. In 1924, she clearly writes: "on
my fathers side William Evans came from Scotland Scotch Irish & maried Miss
1700's: The Evans's "came to America from Scotland with 3 brothers. John
settled in Barnwell County, South Carolina. Two of the other brothers are believed
to have settled in Georgia, around Augusta; the other, somewhere in Virginia."
(This is the Martin Evans family version.)
Another version received by Nan Frick from a Mr. Earhorn, postmaster of Sunbright,
"4 brothers by name of Evans came from Scotland and settled 1 in Barnwell,
1 in Spartanburg. One in Barnwell was named William and was in Rev. War and died
of wound in leg; married a Phoby Kitchins; had sons Gidian, Mathew, John, Martin;
daughters Betsie, Casandra, Nancy, Pollie; were members of Old Tabernacle Church
1718: Orangeburgh District History: "Most of these pioneers established
their dwellings in the vicinity of Amelia along the Congaree and Santee rivers.
The first settler in this vast expanse was Henry Sterling, supposedly an Indian
trader, who established his dwelling on Lyons Creek in 1704. Capt. Charles Russell,
a native of Massachusetts, was in command of a fort at the Congarees in 1718.
Among the first soldiers at the fort were Edward Darlsley, Ralph Dayton, and
John Evans." (Bib. # 1, p 1-2)
1763?: William was born in South Carolina.
"The family is unquestionably Welsh, and came to South Carolina from Virginia
(perhaps via North Carolina, briefly), and probably descends from Capt. John
Evans, an early 18th Century Indian Trader."
(This information in 1995 from R. Maxcy Foxworth, Jr.; Rt. 2 Box 685; Marion.
SC 29751; 803-423-5458; obtained from Alderman Duncan, of Columbia, SC, descendant
of Gideon Evans through his daughter Allaphair, wife of Col. James Lafayette
(This 1763 birth date fits a William Evans, son of Evan Evans and Mary Carson
found in Mormon records)
1776?: Fought in Revolutionary War.
1782?: Married Phoebe Kitchings, born 1765?
1783?: Son, Gideon Evans (E032) born. Became Capt. in SC Militia, Justice of
Peace, Justice of the Quorum; SC House of Representatives 1849-49; married Mary
Ann Weeks; joined Tabernacle Church on January 10, 1873, and died December 31,
1785: Oct 14, a William Evans is listed in 1784-88 Plat Books of Lower Parts
of Old Ninety Six District, Book B, page 75, as owning 500 acres on Back Swamp
of Beach Island. (Note: this would probably be the section which became Edgefield
County in 1785). The only other Evans listed is Nathan, with 70 acres on Horn's
1785: Barnwell County Plat Index lists these plats by William Evans, also surveyed
by William Evans: 620 acres by William Dyas, and 330 acres by Benj. Waring.
1786: Daughter, Elizabeth (Betsie) Evans born on September 25; married Jacob
Hydrick, born March 3, 1790. They were early members of Tabernacle Church, and
later Bethcar Baptist Church. (An Elizabeth Evans was dismissed from Tabernacle
Church in 1885.)
1787: A William Evans real estate deed to John Dick is recorded in Edgefield
Co. Records (Page 275, Book 3) Also "Minutes of County Court" for this
year note "Deeds of lease and release from Benj Harris for 260 acres of
land to William Evans was proved on the oath of Casper Neal..."
1788: Edgefield Co., Minutes of County Court 1785-95 include: "We present
William Evans of Beach Island for frequently abusing his wife by information
of David Zubby; ordered that William Evans give security to keep the peace towards
1789: On Sep 1, William Evans "D.S." (District or Deputy Surveyor?)
"of Ninety Six Dist." sold 346 acres of land "in Beech Island"
for 200 pounds to John Dick of Orangeburg Dist. (Recorded in Deed Book 3: 1787-1789)
1790: A William Evans bought 640 acres from John Richardson in Edgefield County.
