8. John Calhoun Evans
(1) was born on 22 Feb 1833 in Edgefield
County, SC. He died in 1904 in Saline, LA. He has reference number D001. Evans,
John Calhoun (D001)
1833: Born Feb. 22 in Edgefield County (Present Saluda County), S.C.; The first
and only son,
oldest brother of six sisters. (Some call him John Childs)
1840: U.S. Census of Martin Evans family includes 1 male "5-10 years old."
1850: U.S. Census of Edgefield Dist., South Carolina lists the Martin Evans family:
"Martin, 45, Farmer; Real Estate value $173; Sarah, 31; John C., 17, farmer;
Mary E., 15; Amanda, 14; Julia A., 12; Sarah, 10; Matherne, 5, Nancy, 3."
1859: J.C. Evans signed the following: "South Carolina Orangeburg District;
Whereas we have the ministerial labors of Elder S.B. Sawyer We believe that he
should be compensated for his labors. We whose names are hereunt affixed do
promist to pay S.B. Sawyer the sums affixed to our names for the year 1860 this
October 1859..." Signed "D.J.Summers, J.C. Evans, Joab ?,?."
this with unreadable amounts, but then scratched out signatures (See original
in file). Apparently John Calhoun was attempting to get pay for the preacher,
probably at the Willow Swamp Church by this time. Records of Tabernacle Baptist
Church indicate that S.B. Sawyer was followed as preacher by Hiram LeCroy probably
in 1858. Willow Swamp records show that Sawyer was called by them in 1853.
Willow Swamp was Florence Fickling's home church. Possibly J.C. was attending
there rather than his father's home church (Tabernacle Baptist). (This paper
was discovered in the old M.B. Evans Family Bible by Bruce Evans in 1990)
1861: See page from ledger book, March-May: "Received of..."
1862: Was in the Confederate Army. On March 7 "Private J.C. Evans, Co.
J, 2nd Reg.
Artillery, S.C. Vols, a private is hereby discharged from this Hospital (4th
Div. Hospital, Cheraw, S.C.) with permission to visit his home in Edge- field
Dist, S. C." (See letter and religious booklet given to him at Hospital)
Also in Co. "I" 2nd S.C. Vol Artillery (See letter 1899) for "3
or 4 years."
May 12, 1862 (See copy of letter from Camp Bragg, Va. mentioning John Evans).
June 14, l862 (See copy of letter from "Camp Near Port Republic, Va."
mentioning same visit).
June 28, 1862: Received a New Testament (American Bible Society, 1858 version).
This inscription, signed by J.C. Evans is in front: "May the rose of happiness/Ever
bloom in the /garden of thy destiny/May you never now sorrow/but may your life
flow/as freely as the lilly/that grows in the/Garden of Eadon/Is the constant/wish
of your friend/ J.C. Evans." In the back is this note: "May the roses
of happiness/ever bloom in the garden/of thy destiny," signed "Your
Cousin, Mittie Corley" (This Bible is in possession of Bruce Evans, given
by Mrs. J.O. Evans in 1989)
1864: From Fort Johnson, S.C., on Feb 14, John C. Evans sent a Valentine to Florence
Levicy Fickling (See in file) with a poem beginning: "It is not that my
lot is low/ That bids this silent tear to flow/ It is not grief that bids me
moan/ It is that I am all alone. The autumn leaf is dear? and dead/ It floats
upon the waters bed/ I would not be a leaf to die/ Without recording Sorrow's
Sigh. The woods and winds with sudden wail/ Tell all the same unvaried tale/
I've none to Smile, when I am free/ Or when I sigh, to sigh with me. Yet in my
dreams, a form I view/ That thinks on me, and loves me too/ I start - and when
the vision's flown/ I weep, that I am all alone." Signed, "Respectfully
your Devoted Valentine...P.S. Please write soon and oblige your famly."
Another poem undated but appears to be about this time:
"May your life flow as free as the lilly that grows in the garden of Eadon/
And may you never know sorrow but may sweet joys and pleasant dreams Ever hover
over thy brow is the wish of J.C./ Fair the Well/ (I had to borry ink to back
Sept. 8, 1864: (See letter from James Island, Batry Zero, to Florence Levicy
Excerpts: "James Island is a dull place but not with standing I prefer it
before going to Virginia. I am sorry to see that so many of our brave boys
have fallen in those last fights but alas it is nothing more than we can expect
at a time of war like the present. What a sad but glorious cause. I think the
cause worth the sacrifice....I feel pretty surtan that the war will close in
the course of 6 months more....it is getting so very fashionable to be marrying
at this time but do not expect I could stand any hand as I have been away so
long and got so far behind hand with the Girls and expect soon to hear of you
and Miss Lizzie being going to marry, but if so you must be shure and ask me
to your weding and will come home if I af to run the Block....the Yanks continue
shell the City of Sumpter and our difenst works but little affect. Sumpter is
Steel a living Monument to the world with her Banners flying in defyance to
the Vandals although these months She has had living streams of fire poured
up on her walls....Yours as Ever Lovingly, Fair the Well."
October 8, 1864: (See letter to Miss Florence) Excerpts: "...I received
yours of the 18.
