Wylie and Evans Family
Contributed by Jane Slaton

My family line connected to the records below: 
 
Moses McCarter m. Catren?     dau. Catherine (Catren) McCarter m. Richard Evans       dau. Catherine Evans m. John Kennedy    dau. Mary Ann Kennedy m. George Washington Coleman        son John Kennedy Coleman m. Mary Jane Wier         son James Millar Coleman m. Florine Coleman      dau . Mary Jane Coleman m. Keith B. Zimmermann      dau. Jane Zimmermann m. Arthur F. Slaton       McCarter's were in Abbeville, SC  - Evans a few miles south of Chesterville, SC - John Kennedy in Chesterville, SC (in one story called the father of Chesterville)-  Mary Ann Coleman in Chester, SC - John Kennedy Coleman in Chester, SC ( John's Civl War diary is on-line ) and Asheville, NC

FAMILY FACTS AND FABLES

(All family stories should be taken with a grain of salt.  I have written what was presented by earlier family members, but make no claim to accuracy!!)
 
This is an update on information I have gleaned from those who have gone before me, collecting family history information.  I have tried to contact only persons who seem to collect documented proof, or who readily admit when something is conjecture.
From Anna Walker's researching the McCarter family.

I sent her the "Evans Family" by Catherine Kennedy Hinton.  There were a number of inconsistencies in the story.  The most glaring family mix up being the references to John C. Calhoun.
     
(this from Anna's letter) 
John C. Calhoun was born 3/18/1782.  He would have been seven years older than Katie Evans.  His brother Patrick was born after him.  According to the story of John's life he was largely self-educated until he was 18 and then had two years of schooling taught by his brother-in-law Dr. Moses Waddel.  After this, he attended Yale University.

Catherine continues and list Dr. Moses Waddel was teaching at the time.  (Dr. Waddel appears to have only taught boys during his teaching career) John was 18 years old before he had any schooling with Dr. Waddel.  That would have occurred in the years 1800/1801.  Katie Evans would have been only 10 or 11 years old.  Dr. Waddel first taught school in Vienna, South Carolina and then moved his school to Willington, South Carolina in 1804.

John C. Calhoun's cousin Patrick Noble graduated from Princeton University and returned to South Carolina in 1806 and studied law under his cousin John.  John C. Calhoun was a member of Congress in 1810.

Katie Evans married John Kennedy on 1/29/1807.

Again, it's a humdinger of a story.

Also, the story says that Catherine Evans went to school in Abbeville and stayed with her grandparents, McCarter's.  Moses McCarter would have been dead at the time Catherine would have been going to school.  However, her grandmother Catren McCarter was living with her daughter Margaret who married Fleming Bates in Abbeville at the right time.  It is possible that Catherine Evans stayed with this family while going to school.  The Bates family was very well to do.  To date we can find no record of an Abbeville College. (I wonder if it could have been a small finishing school that did not survive very long?? ) 

I think we can safely say that family fact has been turned into family fiction.  It is possible that the McCarter's knew John C. Calhoun's family, or that it was a different Calhoun family.  Moses McCarter did know Patrick Calhoun and Patrick Noble, verified by some legal documents of the time period.  The school information does strike me as far-fetched.

Other information from Anna Walker verifies that our JOHN McCARTER and her MOSES McCARTER were the same person.  We will speculate that the name was John Moses or Moses John and to keep the father and son straight some family members referred to the father as John.  This lets us go back one more generation on that side of the family. The discovery in 2008  that an old bible thought to be in the Kennedy family, but with a list of names that matched all of the children of Moses and Catren McCarter definitely shows that the John McCarter referred to in some of my family stories and Moses McCarter are the same person.

