patriotGeorge Evans descends from an old Virginia family. His parents, Richard Evans and Mary Lillington, were planters in Richmond County, Virginia, and Beaufort County, North Carolina.

George Evans was born around 1744 in Bath, Beaufort County, North Carolina (in the area which became Pitt County in 1760). His father died when he was a youth, and his brother Richard became his guardian. George Evans married Anne Hines around 1764 in Pitt County, and they had three children: John Evans (born 1765), Peter Hines Evans (born December 12, 1781), and Susannah Evans (born 1784).

 

George was a member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing Pitt County in 1773. He was a member of the North Carolina Provincial Congress representing Pitt County from 1775-1776. While in the Provincial Congress, he chaired four committees: Committee to Collect Aid for Boston (November 3, 1774), Committee to examine into the state of the Paymaster’s accounts, and make a report thereof to this House (November 27, 1776), Committee to consider losses of William Dent (December 2, 1776), and Committee to examine the monopoly of salt (1776). George was a member of the Pitt County Committee of Safety from 1774 to 1776, and served as chairman of this committee in 1775. George was a signer of “The Resolution of Determination to Assert Our Rights.” In August 1775, he was named as a delegate to the Congress at Hillsboro, but he was unable to serve.

George was named in a list of the Field Officers of the Minutemen as a 1st Major in the Pitt County Militia on September 9, 1775. On January 23, 1776, the Pitt County Safety Committee ordered Major George Evans to raise a company of volunteers, have the company choose their officers, train them for twelve months and have them ready to march on the orders of the Provincial Congress. In November 1776, he was a delegate to the Congress at Halifax, which formed the Constitution and Bill of Rights for North Carolina. He declined a commission as Colonel on July 31, 1779. He was a member of the General Assembly of North Carolina in 1782. He made a will, but it was destroyed when the records of Pitt County were burned. He died about 1784, and his wife’s brothers, Peter and Henry Hines, were executors of his will.

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