A man named Joseph Eve was the inventor of the Eve cotton gin which was used before the Whitney cotton gin. He had a factory seven miles from Augusta, Georgia. One of Eve’s sons was Dr. Joseph A. Eve, (1805-1886), one of the founders of the Augusta Medical Academy. This institution’s name was changed in 1833 to the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Joseph A. Eve and his wife Sarah Garland Coombs (1811-1876) were the parents of Joseph Edward and William Frederick Eve. (Battey; Knight)
Joseph Edward Eve (12 Mar. 1849-25 Feb. 1881) attended the University of Virginia in session 46 (1869-1870). He later attended his father’s institution, the Medical College of Georgia, graduating in 1872. (MCG Alumni Directory) In the 1880 U.S. Census, he is living in his father’s household, and his profession is listed as physician. Dr. Joseph E. Eve died in 1881, and was buried in Magnolia Cemetery, Augusta, GA. (Battey; Jones; UVA Matriculation Books) I could locate no indication that he ever married.
William Frederick Eve (8 Mar. 1851-21 Jan. 1916) was born in Augusta, GA. William Fred, as he was called, attended the Richmond Academy in Augusta, and Major Fitten’s preparatory school. He then attended the University of Virginia in sessions 45-47 (1868-1871), from which he graduated with a law degree. In 1871 he was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia. He served as solicitor for Richmond Co., GA, and became a judge of the Richmond County Court. In 1881, the office of judge of county court was abolished, and Eve was appointed the judge of the City Court of Richmond County and ex-officio commissioner of roads and revenues of the county, a position he held for 37 years. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Augusta Orphan Asylum. (Georgia Bar Association; Knight)
On 16 May 1876, he married Ida Evans (1855-ca. 1926-29), daughter of Gen. Clement A. Evans. The couple had seven children: Allie Walton, Sarah Garland, and William Frederick Eve, Jr. (2) survived to adulthood; William Frederick Jr. (1), Ida Evans, Joseph A., and Clement E. Eve died young.
William Frederick Eve, Sr. died in 1916, and was buried in Magnolia Cemetery, Augusta, GA. (Georgia Bar Association; Knight)
- Battey, Robert. “Dr. Joseph A. Eve.” Transactions of the Medical Association of Georgia, v.37 (1886), p. 349-351.
- Eve family tombstones, Magnolia Cemetery, Augusta, GA. Findagrave.com.
- Georgia Bar Association. “Memorial of William F. Eve.” Report of the Thirty-third Annual Session of the Georgia Bar Association … June 1-3, 1916. Macon, GA, 1916, p. 289-291.
- “Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KXJ4-BXC : accessed 04 Oct 2014), Joseph A. Eve and Sarah G. Coombs, 01 Apr 1833; citing Richmond, Georgia, United States; FHL microfilm 158602.
- Jones, Charles Colcock, Jr. & Salem Dutcher. Memorial history of Augusta, Georgia. Syracuse, NY, 1890, p. 276-279.
- Knight, Lucian Lamar. A Standard history of Georgia and Georgians. Chicago, Ill., 1917, v. 6, p.2949-2951.
- The Medical College of Georgia Alumni Directory 1828-1984. White Plains, NY, 1984, p. 65.
- Schele de Vere, Maximilian. Students of the University of Virginia; a semi-centennial catalogue. Baltimore, MD, 1878.
- Spalding, Phinizy. The History of the Medical College of Georgia. Athens, GA, 2011.
- “United States Census, 1870,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MFL8-GNP : accessed 04 Oct 2014), J E Eve & W F Eve, Virginia, United States; citing p. 87, family , NARA microfilm publication M593, FHL microfilm 000553130.
- “United States Census, 1880,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M8G5-17C : accessed 04 Oct 2014), Joseph E Eve in household of Joseph Eve, Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, United States; citing sheet 300A, NARA microfilm publication T9.
- “United States Census, 1900,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M3VS-KG9 : accessed 04 Oct 2014), William F Eve, Militia District 1269 (excl. Augusta city) Summerville village, Richmond, Georgia, United States; citing sheet 26A, family 535, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1240218.
- “United States Census, 1910,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MLLC-HJG : accessed 04 Oct 2014), William F Eve Sr., Militia District 1269, Richmond, Georgia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 81, sheet 9A, family 84, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1374223.
- University of Virginia Matriculation Books, 1825-1904, Accession #RG-14/4/2.041, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.