Thomas Evans (1737 - 1808)

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Birthplace: Pembrokeshire, Wales
Death: Died in Morgantown, Monongolia, VA, USA
Occupation: Farmer, Ferry owner & operator
Managed by: Austin Worthington
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About Thomas Evans

Thomas Evans (1737-1808) was a pioneer of present-day West Virginia. He settled first near Stewarttown Union District and is listed among the twelve charter members of the Forks of Cheat Baptist Church. Thomas operated a ferry at the mouth of Decker’s Creek and served as a Private in the 13th VA Regiment, Virginia Troops, in the Revolutionary War.

The June 9, 1808 will of Thomas Evans was produced in Court for the September 1808 Term in Monongalia County, and proven by oath of John Morgan. Thomas, a resident of Morgantown, willed that all his property, both real and personal, should remain in the possession of my "dearly beloved and lawful wife Katherine Evans, during her widowhood, and in case she shall ever marry after my death, then she shall be entitled to her right Dower, according to the acts of the General Assembly in such cases made and provided; and balance to be divided amongst my children . . ." From this will, we get the names of his children.

Five of his children were living in Floyd Co., KY in the early 1800s. In 1814 the inheritance of their father's land in four counties of Virginia by three of these children - John, Evan & Caty - was sold for $3,000 to their brother, Richard. This netted a substantial $1,000 per child and infers that his total estate was worth much more than $10,000. The spouses of the parties were also named, including the husband of Caty, Samuel May#.

John, Evan, Richard and Thomas (Jr.) Evans were all living in Floyd County, as recorded in the 1810 U.S. census. All of them except Thomas moved to Greenup and Carter counties before 1830. Both Richard and Thomas served terms as Sheriff - Collector of the Levies -of Floyd Co. Thomas was listed in the Floyd Co. census as late as 1830, while Caty remained in Prestonsburg until 1849.

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Thomas Evans's Timeline

1737
December 9, 1737
Wales
1762
1762
Age 24
VA, USA
1777
July 21, 1777
- August 13, 1777
Age 39
Captain Montague's Company
1778
May 18, 1778
- present
Age 40
Captain Montague's Company
1779
April 20, 1779
- present
Age 41
Captain Montague's Company
1788
1788
Age 50
Monongalia, Virginia, United States
1808
August 7, 1808
Age 70
Morgantown, Monongolia, VA, USA
1808
Age 70
VA, USA