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Descendants of Elisha EVANS and Betsy LEA
of Caswell County, North Carolina

Compiled by Paul Zebe

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Elisha Evans was born in 1760 in that portion of Amelia County, Virginia, that later became Nottoway County. Some time before the Revolutionary War he moved to Caswell County, North Carolina. There, he served with the Continental forces during the Revolution and in 1789 married Elizabeth ("Betsy") Lea, daughter of John and Winnefred Lea. Elisha and Betsy are known to have had seven children: Susannah (wife of Jeremiah Rudd Sr.) (my ancestor), James, William, Elisha, Elizabeth (wife of Henry Willis Jr.), Sarah (wife of Vincent Griffin), and Nancy (wife of John Miles).

Nothing is currently known about Elisha's parents or siblings, except that he had a brother named Samuel Evans who was living in Person County, North Carolina, according to Elisha's 1832 application for a Revolutionary War pension.

I would be very interested in hearing from anyone who is also descended from this family.

Revolutionary War Service
Elisha Evans was a Revolutionary War veteran who received a pension (Pension Certificate No. 4254). He applied for that pension in Caswell County on 8 Oct. 1832. My transcription of that pension application can be found HERE.

According to his pension application, Elisha served with North Carolina troops in the Continental cause from 1778 to 1781. His service began sometime around Oct. 1778, when he served five months in Capt. White's company, Col. James Sanders' regiment. He was discharged sometime in April 1779. In the summer of 1780, he served four months in Capt. John Graves' company, Col. Paisley's regiment, with which he was at the Battle of Camden. Afterwards, he was transferred to Capt. John McMullin's company of Light Horse in Col. James Williams' regiment, with which he was at the Battle of King's Mountain (about Oct. 1780). In the winter of 1780/81 he served for three months in Capt. Spillsby Coleman's company, Col. Farmer's regiment, with which he was at the Battle of Cowan's Ford and an engagement at Torrance's Lane. From Aug. or Sept. 1781, he served in Capt. John McMullen's company, Col. William Moore's regiment, with which he was at an engagement at White Marsh.

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