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*Early 1779 Rowan County lands of Landrine Eggers
1777 Tithable for August County, Virginia – Landrine, William, Daniel Eggers
Civil War Stories about
Abner Eggers and descendants
New For 2009
New Information on Jehiel, Monroe, Cartie Eggers
From Travis Dyson and Cindy Lowe
Born: 11 March 1757 Monmouth County, New Jersey, source unknown
Died: 24 March 1837 at Ashe County, N.C., per written statement by his son,
Hugh Eggers on 30 November 1852 at Watauga County
Burial: Zionville Baptist Church Cemetery, Zionville, Watauga County, North
Carolina. This is the site of the controversial stone monument stating “William
Landrine Eggers 1747-1837.”
Married: to “Joana Silvers,” county bond on 16 April 1779 at Rowan County,
North Carolina (county record) at about the age of 24. Said to be Joanna’s second marriage, with the first being to Hugh Silvers of Davidson County, N.C. Her maiden name is Green.
Johanna Green Silvers:
Born: about 1755, reported to be near Linwood, Davidson County, North Carolina.
Died: 17 March 1840 at Ashe County, North Carolina, per Hugh Eggers document
Married 1st to Hugh Silvers, 2nd to Landrine Eggers.
Parents: Jeremiah Green (? - <12 January 1763) and Joanna Hunt
(The name Johanna is spelled a number of ways)
www.planetmurphy.org; J.R. Murphy; previous revision 1 January 2009; this revision 19 October 2012.
My appreciation goes out to Cindy Lowe for generously sharing her Eggers information with this website. Most of the Landrine Eggers' information is hers. Progress and development of this Eggers history would so much less without her.
This Chapter Covers Landrine Eggers + Joanna Green
Children are (I) to (V) and Grandchildren (1) to (15)
(I). Sarah Eggers (~1779 to 1874) + John Reece
(II). Mary Eggers (~1782 to 1852+) + John S. Ford
(III) Joanna Eggers (1785 – 1863) + Valentine Reece
(IV) Lydia Eggers (1791 – 1852+) + James Swift
(V). Hugh Eggers (1785 to 1863) + Sarah “Sally” Smith. Children (1) to (15)
(1) Landrine Eggers (1805 – 1884) + Eleanor McBride
(2) Sarah Eggers (1807 to ?) + Solomon Isaacs
(3) Hugh Eggers “II” (1809 to 1873) + Sarah Miller
(4) Joel Eggers (1811 to 1895) + Sarah Wilson
(5) Elizabeth Eggers (1812 to 1872) + Brazilla McBride
(6) Joanna Eggers (1814 to 1895) + Elijah Dodson
(7) Cleveland Eggers (1817 to 1900) + Hannah Wilson
(8) Violet Eggers (1819 to 1819)
(9) Abner Eggers (1821 to 1910) + Charlotte Hagerman Ford + Lucinda Jane Venable
(10) Clarissa Louisa Eggers (1824 to ?) + Richard R. Isaacs
(11) Malinda Eggers (1826 to 1833)
(12) Washington Eggers (1829 to 1872) + Lucinda Harmon
(13) Nancy M. Eggers (1831 to 1903) + James Isaacs, Jr.
(14) Jehiel Smith Eggers (1834 to 1898) + Lousia Anna Younce + Elizabeth Bryan
(15) Martha Eggers (1837 to 1901) + James Hilliard
Also covered is Hannah Silvers (~1777 to 1850+), daughter of Joanna Green and Hugh Silvers.
Confusion with the name "William Landrine Eggers"
Some older sources indicated that Landrine Eggers was really William Landrine Eggers, and that William and Landrine are not two persons. This apparently occurred when the Daughters of the American Revolution placed “William Landrine Eggers” on his monument at Zionville, Watauga County, North Carolina. The evidence indicates William and Landrine Eggers are two separate brothers.
Confusion with the John Preston Arthur account on Landrine Eggers
Landrine Eggers “was married, first to a lady whose name has been forgotten, and second to Joanna Green, whose family lived near Three Forks Church (in today's Watauga County, N.C.) and were members of the body. Children of the first marriage have been forgotten, but those of the second are….”
From “History of Watauga County, North Carolina,” by John Preston Arthur, 1915.
Comment: This first marriage applied to his wife, not Landrine. No first marriage has been found or mentioned by someone else. This is mentioned here in order to correct Arthur’s error.
What Landrine Eggers Reported on His Pension
Landrine Eggers, age 75, requested a pension in Ashe County, North Carolina on 10 November 1832 for his services as a soldier in the American Revolution. He was a private and stated:
“He was born in New Jersey near the Valley of Freehold, and when he was nine years old, his father removed to the Highlands of New York, in the neighborhood of Goshen. He resided there and was in the army until his 21st year; when he removed to Rowan County near Salisbury where he resided ten years and upwards; when he removed to the county where he has resided ever since. He has no record of his birth for the family Bible in which it was having been carried to Indiana upward of 20 years ago. “ His service began August 1776 for 12.5 months in the New York State Militia under the command of Captain Smith, Regiment of Colonel Benjamin R. Thurston, with General James Clinton, commander. Their job was to construct forts in Hudson Highlands, where Landrine stated he helped build called Fort Tryon."
Locations for Landrine Eggers:
(1). Freehold Valley, Monmouth County, New Jersey 1757 to 1766
(2). 1767 to ? – Highlands of New York, per Revolutionary Pension.
(3). Goshen area, Orange County, New York, before 1775 to 1776
(4). Augusta County, Virginia, briefly sometime in 1777
(5). Rowan County, North Carolina ~1778 to 1790+
(6) Wilkes/Ashe County, North Carolina ~1794 to 1837
Orange County, New York from ? to 1776
1775 Orange County, New York: Signers of the (Loyalty) Pledge in Goshen, Orange County, 1775. There are 12 columns of names extending for 4 pages. The following names appeared on page 501 in column #3, as spelled:
Landrine Eggers (5th name)
Elijah Egars (#21st name)
William Eggers (26th name)
Daniel Egger (27th name and no "s")
From "An Outline History of Orange County," also called "Eager's Orange County," by Samuel W. Eager, Esq, 1846 and reprinted 1969.
~1776 New York State: State Records of North Carolina reported by the Secretary of State to Congress in 1835 noted the following North Carolina Revolutionary pensioners: (included) Private Landrine Eggers, age 77 with commencement of his pension on 4 March 1831. His service was described as New York Militia.
(Roster of Soldiers from North Carolina in the American Revolution, 1932, reprint 2003)
From Cindy Lowe: "Landrine joined the New York State Militia as a volunteer under the command of Captain Smith in the Regiment of Colonel Benjamin R. Thurston under General James Clinton. General Clinton was the commander of the construction of Forts in the Hudson Highlands. Landrine, in his pension papers, stated that he helped to build a fort below Fort Montgomery called Fort Tryon. Fort Tryon was the scene of a battle with the British on the 16th of November 1776."
"Landrine was near New Windsor when the battle took place on Long Island the 27th of August 1776 and he remained there until the fall of 1777 when Fort Montgomery was evacuated. New Windsor is located in Orange County, New York along the Hudson River, about sixty miles north of New York City. In 1776, New Windsor was part of Ulster County and served as the major depot for the Continental Army. The foremost contribution of the militia was to guard the home front against the Revolution's internal enemies, Indians, and Tories, while the Continental Army battled with the British armies."
"Because of the inability of the British to prevail in the North, London's strategists gradually shifted their attention to the South, beginning in late 1778. England preferred to save the South above all other areas and felt that it contained more Loyalists than any other part of America.”
Augusta County, Virginia from 1777
1777 August County, Virginia Tithables: "William Eggars," Daniel Eggars," and "Landrine Eggars" adjacent each other; tithes taken by Daniel Smith.
Rowan County North Carolina from 1778 to 1790+
1778 Rowan County, North Carolina: "Landrine, now in his twenty-first year, and having served more than a year in the New York Militia, followed the fighting and moved to Rowan County, North Carolina, near Salisbury in 1778."
"The winter of 1778 in Salisbury rendered only a few skirmishes with the Tories, but nonetheless the soldiers suffered. One hundred dollars of Continental money would not buy a breakfast and the men lacked clothes and every necessity. The forage master had difficult finding food for their perishing horses."
1779 April 16 – Rowan County: Landrine met and married Johannah (Green) Silvers on 16 April 1779. His pension papers stated Johannah was Landrine's lawful and only wife. Shortly thereafter "Landrine Agurs" signature appeared on the early records of the First Presbyterian Church of Goshen, Orange County, New York to be bondsman for the marriage of Samuel Rogers and Jane Agur on 5 May 1779.
("Early Records of the First Presbyterian Church at Goshen, New York 1767-1885," by Charles C. Coleman)
1778 Rowan County Court of Common Pleas of Rowan County, North Carolina granted letters of administration on the estate of Hugh Silver, deceased, to Landrine Agers who gave bond of 150 pounds with Richard Green and Samuel Merrill, security. (Book 4, page 355)
1778 August 8 - Rowan County: Rowan County listed him as a non-juror from Captain Moores District.
1779 September 13 – North Carolina: Vacant land entry #2289, State of North Carolina granted 250 acres: Landrine Eggers, on the waters of Abbots Creek, adjacent Jeramiah Green, Peter Eaverhart, and Nicholas Michael’s improvement. Abbott’s Creek is in present day Davidson County, and flows south past the eastern limits of the City of Lexington. Comment: Notice the Jeramiah Green entry who is father-in-law to Landrine Eggers.
1779 September 13 – North Carolina: Vacant land entry #2290, State of North Carolina Grant #320, 100 acres: Landrine Eggers, bounded by McCulloh’s old line and a corner surveyed for Hugh McCray on the waters of Swearing Creek (Book 9: page 408). Entered 10 October 1783. Swearing Creek is the next creek westward from Abbott’s Creek and flows south, passing the west of Lexington. On 9 November 1785, Landrine (x) Eggers sold this land on Swearing Creek to Andrew Beard (Baird).
1780: Landrine enlisted again, this time in the continental service where his unit under a Captain Sapp or Lapp became engaged in the Battle of Colson on 21 July 1780. This was reported to be near the forks of the Yadkin and Pee Dee Rivers, where Patriots under Col. William Lee Davidson attacked and defeated the Tories.
