My Great Grandmother on Father’s Side

Fickling, Florence Levicy  (Florance in Family Bible) 

1838: Born on Oct. 29, the seventh child of ten.

1859: A bill (See file) for Miss Florence L. Fickling indicates that she purchased in Jan. and Oct. clothing items including "6 yds homespun, .73; 1 skeleton skirt, 2.10;Drab Marino, cambric, Fringe, 1 yd calico 1.85" total of11.46. Payment by D.S. Tyler, Guardian.  He was her uncle(second sister's husband).

Another bill from Orangeburg, S.C., for Aug. through Sept. from W.W. Briggmann, includes: 11 yds. callico, 2.00;1 pr hose; 1 bonnet, 6.00; hair pins; 3 yds. black silk,3.75; 2 yds. chambric; silk; 1 yd fringe; 1 pr scissors; pins.

1860: Another bill from Orangeburg, S.C., which he also paid included: 1 pr. china vaces, 1.00; 1 comb and brush, .60;12 yds callico, 1.50; 1 china mug, .15; total bill 5.27."Bill was from Feb. to Nov.; paid March 8, 1861.

1861: On May 19 (See file) she gave a note to her Uncle D.S.Tyler for monies he had paid for her from Jan 12, 1860 toMay 20, 1860, including: "Feb 25th, 11.46 (plus interest for 4 months of .26); Merchants hotel 4.25; pasage on car to and from Charleston, 6.25; rideing on omnibus twice, 1.00; Mrs. Gamble for trimin 1 bonnet, 2.50; total of 92.36."

Another bill on the 16 of May from "A.F. Browning, Importer of Rich Dress Goods, Embroidery, &c, Negro Goods of EveryDescription" includes: "Hair Greese, Lace mitts, Cottonhose, soap, hooks and eyes, needles and pins, Floss cotton, linen, hair pins, linen Tape, Fur bordering, Calico, Printed Brilliante, strip Gingham, Plad Ginham, Muslin, Muslin Robe, long cloth, lace print, hoop skirt, spiral bustle, corsets;"for total of $41.26.  This was paid for by her Uncle and included in the note which she accepted on May 19.

The Merchants Hotel bill (See file) included above was for"2 3/4 days board ...$4.25" in Charleston on May 18, 1860."

1864: Received Valentine and letters from John C. Evans from Ft.Johnson and James Island, S.C. (See D1).

Letter from Joseph L. Fickling, December 25th: "Dear Sister..will try to drop you a few lines..answer to yours of the 16th...which found me quite well but..distrefsed to hear of sister Mary's ...gerous condition though hapily at this time to say that a later dispatch says she is better. I hope she will finally...Now Florence I am afrade that I will fail to interest you in this as my...is so torn up at this time, we had orders yesterday morning to leave this place and go over on the maine land to work and to carry everything with us and I was very much afrade that I would loose everything of mine in the move as we had to carry everything on a single flat...though I did not loose anything as...would have it though to me...disappointment we had to come..the island just as we got everyghing off the island we was ordered...our old camp on Gtone and I didn't get back with all of my things until about eleven oclock and then when I got fixed and went to bed it...three oclock this morning and you may know I feel bad today not to of slept anymore than...I am going to send a trunk...with all that I can share...fear that I will loose them..the old ... is some that I got off..house that the government had torn down. I was going to use them in makeing me a shanty when I have to go back to my company but not I see that within a week or two none of us will be permitted to stay...in shanties as I think that Sherman will come on here and well have to run or be taken prisoners I am really afrade that Sherman will get the...eatty. Florence I tried to get off on the certificate but failed I got Lizzies letter and am happy to know that Sister Mary is better if she had not I was going to dessert and go, I want to see you all very bad. I would of been very happy to of been with you..night a week ago to of spent a few happy momentw with my sween...Maggie. you must tell me..enjoyed hers and Lizzies company...how she looked, I know...charming what did she have...talk about me. Florence you may..if you can spare it pay Sarah forty dollars for me and send me ten makeing fifty and I wll buy a library of religious books worth four hundred dollars for one hundred thare is...five of them they are nice ...send them to you to keep..can read them and if I don't ..get the money to pay you the books..and you will be well payed for your money if you can Sarah tell her...the note. I went to meet the...yesterday a week but didnot get...going tomorrow to the citty to..I am afrade that I wont..I ought to told you to ship the trunk on Thursday instead of Saturday and then it would of all been right, you must always after sending me a ...write and let me know that you..and than I will know to..for it in the citty.  I suppose Dona Sally is married I heard so from Sister Mary to take heart and quit grieving and then she will get well I want her to get well if it is God's will, Florence I have been to the wagon yard carried my trunk. John Davis says he will carry it and ship it tomorrow....give my love to Sister Mary and all the rest tell her to make haste and get well so as she can enjoy man and Mags company when we marry...portion of my love for yourself. A portion of my company is now...ams Run on Green Pont the...I believe I expect to be moved soon I cannot ...when Florence you and Mealie must go to see Mag as soon as Sister Mary gets well write to me soon nothing more at this time but I am yours as ever Joseph L Fickling."

