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Re: Evans Surname
In Response To: Evans Surname ()

Yesterday morning I had a breakthrough while researching my husband's and sons' family tree. I had not been able to find their ancestor, Mattie (Poindexter) Settle in any census except with her husband, Virgil Settle. The breakthrough came when I searched for her father, Lewis Poindexter, and finally found him.

Records on FamilySearch.org helped me to locate Mattie's parents and grandparents. Her mother was Mary Sawyer/s, and Mary's mother was Tabitha Evans. I was shocked to find Tabitha and her husband Solomon Sawyer/s in 1850. First time I've ever found any FPOC's on any of our lines. I was ecstatic!

How far could I go back, I thought? I believe that I have found Solomon, at least, living free in Pilot, Surry, NC, as far back as 1820. I gave it one more shot and may also have found him with his parents in 1810! Solomon's mother is identified as Hannah on at least one record found on FamilySearch.org. The 1810 census only listed HOH's, mostly male. The HOH was identified as Baylor Sayer/Sawyer/s. MUCH further research and documentation is required to confirm this, though.

This posting caught my eye because of the EVANS surname in NC. I'm anxious to see what I can find out about Tabitha Evans today. The Sawyer/s, Evans, and Poindexter families are found in Surry, Yadkin, and Forsyth counties in NC.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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