The next family the writer will notice, is the Evans family. Bishop Gregg says, on page
75: "Nathan Evans was a Welshman, and settled on Catfish. He either came from the
Welsh Neck above, soon after his arrival there, or was one of those who went first to the
lower part of the Welsh tracts, and remained there. Lands in the neighborhood of Tart's Mill
(now Moody's) were granted to Nathan Evans." Bishop Gregg, in a note on same page,
says: "Nathan Evans was the grand-father
of the late Thomas Evans and General William Evans, of Marion. The father of General Evans
was also named Nathan, and was a man of upright character through life." Nathan Evans'
settlement on "Catfish" was soon after the arrival and settlement of John Godbold, in 1735.
Gregg further says: "David Evans, a son of Nathan, was a Captain in the Revolution, and a man
of note. He died child-less. About the same time, two families of James and Lucas came down the
river and settled on Catfish; with the latter of these the Crawfords and Evans intermarried. Soon
after a family of Bakers came from Newbern, N. C. to Pee Dee. One of this name married a
daughter of Nathan Evans. William Baker was prominent in the Revolution, and marked for
his devotion to the cause of liberty.
Thus the foundation of the Evans family, so far as Marion county is concerned, is laid in
old Nathan Evans. His son, Nathan, was the only one to perpetuate the name.
--A History of Marion County, W.W. Sellers (1902)
Excerpt transcribed and contributed by Helen Moody, March 2000.
(Please remember to always locate and review the original of all transcribed
material, whether in print or on the Internet.)
Will of Nathan EVANS 1810
wife Elizabeth; brother Thomas EVANS; sons Thomas, John Gamewell, William, Nathan;
daughters Eadey and Zilpha
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