I included the section on family facts and fables to show how easily even grandchildren can get their family stories mixed up.  Even harder for those more generations removed. (Just to confuse the issue Catherine Evans Kennedy [d. of Richard Evans and Catherine or Catren McCarter Evans] is referred to as Katherine, Catherine, Catren and Katie)

Richard Evans
written by Catherine Evans Kennedy Hinton
(sister of Mary Ann Kennedy Coleman and granddaughter of Richard & Catherine Evans)

A family record of Richard Evans (b. Jan. 10, 1741 d. Jan 17, 1806) m. 1771 and Catherine McCarter Evans (b. Oct. 9, 1753 D. Aug. 8, 1816)  

Note - Catherine Hinton seems to have been the family historian. I am copying from a record she wrote in a composition book. There is another version of this story with the Evans family papers in the Louise Kelly Crowder collection in the manuscript collection of the University of South Carolina. The two records are similar, but not identical. For the sake of brevity I will combine them rather than repeat information. I am also including information on the marriages of the Evans children from Hannah Wylie.

Please see notes in FAMILY FACTS AND FABLES for additional information JZS)

Richard Evans was born Jan. 18, 1741. Catherine McCarter Evans was born Oct. 9, 1753. They had nine children Mary, John, Samuel, James, Isaac, Hannah (married William Curry), Moses (married three times), Catherine (married John Kennedy), and Anna (married Peter Wylie). Mary, John and Samuel died single.

Grandmother Evans was a Bates, they were of Welsh descent. The Bates, McCarter, and Evans families first settled in Pennsylvania near Philadelphia on the Schuylkill River. Afterwards the Bates and McCarter's moved to Abbeville district S.C. Catherine Bates married John McCarter. Her daughter Catherine married Richard Evans, whose family was English. They lived about three miles south of Chesterville, S.C. They raised a large family of honorable, high-toned children, with more than the average intelligence. Grandfather Evans was a large handsome man highly cultivated and very fond of books. He died of heart disease while sitting in his chair. He was a Revolutionary war soldier.

Grandfather and grandmother lived very peacefully with their children on the farm until the war broke out, when grandfather had to leave wife and children, take down his shotgun and fight for his country under the noble and brave Sumter. He fought in the battles of King's Mountain, Cowpens, Hanging Rock, Ninety- Six, Eutaw Springs and other battles in this part of the country. Grandma had to make a living for her children, the oldest about ten years of age. Grandpa said the most delicious morsel he ever ate was some cold mush when in the war, having had nothing to eat for so long.

Grandma suffered very much from the Tories, at one time they came and took all her beds, and destroyed and turned their horses into the grain she had hauled up. She said she did not know what she would have done if it had not been for the kindness of a British officer who gave her a ring which she prized very much.

They were surrounded by Tories, some being their nearest neighbors. Once when the children had smallpox, the Tories came at night, masked. They put out the light, stripped the clothes off the bed, and left the children with no covering in winter. Grandmother took up the stones in the hearth and hid her knives and spoons. She had hid a jug of honey by burying it in the earth. The Tories tried to find it, but they could not, so they told John, her little boy, if he would tell them where it was they would give him a gun. So - boy like - he told them, but he never got the gun.

After the war in their comfortable home, at night, all seated round their huge

fireplace, the girls would card the cotton into rolls to spin next day. The boys would roast apples and potatoes and drink cider, while one would read some good book. Katie and Anna had benches inside the fireplace, which was whitewashed. They could look up at the stars from their warm seat. The boys made Katie a bench to walk on, so she could spin on the big wheel. The old folks had a small plastered room for themselves, which was something in advance of the times, where they sat and read. Katie and Anna each owned a colt. They would run off to the pasture and make bridles of pea vines for the colts, and stand on their backs and gallop around the field. Katie was a grand rider when she was over seventy years of age.

Grandma had a brick oven, on Saturday they baked bread for the week. They filled the oven with apples, potatoes, and bread. They had coffee when the preacher came to see them. They drank milk other times. They had plenty of milk and made their own butter and cheese. There was a shelf overhead in the kitchen where they laid the cheese to dry. Saturday was spent rubbing up their pewter dishes, which they kept as bright as silver. They traded in Charleston, and rolled their tobacco in hogsheads a distance of over 200 miles.