You can not imagine the pleasure that It afforded me on the reception...On yesterday
we last a man. It was Sam Lee. He dide of brain affection dide in Horsepittle
on the Island. Also we losst another member last Week. It was John Marchant
he was detached in citty and dide with yellow fever. his wife also di'd a few
hours before he did. the fever is verry bad over thare. I heard Col. Fedrick
say that 9 out of 10 dies that takes it. ...We are all stopt from going over
to citty not Even our Mail Boy not allowd to go. the mail is sent over to us....
We have no news on the Island. It is one of the dullest places I ever saw. I
wod of been so glad to been at the Association but could not make the trip without
running away and I do not approve of that. you must tell me all about it and
if you say my Sweetheart thare and whose the next wedding is going to bee as
it is fassionable it looks like all the Girls will marry before the War closes.
You must be shure and give me a tickett to your wedding. I think I wold run
the Block under such surcumstances...To day we are going to bee reviewed by General
Hardee...every fellow is flying around preparing...I am lisning for good news
from Generl Hood...he has gone to the ? of Shurman and taken the Rail Road. I
think the war will End some time next year and If we are every whipt we will
whip our Selves by the men staying out of Survis. I do not know if you can read
this my ink is so bad. I must close wright soon, yours truly. I will commit
your letters to the flames to rest in ashes ples do the same. J.C." (Obviously,
she did not, as these letters were found after her death.)
1865: "Came home in the spring of 65 limping from the wound and gave me
this Ball. He
was my only Brother. He was the oldest child of my parents, a family of 7 children
and I the youngest and I am the only one now living this 1924." Signed
Nancy Evans Peterson. (See letter). This note was with a "minnie ball"
which "passed through John C. Evans thigh during the Confederate Ware."
The minnie ball is in the possession of J. Bruce Evans (1987).
1868: Married Florence Levicy Fickling on Feb. 14 at Willow Swamp, S.C., at
of Mrs. Mary Tyler; officiated by Rev. S.B. Sawyer (who J.C. had attempted
to raise salary money for in 1859). Their first child died as an infant. (Also
see 1868 Minutes of Edisto Baptist Association, found in family Bible. This
booklet lists S.B. Sawyer as delegate and pastor from Willow Swamp which then
had 80 white and 122 black members. Salem Church had 56 whites and 4 blacks;
Tabernacle had 39 whites and 10 blacks.)
1869: John Byron was born in Edgefield, S.C., on May 21.
1871: Left S.C. by boat and came to Louisiana, bringing John Byron and an adapted
named Billie Grimes. They sailed from Charleston and came around Florida, through
the Gulf of Mexico, up the Mississippi River, landing at St. Maurice, then
on Red River. They came to Natchitoches Parish and visited with Captain Babers
at a log house (Near Belton Blewer Place in l979).
March 10: (See Purchase Orders from I.W. Arthur & Co. Wholesale Grocers
and Commission Merthants of New Orleans, to Mr. J.P. Reedheimer, on the Steamer
Hodge, for items for John Evans, including: "25 # Coffee, $4.50; 25 lbs
sugar, 2.63; 1 keg of 5 gall Whiskey, 8.75." Also a second order including:
"1 blue cottonade, 4.20; 3 Fancy Prints, 4.00; 1 Lot Papers and Envelopes,
.50." Apparently these were delivered to Montgomery, La.
On March 14 (See file) John Evans apparently pays the freight bill on "4
kegs powder, 1 bbl flour, 1 Box Sund, 1 Keg Whiskey, 1 keg lard, plus storeage;
See other order to him from F. Selles, Boot and Shoe Store in New Orleans for
1 pair boots, $1.15.
1872: Martin Bunyan, a second son ((C1), was born on Feb. 14.
1874: Letter from J.C. to family in S.C. on October 3. Excerpts: "Excuse
me for not writing sooner. Crops in this country generly sorry...one good bale
cotton on 4 acres...the times are harde no monery. Every thing high, bacon 12-15
cts, cotton about 14, brogan shoes 1.50. Labor is coming down. The negroe is
verry quiet at this time thoug have had some trouble. Had an Incerection at Coushatta
on Red River the county Seat of Red River Parish about 25 miles from me. We soon
had 1,000 men Some from Texas captured the party Hung 2 negroes The white men
the leaders Skellawags, 6 in no, all Parish Officers Sherif Deputy Sherif Judge
Magestrate an So on were tride By committy to leave the State they ask for gard
of 25 men to gard them to the line of Texas. After going 40 miles at full horse
Spead were overhaulde by 70 men taken the Prisners and Shot them all. That has
cured the negroe and some of the Radicals. My parish has put all the Radical
officers out office and they stay out. The Govenor would appoint more but they
were afraid to Report. Since that the Citisons of orleans has made a charge on
the Governor and his Metropolotors. kilde 15 men, he retreted to the Custom house
under protection of the United States officers. They give 3 cheers to the citisons
for that. So we have no Govornor at this time. I suppost Grant is Scattering
about 500 troops over North La I think for the purpos of keeping down Insurections....I
think I shall go on to Texas. Bill Stone has gone on back to Texas he is in Lamar
Co likes much better than hear...for me to come on to him. Some men from Texas
say it is the place, some say not. Say they make 75 bushels corn to the acre...I
wish you were all out of that old State of Trouble. I have not had a letter from
home in severl months. Although I can make a good living hear I pay no tax yet.
