This is the 42nd article in the genealogy project “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.”
Nathaniel Everett is a paternal fifth great-grandfather. The information about his life comes from A.K. Register, a certified genealogist, a member of the Everett family, and author of Everett/Everitt Family: A Genealogical History. Her book has information on early Everetts of North Carolina.
Nathaniel Everett was born in 1707 at Kendricks Creek in Chowan County, North Carolina. His parents were Nathaniel Everett and Mary Mitchell Harrison. He was the youngest of four children. Nathaniel’s father was a landowner and planter. Due to several Nathaniel Everetts from North Carolina, who were all related to each other, Register refers to Nathaniel born in 1707 as Nathaniel II and his father is referred to as Nathaniel Sr.
Register states in her book that Nathaniel Everett most likely married around 1727, when he was about 20 years old. He married a woman named Elizabeth, but he only mentions her once, in his will, and he never mentions her last name or maiden name in any other documents.
Like his father, Nathaniel was a landowner and a planter. Register’s book also cites documents that indicate Nathaniel was active in his community. He was appointed to help lay out a road in 1762 and he served on a jury in 1764.
Nathaniel Everett fathered 17 children, but it is not known if Elizabeth is the mother of all 17 children or if there was a first wife before her. One of the 17 children was fourth great-grandfather John Everett, who fought in the American Revolution.
The book, “Nathaniel and Mary (Mitchell) Harrison Everett of Tyrrell (now Washington) County, North Carolina and Some of their Descendants and Related Families Vol. I” by Jane Stubbs Bailey and Vernon L. Everett, Jr. has information on Nathaniel’s children.
Nathaniel’s children were born from around 1727 to about 1757. This comes from first land purchases and sales, marriages, militia lists, and census data.
Nathaniel appears on a 1747 list of foot soldiers entitled, “Tyrrel County A List of a Foot Company of Soldiers Commanded by Capt. Evan Jones by Commission Bearing Date the 17th Jany. 1747 for the Destrict Between the Back Poplar Swamp and Wekkes Creek.” He was about 40 years old when he served in this militia.
Nathaniel made his will in Tyrrell County on February 20, 1782. It was probated the first Monday of July 1782. There is no written cause of death but in the will Nathaniel refers to himself as, “being very sick and weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory.”
This is the one document that mentions Elizabeth. Nathaniel left his plantation, his riding horse, and “a third part of all the movable Estate” to her upon his death. He left land and “shilling sterling” to numerous children and their heirs.
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