Everett Family - Bosque County, TX (Part of TXGenWeb) - Out of Our Past, Tracing Our Bosque County Roots.

Craig A. Everett, Interpreter; LaDawn Garland, September 12, 2001 issue of the paper; Patricia Grams, great great granddaughter of Thomas Ewell Everett, 1964 and 2001; John Banta, Waco Times-Hearld, October 26, 1964, "Famed Family Had Vital Part in Bosque History;" William C. Pool, "Bosque Territory;" and Ancestry.com.

 

Patricia Grams writes that "Thomas Ewell Everett purchased 222 acres in Bosque Co. in 1856 for .50 cent an acre. Their relative, the Woods and Goodalls followed them to Texas a year later. T.E. Everett was one of the appointed Commissioners who chose Meridian for the County Seat. On February 4, 1854 the Texas legislature passed an act creating the territory into a new county." This is a fascinating story of some early Bosque County residents.

Valley Mills was where the Indians won. Patricia Grams writes "It was a beautiful rifle, with fancy brass work on the stack, and it's hearvy steel barrel must have felt could to the fingers of 19 year old Please Everett that January day a hundred years ago as he drew a bead on the Indian who had just killed his cousin. But young Everett aim was good. He killed on of the 11 Kickapoos who died that day on the bitter cold battlefield out where the Dove Creek runs into Spring Creek, 15 miles southwest of San Angelo. It was one of the fiercest Indian battles ever fought on Texas soil." Today the rifle sit still on the favorite piece in the gun collection of 19 year old Bobby Everett of Valley Mills. The great grandson of the youth who killed the Indian in the Dove Creek battle.

The Everett name is one of the oldest family names in Bosque County. It was Ewell Everett who operated what is believed to be the first grist mill in the territory. He brought the mill stones from Marion County, AR in 1849 when he moved to Texas. Ewell Everett's grandson, 78 year old Pleas Everett, Jr. of Valley Mills, now owns the millstones. He keeps them in a little shed in his backyard. They have been handed down through the generations. Claude Everett, coach at Valley Mills High School, a great grandson of Ewell Everett, and Lavelle Smith, Ewell great granddaughter say the Everett's left Marion County, AR after a bitter feud. "...a family Tutt bought land from the Everetts and built a barn over some of the Everett graves what were on the land. The Everetts wanted the barn moved off the graves. Tutts wouldn't move it..." The feud started between the two families, but before is was over it engulfed most every family in the county and became known as the Marion County War.

In 1849 Ewell Everett and his family left for Texas. They settled in what is not Bosque County, just across the North Bosque River from where Valley Mills is located. There have been some reports that Pleas Everett was the first white child born in Valley Mills. However, Please Everett Jr. says this is not true and that his father was 3 years old when they moved to Texas. It shows, according to Lavelle Smith, that Pleas Everett was born May 16, 1846. Ewell Everett set up his grist mill on Hornbeak Hollow. R.E. McCorkle, who was 89, says a son-in-law, Pleas Everett says it was about half a mile west of the road from Valley Mills to Cayote, and about 3 miles north of Valley Mills. Pleas Everett Jr. says his understanding is that the mill was water powered. McCorkle agrees. But Claude Everett, one of the early settlers, wrote a letter saying in which the Everett mill had been upper rated by hand.

Here is a letter that Frank Frazier wrote: "My father came to Texas in 1851, walking all the way from Jacksonville to Austen, Texas where he arrived with sore feet. He was to deliver 100 head of what he said was the very finest of cavalry horses he has ever seen in all his life, from Austin to Fort Graham. They got to Valley Mills where there was nobody at all living, in March 1851; found the Bosque river on the big rises and had to wait 3 days to cross. They when on saw their first Indian at Fort Graham where they were having a council with the Army." On their return trip when they go to the Bosque river is was higher than ever seen covering the whole valley to the foot of the hills on the east side.

"...here is what he said about the Everetts, whom he met for the first time on his way to Fort Graham: 'after we finally got across the Bosque River and out of the prairie 2 or 3 miles, saw a house of a new settle who I afterward learned was named Everett....We had been issued rations for only 2 days and I don't know what we would have done if it had  not been for the Everetts. They gave us milk, butter, eggs, chickens, and ground cornmeal. They did this with a big stone on which was mounted another stone with a handle on it. Mr. Everett would turn the top stone with one hand and feed corn between the stones with the other hand. Something that I had never seen before was that Mr. Everett had a corn crop growing without the signs of a fence around it....While we were waiting for the Bosque some Englishman  form the colony came along afoot wanting to go to Waco or Belton, insisted on getting on of the Everett boys to take a big horse they had and set them across the river. One of the Everett boys undertook it and he and the Englishman both like to have drowned. The Englishman lost his fine double barrel shotgun.' "I thought his might be of interest to you and your children and grandchildren. My father always said Mr. Everett was one of the best men he ever knew in his life." 

