Notes for Jesse Evans: IX. A New State
Note 1. For information about early steamboats on the Missouri River, see Hiram Martin Chittenden, History of Early Steamboat Navigation on the Missouri River: Life and Adventures of Joseph La Barge, New York: Francis P. Harper (1903). See also Robert L. Dyer, “A Brief History of Steamboating on the Missouri River with an Emphasis on the Boonslick Region,” Boone’s Lick Heritage, Vol. 5, No. 2, Boonville, Mo.: Boonslick Historical Society (June 1997).
Note 2. For a biographical article on John Scripps, see Almer M. Pennewell, “John Scripps, Methodist Circuit Rider Extraordinary,” Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, Vol. 58, No. 3 (Autumn 1965), pp. 265-78.
Note 3. John Scripps, “Early Methodism in the Far West” (in 6 parts), Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati: J.F. Wright and L. Swormstedt for the Methodist Episcopal Church, publishers (Dec. 30, 1842; Jan. 6, 13, 20, 1843; March 3, 10, 1843). Copies of the newspaper are available in the archives of the Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio.
Note 4. John Scripps, “Early Methodism in the Far West, No. IV,” Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati: J.F. Wright and L. Swormstedt for the Methodist Episcopal Church, publishers (Jan. 20, 1843).
Note 5. “Letter from T.J. Ferguson,” Callaway Gazette, Fulton, Mo. (Nov. 16, 1883).
Note 6. More information about this small congregation can be found in the National Register of Historic Places Registration Form for the Oakley Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Tebbetts, Mo., certified Oct. 29, 2008, by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. This document is available online at www.dnr.mo.gov/shpo/nps-nr/08001192.pdf. (Downloading the document may require copying the web address into the browser’s address bar.)
Note 7. Louis Houck, A History of Missouri, Vol. III, Chicago: R.R. Donnelly & Sons Co. (1908), p. 249. Houck provides a complete list of delegates. Elsewhere, Joseph Evans has been incorrectly described as a constitutional convention delegate, but the misattribution may stem from the fact that an unrelated James Evans was a delegate from Cape Girardeau County.
Note 8. Floyd Calvin Shoemaker, Missouri’s Struggle for Statehood, 1804-1821, Jefferson City, Mo.: Hugh Stephens Printing Co. (1916), p. 286. The other two initial House members from St. Charles County were Uriah J. Devore and William Smith. According to Shoemaker, Ramsey apparently withdrew because of he didn’t meet the residency requirement. Ibid., p. 265.
Note 9. St. Charles County, Mo., Deed Book D, pp. 153-54 (indenture dated Feb. 3, 1817 securing loan from Joseph Evans to Robert Baldridge payable May 1, 1818 with a slave named Ann as security); St. Charles County, Mo., Deed Book D, pp. 188-89 (Peter Quebec (Quebeque) to Joseph Evans a lot in town of St. Charles on Feb. 21, 1817); St. Charles County, Mo., Deed Book D, pp. 454-55 (Prospect and Betsy Robbins to Joseph Evans a half interest in a lot in town of St. Charles on Oct. 31, 1817); St. Charles County, Mo., Deed Book E, pp. 64-65 (William McClain to Joseph Evans a 640-acre tract of land on April 13, 1818); St. Charles County, Mo., Deed Book F, pp. 221-22 (indenture dated July 13, 1819 securing $600 loan from Joseph Garraty to Joseph Evans with lot in town of St. Charles as security).
Note 10. St. Charles County, Mo., Deed Book F, pp. 350-51 (Joseph Evans to Thaddeus Robbins, Welcome A. Robbins, and Moses B. Robbins a lot in town of St. Charles on May 6, 1820); St. Charles County, Mo., Deed Book G, pp. 44-47 (Joseph Evans to James Soulard a tract of land at town of St. Charles on Dec. 25, 1820); St. Charles County, Mo., Deed Book G, pp. 267-68 (Joseph Evans to Etienne Bernard a tract of land near Dardenne on Oct. 15, 1821).
Note 11. St. Charles County, Mo., Deed Book G, pp. 444-47 (sheriff’s sale of property of Joseph Evans, including lot in town of St. Charles, on Nov. 20, 1822).
Note 12. St. Charles County, Mo., Deed Book G, pp. 216-19 (sheriff’s sale of property of Joseph Evans, including lot in town of St. Charles, on Oct. 31, 1821).
Note 13. St. Charles County, Mo., Deed Book H, p. 303 (Joseph Evans, resident of Jefferson County, to Joseph Garraty a lot in town of St. Charles on Jan. 9, 1828).
Note 14. The selection of the location of the Missouri capital is recounted in Ovid Bell, Cote Sans Dessein: A History, Fulton, Mo.: published by author (1930), pp. 57-75.
Note 15. Campbell’s Gazetteer of Missouri, St. Louis, Mo.: R.A. Campbell (1875), p. 165.
Note 16. Cole County, Mo., Deed Book B, pp. 164-65.
Note 17. Cole County, Mo., Deed Book B, pp. 165-66.