Facts and Events
Nathanial Evans was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- 16 February 1745 - Land Survey for Nathaniel Evins for 161 acres "on the Halfway Creek, by Thomas Lewis, Surveyor. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 10, Dorman, pg. 53]. (Note: "Halfway Creek" is a tributary of the James River that enters the Borden Tract at its lower end).
- 16 February 1745 - Land Survey for Nathaniel Evins for 184 acres "on the Halfway Creek, by Thomas Lewis, Surveyor. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 10, Dorman, pg. 53].
- Page 376.—17th August, 1753. James Patton to Nathaniel Evans, 120 acres, Branch of Looney's Creek by patent 3d November, 1750. Teste: Margret Preston, Wm. Thompson, Geo. Robinson.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 203.--13th February, 1761. Nathaniel Evins and Mary to John Keys, £15, 161 acres on west side of the South River alias the River Mary, a branch of James River, patented to Nathaniel, 1759; cor. tract belonging to heirs of John McDowell, the low ground of Reverend Alexander McDowell. Teste: Thomas Bowyer, Samuel and James McDowell. (Note: this appears to be the same 161-acre tract surveyed on Halfway Creek in 1745, listed above).
- Franklin County, Virginia Will Book I
- Page 25. Inquisition, taken Jun 23, 1788 on the body of Nathaniel Evans, late of Botetourt County, found at the Cross roads near Benjamin Griffeth on Blackwater River the morning this inst. We, the jury, having examined the body of said Evans; we believe that Evans' death was natural.
- Signed - Moses Greer, Jacob Dillmon, John Griffith, Melton Wagon, Tobas Miller, John Brammar, Benjamin Griffeth, William Walton, Thomas Terry, Moses Greer Jr, Thomas Doggett, George Livesey.
- Found with Nat Evans - 1 old felt hat, wescoat coat, and big coat, a pair of leather breeches, a pair of cloth logans, 1 bottle, 2 mids, 2 pair stockings, 2 shurch (shirts?], 1 pair long breeches, 2 combs, 1 blanket, 1 bed, 1 bolster, 1 cooper stook buchel, 1 old stock, 1 pair knee buckles. Recorded Jul 7, 1788.
- Page 439 - Wednesday the 10th Day of August 1791
- Present: George Skillan, Patrick Lockhart, Martin McFerson & John Cartmill, Gentlemen. Absent: Patick Lockhart Gent.
- An Indenture of bargain and sale between Archibald Simpson of the one part & Jane Campbell Executrix of Nathaniel Evans deceased of the othe part, was proved by the Oath of John Bratchin junr third witnefs thereto subscribed the same is ordered to be recorded.
- [Botetourt County, VA Court Records]
Processioning List of 1748 & 1767/68
- "Processioning" was the process or periodically reviewing and agreeing upon property lines between settlers. Processioning Lists can be useful in determining the area of a settler and the neighboring settlers at a specific time period:
- Page 14.--12 April, 1748: Processioners' Returns: Robert Huston and Alex. McClure: Processioned for Wm. Hall, Robert Allison present; 20th January, 1747-8, processioned for John McNab, Baptist McNab present; 20th January 1747-8, processioned for Robert Huston; 28th January, 1747-8, processioned for Charles Hays, Andrew Hays present; processioned for Wm. Givens, Andrew Hays present; 29th January, 1747-8, processioned for John Stevenson, Andrew Stevenson present; 29th January, 1747-8, processioned for Andrew Baxter, Nathaniel Evans present; 29th January 1747-8, processioned for Alex. McCleary, Moses Whiteside present; 30th January, 1747-8, processioned for Mathew Lyle, John Lyle present; 30th January, 1747-8, processioned for John Gray, Mathew Lyle present; 12th February, 1747-8, processioned for John Pater Sally, Michael Finney present; 10th March, 1747-8, processioned for John Paul, Roger Kays present. (Note: Andrew Baxter was Nathaniel Evans' grandfather).
- Page 443.--Processioned by Wm. Caruthers, David Gray, 1767, 1768: For John Paxton, for Nathl. Evans, for James Robertson, for Wm. Ramsey, for Alex. McClure, for James Harries, for Saml. McCaskrey, for Widow Davidson, for Wm. Caruthers, for Jno. Peoples, for Thomas Paxton, for Patrick Lowrey, for John Dailey, for Thomas Dreydan, for Moses McClure, for Benj. Gray, for David Gray; for Widow Taylor, And. Taylor present; for Widow Huston, Jno. Huston present; for Joseph Reed.