1783 Rowan County: Landrine Agers gave a bond of $150 for the administration of the estate of Hugh Silvers, deceased.
1784 July 15 – North Carolina: Vacant land entry #2760, 200 acres - Landrine Eggers, on the waters of Potts Creek, to Laven Hartness’ corner, Joseph Smith’s line, adjacent Jarret Wood and Josiah Dashold. (11:794). Pott’s Creek is the next creek west of Swearing Creek and lies in the southwest corner of Davidson County.
1789 November 5 – Rowan County: Landrine was scheduled for the next court session.
1790 Rowan County US Census: Landrine “Agers”
Wilkes/Ashe County, North Carolina from ~1794 to 1837
(Ashe County was established 1799, in part from Wilkes)
1794 August 8 Wilkes County: (condensed) - Jesse Stanly of Surry County deeded Landrine Eggers of Wilkes County 200 acres for 120 pounds, with land beginning at a stake at the mouth of a branch on Flanerys Fork of New River, running along a conditional line between John and Samuel Ayers and Russel Ghon...meandering up the branch...through a swamp...to Butses lines. This land had been granted to Jesse Stanly by the State of North Carolina on 10 July 1788. (Signed) Jesse Standley (Seal). John Ayers and Sarah Eggers Jurant, State of North Carolina, Wilkes County, August Term 1796. The within deed was duly proven in open court by the oath of Sarah Eggers and ordered to be registered.
1794 October 16 - Wilkes County: William Blackburn deeded Landrine Eggers 200 acres near Howard's Creek and New River for 60 pounds.
Comment: Howard's Creek can be identified on the "North Carolina Atlas and Gazetteer" by Delorme and is near the Three Forks Church.
1798 August 26 - Wilkes County: The State of North Carolina grant #1674 to Landrine Eggers a tract of 250 acres of land being in the County of Wilkes on Duncans Branch, beginning at a Maple on Duncans line. Entered 26 August 1780(?) and granted 5 December 1798.
Comment: Who is Sarah Eggers, 1796 Jurant of Wilkes County? From Cindy Lowe: I don't know who the Sarah Eggers, Jurant is, but I'll offer some "conversation." Landrine's oldest child is thought to be Sarah, with some online postings giving her birth date as 1779. However, she is listed in daughter Sarah Hagerman's household in 1850, giving her age as 65, (which may not be accurate). This would indicate that she was born roughly 1785 and would to too young to be the Jurant, Sarah Eggers. Perhaps, the real name should be Sarah Ayers rather than Eggers.
1799: Ashe County was formed from Wilkes County, North Carolina. This year, Landrine was one of the signers of a document requesting the formation of Ashe County.
From 1799 to 1837, Ashe County has approximately 22 deeds/land grants on record for Landrine Eggers. One of Landrine’s North Carolina homes may have burned, but his home sites are only partly understood. In Ashe County, he had to live near the Three Forks Church since he was a member. Smith Eggers reported that Landrine Eggers moved to Cove Creek, Zionville, (now) Watauga County and built a house at the Rad Reece place and a barn built entirely of locust timber.
1802 December 14 - Ashe County: State of North Carolina (grant #310) granted Landrine Eggers 100 acres of land lying in the County of Ashe below the North Fork of Cove Creek. Entered 10 January 1788 and granted 14 December 1802.
1807 November 9 – Ashe County Court: A deed from Landrine Eggers to Abel Hunt for 100 acres, acknowledged by Landrine Eggers.
The Three Forks Church, mentioned above, was organized by Daniel Eggers and wife, B.B. Eggers (Ayers?), and Ellender Greene. Membership of this church from 1790-1800+ included Ellender Green, Benjamin Green, Sarah Green, Daniel and Pheobe Eggers, Landrine and Joannah Eggers.
1803/04 Law Suit of Moses Hull versus Landrine Eggers
September 1803 Ashe County, State of North Carolina (with some corrections): In obedience to a communication sent to me directly, I have caused Nathan Horton, Esquire to appear before me at my dwelling house this 20th September 1803. He being sworn deposeth and sayeth first a question asked by the plaintiff.
Question: Did you or did you not hear Landrine Eggers say that he could prove that there was mony at William Eggers, deceased? Your deponant deposeth & sayeth that he and Landrine Eggers fell into a discord about the dispute between him and Moses Hulls taking of mony at the house of William Eggers, deceased, and that Eggers said he could prove there was mony there by said Phillip Williams, but he (Hull) should not be a witness for/nor against him for he knew that he would swore false against him.
Question: Did you not hear Landrine Eggers say that he did not believe that Hull stole any mony? Your deponent father sayeth he hear Eggers say he did not believe that Hull thought stealing of the mony when he took it.
Question: Did you or did you not hear Hull say that he took money from the house of William Eggers, deceased? Further your deponant sayeth even heard him deny it? Subscribed and Sworn before me test Shadrack Brown. (Signed) Nathan Horton
Moses Hull maketh oath that in the suit which was tried this court between himself and Landrine Eggers. He was deceived by the repeated declarations of Charles Riggan, one of his witnesses in said suit to prove the word spoken by said Eggers of this deponent, that he the said Riggan repeatedly told this deponent before the trial and even before the commencement of the suit that he had heard the said Eggers speak (the words as said in?) and utter in a public manner at the said Eggers's old plantation in the time of October harvest in the year 1802(?) and at the time of gathering (illegible) of the (illegible) which this deponent thinks was about the last of August or the first of September of the same year and that the said Riggan's wife told this deponent that she had heard the said Eggers speak the same words repeatedly as laid in the declaration and within six months before the bringing of said suit; but in consequence of the said Charles' declaration aforesaid he this deponent together with the advice of his counsel thought it unnecessary to subpoena the said Mr. Riggan but relied on and fully believe that the testimony of the said Charles would support his declaration, but as it appeared in trial, the testimony of the said Charles was variant and fell far short of his former declarations to him and further this the (prover?) sayith not.
Moses Hull (his mark). Sworn to in open Court the 3rd of May 1804 Wm B. Lenoir CC.
State of North Carolina, Wilkes County to Shadrack Brown, Esq: One of the Justices of the Peace for the County of Ashe and State aforesaid. Know ye that in confidence of your fidelity have appointed you and by these presents do give unto you full power and authority to cause Nathan Horton, Esq. to come before you at such time and place as you shall think fit to examine him in a certain Matter of Controversy in our said Court pending between Moses Hull Plaintiff and Landrine Eggers Defendant and his examination so taken as will on behalf of the Plaintiff as Defendant in writing from under your hand you are to return seated up into the Clerks Office of our said County Court to be held for the County of Wilkes on the fifth Monday of October next, together with this writ. Witness William B. Lenior, Clerk of said Court at Office the fifth Monday of July AD 1804. I found by special order 7th September AD 1804. (Signed) Wm B. Lenoir)
1837 June 26 – Ashe County: (Condensed) Will of Landrine Eggers ...To my beloved wife Johanna, all my household furniture except one clock and bureau, the debt coming from Valentine Reece for her support her lifetime. I give to Johanna Reece, Valentine Reece's wife my clock and bureau, at her death to belong to her daughter Joanna. To John Reece, Valentine's son, one set of blacksmith tools. After just debts be paid, divide residue to each of Mary Ford's eleven children, that each of Valentine Reese's children ten dollars in trade. Residue, if any, be equally divided between my wife's six children – Hannah, Sarah, Mary, Hugh, Joanna and Lydia. (Signed:) Landrine Eggers. Jurat: E.B. Musgrave, Danl Stout. (Will Book A, page 41.)
Children will be noted with roman numerals (I), (II), (III), etc.
Grandchildren noted with (1), (2), (3), etc.
Great Grandchildren with (i), (ii), (iii), etc.
Great-Great grandchildren with (a), (b), (c), etc.
Great-Great-Great grandchildren with (aa), (bb), (cc), etc
G-G-G-G grandchildren with (^1), (^2), (^3), etc
Great x 5 grandchildren (^i), (^ii), (^iii), etc
Great x 6 children (^a), (^b), (^c), etc
Children of Joanna Green Silvers and Hugh Silvers
(I). Hannah Silvers was born about 1777 and was living 1850. Hannah married Jacob Reece. There is a Jacob Reece on the 1830 U.S. Census index for Ashe County, North Carolina. In 1850, Hannah Reece, age 72, was living in the family of Hugh Reece in Johnson County, Tennessee.
Children of Landrine Eggers and Joanna Green
(Additional Family Records are Welcome Here)
(I). Sarah Eggers was born about 1779 (date is speculative) and reported dead at the age of 96. This age of 96 is from "History of Watauga County, North Carolina," page 337. Sarah married John Reece. She is listed with her daughter Sarah Hagerman's household in 1850, giving her age as 65. So far, she cannot be traced after November 1852, when Hugh Eggers applied for further military benefits to living children of Landrine Eggers. Her son, Hiram Reece, was born 12 March 1799 and had three wives: Rhoda Smith, Martha McCall, and Jane Widby.
The will of John Reece, dated 2 August 1840, named heirs as wife Sarah and left $1.00 each to son Hiram Reece, daughter Rachel Isaacs, daughter Joana Hagerman, daughter Rebecca Grayson, daughter Matilda Norris, son John Reece, daughter Sarah Hagerman, son Hugh Reece, sons Isaac Mathuel Reece and Jeremiah Reece each received live livestock and one half of the land. Executors were sons John and Isaac Matheul Reece. Witnessed by Landrine Eggers and Abner Eggers. (courtesy of Cindy Lowe)
(II). Mary Eggers was born 1782, a widow in 1850 Watauga County, and was reported living 1852 by Hugh Eggers. She married John S. Ford, and had 12 children: (1) Elizabeth Ford (14 June 1801), (2) Sarah Ford (16 March 1803), (3) Mary Ford (12 November 1805), (4) Rebecca Louisa Ford (14 November 1807), (5) William Ford (24 October 1809), (6) John Ford (22 November 1811), (7) Anna Ford (11 September 1813), (8) Nineveh Ford (15 July 1815), (9) Smith Ford (3 May 1818), (10) Ephraim Ford (10 May 1819), (11) Debra Ford (4 February 1822), (12) Sirena Ford (23 November 1823).
(III) Hugh Eggers, 1785 - 1863 – see below for details.
(IV). Joanna Eggers was born 17 August 1787 and reported living in November 1852 by Hugh Eggers. Joanna married Valentine Reece, and had 9 children. Reece is on 1830 U.S. Census index for Ashe County, N.C. Children include: (1) Hugh Reese (17 August 1806), (2) Joanna Reese (~1813).
