In my last post, I gave some insight into the life of Seth Hill Evitts, my fifth great-grandfather. I was so amazed when I “found” Seth and couldn’t believe that my family had roots in Maryland. I had found records that Seth was born in Annapolis to John and Martha (Woodward) Evitts, so I decided it was time to look into these individuals. Today’s post will give some insight into the life of John Evitts, my sixth great-grandfather.
John Evitts was born in Anne Arundel County, presumably in Annapolis, Maryland in 1725 and was the only son of Joseph Evitts. A 1744 deed indicates that Joseph’s wife is named Sarah Evitts. This could potentially be John’s mother, but I have no records to confirm this. I have not been able to find any records to document the early years of John’s life. I do know, however, that John had two sisters, Martha and Mary.
The earliest record that I have found is a deed dated March 20, 1744. The deed records Joseph Evitts selling, for five shillings, part of Lot 96, on Prince George Street, in Annapolis, Maryland. The deed indicates that both Joseph and John are joiners. An interesting aside on lot #96….this lot is the location of the Sands House. The Sands House is believed to have been built sometime between 1690 and 1700 and is the oldest frame house still standing in Annapolis and possibly in all of Maryland. Archaeological digs have revealed pottery shards that date from the time that Joseph and John Evitts were living at the site. The history of the home that is posted online indicates that Joseph Evitts leased the home for five years and then purchased it from a Dr. Charles Carroll. Deed records that I have found confirm this. It’s pretty amazing to think that one of my ancestors from the eighteenth century lived in a home that is still standing! Once again, proof that you never know what your family research is going to reveal!
According to an ad in the Maryland Gazette on April 22, 1746, “John Hutchinson” was selling Barbados rum at “Mr. Evett’s home”. I am assuming that John Hutchinson was a guest staying in John’s home, but I have no information on him. A deed record dated June 1, 1747 records John purchasing household goods from a Susannah Murray. The items included: three feather beds, six rush bottom chairs, one dozen new pewter plates, half a dozen, old pewter dishes, one [Bavan?], three iron pots, one kettle, one pair bellows, one frying pan, one pair [tongu?], one spitt, and one new spinning wheel. John purchased these items for eight pounds (I’m not sure what the modern day equivalent would be). Some of these items appear to be included in the inventory of John’s estate, meaning that he kept these items for some time