Jeff Cotter Ancestors Lite
GEORGE EVANS AND ELIZA DAY
Evans was born on March 1, 1821 in
††††††††††† This area is an upland region whose high mountains, thickly wooded foothills, broken-knob country and narrow valleys have made it until recent years, the most shut-in section of the state.† This region is the home of the mountain folk, who built their log cabins deep among the ridges.† George and Elizaís first six children were born in this region.† In the 1850 Census, Georgeís property was evaluated at $400.
1860 when George was 40 and Eliza, 38, they left
farm was located in
of the Evans children continued to live in the same area after marriage.† Nancy Evans Duboise nursed
Evans died in 1873 at the age of 52 years.†
Eliza died in 1897 at the age of 74 years.† Both are buried in the
JOHN BARTLETT AND MARGARET EVANS
John Bartlett was born in 1841 in
minister of the gospel, Thomas Roberts, married John and Margaret in her
Fatherís home on March 17, 1861.† John
was 20 years old and Margaret was 17 years old when they married.† They settled on a farm on the Osage River
about 4 miles east of
November 1, 1863, John enlisted as a private in Company B, 16th
Missouri Calvary, Union Army at
††††††††††† He was present on the Company Muster Roll from November 1, 1863 to August 31, 1864.† On August 4, 1864, the organization became Company D, 16th Missouri Calvary.
October 1864, the Confederate General Price invaded
††††††††††† John, however, stuck to his commitment and was promoted to Commissary Sergeant on November 1, 1864, a year after his enlistment.† He was reported present on the Company Muster Roll for January, February, March and April of 1865.† On the 1st of March 1865, John again thought he had a bad cold.† He was coughing and spitting blood again and was treated by Dr. Wallis from then until his discharge.
††††††††††† John was discharged on June 31, 1865.† He retained his pistol for which he was charged $8.00.† He was paid for the use and risk of his private horse and equipment which was evaluated at $140.
returned to his farm and family, his son,
Johnís health deteriorated until November of 1874, he applied for an Invalid Pension stating at the time that he had consumption and his lungs were bleeding every day.† He was too weak and wasted to perform any kind of labor.† Evidently he was not given the pension as the Adjutant Generalís Office stated there was no evidence of disability on his Army records.
††††††††††† John died at his home on August 28, 1875, of consumption and bronchitis.† He was 34 years old.
Margaret was a widow at 30 years of age with four
children ranging in age from 2 years to 10 years.† In March of 1876 Margaret applied for a
Widowís Pension, showing proof that she had married John Bartlett and proof of
her childrenís births.† She also signed
an affidavit indicating John became ill while in the service. Congress had
passed an Act providing for pensions on July 14, 1862, but apparently it
applied only to service connected disabilities.†
In June of 1877 Johnís Second Lieutenant, Joseph Bingman, and Sergeant,
T.T. Jamieson, signed affidavits indicating John became ill while in the
service.† In May of 1878 these same men
made a joint affidavit indicating the month and year when John became ill in
the service.† In July of 1880 Elizabeth
Letchworth signed an affidavit stating she was present at the births of
December of 1882 Congress passed another Pension Act.† Margaret finally received her pension on
December 26, 1882.† It was retroactive to
August 29, 1875.† She was to receive
$8.00 a month for herself plus $2.00 a month per child until they reached age
16.† She received $1323.93 as her
continued to live on the farm and raise her family.† In November 1885 Margaret deeded 1Ĺ acres of
her property to the
††††††††††† When Margaretís son, John, became of age he took over the running of the farm.† When he married Jennie Shook, he continued to live on the farm and Margaret lived the rest of her life with John and his family.
drove a one-horse buggy and once a year she would drive to
daughter, Letha, who grew up in the same household with her Grandmother says
she was not a mean old woman.† She
remembers her with pleasure.† Perhaps
this difference of opinion can be explained as the difference between Johnís
††††††††††† Margaret applied for an increase in her pension in September 1916, due to another Act of Congress in that year.
died on December 5, 1924 at the age of 80 years.† Both John and Margaret are buried at the
Keep in mind for those interested that James Jeffrey COTTER and I share the similar mitochondrial DNA. Ė Joe Payne
Some Additional Hurst† Et Al.