The Everetts are mentions in an number of places. William C. Pool's recently revised book, "Bosque Territory." The family Bible lists Ewell Everett as Thomas Ewell Everett, born in 1800 and died in 1870. He is buried in Valley Mills cemetery. When the Civil War broke out, Pleas Everett was only 15 but he joined one of the militia companies guarding the border against Indian raids. The North had equipped and stirred up the Indians, encouraging them to raid the frontier settlements. A marker on his grave in Valley Mills Cemetery indicates that Pleas Everett was a member of Company B, Texas Cavalry, Confederate State of America.  

On day in December, 1864 word came that a large party of Indians was moving southwestward through Texas. They militia set out to find them. Pleas Everett and a cousin were in the total of 370 men. They caught up with the Indians on Dove Creek, just west of San Angelo, on January 7, 1865. It was cold and snowing and 1400 Kickapoos were camped there. The battle was fought the next morning. Some of the militia had to wade the ice cold water of Dove Creek. According a young guy, Pleas Everett, saw an Indian kill his cousin during the hottest part of the battle. Pleas Everett shot the Indian with the rifle with the fancy brass work on the stock. Among the casualties he list is A.E. Everett, possibly a cousin of Pleas Everett.

William C. Pool write that the battle raged all day on January 8 and the rain turned to snow. By daylight the next  morning the ground was covered with snow. The Indians had 11 dead, 36 wounded. The Texans had 36 dead and 60 wounded. The Texans retreated to the settlement and the Indians went to Mexico. Pleas Everett came back to Valley Mills and lived to be 88 years old. He died on September 11, 1934. The Valley Mills Tribune said he was the last survivor of the Dove Creek Battle. He was buried in Valley Mills Cemetery and Central Texas had another name to add to it list of "last survivors" who slept in it's burial grounds. 

            These are questions marks that I do not either (1) Christian Aaron Everett or (2) William Charles Everett.

1) (Christian Aaron Everett b. 1590 in Cornwell, England and d. 1625 in Warwick VA)

2) (William Charles Everett b. 1614 in Cornwall County, England and d. ---Warwick County, VA)

(3) George Everett b. 1651 Northumberland Co., VA d. 1712 Northumberland. Married Mary Taylor b 1651-1727.

        They had two children:

        Thomas Everett b.---  and d. 1727

        George Everett b. 1674 and d. 1700

(4) Thomas Everett b. abt 1659 in Northumberland, VA (???)

(5) Rawleigh Everett b. abt 1732 and d. 1757 in Lancaster, VA. Married Sarch Everett

        They had four children:

        Leroy Everrett 1745

        William Everett 1748

        John E. Everett 1753 - 1845

        Simeon Everett 1753 - 1822

(6) Simeon Everett b. 1753 and d. 1822. He was born in Bedford County, VA and had 9 children. Elza Nelms, 1755 to 1823, 20 years old.

        They had 8/9 children:

        Eliz Everett

        (Hilda Everett)

        Nancy Everett

        Jeremiah Everett b. 1771

        Thomas Everett b. 1776

        Jesse Everett b. 1778

        Samuel E. Everett b. 1782

        William Everett b. 1785

        John M. Everett b. 1794

(7) Jeremiah Everett b. 1771 in VA and d. 1833 in Izard, AR. Married Leah Franks of KY.

        They had 7/8 children:

        John Saunders b. 1796 d. 1879

        Thomas Ewell Everett b.1800 d. 1870

        Jesse Everett

        (Simmons Everett b. 1805)

        Mathilda Everett b. 1806

        William Haney Everett b. 1808 d. 1900

        Isaac Barton Everett b. 1814 d. 1848

        Union Everett b. 1815

 

(8) Thomas Ewell Everett b. 1800 and d. 1870 at Valley Mills, TX. 

    Ewell Everett had land in Izad, AR and Batesville, AR and then land in Texas. Izard County was formed October 27, 1825 while AR was still a territory. Some ten years before she became a state. Marion and Searcy County were form and not cut off the first two years. Then because a fellow was the County Judge of Searcy and in Marion County became selected in 1836. 

 

        They had 12 children:

        Nancy Ann Everett

        Pleasant Haney Everett

        Juliann Everett b. 1825 d. 1908

        Francis M. Everett b. 1827 d. 1856

        William L. Everett b. 1830

        Mary Jane Everett b. 1831

        Thomas Ewell Everett, Jr.  b. 1833 d. 1853

        John B. Everett b. 1836 d. 1855

        Jessue N. Everett b. 1838

        James Christopher Colubus Everett b. 1840 d. 1863

        Nancy Agnes Angeline Everett b. 1843 d. 1867

        Pleasant Hayne Everett b. 1846 d. 1934