The Evans sisters were a very handsome set. I have heard my father say that Aunt Hannah Curry was the most beautiful woman he ever saw. They were of pure Grecian type, dark eyes and hair, fair complexion, splendid heads, and almost perfect limbs.

I think grandma must have been superstitious. When one of her cows got sick she sent for one of her neighbors, who was supposed to understand cow diseases. He would pass the cow through a blue tank and cross his hand with silver, and then the cow was supposed to get well.

Great- grandfather McCarter was a very intelligent man. He had a newspaper controversy with John C. Calhoun's father.

Katie Evans was sent to her grandmother's (McCarter) in Abbeville district to school. She went to school with Patrick and John C. Calhoun. Dr. Moses Waddel was teaching at the time. A number of his students became state and national leaders.

Katie married Major John Kennedy on 20th of January 1807, when she was about 18 years of age. They had nine children and raised them all but one. (George died at 18) All settled in Chester but one. John Kennedy married Martha Potts and moved to Mississippi. My father and mother lived on the hill in Chester for sixty-five years. Father hunted deer on Chester Hill where the town now stands. There were no houses except an old blacksmith shop. The land was owned by a man of influence named Stewart. Being the crossroads it was determined to have the town at that place. It is said that the community met at the Big Spring and had a jug of whiskey, that influenced by Stewart and his guid (good) whiskey, they decided the matter. Father lived to be 97 years of age and mother 83.

Grandfather Evans was a good Baptist. I have some of his writings, as good Baptist doctrine as I have ever read. I can recollect my Aunt Polly going to Woodward Church of which she was a member. Sunday morning she would mount old Jenny, a quiet old horse, and buttoned up in her riding skirt until she looked like a sack of meal, and with her big black silk bonnet on, which was so big that she had no need of an umbrella, she would trot along the five miles to church, all alone most of the time.

I have a housewife made from a piece of calico of grandma Evans' dress bought a short time after the revolution. She paid 75 cents a yard for it. I also have a chest and table, which was her dining table before the war. Uncle Curry brought from the Warm Springs the first hyacinths that were ever in Chester.

Richard Evans name is on the list of non-com officers and privates of Marion's Brigade

WILL of RICHARD EVANS 

A few lines from the will of Richard Evans - From the Chester County Courthouse, SC.

In the name of God Amen. I, Richard Evans of Sandy River Chester County, Pickney district and State of South Carolina ----

I leave demise and bequeath to Catren Evans my Dearly beloved wife ----

--but if She (Catren McCarter Evans) chooses to marry then upon the day thereof, She Shall have no Claim to the land or any of the premisses (sic) therein contained, in all times afterwards; Her bed and bedding Excepted, the remaining part of the movable property (sic) Goods or Chattles, Shall be Secured by my Executors and Sold as Soon as can be conveniently (sic) be done at publick (sic) Vandue, and the money Arising from the Sd (said) Sale Shall be Equally Devided (sic) all my children (sic) then living Shall Share alike ---

Next, I leeve (sic) Demise and Bequeath, Unto all my children John, Samuel, James, Isaac, Hannah, Moses, Catren, and Anna Evans---

[will written 11/7/1799 - probated 7/29/1806] anyone interested in a copy of the original can contact the Judge of Probate, P.O. Box 580 Chester, SC, 29706

Contributors note - When I first read this I thought Richard was a pretty mean old man, but realized later that the will was probably written that way to protect his children's inheritance. If his widow re-married her goods probably would have become the property of her new husband and later his heirs leaving the children of Richard Evans out in the cold. JZS


