- Martha and Jacob gave the land for the Lebanon Baptist Church in the Glades. They left a joint will which is recorded in Will Book I, page 247, Sevier County Courthouse. Their daughter, Sophia Ownby, and her son, Samuel, are mentioned in it. The will was probated in April 1878.
Samuel Ownby told of his grandmother's love of the mountains. His parents, James and Sophia Evans Ownby along with his grandparents, Martha and Jacob Evans had moved to Copperhill, Tennessee. Martha yearned for the mountains so much, she started walking home. Jacob and James rode after her and finally persuaded her to stay until they made their harvest that year. She held them to their promise and they returned that fall to the Smokies.
Census records verify the story above mentioned. They are listed in the 1850 Federal Census of Gilmer County, Georgia, right near the state line of Tennessee and Georgia.
"Smoky Mountain Clans", Donald B. Reagan, 1978, p 158.
"Sevier County, Tennessee and Its Heritage", 1994, p 52, 298.