Friday, March 11, 2011

Birthday Observances, Evilena Darden Pierce

Copyright 2011, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

On March 11, 1849 in Isle of Wight County Virginia Evilena Darden was born to Charles Henry Darden and Nancy Seeds Darden, she was the 6th of 7 children born to that union.  Sometime between 1851 and 1856 Nancy died leaving Charles with children to raise.  Charles remarried in 1856, it is believed that Evilena's step-mother raised her until Evilena married.

In 1869 Evilena married William Norfleet Pierce, son of Norfleet Pierce and his wife, Martha Butler Pierce.

Announcement of marriage
From The Petersburg Index,
Petersburg, Virginia
October 12, 1869, page 2, column 2.
Evilena and William had 6 children:

1.)  Sally S. Pierce, born 1871, died 1872.
2.)  Lillie Eva Pierce, born 1872, died 1873
3.)  Edward Thomas Pierce, born 1873, died 1874
4.)  Theodore Lebe Pierce, born 1875, death date has not been discovered, last record 1920 U.S. Census.
5.)  Lucy N. Pierce, who married Leighton Algeon Wright, she was born 1880 and died in 1950
6.)  W. R. Pierce, born and died in 1887.

The birth and death records of Isle of Wight County Virginia at times can be extremely difficult to read, even though I have reviewed those records on microfilm more times than I can count, it is entirely possible that I have missed children and other information on Evilena and William's children.

A photo of Evilena's headstone is at Find A Grave, thanks to Thomas J. Harris.

* Evilena's name is a delightful case of "Spelling Don't Count", having been found spelled as Evalena, Evelina, Evilina, Everlina and in one census report even appears to be Everham.


Joan said...

Evilena! How I love those old names. My grandmother would have loved this name too, she of Aurelia, Evangeline, Gwendolyn, and Mariah.

Carol said...

Special thanks, once again, to my genie angel of Isle of Wight County Virginia, who sent along a newspaper marriage announcement I did not have for Evilena's son, Theodore. And news that they are in Maryland in 1930. Thanks AnneMarie.

Anonymous said...

I love the name Evilena too :-) Jo