(IV). Hugh Eggers 1785 – 1863 and his Descendants
Hugh Eggers, son of Landrine Eggers + Johannah Green, was born 28 January 1785 in Ashe County, North Carolina and died 6 April 1863 in Mabel, Watauga County, North Carolina. He married on 28 June 1804 Ashe County to Sarah "Sally" Smith. Sally was born 6 October 1789 in Surry County, North Carolina and died 12 January 1857 in Watauga County. She was the daughter of George Smith and Elizabeth Earls.
Information on this line is courtesy of Cindy Lowe, emails of 17, 18, 19 July 2006.
Hugh Eggers lived in the following locations, per census:
1790 Rowan County, North Carolina: Only male child in household of Landrine Agers.
1800 Morgan District, Ashe County, North Carolina: age 10-16 and male child (10-16) in household of Landrine Agers.
1810 Ashe County: Household of Hugh Eggers with wife + 3 children
1820 Ashe County: Household of Hugh Eggers with wife + 7 children
1830 Ashe County: Household of Hugh Eggers with wife + 9 children
1840 Ashe County: Household of Hugh Eggers with wife + 6 children
1850 Ashe County: Hugh Eggers 65, farmer; Sarah Eggers 61, Jehiele Eggers 15 and Martha Eggers 12.
1860 Watauga County, Cove Creek, P.O. Trade, Johnson County, Tennessee). Hugh Eggers, 75, farmer. Living next door is Jehile Eggers, and next to him Cleveland Eggers.
Comment: In the 1850 census, Sarah appears to be rather old (at age 61) to be the mother of Martha who is age 12, but no other explanation has ever been given. Cindy Lowe, email of 17 July 2006.
Details for Hugh Eggers and Sarah “Sally” Smith
1803/1805 North Carolina: State Grant #567 to Hugh Eggers, 100 acres in Ashe County, beginning at a Beach (tree) in Landrine Egger's line.... Entered 7 February 1803 and recorded 30 November 1805.
1803/1805 North Carolina: State Grant #568 to Hugh Eggers, 50 acres in Ashe County with no identifiable key landmarks. Entered 7 February 1803 and recorded 30 November 1805.
1815 June 2 to 1833 February: Hugh Eggers was chosen and ordained a deacon at the Cove Creek Baptist Church. Seven times between 1815 and February 1833, he was a delegate to the meetings of the association and many times helped settle disputes between the members. He checked discipline of the members and reported it to the church and he and Brazilla McBride (brother-in-law) saw to it that the church book was kept in order. He assisted in the rewriting of the Church Covenant and Rules of Decorum.
1833 February 16: Hugh and Sarah Eggers were dismissed by letter from the Cove Creek Baptist Church.
1833 November 16: Hugh and Sarah Eggers brought their letters back to the Cove Creek Baptist Church. On 15 October 1836, Sarah Eggers was excluded from the Church. April 1837, Hugh Eggers asked to be released from the office of deacon and his request was granted.
1837 Ashe County: Hugh is named in The Last Will and Testament of Landrine Eggers, recorded in Ashe County, North Carolina
1851 July: Hugh Eggers was brought up in the Cove Creek Baptist Church for not attending the meetings, but he made satisfactory acknowledgements and was forgiven.
1852 November 9 – Watauga County: Hugh's wife, Sarah Smith Eggers requested pension benefits for the surviving children of her father, George Smith.
State of North Carolina, Watauga County, on this 9th Day of November 1852 personally appeared in open court in the County and State aforesaid Sarah Eggers, daughter of George Smith, daughter of George Smith a Revolutionary soldier...that her father George Smith always during his life said that he was in the service of the United States in the Revolutionary War as to the length of time or the officers he said he served under I cannot say but have been informed that he said he served two tours as a militia soldier and the said Sarah Eggers is 63 years old and that her father George Smith, deceased the 30th day of April 1838 leaving a widow who died on the 8th day of March 1842 and that according to the family and that has been kept they were married in Granville County, North Carolina in the year 1775 and that she claims the Benefit of the Act of Congress...which makes provision for the widows of the Revolutionary soldiers and their children after her death there was some six months ago. Two other of my sisters still living but whether they are still living as yet I cannot say as they both lived out of this State. Their names are as follows Betsey McKelroy, the other Susan Daugherty. My Mother's name was Elizabeth Smith and according to my father's family Register, my father was born in the year 1747 and my Mother was born in the year 1749 and that I am well aware that my father George Smith never drew a pension and that I am well aware that my Mother Elizabeth Smith never made any application for a pension during her life. (Signed) Sarah (her "x" mark) Eggers.
The following statement made to the Watauga County, North Carolina court by Hugh Eggers requesting pension benefits for the surviving children of Landrine Eggers:
1852 November 2 –Watauga County: Be it known that...appeared Hugh Eggers and made oath...that he is the son of Landrine Eggers, the identical person who was a pensioner and is now dead and Landrine Eggers to whom a certificate of pension was issued which is here with surrendered bearing date the War Department the 17th Day of January 1833 and signed by Lewis Cass as Secretary of War and J.L. Edwards at the rate of $41.66 per annum that my Father Landrine Eggers died on the 24 day of July 1837 leaving a widow which is my mother who died on the 17th day March 1840. Her name was Johannah Eggers. This Declaration is in order to obtain the Benefits of the provisions made by the act of Congress passed (this area is blank on the document) which makes provisions for the children of soldiers of the Revolutionary War after their Death for the arrears of pension due up to the time of their deaths and that I have been often informed that my father Landrine Eggers was or might have been entitled to an increase of pension. My father lived in this county, it formerly being Ashe County and State above mentioned 50 years and previous there to in Rowan (spelled Roan on the document) County, North Carolina. There is living at this time children of Landrine Eggers & Johannah Eggers - five children: Sarah Reece, Mary Ford, Hugh Eggers, Johannah Reece, Lydia Swift, which are all the surviving children that is living. Sworn and Subscribed this 30th day of November 1852. (Signed) B. Councill, J.P. (Signed) Hugh Eggers
Roughly inscribed tombstones of Hugh Eggers and Sarah were found on the heavily wooded hillside behind the Cove Creek Church. Initials H.E. and E.S. (with the S. backwards) were crudely scratched into the surface of the stone.
Children of Hugh Eggers + Sarah Smith are (1) to (15):
(1). Landrine Eggers (son of Hugh Eggers, Senior + Sarah Smith) was born 10 September 1805 Ashe County, North Carolina and died 10 March 1884 in Zionville, Watauga County, North Carolina. His marriage bond (bondsman Hiram Reese and witness David Duggerd) was the date of 4 September 1824 in Ashe County, North Carolina to Eleanor McBride. Eleanor was born 5 August 1800 and died 5 December 1872. McBride family is also found with Landrine's sister Elizabeth Eggers.
Civil War Story: Landrine Eggers
From "Early Life of William Albert Wilson," originally contributed to the Greenup Kentucky's Eggers by Linda Hogan
(edited and re-written)
Bushwhackers were banding together and gang of seven to ten living on Roans Creek (to the north in nearby Tennessee) heard that Landrine Eggers was hoarding gold. They pictured him as an elderly man, who lived about three miles southeast of Zionville (now Watauga County, North Carolina) on the road to Silverstone. If he didn't tell them where the gold was hidden, they would threaten to hang him. The Home Guard had already dispersed, allowing the Bushwhackers to cross into Watauga County.
The day before robbery, Landrine's family got wind of the plan and hastily gathered certain relatives and friends to resist the attack. A daughter of Landrine, possibly Ellen, actually took command. Also assisting were their neighbors: Dudley Farthing, who married Sarah Wilson, Ransom Eggers - a son of Landrine, and a few others.
Clinks in the log house were knocked out and rifles thrust thought the cracks. An informer said Joe Wilson would lead the robbers and the daughter said she would single him out and shoot him down. They kept their vigil through the night and a little before sunrise the bandits appeared approaching the house. The bandits had no idea that the Eggers had been warned. Eggers kept two large watchdogs chained to blocks, but free to run around the fenced-in yard. Even though the dogs barked fiercely, the robbers kept coming.
They moved within thirty yards of the gate when they came under gunfire from the second story of the building. One bandit fell dead and another by the name of Bill Arnold was shot. The daughter aimed at Joe Wilson, but her gun miss-fired. The gang took flight with Arnold walking away.
The defenders continued to wait all day to see if someone would come to recover the body. They still felt threatened enough to shoot any man showing up. Just before dark, a woman came and identified the dead man as Madron. She asked if it would be all right to have a boy bring a sled the next day and haul the body away. They agreed, but if any men appeared they would shoot them down like beasts. The next day, a boy named Frank Grayson hitched a horse to a sled and he and two women came for the corpse. They were told that the defenders were waiting for the gang to come again. The robbers found out the banditry didn't pay and Landrine's so-called "gold" was to be left alone.
Much later in 1909, William Albert Wilson hired survey work to be done in Ashe County by a certain Frank Grayson. Frank retold the story in all its details and it matched with what William had heard from others.
Locations for Landrine Eggers (1805 – 1884) + Eleanor McBride, per census
1830 – 1840 Ashe County, North Carolina: Landrine Eggers, Sr. (father of Hugh Eggers) deeded 200 acres of land to Landrine Eggers, Jr (not Jr. but son of Hugh). Interestingly enough, the 1830 Census gives his name as Landrine Agers, Jr.
1850 – 1880 Watauga County, North Carolina (established 1849). !860-1880 Census records state Landrine lived in Cove Creek. Census records variously spell Eleanor as Nella, Ellender, and Ellen and she died in 1872.
(2). Sarah Eggers (daughter of Hugh Eggers, Sr. and Sarah Smith) was born 12 September 1807 in Ashe County, North Carolina and died unknown date. Sarah married Solomon Isaacs (1 April 1795). This was the second marriage for Solomon Isaacs. He had previously married Lily Giles.
Solomon + Sarah Isaacs are on the 1850 and 1860 Census of Watauga County, with Beaver Dam District stated on the last census.
1842 August 20: Cove Creek Baptist Church Minutes - A door being opened for the reception of members Sister Sarah Isaacs came forward and related what she hoped the Lord had done for her soul and was received into fellowship. 21 August 1842, the church came together and opened a door for the reception of members and Brother Solomon Isaac came forward and related what he hoped the Lord had done for his soul and was received into fellowship.
1844 August 17: Cove Creek Baptist Church Minutes - On motion agreed to invite the following churches to commune with us, to wit, Three Forks and Ebenezer and appointed the following Brethren to invite them, to wit, Abraham Wilson and Solomon Isaacs to invite Ebenezer and Daniel Lewis, Solomon Tribett (Trivett?) and Barzilla McBride to invite Three Forks...."
