Notes for Jesse Evans: III. Montgomery County
Note 1. Handwritten narrative accompanying letter from James S. Evans to Lyman Draper, April 19, 1870, Lyman Coleman Draper Manuscript Collection (Draper Manuscripts), Microfilm 36J, Wisconsin Historical Society, p. 133.
Note 2. Mary B. Kegley, Tax List of Montgomery County, Virginia 1782, Roanoke, Va.: published by author (1974), p. 11.
Note 3. Virginia land grant to Jesse Evans, Dec. 16, 1784, Land Office Grants N, 1784-1785, Virginia State Land Office Grants A-Z, Microfilm Reel 54, Library of Virginia, pp. 483-84. This document is available in digital format on the Library of Virginia website.
Note 4. Montgomery County, Va., Land Entry Book A, p. 74; Montgomery County, Va., Plat Book B, p. 50.
Note 5. Wythe County, Va., Deed Book 1, p. 268 (Patrick Calhoun and his wife to Jesse Evans on July 14, 1795). The deed is for two parcels, including one containing 322 acres, which “is the tract wherein the sd Jesse Evans now lives.” The deed describes the Calhouns as living in Abbeville County, South Carolina.
Note 6. Wythe County, Va., Will Book 1, p. 1 (will of George Breckenridge dated May 3, 1790). The will provision quoted is depicted in Part I.
Note 7. Netti Schreiner-Yantis and Florene Speakman Love, Personal Property Tax Lists for the Year 1787 for Montgomery County, Virginia, Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print (1987), p. 456.
Note 8. Cynthia Miller Leonard, The General Assembly of Virginia, July 30, 1619-January 11, 1978: A Bicentennial Register of Members, Richmond, Va.: Virginia State Library (1978), pp. 145-46.
Note 9. Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia, October 1782, Richmond, Va.: Thomas W. White, printer (1828).
Note 10. The House of Delegates journal lists Jesse Evans as absent on Oct. 24 and 28, and on Nov. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 16, and 30.
Note 11. General correspondence, accounts and vouchers (1776-1795) (George Rogers Clark papers), APA 204, Microfilm Miscellaneous Reel 1357, Frame 901/902, Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts, Library of Virginia. The complete text of the letter reads:
Richmond June 10 1782
Being informed that, a plan is on foot for the protection of the frontier of Montgomery and Washington; and that two hundred men are intended for that service.
We beg leave to recommend to his Excellency the Governor and Council that Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Crockett may be appointed to have the command direction of the said men, while on duty accountable to the Executive for his conduct.
We are satisfied Col. Crockett will be agreeable to both Counties; and will be advised by the officers of both when necessary. From motives of regard to the frontiers &c. we are induced to make this application.
[signed] R Sayers }
[signed] Jesse Evans } Montgomery Delegates
[signed] David Campbell of Washington
[signed] William Christian
Senator for the District
Note 12. On November 2, 1790, this Joseph Evans submitted a petition to the Virginia General Assembly in connection with pay for his military service, but the surviving file doesn’t contain any details to connect him more directly to Jesse Evans. See Legislative Petitions, Miscellaneous, Microfilm Reel 233, Box 292, Folder 79, Library of Virginia.
Note 13. Common law suit folder 266, Montgomery County, Va.
Note 14. Except where an order book reference is noted in this list, each of these cases is listed in the Court Case Index, Montgomery County, Va., pp. 212-13. Some of the indexed cases also appear in entries in the court’s Order Book 1.
Note 15. Montgomery County, Va., Order Book 1 (1773-1788), p, 223.
Note 16. For a biographical sketch of John Thompson Sayers, see Guide to the Sayers Family Papers, 1779-1888, Collection Number 1993.3, Special Collections, Kegley Library, Wytheville Community College, Wytheville, Va.
Note 17. Common law suit folder 253, Montgomery County, Va.
Note 18. Lewis Preston Summers, History of Southwest Virginia, 1746-1786, Washington County, 1777-1870, Richmond, Va.: J.L. Hill Printing Co. (1903), p. 290.
Note 19. Documents from the matter appear in three folders in the early case records of Montgomery County, Va.: Common law suit folders 253, 256, and 841.
Note 20. Common law suit folder 85, Montgomery County, Va. It is possible that plaintiff George Breckenridge is someone else. Jesse Evans had more than one nephew named George Breckenridge, including Alexander Breckenridge’s son, born in 1768, who would have been old enough at the time to pursue a claim.
Note 21. Montgomery County, Va., Order Book 1 (1773-1788), p. 293. The same page records his attestation as a witness to a power of attorney between Joseph Crockett and Walter Crockett.
Note 22. Montgomery County, Va., Order Book 1 (1773-1788), p. 313.
Note 23. Montgomery County, Va., Order Book 1 (1773-1788), p. 291.
Note 24. Montgomery County, Va., Order Book 4 (1788-1790), p. 83.