Will of Gilbert Evans-1827


Will of GILBERT EVANS -1827
Wake County, North Carolina
February 1827

Gilbert Evans was married to Phebe (listed as Tibey) Lumbley on June 20, 1780 in Wake County, North Carolina. He first appears on Tax records in the 1781 list of Captain Daniel's District of Wake County with 500 Acres of land, alongside his brother, William Evans (both listed as EVENS), who had 100 Acres. He continued to appear in the county in Deeds and on Tax lists at least through 1825, when William K. Evans paid his taxes for 186 Acres of land in the Lick Creek District of Wake County. Gilbert was one of 4 brothers who settled in the area - Morris, Gilbert, William and John Evans- with at least Morris and, possibly John, having settled prior to the Revolutionary War. Morris Evans served as a soldier in the Continental line in the Hillsborough District of North Carolina, while their brother, John, also served in the Revolutionary War and died after serving for 3 years. Gilbert and William were listed as "white" in most of the census records, while Morris was listed as a "Free Colored Person", but their brother, John's, Revolutionary War Land Bounty record clearly identify all of them as brothers.
The following is from the Wake County Record Book 20, Page 100:

In the [sic] of God. I GILBERT EVANS of the County of Wake and State of North Carolina, being of perfect sound mind and memory, blessed be God for the same. Do this 9th day of February 1827, make and publish this my last Will & Testament.
First I recommend my body to the earth to be decently buried, at the descression of my surviving friends & secondly my Soul I give into the hands of Almighty God trusting for a Joyfull resurrection at the great day. Item 1st my desire is that all my just debts be paid.
Item 2nd I give and bequeat unto my loving wife PHEBE EVANS, my land whereon I now live, during her natural life, and after the death of my wife, I give the said land which is to contain one hundred acres to EMELINE EVANS, Daughter of WILLIS EVANS, and (to) HENRY BRYANT EVANS, son of said WILLIS EVANS, also all personal property after my debts be paid, I gave to my wife PHEBE, to expose of at her ownd descression. And also the land whereon my son JOHN lives, supposed to be 100 acres, I give to my wife, Phebe to expose of at her own will. I hereby make and ordain my son DANIEL EVANS Executor to this my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I the said GILBERT EVANS, have to this my last will & testament, set my hand & seal the date above written.

GILBERT EVANS ("X" his mark)

Signed sealed, published & declared by the
Said GILBERT EVANS as his last will
and testament, in presence of us.


Wake County February Term 1827
The above last Will and Testament of GILBERT EVANS deceased was in open Court, duly proven by the oaths of JNO. N. RENCHER, and THOMAS LEIGH Witnesses there to and ordered to be recorded.



See Gilbert Evans in the Wake County Evans Deeds




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