Everett


Here are some Everett stories
and
accounts over the years:

 

Evered and Everett

H.B.
Guppy
in his 1968 study of the geographical origins of family names in
Britain found
that the Evered and Everett names appeared most frequently in the
following
counties – Norfolk, Suffolk, Wiltshire, Lincolnshire, Cambridge, and
Essex – in
other words the area northeast of London known as East Anglia.

The Evered spelling
accounted for approximately 60 percent of the surname recorded there in
the
1500’s.  But that share had dropped to 35
percent by the late 1600’s.
Interestingly the changeover to Everett happened faster in the
capital
London than in the outlying counties (Essex, Suffolk, and Norfolk).


Everetts in East Harling, Norfolk


East
Harling
is a small market town along the river Waveney near Thetford in Norfolk.  It was once famous for the manufacture and
sale of yarn and linen cloth.  The town
population was 1,031 in 1831.

Many
of
them at one time were Everetts.  Their
name in East Harling records goes back to the 1560’s.
Some were well-to-do gentry and a number
Quakers.  The Friends’ Meeting House,
erected in 1823, has a small burial ground and a vault of the Everetts.

One
family line dates back to Thomas Everett
who married Ann Bransby in East Harling in 1772.  Charles
and John Everett of this family
emigrated to Australia in the 1840’s.  John
Everett was the licensee of the White
Horse
in East Harling in 1879.  But
the 1881 census showed that there were few Everetts left in the

town.

Richard Everett of
Dedham, Massachusetts

Edward
F. Everett’s book
on
Richard
Everett, published in 1902, indicated that he had arrived by
1636 and
had perhaps settled first in Watertown before coming to Dedham.   However, it reported no other evidence
of
his British origins except the suggestion that he was related to the
“Everard family of county Essex.”

In
a book published nine years later another descendant, Dr. C. C.
Everett, the Dean of the Divinity School at Harvard University believed
that he
was born at Dedham in England.  This view
was then adopted in the Everett genealogy.

The first positive record of
Richard Everett in America was at Springfield in 1636 when he witnessed
a deed
with Indians transferring land.

Recent
DNA testing suggests that this Richard was related to another Richard
Everett
who settled on Long Island in the 1850’s.

 

Charles Everett, Presidential Physician

Charles Everett was physician to two US Presidents, Thomas Jefferson
and James Monroe.  He had moved to Charlottesville, Virginia in
1803 where he made his office and stables.  Ten years later he
established a plantation at Belmont seven miles out of town.  He
later purchased a 400 acre tract from Jefferson which became known as
Everettville.

He died unmarried in 1848, freeing his slaves and willing his estate to
his nephew, Dr. Charles D. Everett.

Ewell and Pleas Everett of Bosque County, Texas

The
Everett
name was one of the oldest family names in Bosque county in central
Texas.  It was said that Ewell Everett and
his family
left their home in Marion county, Arkansas in 1849 after a bitter fight
with
their neighbors.

 

“The
Tutt family
had bought land from the Everetts and built a barn over some of the
Everett
graves that were on the land.  The
Everetts wanted the barn moved off the graves but the Tutts wouldn’t
move
it.  The feud started between the two
families.  Before it was over it engulfed
almost every family in the county and became known as the Marion County
War.” 


Another
account recorded the following:

 

“When
Sim and Bart Everett were killed in Arkansas in a fight in 1849, Jesse
heard of
the death of his brothers and went to Arkansas to avenge their
deaths.
After one of Jesse Everett’s men killed Hamp Tutt they finally
considered their
vengeance to be complete.” 


Ewell brought his mill
stones with him to Texas and operated what is believed to have been the
first
grist mill in Bosque county on Hornbeak Hollow.
These mill stones have been handed down through the generations
and
become a family heirloom.

Another
memento was the rifle with its heavy steel barrel and fancy brass work
on the
stock that was used by the youngest of Ewell’s sons Pleas in the Dover
Creek
battle of 1865.

 

“In
late 1864 word came
that a large party of Indians was moving southwestward through Texas.  Pleas Everett and a cousin of his were in the
total of 370 militia men sent to find them.
They caught up with the Indians on Dove Creek, just west of San
Angelo,
on January 7, 1865.  It was cold and
beginning
to snow and 1,400 Kickapoos were camped there.
The battle was fought the next morning.
It was said to be one of the fiercest Indian battles ever fought
on
Texas soil.  The battle raged all day and
the rain turned to snow.  Pleas Everett,
aged 19, saw an Indian kill his cousin during the hottest part of the
battle.  He then shot the Indian with his
rifle.” 


Ewell Everett died in 1870 and
Pleas in 1934, the last survivor of the Dover Creek battle.  Both are buried in the Valley Mills cemetery
in Bosque county.

Arundel Everett and His Family in Australia

Arundel
Everett from Somerset came
to Australia around 1857 on his second attempt (his first had
apparently ended
when he was shipwrecked off the Irish coast).  His wife Georgiana
and
their six daughters followed two years later.

 

“Arundel
Everett did not live to see his daughters married.
His body was found on the road from Nanango to Toromeo, Queensland, on
23rd
April 1867.  He had been staying for a day or two at a hotel at
Nanango
and had told one of the witnesses that he had fallen off the roof of a
house he
had been building.  He then proceeded on his journey and was found
dead or
dying some time later.” 


Mystery
surrounded Arundel Everett even after his death.   One of the
Everett
daughters told a newspaper in Melbourne that they had once lived in a
haunted
cottage outside London and had seen strange apparitions.  Her
story
appeared in The Echo of October 19, 1880.

 

 


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