- Page 276.--1760: Processioned in Capt. Moore's Company by John Stephson, Nathaniel Evins: For Nathaniel Evins, for Wm. McCreerey, for Thos. Willson, for John Stevenson, for John McClung, for Wm. McClung, for Alex. Moore, for Adam Reed, for Wm. Hays, for Wm. Paris, for Thomas Bard, for John Cunningham, for Mathew Huston, for John Mountgumery, for Wm. Moore, for Wm. Lockridge, for Thomas Boyd, for John Boyd, for Thomas Hill, for Robert Ware (Wire), for Wm. Hays, for Wm. Beard, for Wm. Wardlaw, for Andrew Steel, for James Steel, for Joseph Kennedy, for John Lowry, for Samuel Huston, for James Eakins, for John Hanly, for John Logan, for Alex. Logan, for Alex. McNutt, for James McNutt, for John Rosman, for Andrew Dunkin, for John Wardlaw, for Wm. McCanless, for James Cowdan, for John Moore.
Records of Nathaniel Evans in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 2 - COPIES OF MUSTERS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY, 1742: Capt. John Buchanan's List: John Buchanan, Captain; Will Evins, Lieutenant; Josef Catton, Ensign; John Mitchell, Sergeant; Joseph Kanada, James Cooke, Charles Donocho, Solo Moffett, Jas. Sunderlin, Will Sayers, John Dyche, Rob. Catton, Charles Gamble, Sam Walker, Alex. Walker, John Walker, Joseph Walker, Cha. Hays, And. Martin, John Edmoston, Jas. Robinson, Ths. Duchart, Will Quinn, Thomas Williams, Jab Anderson, Joh Anderson, James Anderson, Isaac Anderson, And. Hays, John McCroserce, Will Buchanan, Rich. Courser, Sam Dunlap, Will Lonchrage, Rob. Dunlap, Jams Ecken, Will McCantes, John Moor, Will Moor, David Moor, Alex. Moor, And. Moor, Will Mitchel, Nathn. Evins, John Stephenson, James Eken, Jas. Greenlee, John Paul, Mat. Lyle, Joh. Gray, Ths. McSpedan, Joh. Mathews, Will Armstrong, Rob. Huddon, Will Hall, Sam. Gray, Isaac Taylor, Michael O'Docherty, Sam McClewer, Edw. Boyle, Will Humphrey, Nathn. McClewer, John Philip Weaver. (Note: Nathaniel Evans' name on this list appears to indicate that he was a few years older than some estimates, since it contains names of those serving in the militia).
- Pages 366-69. 13-14 March 1742/3. Benja. Borden of Orange County to Wm. Evins of same. Lease and release; for £7.9.5 current money. 249 acres, part of Benja. Borden large tract of 92,100 acres the pattent 6 Nov. 1739... corner to Borden land... (signed) Benja. Borden. Wit: John Stinson, Nethenel Evins, Richd. Cousart. 29 July 1743. Acknowledged by Benja. Borden. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 7, Dorman, pg. 61].
- Page 513.--15th September, 1748. Andrew Baxter's will. Wife, Margaret. 100 acres during her life, then to Andrew Stevenson, adjoining Wm. McClung. Legatee, Nathaniel Evans; legatee, Andrew Evans; legatee, John Pal; legatee, Jacob Anderson. Teste: Wm. McClung, George Stinson, David Moore. Proved. 15th August, 1753. by all witnesses; administrator granted Andrew Stevenson, who qualifies, with sureties Geo. Stevenson. David Moore.
- Vol. 1 - 18th November, 1754. Entered for William Preston, assistant surveyor to Mr. Thomas Lewis, the following tracts of land, viz: 400 adjoining survey made on John's Creek; 200 above the uppermost survey on the South Fork of John's Creek; 200 on North Fork of said creek; 800 between Bradshaw's survey and Adam Looney land; 200 called the Sugar Land; 200 called the Mill Place, joining Jacob Patton's old place; 200 below Henry Holston's, joining Frederick Hartsough's land; 800 between Spreading Spring Draft and George Bindwell's; 200 joining Dayley's land; 200 between John McGowen's land and Nathaniel Evans's land; 800 below Laurel Gap, on Potts Creek; 400 on ye next large bottom; 400 on Purgatory Creek; 200 on ye Long Bottom; 400 between William Hutchison's and James Moore's. on ye Path; 400 between Pricilla Reise's land and James McAfee's; 200 at head spring of Little Catawba.
- Page 147.--30th July, 1755. Daniel (Dan) Evans' will--Wife, Rhoda; brother, Nathaniel Evans; brother, Peter; Susannah Griffith to remain with Rhoda during Rhoda's widowhood, or until she arrives at 21. Executors, brother Peter Evans and Mark Cole, inhabitant in Bedford County, and wife Rhoda Evans. Teste: Caleb Powell, Erwin Patterson, Lawrence Stephen. Proved, 19th May, 1756, by Erwin Patterson. Peter Evans refuses to execute. Rhoda qualifies, with surety David Bryan.
