For sure we are talking about the same William G. Evers. Your message
explains a lot. Since there were several William Evers in the area, I
hit a lot of dead ends when I tried to sort them out years ago. First,
some researchers had reported a William G Evers died in 1865. I had
not seen evidence of that but wondered if the death might not have
been a Mrs William G Evers ( his first wife, recorded as Cecaly,
Celia, or Jellia Joiner.) If so, then the William G Evers shown on the
1880 census with wife Sarah and son William could be the same.
Whatever happened to this son William is unknown. WGE had two daughters
by his first wife- Martha A E Evers Fowler Attaway Attaway who married
your g-g grandfather James D. Attaway and Mary Evers who married
William Norton. I'll have to change my estimated death date for
William G. since you have him confirming James Attaway's CSA service
in 1902. I knew Mr. Attaway had a veterans pension but I had never
examined his records, only WGE's. And for some reason I had thought he
was receiving a CSA pension before WGE had applied. I sent off for the
application record on WGE years ago but there was nothing in his
record except a notice of claim and a slip listing his name and unit.
The record at Miller County courthouse shows his application and
approval but also lists him as dead before receiving any payment. I
had assumed that meant that he had died in 1901. Now I guess my estimate
will be 1902.
Of course he must have signed with an X since he and Mattie were both
illiterate. If illiterate, how likely is it that he would have been a
merchant? Could that have been one of the other William Evers?
There are several other William Evers. There is a William G. and Kitty
Evers on the 1870 Lafayette AR Census that is too young to be ours. Since
that one shows up on later census in Cass County he's more likely to be
the Atlanta merchant in my opinion.
And the original question- has anyone out there seen any evidence that
our William Evers is the one who is son of Baldwin & Kitty A R Evers?
So far all I have seen is that both are named William G Evers. Any
records anywhere to tell if they are the same person?
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