THE WYLIE AND EVANS FAMILIES

Hannah was a niece of Catherine Evans Kennedy.
June 18, 1860

My Dear Relations,

I have often thought of writing a history of our family as far as I can trace back, thinking there might be some who may at some future date feel enough of interest to read this, perhaps when I am laid with those who have gone before me. Yet at times I feel as if it would be labor lost, there is so much of vanity, selfishness, and false pride in the world, and far too much in my family. I fear there is a great falling off in our family. I am afraid the high-minded, honorable, and truthful principal that marked the character of our ancestors is not respected, as it should be. There is selfishness and a great lack of moral courage in our family at this time. They don't respect each other, as persons of the same blood should. They should be bound together forever and that which is the interest of one should be the interest of the others. I mean while they act right and they think any one is acting wrong, they should go to them, and try to show them their error in a kind way, but never talk to another what you would not say to another what you would not say to them. I have dwelt on this subject much longer than I expected. I will have to write as I recall things in my memory so you will not find much order.

Our Family History

I will commence with my father's family. My great grandfather, Peter Wylie married Annie Hawthorn. They came from Ireland, County Antrim. They with the Kelsey's and Mills came over on the same vessel, not long before the revolution. They came from Scotland during the war of forty (persecution of the Covenanters). My great grandfather had three sons and one daughter. (I believe Francis, William, and James who were good Whigs during the revolution) and Margaret. My great grandfather was a covenanter, read much in his later days, I think mostly religious works - he wrote some. There is a manuscript still extant, some rhyme, I think mostly on scripture. I have heard my father say that he remembered seeing him. He was a small man and very old, who read most of his time. My father had no recollection of seeing his grandmother, she having died before his time. My great grandfather Kelsey married a Mills, they all came here at the same time. I don't know the number of children they had, but think they had a large family. They were all Whigs in the revolution. My grandmother made herself of much use during the war, she with some other young women did the mowing in the neighborhood, the men being in the army. On one occasion she went with her friend Mary Mills to the battle field some distance away, Rocky Mount, to hunt for her sisters husband whom they supposed was killed there (his name was Pagan) They found one they supposed to be him having some articles of clothing on him which they thought they knew. It was considered a brave act for two young girls to travel thru a country filled with cruel enemies, to look among the dead for their friend.

My grandfather Wylie entered the army when very young. He was taken prisoner twice during the war. Once he lay in jail in Winnsborough and another time he lay three months in the winter in Camden jail, part of the time chained to the floor, with only one blanket between two prisoners, for having attempted to escape. One of the times taken as prisoner a few miles below Chester by a Tory (Nickle) - (There is more on this story on a Wylie family web site - www.wylies.org/home.html by Catherine Wylie Austin)

He was married shortly after the close of the war to my grandmother Isabella Kelsey. They had seven children, one of whom died while young, three sons and four daughters. Peter, Kelsey, and John Nicksey; Susan, Jennie, Mary, and Sallie (Annie died when young)

My grandfather was a very cheerfully disposed man. My grandmother was of a melancholy temperament, very religious; her health was delicate being troubled with asthma. I think she was one who looked on the dark side of the picture. Grandfather was inclined to drink at public places, which caused her much uneasiness. Grandfather was always extremely kind to her, and very indulgent to his family, and especially to his daughters.

My father remembered them with deep respect, and the most tender affection for his mother. They moved to Alabama some years before I was born. Grandmother did not live many years after leaving this country. Some years after her death grandfather married again, lived a few years, and then died at about 72 years of age.

Their children all went with them except father and Aunt Jennie Walker. My grandfathers brothers and sisters were high minded and honorable, and had great respect for truth. I have heard father say that he believed old Uncle Jimmie Wylie would have suffered his right arm to be cut off rather than to tell a lie, and I have heard him often speak of a saying of Aunt Margaret's " If you can't say nae guid of a person sae nothing."

