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Evans/Pinson in Gwinnett

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:27 pm
by tgossett
Hi, I'm trying to find more information on my four times great-grandfather, James M. Evans, and his parents. He was born somewhere in Georgia, possibly Gwinnett County, in 1821. I found a marriage record on familysearch.org that said he married Permelia Pinson on 20 December 1843 in Gwinnett County. Apart from that and an 1870s census in Murray County, GA, I'm stuck. I haven't been able to find the names of his parents, her parents, or any siblings they might have had. If anyone can point me in the right direction, I would be very grateful.

Re: Evans/Pinson in Gwinnett

PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 1:40 am
by Jim
According to our Marriage database J.P. Evans married Partenia Pinion in 1843 (no date). This could of course be a data entry error and we'll need to double check it. The name could also be Pinson. Only one Evans appears in the 1860 Tax digest and two in the census but a James M. Evans IS mentioned in Thomas Maguire's Farm Journal as having died October 19, 1862 (likely in Rockbridge district or nearby Dekalb county).

Sorry but that's all I have.

Re: Evans/Pinson in Gwinnett

PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:24 pm
by tgossett
Thank you for the information. Do you know if it would be possible for me to view the original documents somewhere, such as the courthouse?

Re: Evans/Pinson in Gwinnett

PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:26 pm
by Jim
I believe it's possible but can't say for sure. Call the Society office between 10:00 and 2:00 to make sure but I believe they are held at GJAC not at the Historic Courthouse. They should also be available on microfilm at the Georgia Archives or places like the Georgia Room at the Marietta Library.

Re: Evans/Pinson in Gwinnett

PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:54 pm
by tgossett
Thank you! I really appreciate the help.

Re: Evans/Pinson in Gwinnett

PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:41 pm
by VGW
The Evans/Pinson marriage is listed in the marriage book. Therefore the original record does still exist. (A lot of the early marriage for Gwinnett were lost in the courthouse fire). You could get a copy from the Gwinnett County government.

The family moved to DeKalb and then Murray country.

Re: Evans/Pinson in Gwinnett

PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 12:05 am
by tgossett
Thank you so much. I'll definitely look into doing that.

Re: Evans/Pinson in Gwinnett

PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 12:57 am
by VGW
1850 United States Federal Census about James M Evans
Name: James M Evans
Age: 25
Birth Year: abt 1825
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1850: Town, DeKalb, Georgia
Gender: Male
Family Number: 15
Household Members:
Name Age
James M Evans 25
Pamelia Evans 28
John Purnell Evans 25
Eliza Evans 5
Mary A Evans 3
John Evans 1
Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: Town, DeKalb, Georgia; Roll: M432_67; Page: 132A; Image: 375.


1860 United States Federal Census about James M Evins
Name: James M Evins
[James M Evans] (Family name was misspelled when indexed)
Age in 1860: 39
Birth Year: abt 1821
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1860: Decatur District, DeKalb, Georgia
Gender: Male
Post Office: Decatur

Household Members:
Name Age
James M Evans 39
Permelia Evans 39
Elizer J Evans 15
Mary A Evans 13
William J Evans 10
Margret E Evans 6
Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Decatur District, DeKalb, Georgia; Roll: M653_119; Page: 306; Image: 306; Family History Library Film: 803119.


Name: James M Ivens
[James M Evans] (Family name was misspelled when indexed)
Age in 1870: 46
Birth Year: abt 1824
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1870: Militia District 984, Murray, Georgia
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Spring Place
Household Members:
Name Age
James M Ivens 46
Permelia Ivens 51
Margaret Ivens 14
John Ivens 21
Zelia Ivens 22
Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Militia District 984, Murray, Georgia; Roll: M593_167; Page: 534A; Image: 379; Family History Library Film: 545666.


I expect that William J is William John as the male is in the same birth order as John.

I hope this helps a little.

Re: Evans/Pinson in Gwinnett

PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:29 am
by tgossett
Wow, that's fantastic. Thank you so much. That was very helpful. If you could suggest how I might figure out the names of his parents (since the censuses before 1850 don't seem to list family members' names other than head of household), I would be grateful.

Re: Evans/Pinson in Gwinnett

PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:36 pm
by VGW
From this point back research gets more difficult. In 1840 there was only one Evans family in Gwinnett. John was born in North Carolina. There is a male the correct age slot to be your ancestor. GHS does have an Evan's family file. I do not know what it contains. Sometimes there is a lot and other times the files have little information. Sometimes they contain the name of another researcher of the family. If you are local the office is 10-2 on weekdays with the exception of holidays. (Call first, we are staffed by volunteers).

If John is your ancestor you may be extremely lucky. He was a Revolutionary soldier.

EVANS John [Rev. Sol.] 1758 1862 EVA Rev.War 1st NC Bn. 4-15-1776 thru 9-8-1778
I retrieved this from the Gwinnett Historical Society Cemetery database.


1840 United States Federal Census about John Evens
Name: John Evens
[John Evans]
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Gwinnett, Georgia
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 70 thru 79: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 1
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 4
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 1
Total Free White Persons: 6
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 6
Source Citation: Year: 1840; Census Place: , Gwinnett, Georgia; Roll: 42; Page: 70; Image: 147; Family History Library Film: 0007044.