My Boys ar verry fat and Smart. Billy can pick 60 lbs cotton. But has a grea
deal of T?urner about him and mitey slow on the move. You must write soon. Give
me a long letter. Florance joins in love to you all, Yours truly J.C. Evans (Direct
thus: Saliene, P.O. Beanvil Pa La)"
1875: Letter to S.C. on February 15: "...all in the Enjoyment of good health...Well
the Political affairs of La are in a critical condition. We beat them fair an
Squair by about 15 thousand, then to beat us they threw away some 8 or 9 Parishes
just as nothing...We have no county officers, no courts, are under Militery despar?
have been holding Legislations...Times are hard. Stock lower than I have seen
them in 20 years, good Misouria horses for 1.00 dollar...I kill all my meat out
the woods....land 3 dollars per acre and your own time to pay it. this land
before the wor could not been got for 50 dollars per acre...This country the
Negroes have all flock to the river to River planters & to See a boat -
they have just about brake them all down...the negroes are wanting to scatter
out again a few white men can't stand among them. I think if the laboring white
men will go in thare and drive the Negroes out would be just as fine country
as ever a man wants...but the times will get better soon. I am going to plant
8 or 10 acres in cotton...This March the 20, you must excuse my negligents I
thaught I had sent off this letter. We are all well thoug I believe our B oys
are taking Hooping caugh...my cattle are doing well, milch 5 cows...Plenty fine
timber and beautiful settlement and good neighbours. My brothren law Workman
has got in a difaculty with Wash Lynch a black smith. He went to Lynches on
Christmas Eve knight for a settlement...Lyncy drew his gun Workman drew a pistal
but had to leave Christmas morning Workman went back to Lyncy cared his gun
and Lynch in Self defence put 5 buckshot in his breast and face. wold ave kild
a common man. he is recovering they got worant for ? W. The officers sent him
word they wold let him no where they come for him to keep out way...J.C.
1880: La. Census of Natchitoches Parish lists: "Evans, John, age 47, Farmer,
born in S.C.,
both parents born in S.C.; Florence Evans, age 41, House Keeper, born in S.C.,
both parents born S.C.; Byron Evans, age 11; at school, born in S.C.; Bunyan
Evans, age 8, at school, born in La."
1880: The Agriculture Census of Natchitoches Parish lists John Evans as owner
of 40 acres of tilled land; value of farm: $300; value of equipment: $50; value
of live stock: $400.
1881: July 17: Letter to John from Joe Graves in Sandy Point, Texas.
On Oct. 15, J.C. Evans paid taxes of $5.26 to Parish of Natchitoches, Ward 2.
(See receipts through Dec. l903.)
1882: Letter to S.C. on Feb. 13: "...I received your letter of Jany the
1 we were glad to
hear that you were well and aspecially that Mother was better off. I had the
least idea but to hear of her death. We hare having the Hardes times in La
for years. I believe some people will hafto suffer...I have about 100 bushels.
I also fatened my meat .we will have more milk than we can milk....Black Lake
ridges all under water...I am troubled alittle with Asthma now...Foorence has
yoused one bottle of Dr. H.H. Wormers Safe Kidney and Liver Cure, has sent by
Readhammer to the citty for more one bottle strengthend her and give her a fine
appetite. I think wold be a good meddison for you Nancy. I think it a good medison
for many principally for Liver kidnes and bladder affections, for dispessy take
3 buttons nexvomico to the Bottle of good whisky is said to cure. For good lenament
take one egg half teacup full of cider apple vinnegar the same of spirits Turpentine.
Is an exlent for aches panes or brises....write soon, your brother J.C. Evans
1882: On April 19th (See deed in file) John C. Evans purchased from John G.
for $80.00 a tract of land "lying and situated in the Parish of Natchitoches
Louisiana, viz. the North half of South East Quarter of Section Eleven Township
Thirteen Range Six West to have and to hold to his own proper use and benefit
forever..." Witnessed by J.A. Dormon and W.W. Readhimer. On this 80 acres
they build a log house where they lived until he died. In 1959 it was known
as the Dewey William's Place. (See pictures).
1883: On July 27, J.C. Evans got a "Deed to American Tanning Process"
him "Shop Privalege to make and sell Leather at his hand" signed by
Miller Bros., V.S. Miller. (See instructions for making leather in file)
On Nov. 6 (See letter in file) John C. Evans was Treasurer of the "Saline
O?range Cooperative Association." They signed a note for $101.66 and 2/3
cents "for value recd." Also W.E. Thomas, J.W. Scott, and C.C. Barnett,
1883: See letters to S.C.: May 31: "...Sorry indee to no that Mother was
no better but wasastounished to hear that she was still living. I had been long
looking for a letter to announce her death....It did not appear to me when
I was thare that she could possbly ove stood it so lounge....I am laing bye
my corn..I have a little crop 12 acres corn will make 15-20 to the acre if seasons
holde 4 acres cotton. I am not much for cotton have one acre of up land Rice
and of cane one potatoes. me and Bunyan do the worke. I am sending Byron to
School. can only send one at time. We have a good Sunday School..."