1866 June 16: Cove Creek Baptist Church Minutes - Some members of this Church...had not been at the Church meetings for several years...brethren and sister Soloman Isaacs and his wife Sarah....
Children by his first wife, Lily Giles Isaacs were (i) Elijah Isaacs who married Sally or Sarah Hartly (Hartley), (ii) Margaret "Peggy" Isaacs who married Milton Davis, (iii) William Isaacs who married a Norris in Missouri.
After Solomon Isaacs's first wife died, he married 2nd to Sarah Eggers. Children of Solomon Isaacs + Sarah Eggers were: (i) Hugh M. Isaacs (13 May 1839) who married 1st to Nancy Thompson and 2nd Leona Presnell, (ii) Martha Isaacs (17 June 1841) who married 1st to John Wilson who was killed at Chickamauga, and 2nd to Sherman Swift, (iii) Solomon or Soloman Isaacs (2 June 1845), (iv) Richard Isaacs (15 August 1847). During the Civil War, Hugh M. Isaacs joined Company I, 58th North Carolina, under Captain William Miller. (From Cindy Lowe, per emails from Bob Isaacs and Sharon Williamson. Williamson's source was "George Smith and Elizabeth Earls and their Family" by Edna C. Davis)
(3). Hugh Eggers (Jr.) (son of Hugh Eggers, Sr. and Sarah Smith) was born 24 June 1809 in Ashe County, North Carolina and died 6 June 1873 in Hamilton County, Indiana. Hugh married 27 January 1835 in Boone County, Indiana to Sarah Miller. Sarah was born 7 June 1809 in North Carolina and died 30 June 1879 and both are buried in the Little Eagle Creek Cemetery, Washington Township, Hamilton County, Indiana – south side of West 156 Street near the intersection with Shelborne Road.
Hugh Eggers + Sarah Miller lived in the following locations, per census:
1840 - 1870 Boone County, Indiana: In 1860 and 1870, they are recorded living in Indiana Eagle Township. In 1870, Lewis B. Eggers, son of Abner and Lucinda Eggers, was living with them.
(4). Joel Eggers (son of Hugh Eggers, Sr. and Sarah Smith) was born 11 March 1811 Ashe County, North Carolina and died 16 February 1895 in Watauga County, North Carolina. Joel's marriage bond is dated 21 September 1830 Ashe County, North Carolina and his marriage was to Sarah Wilson. Sarah was born 19 May 1811 Ashe County and died 1 July 1876 Carter County, Tennessee, daughter of John Wilson and Mary Fritts. Two contributing sources for Cindy Lowe are Niota Elliott Eggers and Charles Eggers.
Joel Eggers + Sarah Wilson lived in the following locations, per census:
1840 Ashe County, North Carolina
1850 Watauga County, North Carolina (established 1849 from Ashe County)
1860 Watauga County, Mountain Home District
1870 Carter County, Tennessee, Duggers Ferry; Members of Elk River Church
1880 Watauga County, North Carolina, Cove Creek: In family of Hugh + Nancy Isaacs., Joel is now widowed when his wife Sarah died in 1876.
Joel + Sarah Eggers had the following children (i) to (vi):
(Adam and Joel Eggers, Jr. died during the Civil War)
(i). Adam Eggers (23 July 1831 to 2 or 21 January 1863) married Sarah Hagaman (1831). Other earlier 1850 marriage dates are in conflict, because 1850 census recorded Adam living with parents, with census taker beginning in 14 August 1850. The marriage bond date appears better. Children of Adam Eggers + Sarah Hagaman (a,b,c,d):
(a) Joel Eggers married Polly Ann Eggers, daughter of Riley Eggers. Their children were: (aa) George Calvin Eggers (13 August 1889 to 30 August 1957) married Lona Florence Hollar (7 February 1898 to 5 September 1981) and had 13 children, (bb) Rosa Eggers, (cc) John Eggers, (dd) Adam Eggers, (ee) Eugene Eggers.
(b) Isaac Eggers
(c) John F. Eggers
(d) Ellen Eggers
(ii). Alexander Eggers (29 September 1833) married on 25 December 1856 to Sarah "Sally" Jane Kilby (1836), daughter of William Haynes Kilby and France "Fanny" Adams. He moved to Duggers Ferry in Carter County, Tennessee before 1870 with his parents and brother Noah Eggers.
Children of Alexander Eggers + Sally Jane Kilby were (a) Albert P. Eggers (1858), (b) Martha Azena Eggers (1860), (c) Sarah Margaret Eggers (1862), (d) Emily V. Eggers (1866), (e) James Eggers (15 December 1868 – per death certificate)
(iii). Riley Eggers (6 February 1836) married on 20 or 21 October 1852 to Delilah Ann Oliver (1837). Dehilah's name was variously written as Delilah, Dolly Ann and Ann. Census records indicate they lived in Cove Creek, Watauga County, except for the 1870 Census of Trade, Johnson County, North Carolina.
Children of Riley Eggers + Delilah Ann Oliver were: (a) William Eggers, (b) Mary Ann or Polly Ann Eggers, (c) Noah Eggers, (d) Sarah Eggers (e) G. Eggers, (f) Alexander Eggers, (g) Cinda Eggers, (h) Hannah Eggers, (i) Rebecca Eggers (1873), (j) Angaline Eggers (1879). Census records state the first three children were born in Tennessee
(iv). Mary Jane “Polly” Eggers, or Mary Eggers (17 July 1838) married 1st on 19 January 1855 to William Calloway, and 2nd on 12 February 1866 to W. D. Vance.
(v). Joel Eggers, Jr. (19 May 1841 to 16 or 23 August 1863 National Cemetery, Davidson County, Tennessee)
(vi). Noah Eggers (5 October 1845 to 4 March 1872 Carter County, Tennessee) married on 24 April 1864 to Lillie Ann Isaacs, daughter of Richard Isaacs and Lillianna Swift. In 1870, Noah lived in Duggers Ferry, Carter County, Tennessee near his brother Alexander Eggers and his father Joel Eggers (Senior). After Noah's death, the widow and sons returned to Watauga County. Children of Noah Eggers + Lillie Ann Isaacs were a - c:
(a) Patterson Young Eggers (9 March 1865)
(b) Suzy Jan Eggers (7 April 1868 to 29 June 1869)
(c) Emsley Robert Eggers (3 December 1870 to 14 November 1925) married on 7 November 1889 in Watauga County to Lucinda Matilda Johnson (15 April 1862 to 20 January 1946), daughter of Braxton Johnson and Sarah Williams. Emsley Eggers and his wife were members of Forest Grove Baptist Church in Beaver Dams. Emsley served twice as the Watauga County Sheriff. One of their children, Stacy Clyde Eggers served in the North Carolina Legislature for four terms and ran as the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 1964.
Children of Emsley Eggers + Lucinda Johnson were: (aa) Stacy Clyde Eggers (17 April 1890) married on 3 December 1913 to Margaret Nora South (14 December 1889), (bb) Alice Eggers (16 March 1892) married Hill Isaacs, (cc) Donley Hill Eggers (25 March 1894) married Effie Matheson, (dd) Bessie Ann Eggers (14 October 1896) married William "Bill" May, (ee) Harrison Clay Eggers (13 April 1899 to 22 November 1974) married Netta Hagaman, (ff) Floyd Paul Eggers (27 June 1904 to 25 July 1948), and (gg) Rella Mae Eggers (30 September 1902) who married Clyde Robinson
(5). Elizabeth Eggers (son of Hugh Eggers, Sr. and Sarah Smith) was born 5 December 1812 in Ashe County, North Carolina and died 6 July 1872 in Ashe County. Elizabeth's marriage bond (bondsman – Cleavlen Eggers) was on 20 April 1840 and probable marriage 25 April 1840 in Ashe County to Brazilla McBride (27 September 1790 Rowan County, North Carolina to 10 December 1858 in Watauga County, North Carolina and buried in the Cove Creek graveyard.) This was the second marriage for Brazilla, who married 1st to Rachel Wilson (15 February 1797 to 18 August 1838 or 1839) in Rowan County and had 8 children.
Brazilla McBride was in the War of 1812.
Elizabeth Eggers + Brazilla McBride are found on the following census records:
1840 Ashe County, North Carolina
1850 Watauga County. Brazilla McBride died in 1858.
1860 – 1870. Elizabeth McBride, head of household without her husband
Children of Brazilla McBride and his second wife, Elizabeth Eggers: (i) Manley McBride who married Martha Norris, (ii) John McBride who married __ Greer, (iii) Rachel McBride who married George Hilliard, (iv) Ellen McBride who married Bruce Harman, (v) Louisa McBride who married Jacob Younce, (v) Martha McBride who died unmarried at age of 16, (vi) Nancy McBride who married William Church, (vii) Elizabeth McBride who married Richard McGuire.
(6). Joanna Eggers (daughter of Hugh Eggers, Sr. and Sarah Smith) was born 28 December 1814 Ashe County, North Carolina and died 13 April 1895). Joanna married about 1835 Ashe County to Elijah Dodson (~1810 to >1880).
Elijah Dotson and Joannah Eggers lived in the following locations, per census:
1840 Johnson County, Tennessee
1850 – 1880 Watauga County, North Carolina. 1860+ Census records state they were living in Beaver Dam Township. In 1880, Anna Dotson, age 65 and Elijah Dotson, age 70, were living alone in separate households.
(7). Cleveland Eggers (son of Hugh Eggers, Sr. and Sarah Smith) was born 22 June 1817 Ashe County North Carolina, now Watauga County, and died 9 March 1900. Cleveland's marriage bond was on 4 September 1839 Ash County (county record) to Hannah Wilson (9 January 1818 North Carolina to 15 December 1886 with both buried Wilson/Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Boone County, North Carolina). Bondsman to the marriage was Joel Eggers. Cleveland's first name was sometimes spelled Cleavlen.
