For sure we are talking about the same William G. Evers. Your message explains a lot. Since there were several William Evers in the area, I hit a lot of dead ends when I tried to sort them out years ago. First, some researchers had reported a William G Evers died in 1865. I had not seen evidence of that but wondered if the death might not have been a Mrs William G Evers ( his first wife, recorded as Cecaly, Celia, or Jellia Joiner.) If so, then the William G Evers shown on the 1880 census with wife Sarah and son William could be the same. Whatever happened to this son William is unknown. WGE had two daughters by his first wife- Martha A E Evers Fowler Attaway Attaway who married your g-g grandfather James D. Attaway and Mary Evers who married William Norton. I'll have to change my estimated death date for William G. since you have him confirming James Attaway's CSA service in 1902. I knew Mr. Attaway had a veterans pension but I had never examined his records, only WGE's. And for some reason I had thought he was receiving a CSA pension before WGE had applied. I sent off for the application record on WGE years ago but there was nothing in his record except a notice of claim and a slip listing his name and unit.
The record at Miller County courthouse shows his application and approval but also lists him as dead before receiving any payment. I had assumed that meant that he had died in 1901. Now I guess my estimate will be 1902.
Of course he must have signed with an X since he and Mattie were both illiterate. If illiterate, how likely is it that he would have been a merchant? Could that have been one of the other William Evers? There are several other William Evers. There is a William G. and Kitty Evers on the 1870 Lafayette AR Census that is too young to be ours. Since that one shows up on later census in Cass County he's more likely to be the Atlanta merchant in my opinion.
And the original question- has anyone out there seen any evidence that our William Evers is the one who is son of Baldwin & Kitty A R Evers? So far all I have seen is that both are named William G Evers. Any records anywhere to tell if they are the same person?