Also Dec 6: "...We received your letter on the las day of Nov bringing
the Sad Intelligence of the death of Our dear Old Mother Sad Indeed ythough not
at all unexpected to me for lon have I expected the and felt the Sadness on
opening you letters and of the Suffering of Yer. One Greate consolation is trusting
that she is at reas and pain no more. Doctor Pitts tole me when I was thare
that she mite live 2 or 3 years yet though after all life is but a span...I
have to get up almost every knite with asthma...Nancy if you are still having
Cathur try snuffing strong salty water up your nose. I will also send you another
remedy. Florence joins in love toyou all. Tell Bazel to write soon as ever your
brother untill death, J.C. Evans"
1885: Jan 15, letter to S.C.: "...we receive your letter last fall saying
you were coming out. I think it now getting time that you were saying somthing
about what time or monthe you will be hear...let me no and I will meet you at
Camptie Red River. Though if we were to make a misshap to meet you, get conveyance
out to Dr. Pittses 7 miles on the way...We had a very dull Christmas...
1887: Mr. Evans (See file) bought from W.M. Poland, General
Merchandise and Plantation Supplies, of Sparta, La., items including: "32
yds stripes, $2.56; 2 yds Jeans, .70; 4 yds flannel, 1.40; 10 yds black prints,
.60; 10 nut megs, .10; also buttons and 5 spools thread, .25; total: $7.66.
1888: Paid $15 to Dr. E.T. Edgerton on Nov 19, for 5 visits to Bunyan, Self,
and Do?, at
$2.50/each. (See file)
Aprl 20, 1888 (See letter from his brother-in-law in S.C.) Excerpts: "Bazil
started to Alabama...perhaps he will come and see your country. he went from
Pencicola to Orleans and back for seven dolors and half. he don't no yet what
he will do next year...he is running 2 saw mills now and gets more work than
he can posable do...Bazil is braking very fast he has Disspekia very bad. he
makes a heep of money but you noit takes a grate deal to run his buisny and he
owes a good deal...lands you no are cheep hear and ours mostly in woods...Luther's
getting along well. Theirin has sold his place that he was at when you and I
was thare and bought near uncle Bill Wheelers. Mary lives above Edgefield...Julinoan
Ida are single. they rent land. Barzilia is no acount in the world. got sory
1889: Sept. letter from Nancy in S.C.: "Dear Brother & family...tolarable
well I am
suffering with hayfevor again...my eyes gets so week that I can scersley hold
them open. I take quinnine and use wash for my head, salt water a little
warme. I have nasal douche insert a tube in one nastrel and the water will run
out the other. I think it is Catarah and hay fevor that I have and I believe
that Catarah is brought on by the use of kerosine, Inhale lamp smoke a little
while ant it stiffles me. There is a great deal of sickness, mostly Typhoid
fevor...I believe the children wrote to you about Aunt Nancy Evans death. Uncle
Wiliam Wheeler is dead a mule run away with him and another man and threw them
bouth out the bugey crippled up the yung man somewhat broke uncle Williams skull...Aunt
Rosie Aunt Juila & Uncle Sampson is all thats left and all in one house...Nannie
joined the church at Red Bank was babtised the 4th Saturday. I have always hoped
that Bazil would at some time joined the church but I have almost despaired
now I hope you and Sister Flarance will make it a special point to pray for him
that he may yet see the error of his way and turn before it is two lat I can't
believe but that he is only living out of his duty I cant help but think that
he is a christian neglecting his duty it would be sutch a help to Bazzie if
his Pa would Join the church...he gives three thousand dollars for the land and
machenry he will move the mill next month Bazie talks of selling the other
mill and establishing a lumber yard some whare says he can never send Bazzie
to school as long as he works as he dose now no one els can fill Bazzies place
in business. I think he ought to sell that old place of his Fathers and educate
the children they had rather have an education than land & it is so often
the case that a man will hunt girls that has a home just for that home. Educate
children is my matter if you leave them nothing els then they can take care
of them selfs..."
1890?: On July 14, he wrote his sister: (See letter in file) Excerpts: "...My
health has been
better this year than for a long time. I have dun more work. I have no cropper
just me and Bunyan we have a good crop our corn is make some 350 bush our cotton
verry good some high as my head will make a bale to acre if no bad luck. I am
fearul the worms will eat the cotton this year...Byron was 21 years old the 21
day of May he is working a crop of his own...a pourful worker stout and able.
Bunyan is just a s good. they are good boys and the finest workers I ever saw.
they work too hard. Florances health pretty good. She is Bothard at times with
Rheumatism in her feet. Cornelies's famaly are all well. She is Boarding the
School Mistres Delila Cloud (who later married Bunyan). Thare is being some
sicknes. Bowel affection mostly...Florances Sister Mary dide the last day
of May. She was the widos Tyler. She maried Jacob Frye of Spartenburg the year
82....I see that Hampton opposes the Alliance men. I say put out all the old
politicial leaders and starte a new....We have no fruit much. A few apples
plenty figs. We are having excitement hear over the State Lottery. the 25 year
charter is out. they are asking for 25 more to be voted on. The company has offered
as a Lisence to the State one million a year or 25 millions for 25 years more.
they are making clear about one million a mounth. they are a monster and will
Ruin our State Ready Ruined in politicks and will soon corupt the howl Government.