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"Old Time Tazewell" by Mary A. Hansard, Published by Mary Lorena Hansard
Wilson, Sweetwater, TN, 1979, Kingsport Press, Inc. Kingsport, TN.
A SKETCH OF THE HISTORY OF REVEREND THOMAS HURST SR.
Page 175 - 176
Rev. Thomas Hurst, Sr. owned and lived on a farm about six miles south of Tazewell on the road leading from Tazewell to Bean Station, a few miles beyond
Big Spring Church, known at present as Springdale. He was pastor of said church for many years. He was considered an old man in my earliest recollection.
He was esteemed very highly as a minister of the gospel of the
where he emigrated from, nor whom he married. But this I remember, that they raised a fine, respectable family. I will mention the names of those that I
recollect. Rev. Hiram Hurst is the only one of his sons that I can call to mind.
There perhaps were others. I only remember three of their daughters; Mrs Nancy Day, a widow lady; Mrs. Fetney Stone, wife of James Stone Sr.; and Mrs.
Ollie Cheek, wife of George Cheek. The most of them owned and lived on farms a few miles apart. Some of their descendants still live in that Vicinity at
Rev. Hiram Hurst was a fine citizen and a notable man. He was elected two terms to the office of register of this county and occupied a room and kept his
office at Fatherís for a number of years. Father acting as deputy. He spent a great portion of his time at Fatherís for the space of eight years. I was
taught by my parents to call him uncle. I entertained as kind a feeling toward him as if he was a near relative. He was a minister of the gospel of the
Anti-Babtist faith. His wife was Miss Polly Thompson of Knox County Tennessee.
She was a nice high-minded lady and descended from a fine family of people.† They raised several sons. I can only call to mind: Thompson, William Henley and
Nathan McDowell Hurst. The daughters were Mary and Fannie. It has been over 50 years since I have been in their company and their history has faded from
my memory. I hear that Nathan McDowell Hurst is a very prominent preacher of the gospel of the
Aunty Polly Hurst have passed away but there were but few, if any better citizens ever lived in our county.
Fetney Hurst, the wife of James Stone was a fine lady, one that was highly esteemed by her neighbors. Her husband was a fine man also. He was one that
his word could be depended on in all business transactions. He supplied us with flour and other products of his farm while we lived in Tazewell, which always
proved to be of the best quality. I can truthfully say that he was a good honest man. He was the brother of Thomas Stone Sr. He was a cripple. I am
told that they raised a respectable family. I have no acquaintance with any of his family except Mrs. John Webb. She was a fine lady and much respected. She
nice polite man, when he left
family. Their parents have passed away.
Mr. Jessee Evans married a daughter of Rev. Hiram Hurst. They owned and lived on a farm a few miles beyond
livelihood. He was the son of John Evans Sr. Mrs. Nancy Day, the widow of Ransome Day Sr., was a daughter of Rev. Thomas Hurst also. I remember two of her
daughters, Ollie and Eliza Day, who were schoolmates of mine nearly 60 years ago. I think one of them married Mr. Andrew (Most Probably my Great Grandfather Anderson Payne Ė Joe Payne) Payne a well known citizen of
I hear that he died a few years after he left.
A SKETCH OF THE HISTORY OF JOHN HURST SR. AND FAMILY
Page 221 - 222
John Hurst, a son of Elijah Hurst, a very prominent citizen of Grainger County, owned and lived on the farm, in an early day, known as the Abraham Fox farm
at present. Nearly sixty-three years ago he erected the old buildings that are still standing. It is very desirable place to live on account of the large
pure spring of water that flows so near the home. His wife, Sallie Warren, a very tall, fine looking lady. He was a very tall man also and they were
called Long John and Long Sallie Hurst as they were other
memory. I only remember the names of two of their family, Allen and Serena.
Allen was a fine looking man. He Married and settled in Grainger County, at the iron works, a few miles distant from Robert Huddleston, about fifty years
ago. This is all that I remember of his history. I do not recollect whom Serena Hurst married or where she settled. In a few years Mr. John Hurst died
and his widow married Mr. Stewart, a very wealthy widower and went with him to his home in
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