Cleveland Eggers + Hannah Wilson lived in the following locations, per census:
1840 – 1880 Watauga County, North Carolina. Census records 1860+ indicate they lived in Cove Creek
(8). Violet Eggers (daughter of Hugh Eggers, Sr. and Sarah Smith) was born 2 October 1819 Ashe County, North Carolina and died less than two months later in 18 November 1819)
(9). Abner Eggers (son of Hugh Eggers, Sr. and Sarah Smith) was born 27 May 1821 Ashe County, North Carolina and died 27 April 1910 Greenup County, Kentucky. Abner Eggers married twice: 1st with bond (bondsman Soloman Isaac) dated 16 April 1839 Ashe County to Charlotte (Hagerman) Ford. Abner married 2nd with bond on 13 December 1847 (bondsman Cleavlen Eggers) and marriage on 28 December 1847 Knoxville, Tennessee to Lucinda Jane Venable. Lucinda was born 18 June 1832 Johnson County, Tennessee and died 24 November 1902 Johnson County. She was buried Grayson Cemetery, Laurel Bloomery, Johnson County, Tennessee, also popularly called the Eggers-Grayson Cemetery. The cemetery is located on a hillside across the road from Abner Eggers' old home. Lucinda was the daughter of Lewis Venable and Susannah Van Huss.
All the information on Abner Eggers and his descendants is courtesy of Cindy Lowe, email of 8 July 2006.
Abner Eggers lived in the following locations, per census records:
1830 Ashe County in the Hugh Agers household
1840 – 1900 Johnson County, Tennessee. In 1901, Abner appeared on the voter list in Laurel Boomery, Johnson County, Tennessee which is near Ashe County, N.C.
1910 Greenup County, Kentucky – Abner Eggers without his wife living in household of Lewis B. Eggers.
Abner Eggers: Principles and Civil War Travels
His writing begun from Johnson City, Tennessee, 28 October 1863
from a transcript of Emma Jane Reid Eggers, with modifications
"His principles concerning the war: In the first place I was for the union. I voted for no convention. I voted for no separation but Tennessee went off with the balance of the seceded States. And now what must I do? Well, I will stay at home and take care of my family of which consisted of a dear little wife and ten children. Here I will give all their names. My wife's name is Lucinda Jane. My oldest son was (1) Landrine Eggers, followed by (2) Isaac Eggers, (3) Cleveland Eggers, (4) Lewis Eggers, (5) Johiel Smith Eggers, (6) John Alexander Eggers, (7) Charlotte Jane Eggers, (8) James William Carrol Eggers, (9) Sarah Rebecca Angeline Eggers, and (10) George Washington Quinby Eggers.
Well, times got worse under our new Confederacy. In the first place, they sent a company and took my two guns valued at 30 dollars and said that we should be let alone. But they came back again and searched my house for money and broke open locks and cursed my wife and swore that they would burn up my house if she did not tell them where my money was. So they pilfered and took several dollars worth from the house but that was not all. They swore that they would have my boys. They were disappointed for the three oldest had made their escape and had got through to the Federal army and had volunteered."
"Isaac left home on Sunday, June 29, 1863 and volunteered in the 2nd Virginia Cavalry, Company T. He was captured by the Rebels in Smith County, Virginia and taken to Richmond, Virginia. He was kept in prison until a few days before his death when he was paroled and sent to Annapolis, Maryland where he died December 1863 of chronic diare."
"Landrine and Cleveland left home September 25, 1863 and volunteered in the 13th Tennessee Cavalry, Company D. The rebs thought that they would make sure of me so they put me on an old cavalry horse without bridle or saddle and started for Richmond, Virginia on Tuesday, October 26, 1863. They swore that if I made any attempt to get away that they would blow a ball through me. So we traveled that night until about 10 o'clock when they struck camp. Then they appointed four men to guard me the balance of the night. Before morning, I made my escape and got back home or in sight of home. The next day, I watched the Rebs passing by until Friday, October 29. In that time, I got to see my family and converse with them. So on that night I determined if possible to make my way to the Federal Army in which I got through safe on the first day of November by traveling day and night. In the day, I traveled through the woods and in the night through plantations near the road."
"On the 5th of November, I found my sons Landrine and Cleveland in the 13th Tennessee Cavalry at Strawberry Plains where we stayed until ordered to Camp Nelson, Kentucky. Beginning on the 18th of November 1863, we got to Camp Nelson on the 3rd of December after fatiguing marches.
I stayed with the regiment until January the 14th when I left for my brother's Hugh Eggers. I walked 8 miles to Nicolsville where I took the cars and went to Lexington, Kentucky, cost being 50 cents. I stayed at Broadway Tavern that night, bill $1.50. My bill on the cars from Nicolsville to Lexington, 50 cents.
On Friday the 15th of January 1864, I took the train to Louisville, Kentucky, with the bill on the cars, $3.10. Bill at the Gregory Hotel, $1.50. Bill for being taken from there across the Ohio River to New Albany, Indiana, 50 cents.
On that evening Saturday January the 16th, I took the train to Smithville, Indiana, bill $3.10. Then I walked that night 6 miles to Simeon Mays where I stayed until Friday, January the 22, then I took the train at Bloomington to Green Castle Junction, bill $1.60, then I took the train to Indianapolis got there at 4 o'clock in the morning on the 23 of January, bill $1.60. Then I took the train to Zionsville, bill 60 cents."
"Then Saturday, January the 23rd, 1864, I walked 3 miles to my brother, Hugh Eggers, where I was kindly received. I then made my home there where I have received all the kind treatment that man could wish for." There I rested until Tuesday the 25th when Hugh took me to the graveyard where my sister and brother-in-law were buried. My sister died in the year 1833. My brother put up tombstones at both their graves."
"Then we went from there to Zionsville and there he bought me some clothing. From Wednesday the 26 until the 29th, I helped him make rails. Sunday the 30th, I went to the Campbellite Church. Monday the 31st, I worked for William Miller to hew some barn lumber at $1.50 per day. I worked 6 days and a piece which came to $9.75. Then I hewed 7 days and a piece for David Cross. He paid me $14 and 30 cents."
"Monday, March the 7th, I chopped cordwood for Anting Leapheart at Clarkstown, Indiana. Chopped 99 cords, settled with Anting Leaphead on Saturday, April 30th, 1864. He paid me $75.00."
"Several weeks had passed by before I received any intelligence from my relatives that I had left behind. Yes, it seemed like months. The first that I received was a letter from my Father-in-law and cousin W.M.L. Venable, dated February the 18th 1864. One from Rueben Cornutte dated November 14, 1863. One from Lewis Venable April 24, 1864. One from William May dated February 23, 1863. Also William May dated March 14, 1864."
"Got to board with John Ellis on January 21, 1865 at $3.00 per week with washing and mending done in the bargain. One part was to be paid in work and the other in money. . Beginning on April 1st, I worked one and half months for $30.00.
Started for home Monday April the 3rd, 1865. On Sunday, May 11, 1864, I left my brother Hugh Eggers for Tennessee. Took the cars at Zionsville, Indiana at 1 (minute) after 8 o'clock to Indianapolis, bill 60 cents. Left Indianapolis at 9 o'clock (and arrived) at Jeffersonville, Indiana at 3 o'clock in the evening, bill $3.00. Bill on the omnibus to the Gregory Hotel, 50 cents. Lewisville, Kentucky, Thursday the 5th of May at Gregory Hotel, $4.00. Took the train at half after 5 o'clock from Lewisville Thursday morning to Lexington, Kentucky, car ticket $3.50. Omnibus ticket to Niclesville Depot, 25 cents. Ticket on the cars from there to Niclesville, Kentucky 65 cents. Ticket from there to Crab Orchard, Kentucky $4.00. Supper on the stage route at Postmans, 50 cents. Got to Crab Orchard Thusday at 10 o'clock at night. Bill there $1.25. Left there Friday May 6th to Mount Vernon, Kentucky. Bill at this place $1.00. Bill at Colliers $.25. Bill at Smith's Barlosville 75 cents. Bill at foot of Pine Mountain 50 cents. Bill on Cove Creek below Deep Creek on the Jacksborrow Road 50 cents. May 13th, stayed with Mr. Coffman Palmers free of charge. I got to Knoxville on Saturday; left Knoxville Monday the 23 of May, bill $20.00. Traveled eleven miles north on the Kentucky road to Mr. Fowlers. May 24, (I began) making spinning wheels. Stayed there until Saturday 19th June...."
"On Sunday 19th June, I went to cousin Alexander Bishops 8 miles north of Knoxville, Tennessee. (I assisted) in coopering at that time. My health was not very good. On the 24th June I went to Knoxville and found my brother Washington Eggers which was a source of joy to both. After conversing together, he went home with me to our cousins Bishops and stayed with me until Monday 27th of June. We both went back to town and he volunteered under Daniel Elis for 100 days. On Friday the 1st of July 1864, he came out to see me again. On July 5, 1864, I received $25.00 from Cleveland Eggers by his Grandfather, also 45 cents for the children. The 27th of June, I wrote home to my wife."
Abner Eggers" story continued. However, Emma Reid Eggers, the transcriptionist, stated it was written with pencil and so rubbed that she could not decipher it, except that: Abner arrived home 9 April 1865 and found the family in better spirits than he expected.
Emma* noted that while her husband (John Alexander Eggers) was Deputy Assessor in Clark County Washington in 1892, he sat one night with a son of one of the seven men who lived through the imprisonment of the Confederate Libby Prison (near Richmond, Virginia) with Isaac. They said that those who lived to be released were so near starved to death that most of them died eating a little too much (EJE).
Footnote to this Civil War Journal
*Footnote from Cindy Lowe (8 September 2006 email): "By the way – it was interesting how it came about that Niota (Elliott) Eggers obtained Abner Eggers' Civil War journal. Noita, who now lives in Unicoi, Tennessee, was having photos developed in a shop in Florida, when the person working in the shop mentioned that they were also related to the Eggers. Thus, she met Phyllis Havekamp. (I can't remember now if Phyllis was working in the photo shop herself or if it was her son). Phyllis Haverhamp is the daughter of Phillip Russell Rude and Keitha Keyes – Philip Russell Rude was the son of Leo Jasper Rude and Mildred May Eggers – Mildred May Eggers was the daughter of John Alexander Eggers and Emma Jane Reid and it was Emma Jane who transcribed the journal."
"...Niota is the wife of Robert Eggers who is the son of Frederick Randolph Eggers and Nellie May Franklin. Frederick Randolph Eggers was the son of Hamilton Eggers and Sally Sophronia Cress. Hanilton Eggers was the son of James Carroll Eggers and Rebecca Virginia Gentry. John Alexander Eggers and James Carroll Eggers were sons of Abner Eggers and Lucinda Venable and the cance meeting in the phot shop gave us this wonderful piece of our history!"
"Niota is truly dedicated to the Eggers family history. It was her husband, Bob, who took the photos of the markers on the graves of Hugh and Sarah Eggers. Niota has multiple sclerosis – her scooter would not make it up the hill to the grave site, but she was determined to see them with her own eyes and climbed the hill on her hands and knees to be there. ...I've never met Niota, but I have a great affection for her!"
