16. Martin Evans
(1) was born in 1804 in Barnwell County, SC.
He died on 4 Jul 1864 in Barnwell County, SC. He has reference number E001.
Evans, John Martin E001
1804: Born perhaps in Barnwell County or Edgefield, S.C. "Tabernacle Baptist
Church, the old family church of my grandfather Evans. Was my father's church
until one year after he married he brout his letter to Edgefield to Old Salem
Church of which he became a decon and remained untill his death in the year
of 1864 July 4." (from diary of Nancy Evans, his daughter)
1832?: Married Sarah Wheeler (E2).
1833: John Calhoun; born Feb.22 (D1).
1833: April; moved membership from Tabernacle Baptist Church to Salem Baptist
Church along with his wife, Sarah Wheeler. Salem was the home church of Sarah,
her parents and family. Minutes of the April Church Meeting include: "Martin
Evans and his wife Sarah came forward, and put themselves under the watch care
of the church, untill they could obtain letters from their church." Their
letters were received in June, 1883. (Salem Church records note that Sarah was
baptised here in Aug. 1832.)
1834: Daughter Mary Elizabeth born July 30; married Jabe Kitchens; had 5 children:
Bargelis, Julius, Ella, Anna, Ida Bell. Mary was baptised in Salem Church in
1850. She was dismissed in 1860. (However, she is listed in the 1867 membership
roll of Salem Church.) Jabe Kitching's father was Jake; his son was named Jake
Jabe after them both. (Told by one of his descendents; also Pat Lokey in Aiken,
S.C. runs Pat's Kitchen resturant and has a history of the Kitchings.) Died June
19, 1912; Mary Eliz. is buried in Good Hope Cemetary.
1835: Casandra Amanda born May 4; married Johathan Herring; had 2 or more children,
including Joe and Ida Bell; one grandson was named John Evans Herring. Amanda
was baptised at Salem Church in 1854 and is listed as a member of Salem Baptist
Church in the 1867 membership list. Died 12/1918.
1837: Daughter Julia born July 14; married John A. Walton; had 3 sons: Luther,
John, and Bennie. Died Nov. 27, 1913. "This sister was buried at Old Gason
Cemetary; there is no marker there, but I know which one it is." (Told by
one of his descendents). (Is this correct; or is she buried at Red Bank?) (In
1870 census; see E2)
1840: Daughter Sarah born; was baptised in Salem Church in Sept. 1856; married
John Gregory; had several children, one named Florence. Died 1/12/1910. Nancy
called her "Sister Sallie."
1840: "A true list of the Salem Male Members attendance at their Church
Meetings" lists Martin Evans present in July, August, September, October,
1840: U.S. Census of Edgefield District: "Martin Evans; 1 male, 5-10; 1
male, 30-40; 2 females, 0-5; 2 females, 5-10; 1 female, 15-20; no slaves."
This same census includes in Edgefield District: Daniel, John, and Thomas Evans.
John Evans' family included: 1 male under 5, 1 male 5-10, 1 male 20-30, 2 females
under 5, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 20-30, no slaves. Gidian Evans is listed in
1841: "A correct table of the attendance of the male members of Salem Church
during the year 1841 at their Regular monthly conferences" lists Martin
Evans present in February, March, May, July, August, and October.
1843: Daughter Marthena born; married Bill Walton; had 3 children: Lula, Willie,
and Turien. Died 6/17/1911. Nancy called her "Sister Marthenia." She
is buried in Red Bank Cemetary.
1843: "11th March Conference...Brother Giles Martin said he saw brother
Evans that morning, who stated that he could not be with us for several meetings,
and gave as his excuse that his present engagements would prevent."
1847: Nancy Isabelle; born Nov. 22; joined Red Bank Baptist Church in S.C. in
1864 and kept her membership there all her life. She married Baz Peterson whose
father, Rev. Peterson, was pastor of that church for 42 years without pay. When
Rev. Peterson died the church erected a monument to him. Nancy and Baz Peterson
had 3 children: Bazzie Martin, Maude Alymer who married a Matthews, and Nannie
Rebecca who married a Padget. Died 1943. ("This is the Aunt Nancy that Martin
Bunyan Evans corresponded with. He and sons Sidney and Owen visited these people
in 1925. Went in a T Model Ford." Coker Evans) (See file for further info
on Nancy). In 1930, Nancy recalled in her diary: "to day is centenial day
at old Tabernacle Church in Eidistoe association. My GrandFather and grandmother
ware charter members. John Evans and Pheby Kitchen Evans was & my father
was a member of that church when he maried my mother they lived 2 years down
thare then moved to Edgefield District now Saluda Co. They joined Old Salem
Church and he was a Decan of that church at his deathe in 1864. I well remember
thare goin to Salem each on horse Back & would carie me in his lap on a Pillow
go on Sat spend the night at my Mother's old home Sampson Wheeler Old home place.