She married a Boyd, not a very high-minded family. (Note from a Wylie descendent - Aunt Hannah evidently didn't subscribe to Aunt Margaret's philosophy of saying "guid")

The Kelsey's were a highly respected family, and good Whigs during the revolution. I have often heard father speak of grandmother's dislike for the Tories. Grandfather was more forgiving. I remember of often hearing father telling about the Tories, Huck and his gang going to get great grandfather Kelsey and abusing him, and threatening to kill him, for not answering questions. He was deaf, and could not hear a sound scarcely which they said. This they did not believe thinking he was pretending, so as to keep from answering their questions. Yet grandmother talked very boldly to them. I remember hearing father speak of her bravery. While Huck was there a pigeon flew along, and he cut its head off with his sword. She said to him," Dear me! That was a great act to kill the poor thing that was doing you nae harm." He told her if she did not mind her head would be next. She defied him and told him he didn't have power to do such a thing, that God Almighty would strike him dead. Huck was then on his way to Brattons and before he stopped at grandfather Kelseys he with his men killed a poor boy named Strong, who had heard that the Tories were in the neighborhood and knowing they would destroy everything they could find belonging to the Whigs, the boy was carrying some harness, having already hidden the wagon, when the Tories came in sight, he ran and jumped into a wheat field. They leaped the fence with their horses and cut the boy down and continued to run him through the body until his mother got there and threw herself over the body. It was said that grandmother Kelsey was with Mrs. Strong, and in their distraction to get to the boy; grandmother tore a gate off its hinges, (the fence being high)

My grandfather, being a modest man, never in the least being inclined to speak of any merit which his ancestors had a right to claim. I would have liked much to have written this in his lifetime, and suppose if I had persevered, I might have persuaded him to give me a history, which would have been a great satisfaction as his memory was very good.

I will now speak of mother's family. My grandfather Richard Evans had three brothers, John, Isaac, and Owen, and one sister. I think her name was Hannah. They were all Whigs and were in the army in the Revolution. They attended the Whig meeting at old Justice Gaston's and volunteered their services. They and I think three Walkers were all the Whigs that were in Sandy River, it being a hot bed of Tories. My grandfather married Katherine McCarter of a highly respected family. They were married before the Revolution and had several children. She was very much distressed and annoyed by the Tories. (A number of the stories are repeated in Catherine Hinton's Evans history -see this information)

As it may be a satisfaction to some, I will tell the names of some of the persons whom my father's brothers and sisters married. Uncle Kelso married a McNeal. I can't remember who Uncle John N. Wylie married first, but I think she was a Nelson. His second wife was a Miss Pepper. Aunt Susan married Alexander Walker. Jennette married William Walker, a brother of Alexander. Mary married D. Hamilton, and Sallie married William Morris (?). They all moved to Alabama except Jennette and my father Peter.

My Mother's brothers and sisters. I don't remember who Uncle Isaac and Moses married. Moses has been married three times. Aunt Katie married John Kennedy. Hannah married William Curry. Mary, John, and Samuel died single.

I will now give you an account of my father and mother's family. They had twelve children - Richard Evans, Isabella, DeKalb, Catherine (who died when nine months of age), Alexander Pierson, Katherine, William, Hannah, Susan, Mary, and two infants (one a daughter who lived a few hours, and the other a son, still born)

Richard E. married Rachel daughter of Samuel McCullough a very estimable woman, who died in the spring of  '58 having had delicate health for many years caused from an injury received from a horse running away in a vehicle. He had three sons John, Peter, and Thomas. Isabella married J.F. Strait. They had eleven Children. Six are living, namely, Sallie, Lafayette, Henrietta, Jefferson, Arsonia, and Francis William {Anna, Peter, Richard, Samuel, and Susan are dead} De Kalb married Jincy Ross. She had seven children, Antonia William, who is dead, Peter Kelso, Abram Ross, Richard Evans, Mary, Susan, and Lafayette. Alexander married Juliet Gill. They had nine children namely - Annie E. an infant who lived only a short time, Jane, Walker Gill, Peter Kelso, Mary Isabella, Robert Hawthorn and Harrison. Katherine married Joseph Baskins, a very worthy man, who died a few years after their marriage. They had three daughters, two having died before his death, leaving only Anna C. left. William married Amanda Johnson. They had three children, Mary, John Edward, and Annie Amanda. Mary died in her seventh year. Her mother followed her a few months afterwards, leaving Edward and Amanda. Mary married Dr. William Mobley. They had no children. She died Oct. 5, 1857. Susan died on the seventh of the same month. She never married. My dear father died June 26, 1855, having had bad health for several years. He had an attack of paralysis several years before his death, and was often --(I can't read the word. JZS) with similar attacks. He was respected by every one who knew him. He abominated deceit and falsehood of every description, had the greatest regard for truth and sincerity, and was always kind to the poor.