Civil War Viewpoint of Lucinda Eggers, wife of Abner Eggers
By Emma J. Reid, wife of John Alexander Eggers – son of Lucinda Eggers
Courtesy of Niota (Elliott) Eggers from Phyllis Havekamp; modified
In war time, the Rebels would not let any man or even a boy large enough to hold a gun stay at home, but would put them in their ranks. So Grandfather Abner Eggers had to go North and help about camp where his sons were in the Union Army. That left the care of the home and the family to Grandmother, Lucinda Venable Eggers with her six children. Her children in 1863 were Lewis B. Eggers – age 13, Johiel "Joel" Eggers – age 11; John Alexander Eggers – age 9; James Carroll Eggers – age 4, Sarah Rebecca Eggers – age 3, and George Washington Eggers – 10 months old. Dad (John Alexander Eggers) was the youngest of three boys old enough to help. He was but ten in 1864.
They had to keep their grain and even an old ox hidden out in the woods, for the Rebels came and took the honey out of the bee-hives. One day Mother (Lucinda) Eggers found a stick of live coals from the fireplace stuck in a bed. I expect that was after she had helped a bunch of Union men escape from the Rebels who were holding them prisoners. The Rebs on guard had a good fire outside and got interested in a game of cards. Their prisoners were in the house, laying on the floor by the fire and very sound asleep when the guard came to look about them. She had it arranged that when she gave a signal they were to up and tiptoe out the back door and make for the woods. If I remember correctly, they all got away.
The Confederates got Abner once and Dad (John Alexander Eggers) followed him a mile or so, then his father stooped and whispered, "Go home, I will be back." The next day he was sitting on the ground playing with sticks when he heard his father's call. He jumped up and ran to tell his Mother the good news. After dark they took to him eats and bedding but he went off for good a few days later.
Letter from Lucinda J. (Venable) Eggers to her son Cleveland and family:
Laurel Bloomery, Tennessee
August 23, 1888
Dear son, I will write some to you – we are all well as common – only your Father has a boil that hurts very much – he cannot sit on a chair – he is plowing for wheat now – well he has not got any one to build the church house yet the lumber is there ready to commence work – we got a letter from Alexander the other day – he wanted to put in a bid on it – Mollie was here one day last week – she was staying a R. Cornettes so her and her Grandma Eller come down – she said that they were all getting along all right at home – Also was pushing ahead with the work makeing all that he could – Mollie was going home to help fix for the association – if we are all well then we will go to your house and see the folks then we will go on down to Doe – Ham has moved back to Trade – they were all well last week – Landrine is makeing brick – Carrol is sawing lumber and hauling (it) to market – they are all well – Frank is about to sell out his part in the sawmill – a good idea I think they are all well – I must quit now and write some to J.A. & Emma – to C.H.E. your Mother L.J. Eggers – write soon and often to us.
Letter from Lucinda J. (Venable) Eggers to her son John and family, undated:
John and Emma and all the children
Dear children one and all
I would be glad to see you all – I hope you are all well – if you were here I could talk with you much better than I can write --- We got a letter from Lewis a few days ago – they were all tolerably well but Elbert he was in some kind of a fray with some fellows and got cut with a rasor several times --- well we was very proud of all your letters but we was glader to get the babe – if I could get hold of him I would give him a shaking he look so sweet --- Well, Emma your dress is very nice – well I have got my quilt out – I think it is nice – it is what is called the temperance tree – it is all white but the tree that is oil Red --- I think I will piece another one with the tree green – I may have it done when you come to see us then you can help me quilt it – well you get all the news in the Mountain City papers so I do not know what to write that would be of interest to you so I will close for it is time to milk and get supper – if you will all come over we will go to the fish pond and catch us some fish --- write soon one and all – to John and family – your Mother Lucinda J. Eggers – pleas excuse my mistakes.
OBIT IN MEMORY OF MRS. LUCINDA EGGERS: Again out hearts are made sad by the angel of death invading our ranks and taking an aged member, Mrs. Lucinda J. Eggers. Mrs. Lucinda J. Eggers was born in Johnson County, Tennessee June 18, 1832. On December 25, 1847, she was married to Abner Eggers at Knoxville, Tennessee, by Rev. Samuel Patton. ...(She had) united with Pleasant Home Baptist Church. She was baptized by the Rev. J.J.L. Sherwood (and) her home was always a home for ministers. She will be missed.... Rev. R.B. Shoun.
From Cindy Lowe: "Niota Eggers, wife of Bob Eggers who is a descendant of James Carroll Eggers, says that after the death of Abner's wife, Lucinda, Abner signed his home over to J. Carroll with the understanding that he would live out his days there, and that James Carrroll Eggers lost the house in a gambling debt. It is a two story brick home, built in the 1860's and is still standing in Laurel Boomery, Tennessee. The present occupants are descendants of Abner's. Abner went to Greenup to live with his son, Lewis B. Eggers.
DEATH CLAIMS ABNER EGGERS – OBITAURY: Abner Eggers was born in Watauga County, North Carolina, May 27, 1821 and died April 27, 1910 (Greenup County, Kentucky) being 88 years and 11 months old. He was united in marriage to Charlotte Hagerman 21 April 1839. To this union three children were born, Hugh died in infancy, Isaac died December 1863 while wearing the Blue, Landrine died November 16, 1910. Their mother, Charlotte, died August 27, 1845. On December 27, 1847, he was again united in marriage to Lucinda J. Venable. Nine children were born of this union of which three are dead (Cleveland, Charlotte, Nancy Cassandra). The surviving six are: Lewis B. (Eggers) of Truitt, (Greenup County), Kentucky, Johile S. (Eggers) of Altomont, Missouri, John A. (Eggers) of Heyburn, Idaho; Jas. C. (Eggers) of Afton, Tennessee; George W. (Eggers) of Peru, Indiana; and Mrs. Sarah Grayson of Mountain City, Tennessee. Mr. Eggers united with the Baptist Church in 1876 and lived up the Christian faith until death. He was a kind husband, a loving father and a man that turned no one away. He was left by his second wife, Lucinda Eggers, November 24, 1902. After a year's loneliness at this old home in Johnson County, Tennessee, he decided to visit his children in the West, making his first stop with L.B. at Truitt, Kentucky; the second stop with George W. at Richmond,. Indiana; the next with Eliza Brendle, Zionsville, Indiana; the next at Monmouth, Illinois; the next with J.S., Altomont, Missouri; then with N.C. Baird, Roseburg, Oregon; then to Dillard, Oregon to John A. Eggers; then to J.C. McCann, Grand Pass Oregon; then to Smith Dotson, Portland Oregon; and then returning home made the following stops: Altamont, Missouri, Richmond, Indiana, Greenup, Kentucky, then to his old home. He sold his farm to his son, J.C. making his home with him until sold the home. He then made up his mind to make his home with his son L.B. where he spent the last two years of his life. Death was caused by a cancer....
Our hearts are heavy and sore; We felt so lonely here today
Death has entered our home; And taken dear father away.
It was hard to drink the bitter cup; Though the good Lord knoweth best
It was hard to give our dear father up; When He called him home to rest.
It's hard to do without you father; But God Claimed you for his own.
We could but bow our heads and say; Oh God they will be done.
Oh why did we have to lose him; Why it was we could not tell
Howe it makes us long to see him; In that land beyond the skies.
Dear father thou hast left us; And they loss we deeply feel
But the God who has bereft us; He can all our sorrows heal.
Never more on Earth we'll meet thee; Since thou art numbered with the dead,
But in heaven we hope to greet thee; Where no farewell tears are shed.
(written by Lewis B. Eggers)
There were three children in first marriage of Abner Eggers + Charlotte Hagerman. Nine children followed in Abner Eggers' 2nd marriage with Lucinda Jane Venable. Information on his son from the second marriage, Lewis Benjamin Eggers will be next.
(i). Lewis Benjamin Eggers (son of Abner Eggers) was born 5 November 1850 (Bible record) in Johnson County Tennessee and died 2 November 1925 in Greenup County, Kentucky. On 30 March 1871 in Ashe County, North Carolina, Lewis married Mary Jane Stewart (7 June 1844 Virginia to 25 January 1928 Greenup County, Kentucky). Mary Jane was possibly the daughter of William Steward (not proven) and was the widow of Huse Warden, who was captured during the Civil War and died on the way to a military prison. Mary Jane's last name has been variously spelled Stewart (1860 Census), Steward (marriage license), and Stuarde (1850 Census) when she was living with her grandparents, James + Elizabeth Spear.
Lewis Eggers and Mary Jane Stewart lived in the following locations, per census:
1860 Johnson County, Tennessee, Lewis, age 9, in household of Abner Eggers.
1860 Johnson County, Tennessee, Mary J. Stewart, age 15, born Virginia, in household of James and Elizabeth Speer.
1870 Boone County, Indiana Eagle Township, Zionsville: Louis (Lewis) B. Eggers, age 20 in household of Hugh Eggers, age 61.
1870 Johnson County, District 1 Ward, Forge: Mary J. Warden with her children: (i) Martha E. Warden, age 9 Tn, (ii). Mary A. Warden, age 7, Tn, (iii) Elbert T(heodore) Warden, age 1 Tn is thought to be an Eggers..
1880 Greenup County, Kentucky Precinct 4, Old Town: Lewis + Mary Jane Eggers and a large family.
1900 Greenup County, Kentucky, Kenton Furnace: Lewis + Mary Eggers with the additional children from William + Martha (Warden) Underwood, who both died in 1894.
1910 Greenup County, Kentucky: Lewis B. Eggers with wife Mary J. Eggers, Abner Eggers (father), age 88, grandson Charley Underwood, age 18.
1920 Greenup County, Kentucky: Lewis + Mary J. Eggers with grand daughter Margaret (Aggie) Olive Eggers, age 14 and grandson Hubert J. Eggers, age 8. Aggie and Hubert lost both parents; mother Mattie died in childbirth in 1915 and Hubert J. witnessed the murder of his father Joseph Eggers in 1919.
