I am researching the Sharp family and trying to identify Abraham Eaves who posted a marriage bond dated 1 January 1788 in Albemarle County to marry Elizabeth Sharp spinster. She appears to have been the daughter of Robert Sharp senr of Albemarle, as indicated by the security on the bond being Thomas Kindred, who married Nancy Sharp another daughter. [Marr Bond, loose papers, Albemarle Co. Circuit Court]
In the process of this search I came across your query as to the maiden name of Ann, the wife of John Eve. As you know, the names Ann and Nancy were often used interchangeably for the same person. I came across two documents which should answer your question.
Both documents are dated 19 Feb 1767 (which may serve as the source of the 1746 birthdate given for John, but which should be corrected to "born on or before 19 Feb 1745/46").
#1 James Taylor of Albemarle County for 5s [way below market price] conveyed to John Eaves "a Negroe Child abt 4 Years old named Peter ... being the same which I promised to my Daughter Nancy who is now married to the said Eaves." Executed before Hector McAlister, David Shepherd and Elisha Cox, and proved by these witnesses at March Court 1767. [Alb Co DB 4, p 340]
#2 John Eaves conveyed to Jas & Robt Donalds & Co for L36 "a Negroe Child abt 4 Years old named Peter & the same which I had of James Taylor by a Deed of this date" and a feather bed and furniture "which iis at this time in my possession & the same which I had given to me by my Father Joseph Eaves."
[Alb DB 4, p 340] This latter deed, located next to the other one in the book, appears to have been a de facto deed of trust to secure a creditor. The court order books for this period allegedly were burned by the British in 1781, when Tarlton attempted to capture Jefferson and the legislature, so the surrounding information is not known.
Please share with me the source(s) for the short paragraph you posted 7 Dec 1999, relating:
"Joseph Eve came to Virginia from Great Britain in 1732 as an indentured servant. He settled in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, worked for David Kinkade for 3 years, and was discharged from his service in 1736. He worked as a carpenter in Orange County, the successor county to Spotsylvania. By 1741 he had married a woman named Mary. Joseph wrote a will in 1769 and died around 1770. The will identifies five children: Thomas, John, Joseph, Sarah, and George. "
Would like to know the wording of the will, date signed, witnesses, when proved, and where (book & page) recorded. I find a reference which supports the statement that he worked as a carpenter to the effect that he was hired to construct the church at Little Fork in St. Mark's Parish in 1743. I am sorry that I cannot put my hands on the source at the moment, but believe it was in my notes from a history of Culpeper Co. Such information would have been distilled from the Vestry Book.
Hopefully, this is of help to you. I am trying to locate the Abraham Eaves in the context of several families in the area. He was a blacksmith and a renter. He appears in Fredericksville Parish (Albemarle) in 1787, 1796, 1797, and 1798. This is the parish in which Robert Sharp was seated. He appears also in St. Ann's Parish (Albemarle on the south side of the Rivanna) in 1793, 1794, 1795, 1800 and 1801. He was in Fluvanna County in 1790, and I have not yet checked Fluvanna for other missing years. The 1801 tax list is the last mention of him in Albemarle.
Joseph Eve junr of Albemarle Co., acquired 200 acres (more or less) from Abraham and Mary Allen on 13 Oct 1763. [Alb DB 3, p 355] He died before 25 Aug 1788, when his widow and two children sold the land to George Eve of Culpepper [sic] County. She had remarried, to Robert Ayres and her daughter Elizabeth had married Lewis Catton, Cotton, Carlton [the third name is on a posting on the WorldConnect, but the deed does not look like Carlton]. A second daughter was Sarah. They had moved to Wilkes Co., NC. [Alb DB 9, p 469] Tax records identify the grantee as Rev. George Eve. He sold the land to two neighbors in 1791. [Alb DB 10, pp 248, 250]
Also present in Albemarle were Thomas Eve (residing on the 190 acres sold by the heirs to George). It does not appear that George ever occupied the land, but property tax lists show the presence of William and Thomas in St. Ann's Parish in 1787, and then more consistently in Fredericksville. The 190 acres was in Fredericksville Parish.
To confuse the picture, Roday Eves of Prince William County purchased 116 acres in St. Ann's Parish in 1785. That is part of the family coming out of Northumberland County. He never appeared in the property tax rolls, while he was taxed on the 116 acres in the land tax books through 1799. There is no conveyance out and it is unclear what happened to the land.
Any help you can provide which might help in sorting these people out would be appreciated.
Fredericksville Parish in Albemarle County was that part of the county located next to Orange County. St. Ann's Parish was the rest of the county, all south of the Rivanna River. The land owned by Joseph Eve junior and then George Eve, referenced below, was located on Sand Spring Branch of Priddy's Creek at approximately N Lat 38 deg 10.670 min, W Lon 78 deg 23.532 min. A modern topographical map and aerial photo of the area is at http://terraserver.homeadvisor.msn.com/geographic.aspx
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