1790: First census of South Carolina lists 8 John Evans'. Census of Orangeburgh
District, which became Barnwell County in 1794: "John Evans, 1 male over
16; 1 male under 16; 2 females; 4 slaves." A John Evins is listed with 1
free white male 16+ yrs; 2 free white males under 16, 1 free white female, and
Edgefield County in the Ninety Six District included William, Batt, Isaac, and
William Evans. The first Wm. Evans family included 2 males over 16, 4 under
16, 5 females, and 18 slaves; Batt Evans family included 1 male over 16, 3 under
16, 2 females; Isaac Evans family had 1 male over 16, 2 under 16, 4 females,
and 1 slave; the last William Evans family included 1 male over 16 and 1 female.
No Kitchens family was listed in either District. In all South Carolina there
were 52 Evans families listed, including 8 John Evans'.
(If either of these William Evans' is my ancestor, it would have to be the first,
since we know that son Gideon and daughter Elizabeth were born before 1790.
The second family would only be a husband and wife. The four males under 16 may
have included Gideon and perhaps James, John, and Matthew. The 5 females must
have included wife Phoebe, and daughters Elizabeth, Mary, Beda, Rachel, and Sarah
(or Cassandra or Nancy). No information is available on any of their birth dates.
Of course there could have been other relatives or friends living with the family,
especially since they were apparently prosperous, given the noted land sales
and the 18 slaves.
1791: A William Evans real estate deed in Edgefield Co., to William Shinholser,
is recorded in Book 6, p 332.
1791: On Dec 3, 1791, a plat was recorded, certifying "for William Evans
a tract of land containing 158 acres (surveyed for him the 2 day of May 1791)
situated in the District of Orangeburgh..." Plat (see copy in file) is South
of Shaws Creek, with swamp in North corner.
1791: Land grant on 7 Nov to William Evans on waters of Rockey Creek of Stevens
Creek of Savannah R.
1792: A William Evans acquired a track of land on Shaw's Creek (recorded in Barnwell
County Plat Index now in State Archives in Columbia.)
1792: April 2; "William Evans, Dept. Surv. of Edgefield Co, SC" sold
240 acres in New Windsor, Edgefield Co. to William Shinholser, "Planter
of same place for 100 pounds..."
1792: May 21: From Edgefield County SC Abstracts of Deed Books 1-12, Vol 1, 1985:
Deed of Gift: William Evans Planter of Edgefield Co.,C to my loving son and daughter
William & Ann Evans...to son William:horse, bridel, mare, bull, cow &
calf, 3 volumes of Mr Wesley's works, 1 testament....to daughter Ann: I feather
bed, bedding, 1 pot and hook, 1 dutch oven....the condition is the use of above
until the children come of age.
Note: This William Evans must not be our ancestor since we know of no William
and Ann as his children.
1792: June 2: Plat filed certifying "for William Evans a tract containing
2000 acres surveyed 1 March 1792 situated in the District of Orangeburgh on Waters
of Shaws Creek." Also a second play dated June, 1792, for 3876 acres "situated
on both sides of Cedar...(missing part) head Springs and hollows thereof..."
(See copy of both plats taken from SC Archives in Columbia 3/95 in file) This
same year William Evans sold land to William Shinholker.
Note: Cedar Creek branches off from Shaws Creek, both in upper NW corner of what
became Barnwell County (from Orangeburgh District) in 1800. This land is adjacent
to Edgefield County.
1792: A William Evans real estate deed to Wm. & Ann Evans is recorded in
Bk 7, p.37. Also one to Casper Nail, Jr on pg 210.
1792: On Aug 7, a "William Evans, Surveyor" sold to Casper Nail, "Junr.,
Planter for 100 pounds, 50 acres being part of 640 acres originally granted 15
Oct 1784 unto John Richardson and was conveyed to said William Evans by L&R
18 Sept 1790.
1793: Dec 21, William Evans Deputy Surveyor to John Clark, Esq., Planter, both
of Edgefield Co. For 15 pounds, sold 33 1/3 acres being part of 270 acres which
was part of 640 originally granted to John Richardson who conveyed 8 Sep 1790
to said Evans, said land on branch of Savannah River...certified 21 Dec 1793
by Wm. Evans, D.S.