I must close. write soon. love to all J.C. Evans." (A Louisiana Lottery
Ticket was found with this letter; see in file)
1891: Mr. Evans bought from Atkins and Wideman, General Merchants, of Arcadia,
on Dec. 19 the following items: (See file) "1 bbl apples, 3.50; 30# candy
2.25; 7 1/2 # cheese 1.13; 12 cocoanuts .75; 1 pr boots 2.75; 1 doll .20; 1
box catridges .60; etc. total: 35.90; paid in cash."
Sept. 4: (See his letter to his sister Nancy Peterson? with description of Louisiana
politics and the state lottery: "I think ther is going to be one of the
greatest clashes next year fynancialy polittical and every other way Louisiana
is in a wors fix than dewring the radicel rain we have this lottery to fight
It a monster now worth 500 milions...The lotery has offered to the state a million
and quarte dollors for 25 years to come for a new charter they old on soon
be out they got it dewring Radical Rule they baught our last Legislator with
the amendment which is unconstitional the Supprem Court Set on the case they
Baught it.They will Eventualy Bye Every office in the State and putup a lottery
or a gambling Hell in every town. John a Morison the Lotery man is a yanky from
New York though says he is a democrat...In love your Brother as ever J.C. Evans"
Sept 10: (See letter from his sister, Nancy I. Peterson, from Batesburg, S.C.
Excerpts: "I am trubled some what with hay fevor. I have ben wating fome
time on you to write I wrote in the spring and sent you one of Nananis picturs
and never have heard from you. keep thinking every weak that you would write
and I am ancious to no what is the matter. do write soon and long letter. love
to all and except a share for your self. your sister, Nancy I."
1892: See note for $17.60 "and twenty pur ct interest from date in seed
cotton or money"
from S.S. Sanders to J.C. Evans.
1893: Oct. 25: J.C. Evans purchased N1/2 of SW1/4 of Sec. 11, T13N, R6W, 80 acres,
for $80 from John G. Readhimer (See original deed in file.)
1897: June 13 letter to S.C.: "...we are all well & have been in reasonable
health for a long time my general health is good exc ashma bothers me. I am
working all the time. I cant plow much...Some two monthes ago Foorance had all
thes Teath Tacon out...she dont hardly look ntural her and Bunyan and Cornelier
and Steller and Nena Burther all left for Nacatoch this morning with load of
chickens Bunyan is juriman this week...Myself and boys have made a big corn
crop...our country has more Tyfoid fever than I have ever known heard of severl
deaths lately our neighbor Dr. E.T. Edgerton lost his younges daughter some 2
years old, Son 3 weeks ago....Byron and wife & brothern law were this week
down to Saline Lake 25 miles to fish they got just all they wanted. They staid
one nite at the Sale Works 10 miles from hear have Artezan Mineral Well lots
of people go thare to fish and the Benefit of the Watrer people geather thare
from 2 or 3 parishes. Some fish Some hunt deer lots Ladies go to Bath in the
minerl water...Bunyan is Hawling up lumber...hw will soon have a good start.
Is a splendid manager has a smart and good wife and a smarte little baby 9 or
10 moths old just beginning to walk. Byron a good crop and one of the finest
looking boys in the country....I had thought of making another trip to Scouth
Car though times are two hard and money hard to get. I must close Excuse Bad
spelling Love to all as ever J.C. Evans"
1899: See letter on April 24 from Dr. Powell? in Montgomery, La.: "I send
you prescription to have filled for your asmattic affection to commence after
you are through with medicine left you by me." On back, this: "For
asthma; 1 oz. Tincture poke root; 1 oz of the tincture of Lobelia; 1 oz. tincture
Blood Root; 1 oz. tincture Slittingia; 1 oz. coal oil; 1 oz Crushed sugar well
disolved; mix well shake before using. Dose 1/2 teaspoonful 3 times daily 1/2
hour after meals...Will make final cure if persisted in for awhile. F.M. Powell?"
Also see in file undated "Receit to cure Cancers. take scrape of turpentine
trees four parts melt together to make plasters take olde cloth make the plaster
to cover the cancer take sulphate zink sprinkle over the plaster first two
very thin then thicker two and three plasters a day when it cracks around comence
greasing around with hogs lard in crack when it comes out wash with Casteal
soap three timea a day and still greas with lard must drink whiskey while aplying
the plasters which takes from ten untell twenty days." Also a "Receit
to Cure Sore Eyes take Sulphate zink half teaspoonsull for a four ounce bottle
put in a little in the eye two or three times a day. Sure cure for sore eyes."
In the summer he apparently decided to apply for a pension for his service in
the Confederate War. See letters Clerk of Court, Orangeburg: "I am glad
to know that you are still living but regret to hear of your ill health and
your trouble on account to the wound you received while in Service of C.S.A....You
were with us for 3 or 4 years, Co "I" 2nd S.C. Vol. Artillery."
(Also see affidavit)
Allso see letter from C.R. Jones? from Orangeburg, Aug. 10: "Mr. John
C. Evans, Saline P.O. La. My Dear Old friend and Comrade"..."I meet
a member of Company I almost every day but we are all getting old now and will
soon come to the jumping off place. I will see Dr. Barton give him your letter
and get him wo write you which steps are necessary to be taken in order to accomplish
your end, or aim."
1903: Jan. 15: Letter from his brother in law.
