John Eves

John Eves

County Leitrim, Ireland
Death 1 Jul 1802 (aged 82)
Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Millville, Columbia County, Pennsylvania, USA
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Son of John Eves and Sarah Chandler

John was the original founder of this Quaker area of Pennsylvania.

John EVES, the ancestor of the Columbia County family of that name, was one of the earliest settlers in the valley of Fishing creek. He immigrated thither from Mill Creek Hundred, New Castle Co., Del., and located on a tract of 1,200 acres in the townships of Greenwood and Madison, including the site of Millville. This land was secured by deed dated November 29, 1774, the former owner having been Reuben HAINES, a brewer, of Philadelphia. It would appear, however, that he had concluded the purchase and settled in this region some years previous to the time this title was acquired. As his settlement in this section marks an important period in its history, it is described at length in another part of this work. But little is known regarding the personal history of John EVES. He was an Irish Friend, born in 1720, and removed to America about the year 1738. He was in good circumstances at Mill Creek Hundred, and held various offices involving a degree of responsibility. One of his experiences as constable reveals the resolute and determined character of the man. He was given a warrant for the arrest of a miscreant who defied the power of the law, and threatened to take the life of the officer as he approached. But the latter walked boldly forward and disarmed him without a struggle. The victory was not yet complete, however, as the obstinacy of the culprit was equal to his cowardice, and he refused to walk, whereupon the constable tied his prisoner to his horse, and they proceeded without further difficulty. Another trait of his character is illustrated by an occurrence during his residence here. While in Philadelphia on one occasion he advanced the passage money of Larry FLINN and his wife, two destitute Friends who had recently arrived from England. They would then have been obligated to remain in his service for several years, but he received them into his family and they never left it. In 1751 John EVES married Edith YEATMAN, an English lady, said to have possessed great strength of character as well as personal beauty. They were the parents of seventeen children, fourteen of whom reared families. Their names with dates of birth are as follows: Sarah, 4th mo., 24th, 1753 (died in 1762); Thomas, 2d mo., 5th, 1755; John, 2d mo., 22d, 1757; Joseph, 10th mo., 30th, 1758; Mark, 7th mo., 16th, 1760 (died in 1762); William, 2d mo., 2d, 1762; Chandlee, 12th mo., 14th, 1763; Elizabeth, 12th mo., 30th, 1765; Sarah, 5th mo., 14th, 1767; Edith, 5th mo., 14th, 1767; Andrew, 6th mo., 4th, 1769; Mary, 11th mo., 24th, 1770; Priscilla, 11th mo., 3d, 1772; Mark, 4th mo., 8th, 1774; Ann, 4th mo., 21st, 1775; Samuel, 1st mo., 28th, 1778; Ezra, 6th mo., 28th, 1782. John EVES, Sr., died 7th mo., 1st, 1802; and Edith (YEATMAN) EVES, 4th mo., 14th, 1818. The children of Thomas EVES and Rachel (WILSON) EVES were Edith, John W., Phebe (MATHER) and Thomas; of John EVES and Lydia (JUDGE) EVES: Peter, Jesse, Nehemiah, John, James and Lydia; of Joseph EVES and Sarah (PARVIN) EVES: Parvin, Ezra, Milton, Sarah (SHIVELY), Asenath (ASHTON), Francis, Elizabeth (SWISHER) and Mary (MARTEN); of William EVES and Sarah (PHILIPS) EVES: Mary (BRUNN), Edith (KITCHEN), Prudence (STATON), Ann (CLAYTON), John, William and Elijah; of Chandlee EVES and Rachel (KERTES) EVES: Annie (EVES), Elizabeth, Yeatman, John K., George F., Benjamin, Chandlee, Sarah (WILSON) and Rachel (SHIVELY); Elizabeth EVES married Thomas MATHER, and died without issue; Sarah EVES married Henry BATTIN and was the mother of thirteen children, viz.: Edith (FAIRMAN), John, William, Chandlee, Isaac, Henry, Samuel, Susan (KISNER), Sarah, Joseph, Mary (COX), Rachel and Enoch; the children of Isaac PHILIPS and Edith (EVES) PHILIPS were William Samuel, Mary (ARMITAGE), Ann (ARMITAGE), and Sarah (HUGHES); of Andrew EVES and Martha (MARTEN) EVES: David, James, Edith, Margaret (FAIRMAN), Andrew, Joseph, Martha, Sarah and Yeatman: of Nehemiah REECE and Mary (EVES) REECE: William, Sarah, Edith (KERTZ), Mary, Philip, John, Joseph, Nehemiah, Louisa (EVES), Sarah (WHITACRE), Aaron, Mary and Hannah (McHENRY); of William MATHER and Priscilla (EVES) MATHER: Mary and Elizabeth (LEMON); of John Watson and Ann (EVES) WATSON: John, Sarah, Edith, Thomas, Mark and Dorcas: of Samuel EVES and Tamar (KITCHEN) EVES: Priscilla (WATSON), James, Thomas, Edith, Elizabeth, Reuben and John. In the above the line of descent has been traced to the second generation from the original progenitors of the family in this county. It is estimated that the descendants of this pioneer settler of the Little Fishing creek number at this time 1000, souls; and many of those who bore his name have occupied positions of honor and respectability in the various walks of life. (History of Columbia and Montour Counties Pennsylvania, Battle, 1887, pg 467)

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