Feb. 22, 1877

It is near seventeen years since I wrote the foregoing. Something called me off at the time I was writing and I never finished. I will now endeavor to go on as near as I can recollect. After our great heartrending bereavement our family thought it would be best for mother to sell our old home and move to William's.

We moved in the fall after father's death. She was never in good health after his death, and had not been strong for some time previous. She had a severe spell of pneumonia; I think the winter after we came here. In the fall of '57 she was sick. Indeed sis and I had a spell at the same time. Mary came and stayed some time. She seemed in pretty good health, cheerful and happy as usual. When we all got better Dr. Mobley came down for her and they were boarding at Cornville Hotel in Chester.

She was taken with dysentery shortly after getting home. I think they went up Monday or Tuesday and the following Saturday, Dr. Mobley sent for Susan, saying that Mary was very ill. Susan went up. Mary continued very ill. I think the next Wednesday, William, Anna, and I went up. Susan was still with Mary, yet unwell. She went around to Alexander's that night and returned next morning, was sick, vomiting and purging all throughout the day. Went back to Alexander's and took her bed. Ma and Sis came Thursday evening. Ma came around to the hotel, but lay in bed most of the day. Mary continued very ill all the time. Richard came Friday. Ma went around to Alexander's that morning and never saw Mary again. Saturday night Alexander told us (Sis and I) neither of us being very well, and had made arrangements, one to stay with me and the other with Susan. Bella being with Mary, that both would die. Imagine our agonizing feelings. Ma lying completely prostrated, and the terrible shock to us, that our dear sisters were both going to die, and we were obliged to suppress our feelings on account of our mothers condition. Oh! How vividly all that agonizing time rises before me. Our dear Mary died Monday morning about five o'clock Oct. 5, 1857. Susan about twelve o'clock at night on the seventh. Oh, what a heart rending bereavement and a terrible shock to our mother. Mary's health had been very delicate for years. Susan always delicate in health, suffered for years with her stomach. Oh God, what a trying time for me. They and I being the youngest never had been separated long at a time, were much attached. Mary having no children at home came often to see us all, especially Pa and Ma, and was a great comfort to them in their ill health. Poor Susan having ill health caused her to be melancholy. She was very self-sacrificing, and nursed Mary as long as she could, and gave up when unable to go any longer, which I suppose was the cause of the disease going hard with her. Ma lay for three months before she was able to be moved home, and was in very delicate health for a long time. Rarely left home. Passed a tolerably pleasant life, reading a good deal, and doing anything she was disposed to do. She was taken with a chill on the eleventh of Dec. 1859 and suffered much. She thought it was a return of chills. Before the next morning she was spitting up bloody foam. William was at home having returned from the west a short time before. We sent for Alexander in a few days. Decided she could not recover. Oh, My God. I can never forget my feeling. She died on the morning of the eighteenth. All of her children who were living were with her. No one can form a conception of the agony of seeing a dear parent breath their last, unless they have experienced this same feeling.