1903: July 28 letter to S.C.: "Saline La...Dear BVrother Sister & Famaly
all This leaves
us all well I am up But not well I god the meddison that I had orderd I taken
it 4 weeks and kept straight on the Decline Appetite no Better I then taken
2 weeks attack of dysentery I got it Broak up then my appetite improved some
thougn not good yet I have been out to Bunyan's and Stad sevrel days we got your
letter first and July the 20 Bunyan went to Nacatosh and got me some whisky.
I am taking your home remedy I think it is helping me some though my caugh pretty
bad yet I think will try Slocoms Medison nest a lady out hear at the Camps that
she was down a year with what the Doctors could conumtion and Slocoms medison
cured her I have but little faith in yankermans mediane for a case of my condition.
I no yhou would like to have another Fish frye come over any day Bunyon went
the other day and got good mess ...August 1st we are still having tight rains...Bunyan
has not slde his timber yet Johnson has offod him $2000...I am going to Dr Tates
today for some medison Write soon your Brother J.C. Evans."
1904: John Calhoun Evans died and was buried at Old Saline Cemetery. "His
w He was married to Florence Levicy Fickling on 14 Feb 1868 in Willow Swamp,
9. Florence Levicy Fickling
(1) was born on 29 Oct 1838 in Barnwell
County, SC. She died on 9 Apr 1909 in Saline, LA. She has reference number
D002. Fickling, Florence Levicy (Florance in Family Bible) D002
1838: Born on Oct. 29, the seventh child of ten.
1859: A bill (See file) for Miss Florence L. Fickling indicates that she purchased
in Jan. and Oct. clothing items including "6 yds homespun, .73; 1 skeleton
skirt, 2.10;Drab Marino, cambric, Fringe, 1 yd calico 1.85" total of11.46.
Payment by D.S. Tyler, Guardian. He was her uncle(second sister's husband).
Another bill from Orangeburg, S.C., for Aug. through Sept. from W.W. Briggmann,
includes: 11 yds. callico, 2.00;1 pr hose; 1 bonnet, 6.00; hair pins; 3 yds.
black silk,3.75; 2 yds. chambric; silk; 1 yd fringe; 1 pr scissors; pins.
1860: Another bill from Orangeburg, S.C., which he also paid included: 1 pr.
china vaces, 1.00; 1 comb and brush, .60;12 yds callico, 1.50; 1 china mug, .15;
total bill 5.27."Bill was from Feb. to Nov.; paid March 8, 1861.
1861: On May 19 (See file) she gave a note to her Uncle D.S.Tyler for monies
he had paid for her from Jan 12, 1860 toMay 20, 1860, including: "Feb 25th,
11.46 (plus interest for 4 months of .26); Merchants hotel 4.25; pasage on car
to and from Charleston, 6.25; rideing on omnibus twice, 1.00; Mrs. Gamble for
trimin 1 bonnet, 2.50; total of 92.36."
Another bill on the 16 of May from "A.F. Browning, Importer of Rich Dress
Goods, Embroidery, &c, Negro Goods of EveryDescription" includes: "Hair
Greese, Lace mitts, Cottonhose, soap, hooks and eyes, needles and pins, Floss
cotton, linen, hair pins, linen Tape, Fur bordering, Calico, Printed Brilliante,
strip Gingham, Plad Ginham, Muslin, Muslin Robe, long cloth, lace print, hoop
skirt, spiral bustle, corsets;"for total of $41.26. This was paid for by
her Uncle and included in the note which she accepted on May 19.
The Merchants Hotel bill (See file) included above was for"2 3/4 days board
...$4.25" in Charleston on May 18, 1860."
1864: Received Valentine and letters from John C. Evans from Ft.Johnson and James
Island, S.C. (See D1).
Letter from Joseph L. Fickling, December 25th: "Dear Sister..will try to
drop you a few lines..answer to yours of the 16th...which found me quite well
but..distrefsed to hear of sister Mary's ...gerous condition though hapily at
this time to say that a later dispatch says she is better. I hope she will finally...Now
Florence I am afrade that I will fail to interest you in this as my...is so torn
up at this time, we had orders yesterday morning to leave this place and go over
on the maine land to work and to carry everything with us and I was very much
afrade that I would loose everything of mine in the move as we had to carry everything
on a single flat...though I did not loose anything as...would have it though
to me...disappointment we had to come..the island just as we got everyghing off
the island we was ordered...our old camp on Gtone and I didn't get back with
all of my things until about eleven oclock and then when I got fixed and went
to bed it...three oclock this morning and you may know I feel bad today not to
of slept anymore than...I am going to send a trunk...with all that I can share...fear
that I will loose them..the old ... is some that I got off..house that the government
had torn down. I was going to use them in makeing me a shanty when I have to
go back to my company but not I see that within a week or two none of us will
be permitted to stay...in shanties as I think that Sherman will come on here
and well have to run or be taken prisoners I am really afrade that Sherman will
get the...eatty. Florence I tried to get off on the certificate but failed I
got Lizzies letter and am happy to know that Sister Mary is better if she had
not I was going to dessert and go, I want to see you all very bad. I would of
been very happy to of been with you..night a week ago to of spent a few happy
momentw with my sween...Maggie. you must tell me..enjoyed hers and Lizzies company...how
she looked, I know...charming what did she have...talk about me. Florence you
may..if you can spare it pay Sarah forty dollars for me and send me ten makeing
fifty and I wll buy a library of religious books worth four hundred dollars for
one hundred thare is...five of them they are nice ...send them to you to keep..can
read them and if I don't ..get the money to pay you the books..and you will be
well payed for your money if you can Sarah tell her...the note. I went to meet
the...yesterday a week but didnot get...going tomorrow to the citty to..I am
afrade that I wont..I ought to told you to ship the trunk on Thursday instead
of Saturday and then it would of all been right, you must always after sending
me a ...write and let me know that you..and than I will know to..for it in the
citty. I suppose Dona Sally is married I heard so from Sister Mary to take heart
and quit grieving and then she will get well I want her to get well if it is
God's will, Florence I have been to the wagon yard carried my trunk. John Davis
says he will carry it and ship it tomorrow....give my love to Sister Mary and
all the rest tell her to make haste and get well so as she can enjoy man and
Mags company when we marry...portion of my love for yourself. A portion of my
company is now...ams Run on Green Pont the...I believe I expect to be moved soon
I cannot ...when Florence you and Mealie must go to see Mag as soon as Sister
Mary gets well write to me soon nothing more at this time but I am yours as ever
Joseph L Fickling."
