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Eve Hardin

Female 1770 - 1858  (87 years)


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  • Name Eve Hardin  [1, 2
    Born 26 Sep 1770  , , , North Carolina Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 24 Jul 1858  , , Wilkinson County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2490  Main
    Last Modified 13 Feb 2011 

    Family David Clay,   b. Abt 1759, , , Duplin (later Sampson) County, North Carolina Province, Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 3 Apr 1816 and 18 Aug 1818, , , Wilkinson County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years) 
    Married 26 Sep 1792  , , Wilkes County (later Warren), Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    • Rigsby's "Historic Georgia Families" and an affidavit given by Eve Harden Clay in her widow's pension application papers claim David Clay and Eve Harden were married 22 or 26 [the records show both dates on different affivats] Sep 1792 in Warren County, GA. Warren County was not formed until 19 Dec 1793. It is probable that David and Eve married in what became Warren County a year after their marriage.
    Children 
     1. Robert Clay,   b. Between 1793 and 1794, , , , Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1840  (Age ~ 46 years)
     2. Sarah Clay,   b. Abt 1794, , , , Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Lewis Clay,   b. Abt 1794, , , Washington County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1874, , , Randolph County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years)
     4. Pierce Clay,   b. Between 1795 and 1804, , , , Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Adam Clay,   b. Abt 1796, , , Washington County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Peyton Clay,   b. 25 Dec 1800, , , Washington County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1880, , , Wilkinson County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     7. Mahany Clay,   b. Between 1804 and 1810, , , Washington County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Edmond B. Clay,   b. Abt 1810, , , Washington County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 9 Feb 1843 and 18 Sep 1850, , , Terrell County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 33 years)
    Last Modified 13 Feb 2011 
    Family ID F872  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "According to legend, Eve Clay's exploits combined with an ungovernable temper resulted in her being labelled 'a witch'. She travelled about the State, especially Army camps telling fortunes and making prophesies. She was accompanied by a servant and they rode horseback. Her husband, David, maintained homes in both Washington and Wilkinson and when conditions got out of hand he moved along from one to the other. After David's death, Eve was reported to have married a man named Thomas Wynn. Some say he was a Pearson. She turned on him and it is told he left the country and returned to England."

      pages 186-187: THE WELSH WITCH WOMAN

      "Sept. 26, 1792, Eve Hardin was married to David Clay in Warren County, Georgia. Presumably she was living at that time either with her brother Adam or her Uncle Isaac. Very little is known of her married life except that which is included in The Georgia Branch of the Virginia Clays and Their Celebrated Cousins" but what we do know is rather unfavorable. She had a violent temper, was self-willed and could not be reasoned with when her temper was aroused. David Clay was a man of
      considerable property and owned a plantation in Washington County and one in Wilkinson County. When when she was overcome with one of these rages he quietly removed himself to his Washington County Plantation until the storm blew over when all was quiet until the next time.

      Her husband died before 1820 and more minute part of this sketch begins with her widowhood.

      After her husband's death she remarried but the marriage was not happy. Her second husband sent her to my grandfather's on the pretext that he was sick. He was living at that time in what is now Terrell Co. and Eve was living in Wilkinson. She went horse back carrying a negro woman with her. When she returned
      home she found that her husband, negroes and mules had disappeared. She was left with lands, a horse and one negro. She immediately set out in pursuit of her husband and slaves and followed them to some place either on the Gulf near Port St. Joe or Savannah. The family are not exactly agreed as to the place, but wherever it was her husband and negroes had taken ship and that was the last she ever knew of either. Whether this deranged her mind or whether she had been of the same disposition all along I do not know but now began a peculiar kind of life.

      In personal appearance she was of medium size with gray eyes and at the time of which I write her hair was white. It was probably auburn in earlier life. She was restless, filled with boundless energy, without shame and of a most determined disposition and violent temper.

      She had a great store of Welsh superstitutions and of Scotch Closeness. She united these and practiced the profession of Palmistry and "fortune-telling." In this she traveled considerable distances, usually going horseback and carrying her
      serving woman with her. The practice of her profession proved profitable and she was accustomed to have in her possession considerable amounts of silver. She went as far as Savannah, and even to the Gulf Ports and wherever she went her art was in demand. Her temper, and rather uncanny skill in foretelling or rather guessing the coming future events, built for her quite a reputation. This with her age and appearance and perculiar conduct soon attracted to her the appelation of "The Witch Woman".

      Her children disapproved of this kind of existence and every effort was made by them to get her to abandon her fortune telling and these excursions but without avail. The struggle between Eve and her children over this, was long and persistent, with Eve continuing to do as she pleased. The children finally scattered out and Peyton Clay built Eve a house near his home. Here she lived for a number of years all alone and it was here that Mrs. Susie Gilbert knew her. Her serving woman appears from the scene no more and from now on we find Eve travelling on foot. Peyton Clay was wealthy and it is presumed that there was a deliberate attempt made to prevent these excursions, but to no avail. She was too independant to ask for a horse or to be carried and on more than one occasion traveled from Wilkinson County to Sumpter and Terrel Counties on foot. Her children would send her back when her time was out."
    • (Research):David Clay (Eva)
      W. 6690
      BLWt 5001-160-5
      N.C.
      Affidavit

      September 18, 1920
      Mrs. E. M.. Price
      1994 Lucile Avenue
      Atlanta, Georgia
      Madam:
      I advise you from the papers in the Revolutionary War pension claim, #6690, it appears that David Clay enlisted from Duplin County, North Carolina and served as a private in Captain Hall's and Jacob Korengay's North Carolina companies, no dates of service given, and he served from in 1782 for eighteen months as a private in Captain Evans' Company in the Tenth North Carolina Regiment. He was in several battles, no names stated. He died in August 1818 in Wilkinson County, Georgia.
      The soldier married September 23 or 28, 1792 in Warren County, Georgia, Eve or Eva Harden. She was allowed pension on her application executed July 14, 1853, at which time she was living in Wilkinson County, Georgia. In 1855, she stated that she was about eighty-three years old. Children referred to in the case: Robert, Pearce, Sarah and Paton, the latter was fifty years old in 1855 and living in Wilkinson County, Georgia
      Respectfully
      E.W. MORGAN,
      Acting Commissioner
      Source: National Archives, M805 Roll 193
      Selected Records From Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900. M805.
      898 rolls. DP. Godfrey.org

  • Sources 
    1. [S575] Georgia, Wilkinson - Pension application of Eve Harden Clay, Wilkinson County, Georgia, Series M805; citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm publication 193, image: 29, file W6690/BLWT5001-160-55 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S266] Book: Georgia - Historic Georgia Families, L. W. Rigsby, compiler, (Baltimore Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969), G929.2 R., 55, 186-188 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S266] Book: Georgia - Historic Georgia Families, L. W. Rigsby, compiler, (Baltimore Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969), G929.2 R., 55, 186 (Reliability: 3).