Oh them was good old days..."
Nancy also notes this about her husband's family: "Rev James Foy Peterson
Son of Thoms & Abigil Richardson. Thair Parent was of Welch decent came from
the King of Wales. Rev James Foy maried Rebie Williams had Isrus thus Elizabeth
Lewis, Abner maried White, Abigill married Jinnings, Baz married Nancy Evans.
James married Burnett byt he was older than Baz. Rev James Foy preached for
Red Bank Church 42 years without a salery when he dide they buried him and placed
a grand monument to him."
1850: "March Church Meeting. Bro. Martin Evans ordained Deacon of the Church
by the Rev. ? Watkins & A.S. Dozier, By order of the Church in Conference."
Also, daughter Mary Elizabeth was baptised.
1850: U.S. Census of Edgefield District, S.C. ennumerated on Nov. 7th lists:
"Martin Evans, 45, Farmer, Real Estate value $173; Sarah, 31; John C., 17,
farmer (C1); Mary E., 15; Amanda, 14; Julia A., 12; Sarah, 10; Matherne, 5; Nancy,
3." Listed near by are the Abner and James Peterson families.
1850: Agriculture Census of S.C.: Edgefield; includes: Martin Evans; Acres improved-25;
Acres unimproved-173; Cash value of farm-$173; Value of farm imp-$12; Horses-3;
Milk cows-4; Other cattle-7; Sheep-8; Swine-50; Value of livestock-$250; Wheat-8
bus; Indian Corn-200 bus; Oats-90 bus; cotton-2 bales; Wool-16; Sweet potatoes-50
bus; Butter 52 lbs; value of home made-$20; Value of ? $50. (On same page are
listed: Crouch, Gregory, Peterson, and Mobley.)
1851: Apparently the family moved about this time from Perry's Cross Roads to
Red Bank. From Nancy Evans diary: "I was borned 1847 in Old Edgefield Co
now Saluda River or neare on a farm neare the Negro Church out a few miles from
Saluda Church and my father and mother ware Baptist. Thare membership was at
Old Salem Church and he sold out down there and bought neare Red Bank Church."
The site of the Evans Land in Red Bank (now Saluda) is East of town on Hwy 178
across from the Fire Tower, across road from Saluda Baptist Church, just outside
city limits, behind Bane's Food Ct. (see pictures in book)
1854: Daughter Amanda baptisted at Salem Church in September.
1855; Nov. 30: Deed in III, 214; Martin Evans to Thos. Jones of Edgefield Dist
for 28 A., $160, on waters of Burnetts Creek of Little Saluda River, adjoining
Middleton Graham; "is a part of the tract on which I live."
1860: Census of Saluda Regiment, Edgefield District, Richardsonville Post Office:
"Martin 56, Farmer, Real Estate value $1300, Personal Estate $815; Sarah,
50; Amanda, 24; Sarah, 18; Matherney, 16; Nancy, 12; all born in S.C. This census
was ennumerated on August 21.
Richardson Cemetary Saluda: "Located on site of Richardsonville Township
near Red Bank Creek. In 1871 Richardsonville was a thriving town, wheras Saluda
or Red Bank, as it was called at the time was only a dot on the map. Richardsonville
was located at cross road of Old Charleston Rd. and Old Chapple Ferry Rd. These
were the main roads in this section of the country at this time." (From
book on cemetaries). Post Office Data for S.C. 1789-1861 notes: "Richardson's
Tavern was established 1 Nov 1802, discontinued about 1819; David Richardson,
first postmaster; changed to Richard's Tavern in 1819 until about 1825; then
changed to Richardsonville about 1831; then back to Richardson's Tavern. It
was still operating in 1861.