1868: Married John C. Evans on Feb. 14, at Willow Swamp, S.C. Their first child
died as an infant.
1869: John Byron was born in Edgefield, S.C., on May 21.
1871: Moved with family to La. (See D1). Received letter on Dec. 9, 1871 from
her sister Maggie from Johntown, S.C.: "Dear Brs & Sisters, I hasten
to write you a few lines thinking you are like we are anxious to hear how we
are, as we so sickly...when last heard from, I am happy to say that we have improved
very much here lately we are all takeing bitters and it helps us very much I
wish I had time to write a long letter but Joe had John caught when I started
to write he is going to Williston to carry one bushel potatos he was there yesterday
and the market was so fine he had to go again, he carried two doz eggs yesterday
and got eight nice bacon for the same, I think here beats Lousana a long time,
William Joes Sow is dead. She was taken sick in a few days after you left and
we could do nothing to help her, three of her pigs are yet alive but I am afread
they will all die, I hope you all arrived safe to Br. Johns, I was very sorrow
I was so weak when ya left me Jest think I could not even go to the gate to tell
goodbye. Mother says Cornelia must write to her, sends her love to all would
like to seem you all before ya left, says Nelie seems like of her children she
says ya must all be good boys a ghols? I hope ya will all have good luck and
great prosperity Williams baby is the finest looking ghat? about I know he would
like to see her again soon she can talk and laugh pretty sharpely, and is the
worse young one I ever had and dont get any better I will have to close this
short note will write again soon we ought have before thid but...Joe joins me
in love to all help the children and tell Bill he must have me some fish when
I come the neighbors are generly well hope this will reach you all soon. I sign
muself, your Sister, Maggie...N B Direct your letters Willeston Rd Barnwell Dis
SoCa care of H.A. Sally." (See file)
1875: Letter from her oldest brother, H.S. Fickling, then aged 50: "My Dear
Sister and Famaly, I now imbrace this opportunity of answering your kind letter,
which makes me so glad to get from you ..any of you. and to see how seldom..you
will any of you will write to me, I received one letter not long since from Olivia
She was not will and very dissatisfied, pore think I wish she was back here it
is awful to live, and, dye dissatisfied. There is a Basket Picknick at Holmans
Bridge today. I did not go on account of Sara's health. She is very unwell at
this time...we had a weeks rain about 2 weeks ago crops is looking badly from
it. I finished plowing today, my crop is tollerable good. Georganna and Allie
is still single. George is spending some time with Sarah....Old Tyler is still
on his same place I havent herd anything from him in a long time....Sahahs health
is not so good (segrest I allude to)...Tell John I cant answer his long kind
letter at this time I am in a hurry to get off to Blackville.... give him my
best respect and kiss him for me. tell him to kiss you also for me. Oh Florance
I want to see you so bad. please send me a lock of your hair in your next letter,
write soon, excuse my short letter at this time, tell John to write me a nother
long letter soon. I now must close, by saying I remain your true Brother untill
death, Good bye sister. H.S. Fickling. P.S. I will be fifty years old the 5th
of December." (See file)
(See other letters in file: 1875 to "My dear Friends Florence and Nelie;"
1878: "My Dear Friends Florence & Nelie" from Sallie Graves; 1878
from her sister Eliza V. Fickling at Aikin County, S.C.;
188? See legal paper in file: Florence L. Evans attempt to claim property from
Henry Fickling taken by Burnett Tyler.
1890: Letter from her brother H.L. Fickling from Blackville, S.C., to "My
Dear Sisters Florance & Cornelia, I reccon before this you have herd of Sister
Mary's Death. She dyed on the Sixth of June, and was buried on the eighth, at
Willow Swamp church. I was at the Burial. But Sick. Sick. Sick. I was Sick at
the stomache about two weeks and a half and vomiting a casionly in the time I
went to a Dr. and got some medison. I took it about 2 weeks time all the time
I was taking it I was sick. when it gave out I got better and felt better a bout
a week. it the sickness has returned not on my a gain if I take a drink of water
some time it will meke me vomit. if I eat a few mouthfulls it turnes me sick
I am now in bad health. Sarahs health is bad She had a billious attack some
4 weeks a go She is up and a bout at times. the rest of our famaly is well that
is with us. Lula is looking verry badly and weak. Charles has mooved over on
my place this year him self and famaly is in bad health his baby is having feavor
now it has spasoms at this time, you must excuse this short letter as I am going
to Blackville now as soon as I can get off to our democrat club tho I am feeling
badly My children is all of age but one that is luther he is sixteen I will now
close my letter for this time you must write soon tell John to write...Your Brother
in love H.S. Fickling."