1868: Married John C. Evans on Feb. 14, at Willow Swamp, S.C. Their first child died as an infant.

1869: John Byron was born in Edgefield, S.C., on May 21.

1871: Moved with family to La. (See D1).  Received letter on Dec. 9, 1871 from her sister Maggie from Johntown, S.C.: "Dear Brs & Sisters, I hasten to write you a few lines thinking you are like we are anxious to hear how we are, as we so sickly...when last heard from, I am happy to say that we have improved very much here lately we are all takeing bitters and it helps us very much I wish I had time to write a long letter but Joe had John caught when I started to write he is going to Williston to carry one bushel potatos he was there yesterday and the market was so fine he had to go again, he carried two doz eggs yesterday and got eight nice bacon for the same, I think here beats Lousana a long time, William Joes Sow is dead.  She was taken sick in a few days after you left and we could do nothing to help her, three of her pigs are yet alive but I am afread they will all die, I hope you all arrived safe to Br. Johns, I was very sorrow I was so weak when ya left me Jest think I could not even go to the gate to tell goodbye.  Mother says Cornelia must write to her, sends her love to all would like to seem you all before ya left, says Nelie seems like of her children she says ya must all be good boys a ghols? I hope ya will all have good luck and great prosperity Williams baby is the finest looking ghat? about I know he would like to see her again soon she can talk and laugh pretty sharpely, and is the worse young one I ever had and dont get any better I will have to close this short note will write again soon we ought have before thid but...Joe joins me in love to all help the children and tell Bill he must have me some fish when I come the neighbors are generly well hope this will reach you all soon. I sign muself, your Sister, Maggie...N B Direct your letters Willeston Rd Barnwell Dis SoCa care of H.A. Sally." (See file)

1875: Letter from her oldest brother, H.S. Fickling, then aged 50:  "My Dear Sister and Famaly, I now imbrace this opportunity of answering your kind letter, which makes me so glad to get from you ..any of you. and to see how seldom..you will any of you will write to me, I received one letter not long since from Olivia She was not will and very dissatisfied, pore think I wish she was back here it is awful to live, and, dye dissatisfied.  There is a Basket Picknick at Holmans Bridge today. I did not go on account of Sara's health. She is very unwell at this time...we had a weeks rain about 2 weeks ago crops is looking badly from it. I finished plowing today, my crop is tollerable good. Georganna and Allie is still single. George is spending some time with Sarah....Old Tyler is still on his same place I havent herd anything from him in a long time....Sahahs health is not so good (segrest I allude to)...Tell John I cant answer his long kind letter at this time I am in a hurry to get off to Blackville.... give him my best respect and kiss him for me. tell him to kiss you also for me. Oh Florance I want to see you so bad. please send me a lock of your hair in your next letter, write soon, excuse my short letter at this time, tell John to write me a nother long letter soon. I now must close, by saying I remain your true Brother untill death, Good bye sister. H.S. Fickling. P.S. I will be fifty years old the 5th of December." (See file)

(See other letters in file: 1875 to "My dear Friends Florence and Nelie;" 1878: "My Dear Friends Florence & Nelie" from Sallie Graves; 1878 from her sister Eliza V. Fickling at Aikin County, S.C.;

188? See legal paper in file: Florence L. Evans attempt to claim property from Henry Fickling taken by Burnett Tyler.