1794: Aug 13, William Evans, Deputy Surveyor to Daniel Nail Planter both of Edgefield
Co., for 70 pounds, 100 acres being part of 640 acres granted to John Richardson,
bounded by lands of Benj. Thurs? and sold to said Evans 1 Jul 1793 being near
Beach Island... (This deed is recorded in book 11, p 290)
1795: Mar 11, William Evans Planter to John Lyon, both of Edgefield Co, for 35
pounds, sold one negro boy named James.
1795: Another deed is recorded from William Evans to Daniel Nail.
1795: Mar 17: William Evans to John Lyon for 40 pounds, one negro girl named
Merier... Witt: Thos Bacon Jr., Jantcey? ?) Rec. 4 April 1795.
1795: Jan 8: William Evans and Kiziah, his wife of Edgefield (or Kiziah may be
wife of John Lowe?) ...to John Lowe of Lexington Co, for 40 pounds, sold 373
acres being part of a grant 7 Nov 1791 unto William Eavans on waters of Rockey
Creek of Stevens Creek of Savannah R. Signed William Evans Kezia Evans. Wit.
Include Gilliam (W?) Evans and Batte Evans.
1797: Mar 30: Deed of William Evans to James & Jinloi? Lyon. In consideration
of the nat. Love I bear to my ch. Jinley? & son in law John Lyon. Witnesses:
J. Evans, James Martin, (John Evans)
1800: July 23: Deed for land from William Evans to John Lyon (book U or V, p
306) Land orig. From Allen Addison, May, 1762. Kiziah signs under James Harrison.
Wit. Include Gilliam Evans and John Pace.
1800: Census of Edgefield District includes William Evans with 8 males, 7 females,
and 12 slaves: Ages were 2 males under 10, 2 aged 10-16, 1 aged 16-26, 2 aged
26-45, 1 over 45; 4 females under 10, 1 10-16, 1, 26-45. Apparently the family
had 7 sons and 5 daughters by this time.
Also this census lists Thomas Evans with 1 male and 1 female, and 2 slaves;
another Thomas Evans with 2 males under 10, 2 males 10-26, 1 male 26-45, 3 females
under 10, 2 16-26, 1, 26-45, and 8 slaves. Also Batt Evans with 2 males under
10, 1 male 26-45, 2 females under 10, 1, 26-45, and 3 slaves. No Evans families
are listed in either Barnwell or Orangsburg Districts. No Kitchens are listed
in either. In all there are 77 Evans families listed in S.C. with 9 John Evans'.
1803: Feb 4: Deed of Thomas Evans to Jacob ?, Book Y, p 260, land 100 acres lying
on branch of A?fferhim? Creek being part of 500 acres gt to Abraham Martin 4
Feb 1803; William Evans, Elizabeth Evans signed, also Janley? Lyon.
1804: Son, John Martin, born in Barnwell County; married Sarah Wheeler (See E001)
1808: Son, Matthew born. (Tabernacle Church records show a Matthew Evans received
by baptism on May 5, 1833; died May, 1858, aged 50, buried in the church cemetery
with wife, Nancy Evans, born August 2, 1803; died June 14, 1889.)
1810: Census of Edgefield District includes William Evans family with 2 males
aged 10-15, 1 16-26, 1 over 45; females include 2 10-16, and 1 45 plus; with
12 slaves. Listed next, apparently living next door is John Evans with 1 male
under 10,1 male, 26-45; 2 females under 10; 1 female 26-45; and 4 slaves. Also
there is a Batt Evans; Nathan Evans, and 2 Robert Evans'. Orangeburgh District
Census also included William Evans, John Evans, and John Evans Jr.
1814: Deed recorded for a William Evans in Edgefield Co. To Johathon Glanton
(Book 32 page 92)
In a deposition about slave ownership taken March 5, 1815 at the house of John
Terry in district of Edgefield, SC, William Evans was asked "Do you know
Trading John Evans?" He answered: "Trading John Evans was my grandfather
and from his papers and books of accounts I now have in my possession and have
here produced, he died about 102 years ago. " (Text in file of John Evans
1820: Edgefield District Census includes William Evans, plus these other Evans':
Batt, Cadwell, Elizabeth, Hester, Isham, Nathan, Peter, and Robert. William is
listed with Males 26-40--000020; Females 10--10010; Females 26-45--1. No Evans'
are listed in Barnwell County.
