Notes: XI. Post Mortem

Notes for Jesse Evans: XI. Post Mortem

Note 1. Joanna Evans married John Howell on April 10, 1828, and died January 1, 1864. See Enumeration of the County of St. Charles, Missouri Territory for the Years 1817 and 1819 with Some Selected Marriage and Cemetery Records and a Full Surname Index, Owensboro, Ky.: Cook-McDowell Publications, Inc. (1980). John was a son of Francis Howell, Sr., an early settler in eastern St. Charles County. A complete transcription of Jesse Evans’s will is provided on the page “1841 – Will of Jesse Evans.” The original will document filed with Osage County, Mo., has not been found. Multiple transcribed copies can be found in the court records of Osage County and Cole County. The copy from which the transcription was made is the document certified by the Cole County clerk on March 28, 1846, and filed by the Osage County clerk on March 30, 1846. See Osage County, Mo., Will Book A, pp. 34-39 [page number 35 omitted] (available in Osage County, Mo., Will records, vol. A-C 1841-1888, Microfilm #913753, FamilySearch).

Note 2. Osage County, Mo., Probate Book A, p. 27.

Note 3. Osage County, Mo., Probate Book A, pp. 33-34.

Note 4. Sept. 7, 1843 petition to establish will, Joseph Evans, et al. v. George King, et al., Case No. 1113 microfiche, Cole County Circuit Court, Missouri State Archives. Records of proceedings in the Osage County circuit court case are found in the Cole County court records because of a subsequent transfer.

Note 5. March 5, 1844 petition for change of venue, Joseph Evans, et al. v. George King, et al., Case No. 1113 microfiche, Cole County Circuit Court, Missouri State Archives.

Note 6. The record of proceedings in the Osage County Circuit Court is on 14 pages in Joseph Evans, et al. v. George King, et al., Case No. 1113 microfiche, Cole County Circuit Court, Missouri State Archives.

Note 7. Deposition of Wesley Browning, April 17, 1845, Joseph Evans, et al. v. George King, et al., Case No. 1113 microfiche, Cole County Circuit Court, Missouri State Archives. A complete transcription of the deposition is on the page “1845 – Testimony about Last Years of Jesse Evans.”

Note 8. Information about the April-May 1845 trial is found in the Cole County Circuit Court order book, Microfilm C47523, Missouri State Archives.

Note 9. Depositions of George Smith, James M. Jameson, and Thomas Ashby, Oct. 2, 1845, Joseph Evans, et al. v. George King, et al., Case No. 1113 microfiche, Cole County Circuit Court, Missouri State Archives.

Note 10. Depositions of Dr. Appleton Allen and James Allcorn (Alcorn), Oct. 7-8, 1845, Joseph Evans, et al. v. George King, et al., Case No. 1113 microfiche, Cole County Circuit Court, Missouri State Archives.

Note 11. Deposition of Hugh Relfe, Oct. 31, 1845, Joseph Evans, et al. v. George King, et al., Case No. 1113 microfiche, Cole County Circuit Court, Missouri State Archives.

Note 12. Feb. 21, 1846 entry, Cole County Circuit Court order book, Microfilm C47523, Missouri State Archives; Feb. 21, 1846 defendants’ withdrawal, Joseph Evans, et al. v. George King, et al., Case No. 1113 microfiche, Cole County Circuit Court, Missouri State Archives. The documents list the withdrawing defendants as George and Nancy King, Jane Farmer, James Evans, John Evans, Erastus Evans, William Evans, and Andrew and Sally Bell. They also note that James, John, Erastus, and William Evans were sons of the deceased John Evans.

Note 13. Feb. 26, 1846 entry, Cole County Circuit Court order book, Microfilm C47523, Missouri State Archives; Feb. 26, 1846 defendants’ withdrawal, Joseph Evans, et al. v. George King, et al., Case No. 1113 microfiche, Cole County Circuit Court, Missouri State Archives. The documents list the withdrawing defendants as James McCampbell, Thomas and Manisa Conger, Simon and Elizabeth Riggs, Anthony and Sophronia Fulton, Jeptha and Martha (Marcia) Cassandra Wood, Levi and Mariah Wood, and Rolley and Sarah Ann Hayden.

Note 14. Osage County, Mo., Probate Book A, p. 114 (payment to John Ferguson from George Evans estate allowed on May 12, 1846). George’s oldest son, Jesse C. Evans, served as administrator of his estate and also was appointed guardian of George Washington Evans, Jr.  Ibid., pp. 145-46.

Note 15. Feb. 27, 1846 entry, Cole County Circuit Court order book, Microfilm C47523, Missouri State Archives.

Note 16. Jesse Evans will, filed March 30, 1846, Osage County, Mo., Will Book A, pp. 34-39 [page number 35 omitted] (available in Osage County, Mo., Will records, vol. A-C 1841-1888, Microfilm #913753, FamilySearch).

Note 17. Osage County, Mo., Probate Book A, p. 118 (“And now on this day comes Joseph Evans Executor of Jesse Evans deceased’s last will and testament and filed his Renunciation to letters testamentary.”).

Note 18. Osage County, Mo., Probate Book A, p. 162. Details of the first annual settlement may no longer survive in the records of Osage County, but a summary (not including voucher descriptions) is in the case file of James Evans v. George King, Missouri Supreme Court, Box 182, Folder 22, Location 16A/5/8, Missouri State Archives (available online in the Missouri Supreme Court Historical Database at www.sos.mo.gov/archives/). A transcription is included on the page “1847 – First Annual Settlement of Jesse Evans Estate.”

Note 19. Osage County, Mo., Deed Book B, p. 374/375 (Peter, Charity, and Elizabeth to George King, A.K. Bell, Erastus Evans, G. Evans, John Evans, James Evans, and William L. Evans on May 13, 1846).

Note 20. Osage County, Mo., Probate Book A, p. 208.

Note 21. Osage County, Mo., Probate Book A, pp. 209, 223 (cases continued on June 6, 1848 and Sept. 5, 1848).

Note 22. Osage County, Mo., Probate Book A, p. 238.

Note 23. Osage County, Mo., Probate Book A, p. 240.

Note 24. Osage County, Mo., Probate Book A, p. 247.

Note 25. Osage County, Mo., Probate Book A, p. 539 (final settlement with payments approved to Erastus Evans, A.K. Bell, William Evans, [Thursday] Langly, James Evans, and heirs of Lucy Bridges).

Note 26. Osage County, Mo., Deed Book D, p. 220 (deed dated Sept. 3, 1849).

Note 27. Stephen F.I. Trabue to J.L. Edwards, Oct. 15, 1844, Record S15826 (Jesse Evans), Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, Microfilm M804, Roll 939, National Archives and Records Administration.

Note 28. H. Grider to J.L. Edwards, Sept. 1844, Record S15826 (Jesse Evans), Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, Microfilm M804, Roll 939, National Archives and Records Administration.

Note 29. The pension file does contain 1836 correspondence between the pension office and W.H. Ashley (apparently an attorney for Jesse Evans or Joseph Evans) and power-of-attorney documents executed in 1839 to allow Joseph Evans or his sons to obtain pension payments, but none of these documents resulted in issuance of payments.

Note 30. Sept. 1847 first annual settlement of George King, James Evans v. George King, Missouri Supreme Court, Box 182, Folder 22, Location 16A/5/8, Missouri State Archives.

Note 31. James Evans v. George King, Missouri Supreme Court, Box 182, Folder 22, Location 16A/5/8, Missouri State Archives.