1893: Letter from "Sister Olivie": "April 6, 1893, Dear Sister,
I hope you will ans my letter it it is wrote all togather to save I am now geting
old to have to live on the espence of another so you see I have to be spearing
Ben sent me $10.00 last fall but I had got so destitute for clother I had to
put it all on my feet & back. Ben has put $17 on me since he left home five
in my mouth We are all well as usual I am never well & oh there is such
a grate truble just befor me a little baby & these too bad children to atend
to & Ret to wate on Oh that God will give me strength to go thru with it
all. Warner has as smart a wife as eney one but she has such an unruly temper
ill & contrary She is no hand to cutout or sew I have all of that to do.
Sister you don't no how hard it is to help rease your grandchildren & sick
all the time. I have slept with the oldest one ever since the other one was bornd
& it is nothing but my dutie tells me it is not, it seems that Ben has more
feeling for me than Warner. Spring is late hear no corn planeied yet. there is
a grate deal of deths & sickness. Sister Saras said they were all punie poor
Adah I want to help her so bad Ben ordered tombstones for poor little Floid's
grave. Sis Sarah said they had come & George Brunson put them up that cost
five dollars. write soon & I will trie to do better next time. pray for us
all as I do for you all your true sister Olivie."
1894: (See letters to H.L. Fickling about "the lands of D.S. Tyler,"
her uncle; Letter to "Pah" from her son, J.B. Evans: "..I can
have wood choped ...you can bring me a hog if it isent to mouch troubble Bunyan
you can send one of your buns and any trash you want to get rid of..." March
5, 1894 letter from H.L. Fickling. Also letters from him in 1896 and 1897 from
1895? See letter to her son Bunyan who is away at school: "My Darlin Boy
Ill writ a few lines we are all as well as usual I was goad to hear you was well
and satisfied Byron and your Pa is going to hall coton to day we have some to
picke yet they are to go to Arcady and by the as next weak if they have good
weather don't looke to hard I would like vearey mutch to see you all on drill
I knoit is a pretey site I hope you are geting on with your studes Just doo not
take up aney bad habets that is smoking and chewing I havent time to write they
are geting the wagon redey to start this is a vearey cole morning I must close
write soon. mutch love I hope the Lord will be with you and bless you is all
that is rite your Mah"
1904: Husband, J.C. Evans, died. She moved to a house across the road from present
(1987) Woodrow Wafer's Place in Saline. She kept her son, Byron's baby, Nena,
after her mother died.
1907: F.L. Evans sold 110 acres of land to W.R. Riggins for $300.(Sec 11; T13N,
R6W; Original deed in file)
1909: Nena was living with her when she died on April 9. She wasburied beside
her husband in the Old Saline Cemetary.
(A wooden chest--about 1.5 feet long and 10" high, which she brought from
South Carolina in 1871, is in the possession of Bruce Evans in 1994. The chest
was decapouged white by Helen Marie Coker about 1955. Two of Florence's letters
were in the top of the lid.) Children were:
Byron Evans(1) was born on 21 May 1869
in Edgefield County, SC. He died on 27 Aug 1937 in Goldonna, LA. He has reference
number C217. Evans, John Byron (C217)
1869: Born on May 21, in Edgefield, SC.
1871: Came to Louisiana with parents (See D001) by boat around Florida, through
the Gulf, up the Mississippi River to St. Maurice, La.
1892: Married Francis Rebecca Gardner in Bunkie, La., on Feb 2. She was born
June 8, 1866, in Spartenburg, SC. They had one child, Nena Bertha Evans, born
1893: Wife Francis died on July 18 and was buried at Old Saline Cemetery. Child,
Nena, was reared by her Grandmother, Mrs. J.C. Evans.
1895: Married Fannie Louise Rogers who was born Feb. 12, 1875. Their children
1896: Sovern Reese Evans, born Feb. 20, 1896; died March 21, 1918 at Camp Pike,
1898: Maude A. Evans, born March 12; married Earle Chandler and had two sons,
Leonard Earle and Paul (lived in Springhill, LA, in 1965) (See letter from Maude
in C217 file).
1902: Clyde Evans was born on March 9. He died Dec. 27, 1905, aged 3.
1907: Mary Lee Evans was born on Aug. 2; she married T Eldo Mitchell and had
Thomas David and Patsy Ann Mitchell.
1910: John Hebert Evans was born on Aug. 5; died March 27, 1930.
1912: Freddie Herman Evans was born; he died while in the Navy in San Diego,
CA, on Feb 28, 1944.
1937: John Byron died on August 27, and was buried at Old Saline Cemetery.
1955: Wife Fannie died on Jan.10, age 79; she lived in Homer, LA. The old J.C.
Evans family bible was in her possession. All of this family is buried in Old
Martin Bunyan Evans.