1860: Agriculture Census of S.C. includes: Martin Evans; Post Office, Perry's
Cross Roads; Saluda Reg.; Edgefield Dist: Acres improved - 75; Acres unimp. -55;
cash value of farm -$1300; Val of Farm equip -$50; Horses -3; Milk Cows -5; Other
cattle -5; Sheep -11; Swine -20; Value of livestock -$515; Wheat bushels -24;
corn -200 bus; oats -75 bus; cotton -3 bales; wool -20; Peas and beans - 5 bus;
Potatoes -10 bus; Sweet Potatoes -30 bus; Butter 156 lbs; value of home made
equip -$30; Value of animals slaughtered -$100. (At same post office are listed
J.C. Walton -$3500; M.P. Walton -$4500; and M. Graham -$9000.
1864: John Martin Evans died on July 4th. "All the men were gone to war
so the slave Darkies made his coffin, covered it with soot, and drove the wagon
to burry him. He was a deacon of Old Salem Baptist Church in S.C. all his life
after he was grown. They were all Baptist on both sides." (Delilah Cloud)
No will was recorded but there is a record of the administration of his estate
in the Edgefield Court House.
1864: Administration of Estate of Martin Evans: (Recorded in Edgefield Courthouse;
See copies in file)
1864: Oct. 8: Sarah Evans was appointed Administratrix of the Estate of Martin
Evans, deceased, "It is ordered that she do seel at the late residence of
the deceased on Thursday the 27th day of October, all the Personal Estate of
"...Whereas Martin Evans late of the District and State aforesaid deceased,
lately died intestate..." She also obtained a bond for $10, 000. Signed
X "her mark", Sarah Evans, also ? Wheeler and Jacob McCarty.
1864: Oct 27 day 1864; Apprais Bill of the Property of Martin Evens Deceased:
Coubbound (?) 2 ct $10.00
2 chest 10.
1 clock 10.
1 table 4.
1 shot gun 10.
1 bed and sead and furn 50.
Teaster bedsted 5.
Lot of Setting chairs 16.
Table and Sundrys 70.
Dary and contents 15.
2 fans 4.
2 churns & jug 10.
3 Barrels 10.
1 lot of cooking ut 75.
1 lot of copperware 10.
2 spinning wheels and reel 35.
1 loom and slops 30.
Side sadle 5.
Flour by the cert 30.
2 raw hides 60.
Tray of sifter 8.
Wheat bu 20.
Lot of Bankel & 5.
Lot of farming tools 20.
Lot of plow hoes 10.
Lot of plows 25.
Lot of tools 30.
2 baskets and wash lot 20.
1 syth and cradle 25.
1 mare foul 100.
Mule colt 400.
Teanlin colt 500.
Mare and colt 1200.
Wagon gear 30.
Corn and oats by lot 45.
Fodder and cow feed 30.
Cotton by lot 30.
Corn in field 125.
1 wagon 125.
Black smith tools 50.
Grind stone 25.
Lot cow feed 10.
Barrell Ripe & goat (?) feed 10.
Bu of wheat 3.
4 shoats 200.
8 head cattle 1200.
Lot of hogs 400.
Lot of sheep 30.
(Not on record, but this totals: $5145.00; page opposite is not legible at this
time; note also, 1860 Agriculture Census shows he owned 130 acre farm valued
"We three of the assaisor do certify the written to be a correct appraisment
of the goods and chatales of M. Evans, desese, shown us by the Administrators
to be best of our knowledge in the presence of M. Graham, Indians Ranks, Calam
gauge." (Recorded on pages 686-687)
Oct 11, 1864 Mr. Durso Dr dir I have advatised the sale of Martin Evans sale
on the 27th of the month I wi ??man to you the appraisers Middletom Graham (Hulas
Banks) 1 pe Little Calvin B aighn ,Yours with respect S. Wheeler
Oct 27 day 1864
Sale Bill of Martin Evans
Sarah Evins Table of (?) Sancage grunt $5.00
" Lot of crochery 20.
" Dary & contents 10.
" 2 churns 5.
" 2 chairs 4.
" 1 lot of barrels 7
." Lot of cooking utns 50
." Coppersware 15.
" 2 spinning wheels & reel 20.
" Loom & contents 10.
" Side sadle 5.
" Lot of flour 30.
" 2 raw hides 50.
