Civil War Farmhouse
Berryman Stokes, father of the Stokes families was born in Virginia on September 1, 1964; he was a sixth son. He and his youngest brother were all that survived the Revolutionary War. He (Berryman) and his wife, Elizabeth Eparson married in the year 1789 and had three sons and six daughters. Of their grandchildren, 2 grandsons died in the Civil War and one was discharged with a disability.
William Stokes (the third son of Berryman Stokes) and his wife Susannah, married Dec. 2, 1819. They were in the company of Daniel Boone for protection of William Stokes family in the western part of Virginia Territory which formed the State of Kentucky in 1792. When danger from the Indians had measurably passed, he settled near Richmond, seat of Madison County.
Evan Stokes, the builder of this house, and the first son of William and Susannah Stokes, was born in Madison County, Kentucky, August 9, 1820. When he (Evan) was 16 years of age his parents moved to Putnam County, IN. He was married to Sarah J. Burton, Nov. 19, 1846. To them was born 5 girls and 5 boys in this house. Two of the boys and all of the girls survived. Their (this) house was known a preacher’s stopping place and for many years until his death in June, 8, 1904. He was an official in the Methodist Episcopal Church. Re starting with the year 1833 through 1903. He maintained a consecutive record of the district (Church) Conferences from 1833 until 1903.
This house built by Evan Stokes was on a quarter section of land in Union Township, Parke County, Iocated on an original grant signed by James Monroe, the 5th president of the United States. This house was built some time during the Civil War era the exact date is not known.
The house was moved to Billie Creek Village in 1975.