Fifty-one items, 1826, 1850-1956 and undated, relating to the Evans family of Marion District include letters between brothers Thomas and William and Thomas’ sons Asa, N. George, James, and Beverly Evans that portray a family of farmers, lawyers, and cotton brokers.
On 11 March 1826 Thomas Evans wrote from Marion to William Evans in Lodamont, Abbeville District, complaining about low cotton prices and scarce provisions in the area and the possibility of going into debt for the cotton he bought before prices dropped. Capt. N. George Evans wrote to his Uncle William from Camp Cooper in Texas on 19 February 1856. Evans was there with the Second Calvary “to hold the northern Commanches in check.” He talked about the friendly Indians visiting daily to sell fresh meats and how his day was spent drilling, fishing or hunting, and reading at night. N.G. Evans later became Gen. “Shank” Evans during the Civil War. Asa, a lawyer of distinction, married the daughter of Horatio McClenaghan of Marion, who is represented in various legal documents among the collection. Dr. James Evans was a prominent physician in the state.
In May 1872 Beverly Evans of Sandersville, Ga., wrote to Asa about buying the Central Georgian newspaper. Beverly died suddenly in March 1894. A large portion of the papers is bonds and receipts for Maj. S.F. Gibson of Pee Dee Bridge. Gibson died in 1868, apparently from a wound. Other items of interest include Asa L. Evans’ licenses to practice law in South Carolina and United States courts (1857 and 1869), a certificate for A.L. Evans of Mars Bluff from The First Normal Institute of the State of South Carolina in Spartanburg (27 August 1880), and a fuel oil ration card for Margaret L. Evans of Marion (14 July 1943).
Accompanying the papers are two daguerreotypes, three ambrotypes, and two photograph albums; all images are of unidentified persons except for one carte-de-visite of Mary E. Berry in her album and two cabinet photographs of Master Percy Helton as Little Gracie Logan.