" Tray & sifter 5. Barel & jugs 5.
" Plow stock & hoes 5.
" Fork & shovel 3.
Sarah Evins 2 axes 7.
I H. Peterson 3 plow hoes 12.50
A Chamer 4 plow hoes 20.
Pate herring Lot of old irons ? 6.
Sarah Evins Lot of plows 20.
" Lot of plows 15.
" 5 ? bed stens 3.
" Pair stel ?yards 1.
" Hand axe 6.50
D. Punfory Lot of old tools 3.
Sarah Evins 3 Augers & drawing nife 8.50
" 2 hammers & pinchers 5.35
.... Henderson Jack plain ? 8.00
S. Evens Wash pot & baskets 20.00
S. Evens Sythe & cradle 35.00
Millidge Bledso 1 tan mare 625.00
Eldred Mobley 1 filly 505.00
Sarah Evans mare & colt 1200.00
Mobley 1 pair geon 51.00
E Mobley 1 pair geon 70.00
S. Evens Geon collars bridles lines 56.00
S. Evens Corn by the lot 30.00
S Evens Oats by the lot 30.00
S. Evens fodder shocks by the lot 30.00S. Evens Cotton by the lot
S. Evens Corn in the field 100.00
W. Richardson Grindstone 90.00
Sarah Evens Waggon 80.00
J. Banks .... of Shifh tools 50.00
S. Evans` Lot of Cow food in barn 5.00
J Amekes Barrel rie grap.... 13.00
S. Evens Barrel of ... 12.00
S. Evens Lot hogs 4 100.00
Jery Joy 1 sow 75.00
S. Evns 7 head hogs, 35.50/head 248.50
S. Evns 5 first choise sheep, 45.25/head 227.250
Sarah Evans 5 secon choice per head 34.00 170.00
S. Evens cow stan? 260.00
S. Evens Cow olph? 300.00
S. Evens Red Jeaslie 100.00
Wm. Wheeler know horn cow 425.00
Mary Kitchen Red cow 400.00
Leathony? 1 curying knife 12.50
E.P. Coleman Breast chairs 4.50
M. Gregory 97 pounds cotton 87.30
S. Evens house pig 20.00
(This sale is not totaled on the original document but comes to: $5, 831.30)
(See copy of Letter of Administration, Administration Bond, Warrant of Appraisement,
and copy of Appraisal and Sale in file)
Sarah Evans letters of Administration on the Estate of Martin Evans
(Recorded in Book of letters pg 149)
He was married to Sarah Wheeler in 1832.
Sarah Wheeler(1) was born on 15
Apr 1810 in South Carolina. She died in Dec 1883 in South Carolina. She has
reference number E002. Wheeler, Sarah E002
1810: Born April 15
1832: Baptisted into Salem Baptist Church.
1832?: Married John Martin Evans (E1). Apparently moved her church letter to
Tabernacle Baptist Church.
1833: First son born; also moved letter, along with husband to Salem Baptist
Church. (See E1 for further information)
1870: U.S. Census of Saluda Division, Edgefield District, Richardsonville Post
Office, lists: "Sarah Evans, 56, Keeping House; Real Estate $350; Personal
Estate $250." She is listed next to: "Julia Walton, 33 (her daughter),
Farm Laborer; Luther, 10; John, 8, Benjamin, 3."
1877: Sarah Evans was listed in Salem Baptist Church membership roles.
1883: Sarah Wheeler Evans died. (Possibly buried in old Wheeler Cemetary, but
no marker found.) In letter of Dec. 6, 1883 her son, John Calhoun, writes from
Louisiana to sister Nancy in S.C: "We receivs your letter on the las day
of Nov Bring the Sad Intelligence of the death of our dear Old Mother Sad Indeed
though not at all unexpected to me for long have I Expected the and felt the
Sadness on opening your letters and of the Suffering of Her Our great consolation
Is trusing that She Is at rest 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..."
(See letter in file)
John Calhoun Evans.
Mary Elizabeth Evans(1) was born on
30 Jul 1834. She died on 19 Jun 1912. She was buried in Good Hope Cemetary.
She has reference number D042. Some records say the fourth daughter was named
Lillie, and that she
married William Arthur.
Cassandra Amanda Evans(1) was born
on 4 May 1835 in South Carolina. She died in Dec 1918 in South Carolina. She
has reference number D043.