There is one John Evans in Charleston Co. and a John R. Evans in Abbeville District.
Also a Martin Evans in Greenville Dist. with 3 males under 10, 1 male 26-45,
1 female under 10, and 1 female 26-45.
1821: Church records of Dean Swamp Baptist Church, founded in 1803 show John
Evans a member at this time.
1823: Deed of William Evans Sr to James Evans on Jan 8. (I ?William Evans of
St of Tenecy? Rutherfort Co. $300 paid by James...Eliz Evans, Frances ?)
1830: William (John?) and Phebe Evans moved their church letters from Dean Swamp
and became charter members of the Tabernacle Baptist Church, organized on November
3. (Tabernacle Baptist Church in 1995 is located on SC Hwy 4 between Springfield
and Kitchings Mill, 6 miles from Dean Swamp Church, which is about 1 mile from
"Dean Swamp, the mother of Tabernacle was a strong young church of 27 years
while Rocky Spring and Rocky Grove were healthy sisters of 18 years. Tabernacle
therefore of present churches of the Edisto is the 4th in years. All members
of the Edgefield Association when the church was constituted."
Charter members, all from the Dean Swamp included: John Evans, Elizabeth Kitchings,
Pheby Evans...in all 13, six males and 7 females.
These 13 members "expressing their cordial approval and strict adherance
to the principles of faith as contained in the minutes of the Edgefield Association
and adopted by it at the Bethel Church, Nov 1827," were duly organized into
Tabernacle Baptist Church.
The covenant adopted was very strong, declaring, among other things their purpose
"to live together as becometh the Church of Christ, to take the Holy Scriptures
as their rule of life, to bear with each other's weaknesses, not to be indulgent
of the sins of each other and not to forsake the assembling for worship."
Negroes were received into the church and dismissed by letter or excommunicated
(as were whites also). Church discipline was faithfully observed and such offenses
as drunkenness, profanity, non-attendance severely dealt with: "Elias Hallman
charges church with unorthodox discipline, refuses to commune." Members
in open conference preferred charges against each other, for example, "an
extra conference called to consider charges made by Sister Della McGraw against
some members of the church." "Member of Rocky Springs complains that
a member of Tabernacle sued him at law." "J.W. Brodie reported Jack
Martin (a colored Brother) for drunkenness and profanity. Jack being present
denies the charge and case postponed." At a later conference Jack "being
present and expressing godly sorrow was forgiven." Still later Jack "reports
himself for another offence of drunkenness, expresses godly sorrow and is forgiven."
(Above from 1930 Centennial Exercises)
The following excerpts were copied by Bruce Evans from the original church records
in possession of the present church clerk, a Mr. Gunter, in July, 1992.
The Articles to Rules of Conduct on first page of old record book include: "to
contribute; not to be absent from conference for 2 meetings; to report any brother
who does not comply;
"9th -- That we as a church will suppress drunkeness, profanity, dancing
or any other immorality among our members.
10th -- That the habitual use of intoxicating liquer as a beverage be forbidden
among our members.
Rules of Decorum include: "No member shall have the liberty of laughing
during the setting nor whispering during the time of public speach."
S. B. Sawyer succeeded William Broker as pastor Dec 1, 1855. He served one or
two years, the record is not clear on account of a break in the records from
Dec 1, 1855 to June 30, 1860 and was succeeded by Hiram LeCroy in 1858 probably...who
preached first sermon in new building June 4, 1862 (this is the present building
in 1992; clerk told me they had rafted logs to Charleston to be sawed and brought
them back by train for building the church)
1864: 3/5 "Resolved that we as a church will suppress dancing and any immorality
among our members."
