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Evaline "Eve" Staley (Porter)

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: NC, USA
Death: August 21, 1830 (60-68)
Wilkes County, NC, USA
Immediate Family:

Ex-wife of Johan Jacob Stailey, Jr.
Mother of Jacob Staley; Elizabeth Staley; Mary Staley; Ellender Staley; Enoch Stailey and 3 others
Sister of Joseph Porter

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About Evaline "Eve" Staley

Evaline "Eve" Porter was born in NC, and died 1834 in Wilkes Co., NC. [1]

Parents: Said to be a daughter of Joseph Porter and Sarah Jane Reynolds. But:


"Several years ago while doing research on Joseph Porter (ca1737-1820) of Wilkes County, NC, I met Samuel Sebastian, now deceased. At that time, I had confirmed seven of eleven children of Joseph & Sarah Reynolds Porter. Mr. Sebbastian was so sure EVE was a daughter. In my sketch written some years ago I listed Eve as a possible daughter because I was not fully convinced. I am still not convinced. Eve was possibly a sister to Joseph or a cousin. I hope those who have Eve listed as a daughter will correct their records."



  1. Abt. 1782 in NC to Adam Jacob Staley.

Children of Eve Porter and Adam Staley:

  1. Rebecca Staley, b. Abt. 1775, d. date unknown.
  2. Adam Staley, b. Abt. 1787, d. date unknown.
  3. Barbara Staley, b. 1788, d. 1862, Hays, Wilkes County, NC.
  4. Elizabeth Staley, b. Abt. 1793, d. date unknown.
  5. Mary Staley, b. Abt. 1795, d. date unknown.
  6. Ellender Staley, b. Abt. 1797, d. date unknown.
  7. Jacob Staley, b. 1784, d. date unknown.


Eve had petitioned for a divorce in 1807 and then again in 1810 at the NC General Assembly. She obtained the divorce in 1813, after Adam died.

In 1822 Mary Stailey (Staley) (Eve's dau) sent a Power of attorney to David Rousseau of Wilkes Co., NC (Son in law of Eve) to represent her in her part of estate of Joseph Porter Sr. deceased (Father of Eve). John Dowdy (son in law of eve) also got the land of Joseph Porter Sr.

The N.C. General Assembly were the ruling body regarding granting divorces in those days. Eve had petitioned for a divorce in 1807 and then again in the 1810's. Since the General Assembly, which was in Raleigh four hours away from Wilkes by car on our modern interstate system, only met 1 or 2 times a year, it's conceivable that Jacob, Eve's husband could've died before the Assembly granted the divorce.

There is a document showing Eve requested that the State Legislature give her a bedroom separation. This was the closest thing to a divorce at that time in NC, and gave the wife the right to live in the home if they were abandoned or abused by the husband. The theory is that Eve and her family were abandoned by Adam Jacob after they moved to Wilkes County.



[1] the birthdate is impossible if she is indeed the daughter of Joseph Porter and Sarah Jane Reynolds.

1803 The NC State Legislature granted Eve's request for a Legal Separation.

1807 The NC State Legislature denied Eve's request for a Divorce.

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Evaline "Eve" Staley's Timeline

Age 22
Wilkes, North Carolina, United States
Age 24
Randolph, North Carolina, United States
Age 24
Age 27
Age 29
Age 31
August 21, 1830
Age 64
Wilkes County, NC, USA