The following spring Aunt Jennie Walker died. DeKalb moved to Arkansas in Oct. 1860. The horrid war came on in 1861. I have often thought there was something to be thankful for, with all our sad bereavement. Our dear ones escaped that severe trial of the horrid war and which I fear the death knell of our great and beloved country. Although most of our family was opposed to the cause that brought on the war, they considered it their duty to go and fight on the Southern side.

William went and remained 14 months, as Sargent in the 17th regiment. His health failed. Lafayette Strait went a Captain of the Catawba Guards, 6th Regiment. Afterwards assistant surgeon of 17th Regiment. Took sick near Chattanooga, dysentery.

All three of Richard's sons went into the army. John, Capt. in the 6th Regiment. I think Tom was wounded at the battle of Seven Pines, and came near dying from loss of blood, and lack of proper medical attention. He returned to the army and stayed until his health failed entirely. Came home, never married, and died in the fall of '65. Peter went into the army in '61, and remained several months on the coast, had to give up on account of ill health, became a perfect cripple from rheumatism, or something of the kind, lived several years never able to walk. Richard married a second time, Mrs. Crawford. I think in 1864 and died Nov. 14, 1875, leaving two small children, William DeKalb and Mary.

Alexander's son Peter being on a visit to Lancaster, went out hunting, taking a little Negro with him. In climbing the creek bank with the gun in his hand, it went off and killed him, a horrible shock to the family. He was a very bright boy, 14 years of age. His death took place Aug. 14, '64. It will be a satisfaction to know the cause of brother William and Richard's deaths. William's health had been bad for years, suffered from his stomach and head. It was found that his stomach was ulcerated. I think his bowels were affected at last. Richard was taken with apoplexy or paralysis, never was able to speak distinctly, after he was taken. His left side was paralysised, His health had not been good, had a severe spell about a year before. He had a hard life, practiced as long as he lived.

Miss Hannah Wylie was born the 23rd day of March 1821, and died on the 9th day of August 1882.

Note - May 6, 1928 Charlotte Observer ran an article on Chester County by Arthur Cornwall - It included the picture of Major John Kennedy and his wife Catherine. I will copy a few excerpts that are related to our family history.

Revolutionary Chester -

The first resistance made in this part of the state against the British was at Beckhamville, situated in the southeastern part of Chester County. Early in 1780 an English officer was sent to Beckhamville with a company of 100 soldiers. Circulars were sent through the countryside demanding that people come in and accept British protection and swear allegiance to the English government. Justice John Gaston, a man of great influence, who lived in the community, went to work to run the officer and his supporters out of the county.

Justice Gaston was 80 years old, so he was not able to bear arms, but he had nine sons who were always ready to do their duty. Runners were sent out through the county to notify the friends of liberty to assemble that night at Justice Gaston's to plan an attack on the British the next morning. That night 24 men joined the Gaston brothers. The party of 33 men attacked the British early the next morning and completely routed them, killing several. Eight of this party were from the immediate area of what is now Chester. Two of them were Walkers. (From Hannah Wylie's info we can assume that the Evans brothers were involved)

History Note-

Aaron Burr was brought through Chester. Perkins was in charge of the prisoner. As they approached the village Perkins changed the order of their march with two men in front, two behind and one on each side. They passed near a tavern where a considerable number of people were standing while music and dancing were heard from within. Here Burr threw himself from his horse, and exclaimed in a loud voice, "I am Aaron Burr, under military arrest and claim the protection of the civil authorities."

Perkins sprang from his horse, grabbed his two pistols and sternly ordered him to remount. "I will not!" shouted Burr. Perkins, unwilling to shed blood, threw his pistols upon the ground, caught the prisoner around the waist and threw him into the saddle. The guards lead him rapidly away and the party disappeared before the group of spectators had recovered from their astonishment at the scene. (The tavern appears to have been the one owned by Major John Kennedy in the center of town. A couple of family accounts mention that Catherine Kennedy was a spectator.)

Burr was going to Washington at the time on trial for intrigue against the government. The evidence was incomplete. He was exonerated and released.

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