1872: Dismissed by letter Rosa Matheny 5/9
1873: Received Gidean Evans by letter 1/10
1873: Membership list includes: Male members include James Kitching. Female members
include Nancy Evans, Ann Evans, F.A. Kitching, W.C. Kitching, Gatter Kitching,
Rosa Matheny, Della Kitching, Elizabeth Evans (Dismissed 1885), Matilda Kitching.
1873: Gidean Evans died 12/31
1874: James Kitching died 4/9
1874: 6/13 "Fredric Friday (A colored man) presented himself for restoration
but the brethren did not think expedient to receive him which was carried..."
1875: "Sister Lou Walker had been guilty of dancing."
Feb. 13: "The church presented a letter from each of those sisters (Lou
Walker and Della Kitching) in which they expressed Godly sorrow for their acts,
beging the forgiveness of all the brethren, which was gladly received."
"Brother Duke Roberts reported himself for being under the influence of
spirituous liquors and expressed godly sorrow, and asked forgiveness of the breghren
which was granted."
1875: J.L. Kitching died 5/31; Ann Teaalle died 9/15
1877: Elizabeth Owens died 3/22
1880: Philip Kitching died 7/8
1885: Dismissed by letter Elizabeth Evans 8/2
1888: 10/5 "...that each male member pay annually to the church 25 cts on
or before January 1."
1889: Nancy Evans died 6/15
1900: R.L. Evans received by letter 3/3; died 8/28. He was only Evans listed
at this time. Ann Evans died June 6, 1905.
1918: Della Kitchings "one of the best friends the church ever had"
made a gift of the "Della Kitchings" parsonage "splendid and well
equipped." (Clerk laughed and told me Sister Della always liked to dance
and once said: "I got the Lord in my heart and the Devil in my feet."
1830: Census of Abbyville County lists Wm. Evans with 1 male under 10, 1 male
20-30, and one male 70-80; Females include 1 10-15, 1 15-20, 1 20-3-, and 1 40-50.
This census also includes an Ezekiel Evans listed on the same page, apparently
living near by.
The Census of Edgefield includes 2 John Evans'; One with 1 male 5-10; 1 male
20-30; 1 female 0-5; 1 female, 20-30. Second one: 1 male 0-5; 1 male 30-40;
1 female 15-20; 4 slaves: 1 male 10-20; 2 females, 0-5; 1 female 24-30. Also
listed: Benjamine, Harriet, Nathan, Presay, and Tacarick Evans. 1 Gideon Evans
is listed in Barnwell District.
The Edgefield County Census of this year lists John Evans with 1 male 0-5, 1,
30-40; 1 female 15-20; plus 7 slaves. A second John Evans family includes 1 male
5-10, 1 20-30; 1 female 0-5, and 1 female 20-30; slaves, 4.
No William Evans is recorded in Edgefield County in this census. Gideon Evans
is recorded in Barnwell County. (See E032).
Other children of William and Phoebe Evans included:
Mary (Polly) Evans (E039): Married a Jackson (or perhaps a B. Baggett, with son,
Robert Baggett. According to this date, she would have been born in 1824 and
died in 1861 in New Orleans).
Obedience (Beda) Evans (E036): Married a Posey.
Rachel Evans: Married a Courtney.
Sarah (Sally) Evans: Married Phillip Kitching. Phillip died July 8, 1880.
James Evans (E034): Moved to Mississippi.
Cassandra Evans (E037): Married Mabult (Marbert?)
John Evans: Moved to Mississippi (A John Evans, Jr. was received by baptism at
Tabernacle Church on August 31, 1833 and dismissed by letter on October 5, 1833.
John Evans, Sr. was a charter member of Tabernacle and died on February 2, 1835)
Nancy (Ann) Evans (E038): perhaps born in 1803 and married Matthew Evans? (See
grave at Tabernacle Church); or she may be Nancy T. who married John White Sr.
on 12/24/1854? A Nancy Evans is listed as a member of Tabernacle Church in 1873;
died June 15, 1889 (An Ann Evans death on June 6, 1905, is noted in Tabernacle
Sarah (E040): Died in 1889 (see letter in D001 from S.C.); S.C. Marriages 1749-1867
list a Sarah A. Evans married to William Wheeler "lived 1827" (Vol
2 HILL, pg 222-228). In parenthesis the record adds: "did not marry; had
child only) (he died July 1829) (daughter of John Evans) (Charleston District).