From Cindy Lowe: "The family story is that Lewis Benjamin Eggers was doing chores at the young widow's home, chopping wood, etc. when a relationship developed between them. Lewis' father Abner strongly disapproved of this relationship and sent Lewis off to live with Abner's brother Hugh in Indiana, but not until after Elbert Theodore Eggers was already conceived." Their marriage record was found to be 30 March 1871 in Ashe County, North Carolina. "They had a fancy certificate made up with photos where they listed the year as 1868 and also wrote it in their family Bible as 1868. ...Later, Ollie, a daughter of Martha Warden Underwood reportedly stated on her deathbed that Elmer Warden's father was James Carroll Eggers (brother to Lewis B. Eggers). ... J. Carroll was known to be a ladies man."
"Martha (Warden) Underwood and her husband, William, both died in 1894. I've not found any information yet on their early cause of death. Elmer, Ollie, John, Emma, and Charles were living with Lewis B. Eggers in 1900 and are all children of Martha."
Portsmouth Daily Times, 3 November 1925: "Mr. and Mrs. Edward Williams of Young Street, received word late Monday night (2 November 1925) of the sudden death of her father, Louis (Lewis) B. Eggers, of Big White Oak, Greenup County, Kentucky. Mr. Eggers who was 78 years of age, had been in Greenup Monday attending a stock sale and there evinced much interest in today's election. He returned home about 5:30 o'clock and was taken suddenly ill...heart trouble causing death. Mr. Eggers was a native of Tennessee, but had been a farmer in the Big White Oak community for many years. He is survived by a widow and several children. ...with burial in the family cemetery at Big White Oak."
"Bonnie (my husband's mother) remembers being at the funeral of Lewis Benjamin Eggers. It was held in the yard, with the casket and gathering of people all outside. Mary Jane was in a rocking chair, smoking a corncob pipe. Bonnie had never seen a woman smoking a pipe and that stood out in her mind. It was later mentioned to us by one of Joseph Smith Eggers' descendants that one of the things that Abner didn't approve of about Mary Jane was that she smoked a pipe."
Will abstract of Lewis B. Eggers of Truitt, Greenup County, Kentucky: ...bequeath all my property to my beloved wife, Mary J. Eggers as long as she remains my widow, then (the property) to my children: Elbert T. Eggers, J.S. Eggers, William F. Eggers, Jessie C. Davis, George S. Eggers, Julia F. Alexander, Maggie L. Williams, Martha E. Underwood, deceased heirs to receive one share, Mary A. Bradley share and share alike. Sealed 6 July 1918 and signed Lewis B. Eggers.
Portsmouth Times – Thursday, 26 January 1928: E. T. Eggers of 1830 Fifth Street received a message Thursday conveying the news of the death of his mother, Mrs. Mary J. Eggers, 83, who died at her home in Truitt, Kentucky. ...Mrs. Eggers was the widow of L.B. Eggers, who died two years ago. She also leaves a daughter here, Mrs. Edward Williams, of 1220 Young Street. Funeral services will be conducted at Truitt, Kentucky at 2:30 p.m. Friday."
Information on one of the children of Lewis Benjamin Eggers + Mary Jane Stewart follows next:
(a). William Franklin (Frank) Eggers (son of Lewis Benjamin Eggers) was born 30 July 1873 in Johnson County, Tennessee and died 15 February 1939 in Greenup County, Kentucky. Frank married on 12 March 1893 Greenup County to Effie Lee Thompson (June 1873). Frank and Effie divorced on or before 15 November 1924 and remarried on 20 January 1929.
They lived in the following locations, per census:
1880 Greenup County, Kentucky: Frank G. Eggers, age 7 in household of Lewis B. and Mary Jane Eggers.
1900 – 1930 Greenup County: William F. + Effie Eggers and children
From Cindy Lowe: "When Bonnie and Ava were children, they remember seeing their grandparents, Frank and Effie, a few times. Both remember Frank being very nice and Ava particularly liked when he played the fiddle for them. ...There was bad blood among some of the Eggers and Effie. Frank's brother, Joseph Smith Eggers was shot and killed by his neighbor, Tom Jones. This was a dispute over a property line. Joe's children were playing nearby when Tom rode up, called Joe over, and shot him. Tom Jones was a double cousin to Effie by way of her maternal and paternal grandmothers who were Jones...."
"Bonnie and Ava do remember that Effie feigned illness a lot. She was a midwife and would get up quickly from her sickbed to ride bareback to a birthing. She was a tiny woman, but tough. They said she broke her arm when she fell down a flight of stairs and landed with her head in the mop bucket. She was told by the doctor that the bone marrow was rotten and would never heal, but she treated it herself by pouring lye down the cast and it did heal. Well, that's the story anyway. Doug remembers her living for a time living in a one room shack in Kentucky with a bare light bulb hanging over a kitchen table and cooking in a pot over a fire in the front yard. She got religion after her youngest son Clarence died when his car was hit by a bus and would often demand that everyone get on their knees and pray with her."
Abstracted will of William Franklin Eggers, 27 January 1930 of Greenup County, Kentucky: Bequeathed to his wife Effie Lee Eggers his property on White Oak Creek as long as she remained a widow, then to be divided into lots for their children. Named in the will were their children: Denver Eggers, Stella Eggers Reed, Clarence Eggers, Milton Eggers, David Ellis Eggers. The will was probated 9 March 1939.
From the Portsmouth Times, Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio, Friday 17 February 1939: "Frank Eggers, 66, a resident of York (Greenup County), Kentucky and a brother of E.T. Eggers, 1830 Fifth Street, died Wednesday at his home there.... Mr. Eggers is survived by his wife, four sons, Clarence, Denver, David, and Milton Eggers of York, a daughter Mrs. Stella Reed of York, two brothers, E.T. Eggers of this city and George Eggers of Elmira, Michigan, and three sisters, Mrs. Alice Bradley of York, Mrs. Samuel Alexander of Kingsport, Tennessee, and Mrs. Edward Williams of 1220 Young Street. Funeral services will be conducted in the Eggers home in York at 2 p.m. Saturday and interment will follow in Eggers Cemetery near that village."
From the same newspaper: "Funeral services were conducted at 8 a.m. today at Eureka Baptist Church at York, (Greenup County) Kentucky, for Mrs. Effie Lee Eggers, 92, who died Monday (4 July 1966) at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Stella Smith, 802 Washington St., (Portsmouth, Ohio) with whom she lived. Other survivors are three sons, Denver Eggers, 2027 Fifth Street, Milton Eggers, 626 Eighth Street, and David Eggers of York, Kentucky, 19 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren. Alvis Spry officiated at the services, with burial in the family cemetery at York under direction of Roberson Funeral Home."
Information on one of the children of William Franklin Eggers + Effie Lee Thompson will follow next:
(aa). William Denver Eggers was born 30 January 1896 in Greenup County, Kentucky and died 29 October 1985 in Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio and are buried in Memorial Burial Park, Wheelersburg, Ohio with his first wife.
From Cindy Lowe: "On 22 January 1921 in Greenup County, Kentucky, William Denver Eggers married 1st to Nancy May Stewart (11 July 1889 Greenup County to 25 April 1956 Scioto County, Ohio), daughter of Robert Laughlin Stewart and Eliza Ann Sperry. Nancy was a school teacher prior to her marriage."
"Denver married second on 1 May 1964 to Lillie Lee Nickell (born ~ 1906 in Weyett, Kentucky), daughter of William Fowler Nickell and Winona Skaggs. Lillie Lee previously married first on 2 July 1938 in Rowan County, Kentucky to Thomas Mabry and second to (unknown first name) Elam. The names of these prior husbands and a notation that she was widowed once and divorced once is from the information on the marriage license issued to Lillie and Denver."
"World War I ended while Denver was in boot camp in Alabama, so he never went overseas. His daughter, Ava says that he bought two mules when he was in Alabama and traveled with them back to Greenup, Kentucky."
"Denver was a farmer and owned a grocery store in New Boston, Ohio. New Boston is a small burg surrounded by the small city of Portsmouth. He also was a carpenter and built several homes in the area, including the home in Greenup where his parents lived. He was well into his eighties and still climbing trees and onto roof tops. His daughters, Bonnie and Ava were worried. His ladder was a rickety old thing, tied together with ropes, and they made several attempts to hide it from him, but he was unstoppable. Doug remembers him as good natured, always with a little grin and eyes that twinkled."
"Nancy was visiting Bonnie when she died in 1956. She said she was tired and went into Doug's room and stretched out on his bed for a nap. When Bonnie went in to wake her for dinner, she was dead. In 1964, Denver married again to his next door neighbor: he at 2027 Fifth Street, Portsmouth; she at 2029 Fifth Street, Portsmouth. Neither her daughters nor his mother approved. He divorced Lily in a very short time after he caught her slapping his mother."
From the Portsmouth Times – Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio: "Mrs. Nancy Stewart Eggers, 61,* of 110 Scioto Street, died at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday (25 April 1956) at the home of a daughter, (name omitted here), of Eden Park.... She was born in Greenup County on July 11, 1895,* a daughter of Robert L. and Eliza Ann Stewart. Mrs. Eggers was married to William D. Eggers January 22, 1921 in Greenup. She had been a resident of Portsmouth since moving here from Fayetteville, Ohio, 20 years ago. Beside her husband and daughter, Mrs. Eggers is survived by another daughter Mrs. William A. Duncan of Columbus; two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Mitchell of Quincy and Mrs. Bertha Jones of Cincinnati; two brothers, M.W. Stewart and B.E. Stewart, both of St. Cloud, Florida. Mrs. Eggers was of the Baptist faith...."
*note: Age and date of birth are incorrect.
From the Portsmouth Times – Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio: "William D. Eggers, 89, of Portsmouth died Tuesday (29 October 1985) at Mercy Hospital. A native of Greenup County, Kentucky, he was a retired building contractor and an Army veteran of World War I. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Stewart Eggers, in 1956. Surviving are two daughters (names omitted here), five grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren....."
(10). Clarissa Louisa Eggers (daughter of Hugh Eggers + Sarah Smith) was born 30 March 1824 Ashe County, North Carolina and died (?), at age of 59 per Bible). She has a marriage bond on 28 March 1843 Ashe County (county record) to Richard A. Isaacs.(~1821 Ashe County, now Watauga County to
10 February 1898, per obit). Richard Isaacs, a farmer, was the son of James Isaacs and Rachel Reese. Richard is directly related to Clara's aunt Sarah Eggers Reese, daughter of the first Landrine Eggers + Johanna Green Silvers.
Richard A. Isaacs + Clarissa Louisa Eggers lived in the following locations, per census:
1850 -1900 Watauga County. From 1860 to 1880, they are recorded living in Cove Creek, and in 1900, Louisa was a widow. However both 1880 and 1900 Census show a Louisa M. Eggers who was born about 1842 instead of 1824. Cindy Love questions if Richard A. Isaacs married a second Louisa?
