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He is credited with building the first church in town, called the African Meeting House, in 1796.
Evans Metropolitan AME Zion Church is named in his honor.
Fayetteville had what is sometimes called its "golden decade" during the 1780s.
It was the site in 1789 for the state convention that ratified the U. Constitution, and for the General Assembly session that chartered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She was a staunch Loyalist and aided her husband to raise the local Scots to fight for the King against the Revolution.
Seventy-First Township in western Cumberland County (now a part of Fayetteville) is named for a British regiment during the American Revolution – the 71st Regiment of Foot or "Fraser's Highlanders", as they were first called.
The vast majority of Highland Scots, recent immigrants, remained loyal to the British government and rallied to the call to arms from the Royal Governor.
Despite this, they were eventually defeated by a larger Revolutionary force at the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge.
The local region was heavily settled by Scots in the mid/late 1700s, and most of these were Gaelic-speaking Highlanders.
Fayetteville had 3,500 residents in 1820, but Cumberland County's population still ranked as the second-most urban in the state behind New Hanover County (Wilmington).
Its "Great Fire" of 1831 was believed to be one of the worst in the nation's history, although no lives were lost.
After the violent upheavals of the Yamasee War and Tuscarora Wars during the second decade of the 18th century, the North Carolina colony encouraged English settlement along the upper Cape Fear River, the only navigable waterway entirely within the colony.
Two inland settlements, Cross Creek and Campbellton, were established by Scots from Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute, Scotland.A merchant and entrepreneur, he settled in Cross Creek in the 1760s.