1890: Letter from her brother H.L. Fickling from Blackville, S.C., to "My Dear Sisters Florance & Cornelia, I reccon before this you have herd of Sister Mary's Death. She dyed on the Sixth of June, and was buried on the eighth, at Willow Swamp church. I was at the Burial. But Sick. Sick. Sick. I was Sick at the stomache about two weeks and a half and vomiting a casionly in the time I went to a Dr. and got some medison. I took it about 2 weeks time all the time I was taking it I was sick. when it gave out I got better and felt better a bout a week. it the sickness has returned not on my a gain if I take a drink of water some time it will meke me vomit. if I eat a few mouthfulls it turnes me sick I am now in bad health. Sarahs health  is bad She had a billious attack some 4 weeks a go She is up and a bout at times. the rest of our famaly is well that is with us. Lula is looking verry badly and weak. Charles has mooved over on my place this year him self and famaly is in bad health his baby is having feavor now it has spasoms at this time, you must excuse this short letter as I am going to Blackville now as soon as I can get off to our democrat club tho I am feeling badly My children is all of age but one that is luther he is sixteen I will now close my letter for this time you must write soon tell John to write...Your Brother in love H.S. Fickling."

1893: Letter from "Sister Olivie": "April 6, 1893, Dear Sister, I hope you will ans my letter it it is wrote all togather to save I am now geting old to have to live on the espence of another so you see I have to be spearing Ben sent me $10.00 last fall but I had got so destitute for clother I had to put it all on my feet & back. Ben has put $17 on me since he left home five in my mouth  We are all well as usual I am never well & oh there is such a grate truble just befor me a little baby & these too bad children to atend to & Ret to wate on Oh that God will give me strength to go thru with it all. Warner has as smart a wife as eney one but she has such an unruly temper ill & contrary She is no hand to cutout or sew I have all of that to do. Sister you don't no how hard it is to help rease your grandchildren & sick all the time. I have slept with the oldest one ever since the other one was bornd & it is nothing but my dutie tells me it is not, it seems that Ben has more feeling for me than Warner. Spring is late hear no corn planeied yet. there is a grate deal of deths & sickness. Sister Saras said they were all punie poor Adah I want to help her so bad Ben ordered tombstones for poor little Floid's grave. Sis Sarah said they had come & George Brunson put them up that cost five dollars. write soon & I will trie to do better next time. pray for us all as I do for you all your true sister Olivie."

1894: (See letters to H.L. Fickling about "the lands of D.S. Tyler," her uncle; Letter to "Pah" from her son, J.B. Evans: "..I can have wood choped ...you can bring me a hog if it isent to mouch troubble Bunyan you can send one of your buns and any trash you want to get rid of..." March 5, 1894 letter from H.L. Fickling. Also letters from him in 1896 and 1897 from Lees, S.C.

1895? See letter to her son Bunyan who is away at school: "My Darlin Boy Ill writ a few lines we are all as well as usual I was goad to hear you was well and satisfied Byron and your Pa is going to hall coton to day we have some to picke yet they are to go to Arcady and by the as next weak if they have good weather don't looke to hard I would like vearey mutch to see you all on drill I knoit is a pretey site I hope you are geting on with your studes Just doo not take up aney bad habets that is smoking and chewing I havent time to write they are geting the wagon redey to start this is a vearey cole morning I must close write soon. mutch love I hope the Lord will be with you and bless you is all that is rite your Mah"

1904: Husband, J.C. Evans, died.  She moved to a house across the road from present (1987) Woodrow Wafer's Place in Saline.  She kept her son, Byron's baby, Nena, after her mother died.

1907: F.L. Evans sold 110 acres of land to W.R. Riggins for $300.(Sec 11; T13N, R6W; Original deed in file)

1909: Nena was living with her when she died on April 9.  She wasburied beside her husband in the Old Saline Cemetary.

(A wooden chest--about 1.5 feet long and 10" high, which she brought from South Carolina in 1871, is in the possession of Bruce Evans in 1994. The chest was decapouged white by Helen Marie Coker about 1955. Two of Florence's letters were in the top of the lid.)