George Evans, born 1835 Franklin County, NC died between the years of 1900 and 1910 in or around Spring Hope / Nashville North Carolina.
In August 1850 and according to the census record of that year, George Evans was living in Nash County, North Carolina, a free mulatto, approximately 14-years of age. He was listed as living with a white family along with another 18-year old mulatto male named Jessie Izard. According to the census record, there were 2 white families with last names of Cane and Williams living in the house as well. The head of the household at that time was a 65 year-old white female named Aley Griffin.
Aley Griffin may have been related to George's mother. George was born during the period of slavery. During that time, a child acquired the status of the mother at birth. A child who was born of a free white woman was free at birth. Most mulattoes as they were called were probably given up for adoption shortly after birth. This may have been the case for George but on the other hand, he may have been a second or third generation mulatto. To-date, I have found no information on George's parents.
In August 1870, and according to the census record of that year, George was living in an area of Nash County called Springfield Township. He was listed as being 35 years-old, mulatto and a farmer. His wife Letha was listed as being 30 years-old and mulatto. Children listed are: Lousanna 8, Mary 6, Rebecca 4, and Geo T. 9mos.
Ten years later in 1880, and according to the census record of that year, George was listed as a 44 year-old mulatto living in an area of Nash County called Ferrell along with his 23 year-old mulatto wife Emma and the following children listed by age: Lousanna 17, Mary 16, Rebecca 14, Thomas 11, Leathey Ann 8, Clora Ann 7, John H. 5, Persa 3, and Jesse 6mos.
Apparently, Geo T. in the 1870 Census is Thomas in the 1880 Census whose real name is likely “Geo Thomas Evans” and the name Lucinda in the 1870 Census is listed as Lousanna in the 1880 Census. Between 1870 and 1880, George either separated, divorced or became a widower of Letha.
In June 1900, according to the Census record of that year, George was living in Spring Hope along with his wife Emma and the following children: Jesse 19, Letha 17, George S. 16, Joseph 14, David 12, and Willie R. 3.
The 1900 census listed George as married to Emma for 28 years placing their marriage around 1872. This is obviously in error since between 1872 and 1877 George had 4 more children with Letha (Leathey Ann, Clora Ann, John H. and Persa). It appears that Persa was the last child born between George and Letha. Apparently, Jesse was the first child born between George and Emma. I also gather that George and Emma's oldest daughter who was born about 2 years after Jesse was named "Letha". It appears that George may have named her "Letha" in memory of his former wife Letha which causes me believe that Letha may have died while delivering Persa in 1877.
It is apparent from the age of each of George and Emma's children that they consistently had one child after the other up until David. After David was born, there was a 9 year span between David and Willie R. There may have been some sort of unusual stress placed on the family during those 9 years between 1888 and 1897.
In 1910, according to the Census of that year, Emma is listed as being 55 years-old and widowed. George was 21 years older than Emma. Apparently, George died somewhere between 1900 and 1910. The family members living with Emma in 1910 were listed as: 23 year-old daughter Lagenia, 13 year-old son Willie R., and a 7 month-old grand-daughter named Eula Evans (possibly the child of Lagenia).
As of the 1910 Census record, I have found no further information concerning my maternal great-great-grandmother Emma.
I am grateful to my great-great grandparents for participating in each of the census listed and leaving their descendents an outline of their family history.
To date, the majority of my research was done using the website: FamilySearch.org
Paul Denver Wilson Jr.
December 19, 2010
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