Notes: VI. The New River Ferry

Notes for Jesse Evans: VI. The New River Ferry

Note 1. Jackson’s Ferry Bridge, Historic American Engineering Record No. VA-113, National Park Service (1995).

Note 2. Nov. 16, 1812 motion for injunction, Jesse Evans v. Stephen Sanders, Chancery case folder 1813-02, Wythe County, Va.

Note 3. Wythe County, Va., Order Book, Nov. 10, 1795 entry.

Note 4. Wythe County, Va., Order Book, Oct. 10, 1797 entry, p. 133. See also Wythe County, Va., Order Book, Jan. 9, 1798 entry (referring to work on road from “Evans’ Ferry”).

Note 5. Virginia land grant to Jesse Evans, Feb. 3, 1800, Land Office Grants No. 44, 1799-1800, Virginia State Land Office Grants A-Z, Microfilm Reel 110, Library of Virginia, p. 251. This document is available in digital format on the Library of Virginia website.

Note 6. Thomas Herbert v. Jesse Evans, Common law case folder 1801-43, Wythe County, Va. The fact that the case begin in 1797 is established by the June 2, 1797 capias against Jesse Evans in the case file.

Note 7. Wythe County, Va., Order Book, April 12, 1799 entry (referral to arbitrators); Wythe County, Va., Order Book, Sept. 12, 1799 entry, p. 57 (matter continued).

Note 8. Wythe County, Va., Entry Book 1, p. 277 (Robert Adams to Jesse Evans on April 9, 1796).

Note 9. Virginia land grant to Jesse Evans, Oct. 21, 1811, Land Office Grants No. 62, 1811-1812, Virginia State Land Office Grants A-Z, Microfilm Reel 128, Library of Virginia, pp. 240-41. The grant states that the property was surveyed on Sept. 6, 1797. This document is available in digital format on the Library of Virginia website. Evans recorded three other smaller land claims that have not been placed on a map and that he may never have formally acquired. See Wythe County, Va., Entry Book 2, p. 42 (Robert Adams to Jesse Evans, 66 acres on Jan. 14, 1798); Wythe County, Va., Entry Book 3, p. 23 (Jesse Evans, 40 acres on May 13, 1805); Wythe County, Va., Entry Book 3, p. 85 (Jesse Evans, 10 acres on Aug. 16. 1816). The last entry might have been made by Jesse Evans, Jr., because the date follows the departure from Virginia of the elder Jesse Evans.

Note 10. Netti Schreiner-Yantis, 1800 Tax Lists & Abstracts of Deeds of Wythe County, Virginia, Springfield, Va.: published by author (1971), p. 8.

Note 11. David Pierce v. Jesse Evans, Case folder 1813-07, Superior Court of Chancery, Wythe County, Va.

Note 12. The sale was not recorded until September 12, 1815, which was when Evans moved away from Wythe County. See Wythe County, Va., Deed Book 6, p. 313. On July 14, 1801, however, an entry in the Wythe County order book records the application of David Pierce and Thomas Blair to build a grist mill on land purchased from Evans on Poplar Camp Creek. The 1815 deed states that the property also contained a saw mill.

Note 13. The text of Hening’s Statutes of Virginia in searchable format can be found at: http://vagenweb.org/hening/.

Note 14. Oct. 11, 1810 notice, Jesse Evans v. Stephen Sanders, Common law case folder 1811-49, Wythe County, Va.

Note 15. Dec. 1, 1810 jury finding, Jesse Evans v. Stephen Sanders, Common law case folder 1811-49, Wythe County, Va.

Note 16. See Note 23 below. Because of subsequent cases, two copies of the transcript of the proceedings through October 12, 1811, remain in existence. See Jesse Evans v. Stephen Sanders, Common law case folder 1811-49, Wythe County, Va.; and Jesse Evans v. Stephen Sanders, Chancery case folder 1813-02, Wythe County, Va.

Note 17. Dec. 1, 1811 complaint of Stephen Sanders, Jesse Evans v. Stephen Sanders, Chancery case folder 1813-02, Wythe County, Va.

Note 18. Aug. 24, 1812 deposition, Jesse Evans v. Stephen Sanders, Chancery case folder 1813-02, Wythe County, Va.

Note 19. The November 16, 1812 motion for injunction and November 17, 1812 order are on the same document in Chancery case folder 1813-02, Wythe County, Va.

Note 20. May 12, 1813 answer of Stephen Sanders, Jesse Evans v. Stephen Sanders, Chancery case folder 1813-02, Wythe County, Va.

Note 21. May 18, 1813 affidavits of John Matney, Elizabeth Blanset, and Thomas Farmer, Jesse Evans v. Stephen Sanders, Chancery case folder 1813-02, Wythe County, Va.

Note 22. Wythe County, Va., Deed Book 1A, p. 9. Deed Book 1A is not part of the microfilmed county records available at the Library of Virginia. The original is bound as part of Deed Book 1 on file with the Wythe County Circuit Clerk.

Note 23. According to the settlement agreement, three cases were then pending: the “Sanders versus Evans Trespass” case in the Superior Court of Law, the “Injunction in Chancery Evans versus Sanders,” and a “suit of Trespass Evans versus Sanders.” See Wythe County, Va., Deed Book 1A, p. 9.

Note 24. Jan. 11, 1814 entry, Wythe County, Va., Order Book.

Note 25. Hugh McGavock Papers, Mss. Collection 1993.1, Special Collections, Kegley Library, Wytheville Community College, Wytheville, Va.

Note 26. For a discussion of the construction date of the shot tower, see Jess Lowry, “Shot Tower Historical State Park and Jackson’s Ferry,” Proceedings: New River Symposium, April 12-14, 1984, Oak Hill, W.V.: Eastern National Park and Monument Association. This paper is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/symposia/newriver-84/sec1.htm.

Note 27. Wythe County, Va., Deed Book 6, pp. 293-95.