I have this e-mail address off of Genforum where we have exchanged a couple of notes regarding the Bevan family a little while ago.
We are convinced that 'your' Ester and 'my' Hester are one and the same person. One of Ester's sons by her second marriage (to Evan David Evans) was born in Hazel Green, Grant Co., WI, probably at the home of her sister Mary Bevan Wheeler Alton. Mary and Ester's parents, Thomas and Margaret Fox Bevan were living in the same part of the same tiny town at the same time so there was a reunion of some sort. The child born in Hazel Green was Thomas B. Evans in 1847. The second son was David Beavan Evans born in St. Clair, PA in 1850. I suspect the first son's middle name would have been Beavan, too. I haven't looked through those lines, yet. In fact, I am just now reminded of them.
I have had a few bits of information since we last wrote one another.
1. I did get the very hard to read note written by Sarah Ursula Scott who was a granddaughter of Mary Bevan Wheeler (later Alton). The note was relating the story told by her grandmother about her crossing the Atlantic on their way to the US. In it she mentions that Mary traveled with her daughter Ann who was a small child at the time. During rough weather the family story was that Mary tied her daughter to her with a cloth to make sure the child wasn't swept overboard. The note mentions one sister who was with them, Sarah, who is my ggg grandmother. There is no date of the crossing nor any mention of any other family members. The note is just a handful of sentences, so very short.
2. I've just heard from someone who is also descended from Mary Bevan Wheeler Alton and she tells me that she is sending me a copy of a daily diary that Ester, Mary, and Sarah's mother (who would be Margaret Fox Bevan) kept regarding their trip from England to the US. I am very much looking forward to seeing this. Apparently and unfortunately, the diary does not mention any children's names but I guess insinuates that she was traveling with four daughters which would mean if this is correct that Mary, her daughter and Sarah came over with their parents and two other sisters. From what my contact says, the journal is dated in 1830. That looks like it would preclude your Ester from being with the family as I have at least census data that shows her children with her first husband, William Payne, as being born in England, the last of which was born in 1941. You would know more about that than I. Is that correct?
If the diary indeed turns up as promised and if you would like a copy, I would be happy to make one and send it to you. While it might not mention your Ester, it does have to do with her mother, so also related to you.
The 1830 date works with what I know about my ggg grandmother, Sarah, because she was married in the US in 1831. Her and Ester's younger sister, Martha, was married in New York in 1835.
Sarah and her husband, Michael Moralee, were in Iowa by 1832 when their first child was born and were in SW Wisconsin by 1842 when the first of their Wisconsin children were born. As I have mentioned, Sarah's parents were in Iowa on the 1840 census but I don't know when they got there. I would guess that they would not have left an unmarried daughter on the East Coast so perhaps they were there until Martha was married in 1835.
Mary Bevan Wheeler Alton, Ester and Sarah's sister, was buried in a tiny cemetery called Provident about a mile east from their Jefferson (later incorporated into Hazel Green), Grant Co. home. The cemetery is actually in Lafayette County. Since her parents were living with her in 1860 and they died in 1862 (Thomas) and 1864 (Margaret) I assume that they were buried in Provident Cemetery, as well, but in two surveys of the cemetery, their grave stones were not located. It is a very unkept cemetery with lots of stone erosion, several stones which have sunk into the ground, some vandalism and some theft, so who know what happened to their headstones. I will be back there this summer to check it out as aside from Mary, I have another relative buried there, Sarah's son William Henry Moralee, who died of disease while serving in the Civil War.
Hopefully some of this information is helpful!
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