- Page 267.--1759: Processioners appointed, viz: John Maxwell, James Trimble, Joshua Mathews, John Armstrong, on James River below road that crosses North River at the Widow Allison's and westwardly to James River. William Lusk, Alex. McClure, in Capt. Samuel McDowell's Company. John Stevenson, Nathaniel Evins, in Capt. David Moore's Company.
- Vol. 1 - OCTOBER 16, 1765. - (8) Mary, wife of Nathaniel Evans, private examination commission.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 18, 1767. Page (210) Mary Renolds, aged 16, orphan of James Renolds, chose Nathaniel Evans guardian.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 17, 1767. - (341) Grand jurors: Nathanl. Evans, Joseph Raburn, Saml. McPheeters, Francis Erwin, Robt. Thompson, Henry Stone, James McCain, John Ramsey, Archibald Fisher, John White, Henry Campbell, Saml. Briggs, Richd. Renalds, Hugh Hays, Joseph Malcolm, David Laird, John Francis, John Black, James Leatherdale, John McClure, Hugh Donaho.
- Page 432.--18th March, 1768: Vestry met. William McElheny and Paul Whitley appointed processioners vice John Maxwell and Jonathan Whitley. Robert Moor appointed processioner vice William Hall; Andw. Buchanan appointed processioner vice Wm. Reach; Peter Evans appointed processioner vice Nathl. Evans; John Anderson, Jr., appointed processioner vice John Young, Jr.; James Belshey appointed processioner vice John Frazier; Jno. Harrison Jr., appointed processioner vice John McDonnald; Alex. Hamilton appointed processioner vice William Elliott, who is unfit through age and infirmity. The processioners exempted above are such as have served before or such as the Vestry judges unqualified.
- Vol. 2 - Fee Books of Augusta Court, 1768 - page 102, Nath. Evans, R. Oak; Robert Carlyle, Bull Pasture
- Vol. 2 - Fee Books of Augusta Court, 1772 - page 94, Nathaniel Evans.
Records in Botetourt County, VA
- Botetourt County Road Orders: 10 April 1771, BCOB 1, p. 287, Ordered that Nathaniel Evans be appointed Surveyor of the Road in place of John Bowman who is Discharged from that office —
- Botetourt County Road Orders: 15 April 1772, BCOB 2, p. 105 - Nathaniel Evans is appointed Surveyor of the Road in the Room of James McKeachey who is discharged from that Office And it is ordered that the usual hands attend the said Evans when Required to Keep the said Road in Repair as the Law directs.
- Botetourt County Road Orders: 13 August 1772, BCOB 1772, p. 128 [now BCOB 2, p. 310]- Nathaniel Evans is appointed Surveyor of the Road from the Big lick to Mr John Howards House and said John Howard is appointed Surveyor of the Road from his House to the Bedford line and the Tithables within Two Miles on each side of the Road are ordered to attend the said Surveyors when Required to Keep the said Road in Repair as the law directs.
- Excerpt from Will of Archibald Campbell, who was the brother of Jane Campbell, listed in the following record.
- I also give to my sister, Jean CAMPBELL one negro girl named Pegg about nine years of age. In case my sister, Jean does not intermarry with Nathaniel EVANS, brother of Peter EVANS But if my sister Jean should marry the said EVANS, it is my will that the Negro girl Pegg shall be sold and the money from the sale to be equally divided between my brother William’s son Thomas CAMPBELL & William SIMPSON’s sons, John and Archibald SIMPSON. (Note: obviously Nathaniel Evans was not well respected by Jane Campbell's brother, Archibald).
- Botetourt County Court Minutes, November 1774
- At the court house of Botetourt County the 8th day of November, 1774.
- The Grand Jury rctd. into court & presented the following persons, towit: Nathaniel Evans for unlawfully cohabiting with Jane Campbell. (Note: apparently Nathaniel and Jane were married shortly afterwards).
- Joseph Pryor, 1797 Indenture - On 17 Aug 1797, Joseph PRYOR and Mary his wife of the County of Botetourt and state of Virginia of the one part and George, Charles, Peter, Margaret, Philip, Christopher, and Daniel Seacat the children and heirs at law of Peter Seacat, deceased, late of the said county of Botetourt of the other part... for and in consideration of the sum of 700 pounds Virginia Currency... two certain tracts of land lying and being in the said county of Botetourt and on Roanoke River containing 250 acres be the same more or less, one of which said tracts contain 100 acres as appears by a patent granted to Nathaniel Evans, deceased, on August 23, 1787 and which has since been conveyed to the said Joseph PRYOR by deed from James Campbell Executor of the said Nathaniel Evans Deceased... The other tract of land containing 150 acres as appears by patent bearing date June 5, 1747 to Charles Hungate Deceased and which hath been since conveyed to the aforesaid Joseph Pryor by William Hungate's Heir at Law of the said Charles Hungate Deceased by Deed bearing date September 26, 1793...
- ↑ Ancestry.com/Ancestry Family Trees: Public Members Trees.