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  • Although only one family history was published, other compilations also were completed for the Henry Gochenour and Jeremiah Evans families, each containing a full surname index. An unpublished manuscript written about the Jeremiah Evans family also is included in series I of this collection. Also contained in series I are information sheets on family members. Each family member was assigned a specific number according to his generation and place in the family order (explained in box 1, folder 1 and placed in parenthesis in the container listing). Evans sent out form letters requesting information or the verification of listed information. These would be returned with correspondence, notes, corrections, newspaper clippings, or other items of interest and were filed numerically in loose leaf notebooks. Many contacts were made through the annual Gochenour reunion held in Woodstock, Virginia. Other collection material includes Shenandoah County marriage bonds, with an index, 1772-1880, and the 1850 census for Shenandoah County, compiled by Cleta Smith, who assisted Evans in his research
  • Following the correspondence are Evans' research notes and card indices. Of particular interest are the notes on the Gochenour family collected by Philip S. Rhodes, a surveyor in Shenandoah County in the 1920s and 1930s, and notes on the Henry Gochenour family by Elaine Artlip, both with indices to the individuals mentioned. There are also indices to the baptisms and marriages listed in John W. Wayland, "A History OF Shenandoah County, Virginia," pp. 736-764, giving the names of parents and child, and age and date of baptism; to Shenandoah County names in "Lantz Family Record" by Jacob W. Lantz (1931); and an index to land grants from various sources contained within the material. Also of note are Evans' annotated bibliographies which include a variety of sources pertinent to his investigations. Research notes, obtained from many public and private sources, relate principally to the counties of Shenandoah, Page, Rockingham, and Augusta, and contain Bible records, land records, marriage records, maps, and exchanges of information from various individuals. Folders marked "visits" are diary-like entries made during his travels to family members and other sources of information. The card indices in boxes 8 through 16 contain a partial index of the names found in Robert Lee Evans' "History of the Descendants of Jacob Gochenour."
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Robert Lee Evans (1906-1982) was born in Washington, D.C., and graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in mechanical engineering and from George Washington University Law School. He was a member of the Washington, D.C., Bar and the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1919 he was employed as an Examiner in the U.S. Patent Office and later became director of the Physics Group. He retired in 1972 and died on May 11, 1982. Although interested in the history of his family from the 1930s, it was not until the late 1960s and early 1970s that he proceeded to gather the bulk of the information contained within this collection, organize it, and publish it in the work, "History of the Descendants of Jacob Gochenour" (Boyce, Va.: Carr Publishing Company, 1977).
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Research files on the Gochenour and Evans families
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Organized in three series: I. Gochenour and Evans family Histories (Sub-series A: Jacob Gochenour family history, Sub-series B: Henry Gochenour family history, Sub-series C: Jeremiah Evans family history, Sub-series D: Miscellaneous). II. Correspondence. III. Research notes and card indices.
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Post, Mary Jane Evans
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Donor retains copyright on Robert Lee Evans' "History of the Descendants of Jacob Gochenour" and literary rights to manuscripts transferred to The Library of Virginia.
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