The next listing is a Susan A. Evans to William Wheeler (common-law marriage).
Also in S.C. Marriages 1749-1867 Implied in S.C. Equity Reports there is listed:
"Holcombe, G.W. to ____ Evans (daughter of John Evans) "lived 1824"
(Volume HARPER pg. 202-204)
In Nancy Evans' diary : "my father (Martin Evans) had a sister to (part
of page missing), Hydrie (Betsy Hydrick?), one a posey (Beadie?), one jas? (James?)"
1839: A William Evans, Sr., will dated June 17, 1836 in Abbeville Dist. was proved
Feb 11, 1839...Children: William, Peter, Henry Evans, Polly, Elizabeth, Martha
White...sum $20,000. (From Abstracts of Old Ninety-Six and Abbeville Dist. Wills
and Bonds) (Book 2, p413; Box 30, pack 647 in Abbeville Wills & Bonds) Also
Ezekiel Evans will in Abbeville on page 334.
1833-1850?: William Evans died. The 1850 census shows Phoebe Evans, aged 85 living
with her son Gideon Evans (also Gideon's mother-in-law, Lucretia Weeks, aged
82). (This 1850 census also includes an 8 year old William Evans living with
a F?eazborn family in Abbyville District.)
1850: Census of Orangeburgh District lists John Evans, age 68, Planter; Value
of Real Estate: $2000; 4 in household; 38 slaves. Same census liste David W.
Evans age 27, Planter; Value $1,500, 4 in household, 8 slaves. Also Matthew Evans,
age 44, Value $300, 3 in household, and no slaves.
There is no available information on the death of William (John?) Evans or his
Tabernacle Baptist Church Cemetery in 1995 had these graves:
James Kitching: 1791-1847; wife Elizabeth died 1868, age 74, 6 mo., 28 days
James E. Kitching: 1855-1918; wife Della: 1855-1940
Philip Kitching: 1804-1880; wife Harriet C., daughter of Evan and Sarah Prothro,
Matthew Evans 1808-May, 1858; wife Nancy Evans, Aug 2, 1803-June 14, 1889
James Riley Fulmer: 1835-1915; wife Marthenia F. July 30, 1834-Dec 25, 1926
J. Bunyan Kitching: 1837-1907
James Edward Kitching: 1824-1897
(Minister of Tabernable Church in 1995 was Eddie Penland)
(Shaw's Fork Baptist Church is just West of Kitchins Mill in 1995)
William Evans [35188.8.131.52.2] of Lunenburg County and Batte Evans of Dinwiddie
County sold 162 acres on the Nottoway River to Ambrose Ellis 29 July 1778. William
was living in Lunenburg County when mortgaged 400 acres to Henry Stokes in 1778
and when he sold Stokes 100 acres in 1779 and 400 acres in 1781. He was in South
Carolina by 1814. (From Virginians.com)
33. Phoebe Kitching
(1) was born about 1765. She died about
1855. She has reference number F002. Children were:
Evans(1) was born about 1783 in Edgefield
County, SC. He died on 31 Dec 1873 in At home of J.D. Plunkett in South Carolina.
He has reference number E032. 1783?: Born in Edgefield County, Ninety Six District,
South Carolina; first son of William Evans and Phoebe Kitching Evans.
Married Mary Ann Weeks, born 1792?, daughter of Arthur Moore Weeks and Lucretia
Hudnall (who was daughter of Robert Hudnall and Lucretia Kitching of Edgecombe
County, North Carolina).
Became Captain in South Carolina Militia; Justice of the Peace; Justice of the
1804: State Land Grants to Gideon Evans, Barnwell; 640 a, 1000 a, 544 a, 150
1808: Daughter, Cynthia A. Evans born on March 2. She became the second wife
of John Daniel Plunkett; died July 12, 1895.
