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Evans Family of Brunswick County
My ancestors were Free Persons of Color, who resided throughout Virginia. One of my ancestors, Rawley Pinn was married to a woman named Sarah. I tried for many years to figure out where Sarah came from, and what her maiden name was. I was looking through Pauls Evans listing, and saw Sarah's name. Although my cousins in Amherst County said they believed Sarah was an Evans, they had no proof. Today I received an updated posting for my ancestor Sarah, and her family. Now the connection is clear, and I know just about where Rawley and Sarah met (either Lunenburg or Mecklenberg). Now when the family says she is an Evans, we have documented proof. I do not want to lay out the entire genealogical chart, but I am confident that the Sarah listed below is my ancestor.
8. Charles1 Evans, born say 1696, was sued for debt in Brunswick County court by Littlebury Epes in December 1735 [Orders 1732-37, 68]. He was called "Charles Evans a mulatto" in December 1746 in Lunenburg County when the court dismissed charges brought against him by Andrew Bresslar [Orders 1746-48, 81]. He received a patent on 20 August 1747 for 120 acres on Stith's Creek in the part of Brunswick County which became Lunenburg County in 1748 and Mecklenburg County in 1765 [Patents 28:135]. He was taxable in Lunenburg County in the list of Lewis Deloney in 1748, taxable in the list of Field Jefferson in 1751 with his son Tom [Bell, Sunlight on the Southside, 68, 166] and taxable with Thomas and Major Evans in 1752 [Tax List 1748-52, 1]. He petitioned the Lunenburg County court in May 1753 to be exempt from personal taxes, but was rejected "for Reasons appearing to the Court" [Orders 1753-54, 113]. He was granted 38 acres in Lunenburg County in the fork of Miles Creek and Dockery's Creek on 23 July 1753 [Patents 31:337]. He left a 22 March 1760 Brunswick County, Virginia will (signing), proved 27 October 1760, leaving his "mannor" plantation on the south side of Dockery's Creek to his son Major Evans, left an equal quantity to his son Charles Evans and left the residue of his land on the southside of Dockery's Creek to son Dick Evans on condition they give twenty pounds or 100 acres of land to his youngest son Erasmus. He left a bed and furniture to his daughters Sarah and Joice, but left only a shilling to his "undutiful" son Thomas [WB 3:375-6]. He died before June 1760 when a suit against him in Lunenburg County court abated by his death [Orders 1759-61, 136]. On 18 October 1764 Sarah and Richard Evans sold about 39 acres in the fork of Miles and Dockery's Creek in Mecklenburg County which was land they had been given by Charles Evans [DB 1:514]. And on the same date Sarah, Charles and Major Evans sold 120 acres on Stith's Creek in Lunenburg County adjoining Philip Morgan [DB 8:356]. His children were
17 i. Thomas3, born say 1734.
18 ii. Major1, born say 1735.
19 iii. Charles2, born say 1737.
20 iv. Richard1, born say 1740.
21 vii. Erasmus, born say 1745.