(11). Malinda Eggers (daughter of Hugh Eggers + Sarah Smith) was born 2 November 1826 Ashe County, North Carolina and died less than 7 years of age on 28 August 1833.
(12). Washington Eggers (son of Hugh Eggers + Sarah Smith) was born 21 August 1829 Ashe County, North Carolina and died 21 January 1872 in Zionville, Watauga County, North Carolina). Washington had a marriage bond (bondsman Richard Isaacs) on 23 February 1849 Ashe County to Lucinda Harmon (24 February 1831 Beech Creek, Ashe County and died 15 September 1871 Zionville. Marriage bondsman was Richard Isaacs.
Washington Eggers enlisted in Company I, 58th Infantry Regiment North Carolina on 24 August 1862 and was listed absent on 16 February 1863 at Big Creek Gap, Tennessee. Abner Eggers' noted that Washington Eggers on 27 June 1864 again volunteered under Daniel Ellis for 100 days.
Washington Eggers + Lucinda Harman lived in the following locations per census:
1850 Watauga County, farmer
1860 Watauga County, Beaver Dam District, farmer
1870 Watuaga County, Laurel Creek Township, farmer
(13). Nancy M. Eggers (daughter of Hugh Eggers + Sarah Smith) was born 15 April 1831 Ashe County, North Carolina and died 27 February 1903, and is buried Union Baptist Church Cemetery at Mable, Watauga County) married on 22 February 1849 Ashe County to James Isaacs, Jr. (1830 Watauga County). They were divorced before 1880, as noted in Nancy's 1880 census record. James Isaacs married 2nd to Mary __.
James Isaacs, Jr. + Nancy M. Eggers lived in the following locations, per census:
1850 – 1900 Watauga County; detailed as Cove Creek 1860 – 1900. On the 1900 Census, Nancy Eggers Isaacs recorded she had 10 children and that 9 were still living.
(14). Jehiel Smith Eggers (son of Hugh Eggers + Sarah Smith) was born 20 October 1834 in Ashe County, North Carolina and died 15 September 1898).
Jehiel (Jehile) Eggers married 1st on 14 October 1854 to Louisa Anna Younce (29 December 1839 to 24 September 1877), daughter of John Younce and Hannah Lawrence. He married 2nd before the 1880 Census to Elizabeth Bryan (October 1841 N.C. to 27 November 1933 and is buried at the Bryan Cemetery, Boone, Watauga County. Elizabeth's 1880 U.S. Census stated she had two children, one of which – Bessie Eggers – was living with her and the other was not alive.
Jehiel Eggers, a farmer, had 10 children and lived in the following locations, per census records:
1860 Watauga County, North Carolina; Cove Creek. "Jehile" and Anna Eggers have the Elizabeth Henson family living with them and are adjacent to Hugh Eggers and Cleveland Eggers in this census.
1870 Johnson County, Tennessee as "Joel S." and Anna Eggers
1880 Watauga County, Cove Creek with Elizabeth, his 2nd wife
1900 Watauga County, Cove Creek; Elizabeth now widowed and living with her daughter Bessie.
1910 Watauga County, Cove Creek: Elizabeth living alone.
1920 Watauga County, Meat Camp Township. Elizabeth is now living with son-in-law Willet Adams who married Elizabeth's daughter Bessie.
Children of Jehiel Smith Eggers and Elizabeth Bryan (2nd marriage) were (i) Elizabeth Bessie Eggers (October 1883, (ii). name and birth date unknown.
Children of Jehiel Smith Eggers and Louisa Anna Younce (1st marriage) were:
(i) Sally Louisa Eggers (14 November 1855 N.C.)
(ii) Hugh Eggers (November 1857 N.C.)
(iii) Hannah C. Eggers (12 February 1860 N.C.)
(iv) John Eggers (16 June 1863 N.C.)
(v) Abner Eggers (8 July 1866 N.C.)
(vi) Solomon Eggers (7 June 1869 N.C.)
(vii) Smith Eggers (11 February 1870 Tennessee)
(viii) Washington Eggers (1871 Tennessee)
(ix) Harrison "Monroe" Eggers (26 January 1873 Watauga County, N.C. to 21 June 1955 Hickory, Catawba County, North Carolina and buried at Oakwood Cemetery). Harrison Monroe Eggers married on 8 March 1895 to Hattie Oliver (31 August 1875 N.C. to 15 June 1937 Hickory, Catawba, North Carolina). They lived in the following locations per census records:
1900 Watauga County, North Fork Township, North Carolina
1910 Watauga County, Beaverdam Township, Bakers Gap Road
1920 Watauga County, North Fork Township
1930 Catawba County, Hickory Township, North Carolina
Monroe + Hattie Eggers' ten children were all born in North Carolina and more exact birthdates are needed, etc:
(a). Maud or Mandy Eggers (May 1896 N.C.)
(b) Joseph Eggers (1901/02)
(c) Ethel Eggers (1903/04)
(d) Clint Eggers (1904/05)
(e) Charlie Eggers (1906/07)
(f) Berlie Eggers (1908/09)
(g) Lonnie Eggers (7 June 1911)
(h) Ruby Eggers (1914/15)
(i) Mytle Eggers (1916/17)
(j) Cartie Eggers was born 23 July 1898 N.C. and died 15 November 1978 Bristol, Washington County, Virginia. Cartie married 1st to ?? - Lillie Belle Guy (~1890 to 22 March 1962) and 2nd to Edith "June" __.
Thanks go to Cindy Lowe for her research and to Travis Dyson who shared his information on these, his line of Eggers. Cindy Lowe, email of 19 October 2008 and Travis Dyson, email of 19 October 2008.
According to Cindy Lowe (email of 12 October 2008): James Osborne listed Lillie B. Warren as the wife of Cartie Eggers. Lilly was born 30 January 1890 and died 22 March 1962. However, she is listed with the maiden name Guy in the birth records of Ivan Blaine Eggers and Lois Ruth Eggers. The 1920 U.S. Census of Ashe County, N.C. lists Onnie Guy as mother-in-law in household of Cartie and Lillie B. Eggers. The previous 1910 Census of Watauga County – North Fork Township lists Oney Guy as single female/head of household with daughter Lily and son Oney.
Cartie Eggers lived in the following locations:
1918 September 17 - WWI Draft Registration for Watauga County, North Carolina: Cartie Eggers - Trade, Johnson County, Tennessee – white, medium build, blue eyes, light hair – occupation, farmer – nearest relative – Lillie Eggers (wife).
1920 & 1930 Watauga County, North Fork Township, North Carolina – Cartie with wife Lillie B. and children.
Last years – Damascus, Washington County, Virginia - Cartie moved near his son Ivan Blaine Eggers and in the same subdivision in Damascus. After Cartie died, his widow June and son Jackie Dean Eggers moved to Marion, Smyth County, Virginia – source: Travis Dyson.
The three children of Cartie Eggers and Lilly B. Guy are (aa) to (cc):
(aa) Reverend Ivan "Blaine" Eggers was born 10 March 1917 in or near Creston (North Fork of New River, North Fork Township), Ashe County, North Carolina and died 20 December 1996. Blaine married about 1952 to Vada Potter, daughter of James and Janie Roark Potter. After their marriage, they moved to Kennett Square, Pennsylvania before moving to Damascus, Washington County, Virginia. Their address became Lincoln Circle in Damascus, Virginia. Later, they inherited a house from a friend, John Wilson in which Travis Dyson and his parents lived for a while after they married. Blaine and also purchased a 40 acre farm bordering the Cherokee National Forest.
His obit stated "Rev. I. Blaine Eggers, age 79, died Friday, 20 December 1996 in Abingdon. He was a native of Creston, North Carolina area and was a member of the Pleasant View Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a brother, Jackie Dean Eggers of Marion. He had served as a Baptist pastor for the past 58 years at 17 different churches, including Cleghorn Valley Baptist Church, and had most recently (last two churches) pastured at Pleasant View Baptist Church in (Glade Spring, Washington County, Virginia) Widener's Valley ... and Denton Valley Baptist Church in Abingdon..... He is survived by his wife Vada Eggers and two daughters...."
(bb) Lois Ruth Eggers was born 6 November or 8 October 1918 (from an obit) and died 20 May 2004 Boone, Watauga County, North Carolina. Lois married Earmon Lewis.
(cc). Mary Grace Eggers (1924/25) married J.M. South.
One child of Cartie and Edith June Eggers (2nd marriage) are (dd):
(dd) Jackie Dean Eggers – male (12 October 1935? to 29 November 1996 in a car accident). Social Security records states birth 12 October 1965, but must be wrong. Mother was Edith June Eggers, per obit.
(15). Martha Eggers (daughter of Hugh Eggers + Sarah Smith) was born 27 September 1837 in Watauga County, North Carolina and died 10 or 11 November 1901 Platte County, Nebraska. She is buried in Columbus Cemetery) and married 1857 in North Carolina to James Hilliard (June 1834 to 27 September 1924 in Platte County, Nebraska), a farmer.
James Hilliard + Martha Eggers lived in the following locations, per census:
1860 Watauga County, Beaver Dam Township
1870 Carter County Tennessee, Duggers Ferry
1880 Unicoi County, Tennessee
1890 Veteran Census: Platte Center, Platte County, Nebraska.
1900 Platte County, Nebraska, Lost Creek
1910 Platte County, Nebraska, Oconee Township. James Hilliard with his 2nd wife, Ida.
1920 Merrick County, Nebraska, Clarksville Township. James Hilliard, age 86, widowed, living in the family of Ethel M. Druham, widowed, age 35, a farm manager.
James R. Hilliard was a private in the Union Army of 13th Tennessee Regiment Cavalry, Company l. He enlisted 1 February 1864 and was discharged 5 September 1865. James Hilliard + Martha Eggers
According to the Platte County, Nebraska Columbus Telegram 15 November 1901, after Martha's marriage, she "moved to Tennessee. In 1885, the family came to Platte Center, and 1890 later moving to Oconee (Township, Platte County, Nebraska). Beside the husband, she leaves 3 sons and one daughter...Smith Hilliard, John Hilliard, Robert Hilliard, and Mrs. William M. Truelove."
The Columbus Journal, dated 10 September 1902, stated that J.R. Hilliard, of near Oconee, recently sold his farm and will look for a location further south. About 1907, James Hilliard remarried to Ida I __. (courtesy of Cindy Lowe, e-mail 5 July 2006)