William Wade Evans born.
1811: Gideon acquired 554 acres of land on Cedar Creek. (This and later land
transactions are recorded in Barnwell County Plat Book located in Columbia at
State Archives in 1995)
Note: This is same location as land acquired by William Evans, D.S., in 1792,
indicating that this William may be Gideon's father.
1813: Mary Ann Evans was born on September 2. She married Thornton M. Cawley
1818: Andrew Jackson Evans, third son, born; married Eliza Sophia Ziegler, born
1822, died 1906. Their children were Francis Evans, W.W. Evans, and Mit Evans.
Andrew died in 1891.
Sovereign S. Evans, fifth child was born. He married Ann Prothro; was elected
to the South Carolina State House of Representatives 1856-57; moved to Louisiana
Hansford D. Evans was born; married first to Druscilla A. Weeks, then to Inabinet.
1820: Gideon acquired 515 acres of land in Barnwell County by John Wilson.
1820: This census of SC does not list a Gideon Evans.
1825: Gideon acquired 150 acres on Cedar Creek. (Cedar Creek is a branch of Shaw's
Creek which branches off Edisto River in the NW corner of Barnwell as formed
formed from Orangeburg District in 1800.)
1825: Allaphir Evans was born on July 2; married Col James Lafayette Davis. (One
of their descendants, Alderman Duncan, Columbia, SC, passed down the family information
in possession of Maxcy Foxworth, Jr.)
1826: State Land Grant to Gideon Evans in Barnwell Dist; 150 a.
1828: Robert L. Evans was born on March 27; became Captain and married Elizabeth
H. Tarrant. They had son, H. Seymour Evans, who married Harriet N. Woodward (Their
daughter married a Mullins and is the mother of Ben Mullins -- BENMULLINS@aol.com
-- Marion, SC). Robert L. Evans joined Tabernacle Baptist Church by letter on
March 3, 1900 (He was the only Evans listed on membership rolls at this time.)
He died August 30, 1908.
1830: Lucretia Evans was born; she married Isaac C. Johnson in 1853. (Recorded
in Barnwell County Marriages 1764-1859 Implied in Deeds)
1830: Census of Barnwell County, SC, lists the Gideon Evans family with 1 male
aged 0-5, 1 aged 5-10, 1 10-15, 1 30-40, and 1 40-50; females include 1 aged
0-5, 2 10-15, 1 20-30, and 1
40-50. They had 19 slaves.
1831: Martha Evans was born. She was the first wife of Milledge Travalle Holley,
the first Sheriff of Aiken County, SC.
1841: Gideon acquired 1575 more acres on Cedar Creek.
1848: Elected to House of Representatives, State of South Carolina; served until
1849: He acquired 5751 acres on Shaw's Creek, which is branches off the Edisto
River. Apparently a dispute about this land developed later. An original document
in the Orangeburg Historical Office (in 1995) is recorded ad "Weeks &
Evans dispute land on Edisto, White Pond Rd, & on Shaw Creek adj Mc ? Williams
Land (undated)." (But 6/83 is written on bottom; see copy in E32 File)
1850: The census of Barnwell District taken 24 September lists Gideon Evans,
aged 65, with Real Estate valued at 8000 on Saluda. Also: Mary, aged 58, Cynthia,
30; Martha aged 20. Living with them were both mothers: Phoebe Evans, aged 85,
and Lucretia Weeks, aged 82. All born in SC. (Note: these ages of daughters are
inconsistent with other family information).
1859: Gideon acquired 890 more acres of land on Shaw's Creek.
The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research SCMAR, Volume VII
Number 1, Winter, 1979, p. 19
1851 Orangeburg District Tax List
Acres Slaves Lots Stock Tax
Evans, Gideon 1007 10
Evans, Matthew 100
1864: Gideon sold 881 acres on the Edisto River and Willow Swamp to his son Andrew
Jackson Evans, for $8,000; originally purchased from Elisha Tyler.
1867: Orangeburg County Deeds 1865-1902 include: Gideon Evans to A.J. Evans.
