This is the 43rd article in the genealogy project “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.”
Nathaniel Everett I is a paternal sixth great-grandfather. The information on his life comes from two books, “Everett/Everitt Family: A Genealogical History” by AK Register and “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.
Because there were numerous Nathaniel Everetts in North Carolina and nearby Southern states who were most likely related to each other, the authors of the two books refer to this Nathaniel Everett as Nathaniel I and his son as Nathaniel II.
Register’s book states that Nathaniel was born in 1678. Although she does not know where he was born or who his parents were, Nathaniel had arrived in Morratock, located in North Carolina, by 1683. Morratock was in Chowan Precinct, which later became Chowan County.
The first recorded activities of Nathaniel appear in deed records and Colonial Records of North Carolina in 1709 and 1713. A land record for Nathaniel is dated 1709, and in 1713 Nathaniel and three other men were appointed to appraise the estate of a man who had recently died. In 1715 the Chowan Court ordered that Nathaniel be overseer of the highway from Morratock bridge to the Flatt Swamp. Nathaniel served on a jury in 1716. He is listed on tax records in 1717 and 1722. He also served on a road jury in 1739-40 regarding roads to be laid out in certain areas.
The Bailey-Everett book states that Nathaniel married Mary Mitchell Harrison of North Carolina sometime between 1694 and 1701 in Chowan County. Mary was a widow. Nathaniel and Mary had four children:
- Mary Everett, born 1701
- Elizabeth Everett, born 1703
- Sarah Everett, born 1705
- Nathaniel Everett, born 1707
Nathaniel was a planter and purchased hundreds of acres of land by the time he was 40 years old. He purchased 460 acres and then 212 acres in two transactions in 1715 or 1716 and exchanged land with a man named Thomas Lee in order to keep it among family members. In the end he deeded all of his land to immediate family.
On Sept. 2, 1720, Nathaniel gave his wife Mary land in a deed. It is not known why he would give his wife land while they were married and both still alive. The Bailey-Everett book states that this type of transaction was sometimes done when the husband took a long trip and was unsure if he would return.
Mary is not mentioned in records after 1720. In a second deed dated Oct. 29, 1744, Nathaniel gave land to his son, Nathaniel, and there is no mention of Mary. It is assumed that she died after 1722 and by 1744. Nathaniel Everett did not remarry and died in 1749.
The Bailey-Everett book lists the probable inventory of Nathaniel Everett I taken by his son, Nathaniel II. The list of Nathaniel’s personal possessions is long and includes a feather bed, furniture, cooking pots and utensils, tools, horses, geese, sheep, and a “Cutlash.” The book suggests that a “cutlash” is a cutlass, which is a curved sword used by sailors on warships. This might mean Nathaniel had been at sea at some point in his life. This alone begs for more research into the life and times of Nathaniel Everett.
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