Eve, Oswald

Sea captain and gunpowder manufacturer.

Philadelphia merchant and sea captain. Fell on hard times, moved to Jamaica with his sons, and traded there (1768-73). Returned to Pennsylvania and established the Frankford powder mill, which drew such prominent visitors as Paul Revere and Charles Wilson Peale (1774). Supplied gunpowder to American troops (1775-77) and, after the mill fell into British hands, to British troops (1777-78). Attainted as a traitor (1778). Eve’s son John later purchased his confiscated estate, including the mill, and resumed production of gunpowder (1781).

Native of South Carolina. Married Anne Moore (1744); thirteen children.