Julia Evans(1) was born on 14 Jul 1837
in South Carolina. She died on 27 Nov 1913 in South Carolina. She has reference
"Sallie" Evans(1) was born
in 1840 in South Carolina. She died on 12 Jan 1910 in South Carolina. She has
reference number D045.
Marthena Evans(1) was born on 12 Jul
1843 in South Carolina. She died on 17 Jun 1911 in South Carolina. She has
reference number D046.
Nancy Isabelle Evans(1) was born on
22 Nov 1847 in South Carolina. She died on 16 Jan 1942 in South Carolina. She
has reference number D047.
Data from diaries of Nancy Isabelle Evans Peterson, in possession of Nan Frick,
Batesburg, S.C. 7/92
1907: On my mother's side. greate grandfather Wheeler was named John and his
wife was a Miss Hide named Masy and her mother was Corley and grandfather Wheeler
was named Daniel. granmother was a Burnett name Pollie. my mother was named Sallie
Wheeler and my father
was named Martin Evans and his father was named William (marked through and John
written over) and he came from Scotlan and he was Scot Irish. my granmother Evans
was a Kitchins named Fiebie. Nany Isabelle Evans married Baz Peterson. his father
was James Peterson. hid mother was a Richardson his wife was named Rebvecca Williamson
her father was named Joseph Williamson his wife was named Elizabeth.
1909: Relations should bind themselves together and never let love and family
ties get torn assunder for a few dollars we should always remember that we all
can't see just the same way and don't let money snap the family tie that binds
the loving hearts together... hold the family tie above gold. (signed) Mother.
1926: Cousin Marthinia Fulmer died this morn. She was 93, mother of 5 living
sons and daughters. She was buried today at Tabernacle Baptist Church, the old
family church of my grandfather Evans. Was my father's church until one year
after he married he brout his letter to Edgefield to Old Salem Church of which
he became a decon and remained untill his death in the year of 1864 July 4.
1930: Jan 21; All alone but god is near. July; I write and write to my grand
child and get no answers. is it possible they don't love me any more. I sit heare
can't heare common conversation and no one ever talks to me and when I aske questions
it seems they don't care to answer.
Oh god be with me. I'm feelin real poorley and Willett is sick.
1931: Aug 27; Grate grandfather John Wheeler married Masey Hide whose mother
was a Corley. Grandfather Wheeler named Daniel. He married Pollie Burnet; their
children; Elizabeth married Crouch; Rosey never married; Sarah married Martin;
Sallie married Smith; Nancy married Burnett; Julie never married; Sampson never
married; William married Burnett; Matilda married Jake McCarty.
1932: Cousin Mary Elizabeth Crouch came to see me. Her grandmother was my first
cousin Maryan Evans Uncle Gideon Evans daughter. Very nice looking old lady 63
years old. She lives at Springfield.
1933: Nov. 1; 1st say of Nov. if I live until the 22, I will be 86 years old.
I was borned 1847 in Old Edgefield Co now Saluda River or neare on a farm neare
the Negro Church out a few miles from Saluda Church and my father and mother
ware Baptist. Thare membership was at Old Salem Church and he sold out down there
and bought neare Red Bank Church. I was 4 years old and I have been going to
Red Bank ever since I was 4 years old. I joined that church the yeare 1864. I'm
still a membere thare. My name has been on the church book longer than any one
living. I still enjoy goin thare when I am able but oh so many changes now. Well
this a beautiful day. ?: Sister Sallie Gregory died Jan 12, 1910; Sister Marthenia
Walton June 17, 1911; Sister Mary Kitchins June 19, 1912; Florance Evans Brother
John's wife 1909; Sister Julia Walton Nov 27, 1913; Amanda Herin Dec. 1918; Nanno
died June 4, 1917 (Nannie Padget); Mr. Peterson Padget died 1923.
I was married Dec 12, 1893.
Nancy I Peterson is buried at Sardis Church (between Batesburg and Saluda). Also
in this cemetery: Baz Peterson 27 Jan 1836-08 Feb 1905; Nancy I. Evans Peterson
22 Nov 1847-16 Jan 1942; Bazzie M. Peterson 23 Jan 1870-04 Nov 1898; Muriel A
Padget 1914; Benjamine Padget 1909.