Monday, January 23, 2012

Arphax was at ALA (American Library Association) Midwinter today.  Greg Boyd gave me a demo of the new subscription website based on the county land maps that they publish.  It was awesome.  His vision of the future of the website is awe inspiring as he intends to add many more maps to   The new website allows you to add custom markers to the maps. For instance, Greg showed me one marker of a postcard attached to the corner where the picture was taken.   I didn’t think to ask if everyone else can see the postcard, too.  I didn’t find that information on the website either.   

The website is like the books in that it has wonderful information but it is not really intuitive.  I’ve stumbled around in the website because I’m a hands on kind of person, but it looks like I’m going to have to watch the videos that explain how to use it.  I had to read the introduction and explanations in the books before I really understood how to use them, too.   Sometimes it really is worth it to read (watch) the directions. announced their new library subscription this weekend.  I’m hoping my local library gets it so I don’t have to get it.   If you want more information about the new website, Dick Easton reviewed it back in early January at

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

George Evans and Harriet Bunce

Another Evans who lived in Adams Co., MS during the mid 1850s.

1.       George Evans & Harriet Bunce
a.       Marriage Book, Adams County, MS – Oct. 21, 1844 p 666
George Evans to Harriet Bunce
b.      Deed Index book – Adams County, MS
                                                               i.      March 23, 1839 – Grantor, Alvah Sanders – Grantee, George Evans, bill of sale, Book BB, p551
                                                             ii.      June 1840 – Grantor – Grantee, Alvah sanders, bill of sale, Book CC, p 201 (Dec. 8, 1840)
                                                            iii.      1847 – Grantor, George Evans, et al – Grantee, John B. Pryor, deed, Book GG p 357
                                                           iv.      1849 – Grantor, Wm Gay – Grantee, George Evans, deed, Book HH, p197
                                                             v.      1851 – Grantor,  - Grantee, G. Malin Davis, mortgage, Book II p304
                                                           vi.      1854 – Grantor, George Evans & wife – Grantee Edward P. Bunce, mortgage, book KK, p265
                                                          vii.      1854 – Grantor, George Evans & wife – Grantee, Harrison W. Brown, mortgage, Book KK, p275

c.       Census Records
                                                               i.      1850 Adams county, MS Census, City of Natchez, p33 Household 253
Evans, Geo age 46 – Machinest bn PA?
                Harriet age 30 – bn MD
                Robert age 5 – bn MS
                George J. ? (name partially obscured by tape) age 2 – bn MS
                                                             ii.      1860 Adams county, MS Census, Post Office, Natchez p.76  (1 of 3 Evans households in Adams Co.) Household #558
Evans, Harriet age 39 bn Pennsylvania, Property- $1,000, Personal Property - $1,000
Evans, George age 12 bn MS
Evans, Anna age 9 bn MS
Evans, Louisa age 5 bn MS
                                                            iii.      1870 Adams county, MS Census, post office, Natchez, MS (Aug 1st, 1870)
Orphans in St. Mary’s Asylum
Evans, Louisa, age 14 bn MS
d.      Roll #0892101 V.12 Year 1855 Probate Court Records,  Adams County,  MS
                                                               i.      P.444, Harrick B. Evans granted letters of administration; 
         Levin M. Patterson
         Joseph D. Sheton
         James A. Hester? Shisti?
                                                             ii.      P 447, April 15, 1859 – George Evans, deceased
Harriet Evans, administrator
Peter Hinder (Hunder) – approved security for Harriet Evans
                                                            iii.      P. 467, Wed., June 29, 1859 – Harriet B. Evans presented appraisement
                                                           iv.      P. 571, Wed. June 27, 1860 – In the matter of George Evans, court ordered Harriet B. Evans, administrator, to settle account by June 1861.
e.      Record book at the Episcopal Church in Natchez, MS
March 1869 – George Evans was killed in the explosion of the ship, “Princess” on the Mississippi River. [too late to be the father, but could be the son, age 9 in 1860 census]
Oct. 18, (1865?)- Mrs. Harriet Evans; age 45, buried at Natchez City Cemetery

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Eliza Evans, sister to Robert C. Evans

Again, not part of our family but hopefully it will help someone.  When I do research that ends  up being a wrong track, I take solace in knowing I have proved that the person I'm seeking is not this Evans.  The one I seek is still out there waiting to be found.

1.       Eliza Evans (never married)  bn April 20, 1807 in Natchez, MS

a.       March 22, 1839 (Deed) – selling land on Pearl St. to Eustis in Natchez.
                                                               i.      Brother, Thomas L. Evans & wife,  Anna L.
                                                             ii.      Brother, Robert C. Evans
                                                            iii.      Sister, Catherine Evans
                                                           iv.      Parents, Louis Evans and Sarah Rhodes. 

b.      Deed Index, Adams  County, MS
                                                               i.      April  1838 – Grantor – Grantee, Lydia Dowell – Deed, book, AA, p 221
                                                             ii.      1839 – Grantee – Grantor, Randell H. Cashell – Bill of Sale, Book BB, p70
                                                            iii.      June 1841 – Grantor – Grantee, George W. Turner – Deed, Book DD, p. 451 (9 Nov. 1842)
                                                           iv.      1847 – Grantor – Grantee, Stephen D. Elliott – Deed, Book GG, p 14
                                                             v.      1858 – Grantor – Grantee, James Dougherty, Deed, Book MM, p 169
                                                           vi.      1860 – Grantor – Grantee, Ayres P. Merrill Jr. – Deed, book N, p 36
                                                          vii.      1860 – Grantee – Grantor, Frederic B. Ernest – Transfer, book NN, p 160
                                                        viii.      1866 – Grantor – Grantee, D.L. Monahan – Lease, book OO, p 331
                                                           ix.      1870 – Grantor – Grantee, Patrick L. Monahan – Deed, book QQ, p 185

c.       Removal from records of Trinity Episcopal Church in Natchez, MS (no date listed)
Miss Eliza Evans
Robert Evans

d.      Baptism Records – Cathedral Church, Natchez, MS (Catholic Church)
                                                               i.      Eliza Mary Evans, baptized on May 18,1860 having been previously baptized in the Episcopal Church. Daughter of Louis Evans and Sarah Rhodes.  She was born in Natchez, MS on April 20, 1807. [Sister of Robert C. Evans] (See image under Robert C. Evans).

                                                               i.      1860 – Adams County, MS –Post Office, Natchez,  living alone (1 of 3 Evans households in Adams Co.)
Household #834 – female, age 45, bn in MS, no occupation, value of property- $10,000, value of personal property - $6,000
                                                             ii.      1870 – New Orleans, LA
Evans,   Eliza age 63 (See Baptism records)
Maria  age 40
Madden, age 22
Lawrence, age 15 (See Baptism records)
Lelia, age 12   (See Baptism records)
Walters, James, age 46
Brown, Philip, age 10

f.        Cemetery Record – Natchez Cemetery, Adams County, MS –
Eliza Evans,  1814 – April 11, 1885

g.       Death Records by City Sexton, City of Natchez
Book: “Death & Burial Records 1819 – 1921, Natchez, MS. Vol. 1” compiled by Robert Shumway, 1988.
Eliza W. Evans – April 11, 1885 from Vidalia, LA buried in Fields Plat