James Evans papers, 1826-1927 (bulk 1837-1870).

Creator: Evans, James, d. 1869.
Collection number: 248
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Abstract: James Evans was a farmer, merchant, and county commissioner of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, N.C. Evans married Martha Henriette Knight of Hamburg, S.C., in 1839. The collection includes personal and business correspondence, financial and legal papers, and other items, chiefly 1837-1870, of Evans and his wife, children, and other relatives. Included are items relating to Evans’s life as a farmer before the Civil War and a merchant after, and a few manuscript copies of articles he wrote for the Fayetteville “News.” Many letters relate to the status of African Americans before and after the war. Also included are letters from relatives of Martha (Knight) Evans in Hamburg, Aiken County, S.C.; letters that James Evans, Jr., wrote while he was serving with Company B, 13th Battalion, North Carolina Light Artillery at Fort Fisher, N.C., and other locations, in which he described camp life and military actions; a series of account books and ledgers relating to agricultural and mercantile businesses in Cumberland County, N.C.; financial records, 1870s, of the Cape Fear River steamer “Little Sam”; Cumberland County school records, 1849-1862; records, 1850s-1860s, of taxable property in Locke’s Creek District, Cumberland County; and a diary of James Evans, Sr., chiefly concerning the weather, planting, the progress of crops, and family activities.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: The collection includes letters relating to the status of black Americans before and after the Civil War (In Series 1: Correspondence). Microfilm available.