1873: On January 10, Gideon moved his church letter to Tabernacle Baptist Church.
1873: On March 10 he purchased 200 acres of land on the East Side of Willow Swamp
(bordered by Samuel Dibble, James W. Reed, P.W. Garrick, and Catherine Rowell)
from A. J. Evans for $2,000. (This A.J. may be his son, Andrew Jackson Evans,
born in 1818.) The original of this deed was found in the Orangeburg Historical
Office and copied by Bruce Evans in March, 1995. Copy is in E32 file.
Gideon Evans died later that year on December 31.
"Capt. Gideon Evans: planter and timberman with land holdings along the
South Edisto River exceeding 20,000 acres; shipped lumber, and rafted logs down
the river, to Charleston; home and all provisions and lumber stock destroyed
by Sherman's army (site now Aiken County State Park; Justice of Peace; Justice
of the Quorum; South Carolina State House of Representatives. In true Evans spirit,
at the age of 90, undeterred by a rare accumulation of snow, he rode his horse
up to visit daughter Cynthia Plunkett (about 15 miles). He developed pheumonia
and died, and was buried in the Plunkett family graveyard on a bluff at Merritt's
Bridge on the South Edisto River, but the grave was never permanently marked."
R. Maxcy Foxworth, Jr. (Rt 2, Box 685; Marion, SC 29571)
1895: Orangeburg County Deeds, 1865-1902 lists: Gideon P. Etal to Wm. W. Evans.
(This is Gideon's second child? probably born in 1810.)
Elizabeth (Betsie) Evans(1) was born
on 25 Sep 1786. She has reference number E035.
James Evans(1) has reference number
E034. He moved to Mississippi. "There were 6 Evans families that moved
to Harrison County, MS area from South Carolina through Alabama. It is my theory
that your James Evans who moved to Miss. might be the girl's father and named
2 of his daughters after 2 of his sisters and that this james might be one of
the Evans families who moved en masse to Miss." (See letter from Margaret
Kuttner, 2/25/99 in E034)
Sarah (Sally) Evans(1) died in 1889.
(Beadie) (Bebe) or Clancy Evans(1)
was born about 1796 in NC. She was buried in 1880 in Spring Hill Cemetery,
Philadelphia, MS. She died about 1880 in Neshoba Co, MS. She has reference
number E036. "On November 20, 1850 Obedience Posey signed over her part
of land in Pike Co, from Kemper Co, MS." (See file)
1870, July 7 Frderal Census Records, Neshoba County, MS, Beat 1 page 43 or Micro
film roll 41 page 290b family 325/4:
Posey, Richard born SC
Obedience 72 NC
Gibson Cullin J. 17 MS
White Elizabeth 28 GA
White Laura J. 3 MS
This census states that Richard and Obedience could not write and Richard could
On her Grave stone in Spring Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, MS she is listed as:
Posey, Clancy Obedience, Unknown-1880 Wife of Richard Posey I (first)
Posey, Richard, November 5 1770-1886 Husband of Clancy Obedience "Bebe"
"Richard Posey deeded the Ebenezer Church property to John Courtney in 1838
for as long as it remained a church. Richard moved to MS in 1848. John and Rachel
are buried in the cemetery there as are many of their children." From Helen
Carter (CpygmyWC@mon-cre.net) 21 July 2004.
Rachel Evans(1) died on 26 Oct 1878
in Montgomery Co., AL. She has reference number E059.
John Evans(1) has reference number
E060. He moved to Mississippi. Tabernacle Church records show a John Evans,
Sr. was a charter member and died 2 Feb. 1835, and a John Evans, Jr.,
received by baptism 31 Aug. 1833 and dismissed by letter on 5 Oct.
Cassandra Evans(1) has reference number
Mary Ann (Polly) Evans(1) has reference
number E039. Or may have married a Baggett.
(Nancy) Evans(1) was born in 1803.
She has reference number E038.
Matthew Evans(1) was born about May
1808. He died on 8 May 1858. He has reference number E033. He was buried
with his wife in Tabernacle Cemetary.