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1. Evan REES was born in 1707 in Wales. Mildred Stapp has Evan born in 1692 at Duckcreek 100, Kent Co., DE. He died on 30 Nov 1757 in Orangeburg Co., SC. He was buried on 1 Dec 1757 in Orangeburg Co., SC. Surname was originally spelled Rhys.
The following is from Bill Smith:
Evan REES was born in Wales and, with his wife Sarah imigrated to Duck Creek, Pennsylvania (he may have lived in Kent County, Delaware a protectorate of Pennsylvania), and from there to South Carolina about 1745.
In 1748, William Hay, from Virginia, erected a "gris mill" to the great benefit and encouragement of the inhabitants of the community, but for want of a blouting cloth it could not be called complete. The expense, he said, of this mill had reduced him to so low a pitch that he was not able to buy the cloth, and so he humbly petitioned his excellency and their honors of the council to send for a cloth for him, for which he would make payment as soon as he was able. His petition was certified by John Fairchild, Thomas Howell, John Lester, Gilbert Gilder, James Weston, Evan Rees, John Pearson, James Lessly, Thomas McPherson, that the mill had been erected and was actually at work (Council Jour., Sept.6, 1749).
Sarah Rees died and was buried on November 2, 1757. Evan Rees died on November 30, 1757, in Orangeburg County, South Carolina, while on his way to Georgia. On December 1, 1757 was interred in the churchyard of Orangeburg by Pastor Giessendanner, the body of Evan Rees(e), a settler on the north side of the Congaree River, who died at the home of Luke
Patrick in Orangeburg on Tuesday, November 30, then being on his journey to Georgia."
The will of Evan Reese (also known as Evance Rees) was filed in the office of Probate Court, Charleston, South Carolina, in 1757 (Inventories in 1758-1761 , pg. 234). (The part in braces is questionable, two Evans possibly being confused.)

FROM: "Calendar of Kent Co., Delaware Probate Records 1680-1800" page 54:

Rees, David Will made Feb. 12, 1727/8. Heirs: Bro. Evan; sisters, Hester & Martha: wife Mary. Exec'rs. wife Mary & Bro. Evan. Wits: Samuel Smith, Thomas Green, Samuel Pounds. Prob. Feb. 20, 1727. Arch Vol A42 page 232, Reg. of wills, liber G. folio 7.

page 59:

Rees, Martha will (nunc) made Jan. 9, 1729. Heirs: mother Elinor, bro. 1790 Camden Dist. Lancaster South Carolina

Will of Joseph Reese, Richland county, South Carolina, 27 April 1792, Book C,Page#107,Book#26,Package#627.

"Lineage Charts Vol. II, Greenville Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society", chart #135.

"More Unrecorded Richland District Wills and Estates"

"The Family History of Reverend Joseph Reese and Descendents on Charles Howell Reese's side of the family", pg. 1-16.

"A History of South Carolina Baptist", pgs. 78-83.

"History of Richland County", pgs.44-45; 56-63; 76-78; 102-103; 126-133;

"Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution", by Bobby Gilmer Moss, pg. 807.

Evan REES and Sarah LEWIS were married in 1731 in New Castle Co., DE. Sarah LEWIS was born in 1711 in New Castle Co., DE. She died on 2 Nov 1757 in SC. Death date from Bill Smith. Mildred Stapp has two more sons listed as born after 1735, but she has no names or dates. Evan REES and Sarah LEWIS had the following children:



Rev. Joseph REESE (1).