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GEORGIA: The Earliest Everett Arrivals and Researched Family Lines
At the beginning of the Revolutionary War the largest settlement in the colonies south of Virginia was Charleston, South Carolina, which had developed into a busy and cultured seaport. The central and western lands of North Carolina and Georgia were held by Native Americans - the Cherokee in the foothills and mountains, and the Creek across much of the interior of Georgia. A handful of small settlements, comprising eight counties, were clustered on the banks of the Savannah River and the southern coastal lands of Georgia.
The first emigrants from England arrived in Georgia in 1732. There were 114 individuals selected by the trustees to travel with James Oglethorpe. Their goal was to establish a small community that would serve as a political buffer between the Spanish to the south in the Florida territory and the Carolinas to the north. Survival on the new frontier was difficult - 25% of the settlers were dead within the first year and 41% had died within the first ten years. Another 18% had returned to England. By 1742 a total of 1,847 settlers had immigrated into Georgia and approximately 55% of these were British citizens. However, all of the available records that we have searched on these earliest arrivals did not identify any early Everetts.
Following the close of the Revolutionary War settlers began to flood into Georgia from eastern North Carolina and southern Virginia. Many were small farmers looking for new land while some were the younger sons and the daughters of North Carolina pioneer families who would not inherit their father’s land. Others were the restless adventurers and traders who followed the moving edges of the frontier to initiate business with the Native Americans.
The earliest Everett in Georgia for whom we have found a record was a John Everett who was in Burke County, south of Augusta, by 1782. He had served in the Georgia Militia with General Wayne. Other early Everetts included the following:
John and Sarah Fagan Everett – 1785 Effingham and Bulloch County
Thomas Everett – 1790 Wilkes County served as a juror
Benjamin, James, Joseph, Thomas, Unity and Mary Everett – 1790 Elbert County
Albright Averitt and Archibart Averitt - 1791 Washington County
John Everett - 1793 Liberty County
Sidner Everett and Travis Everett – 1804 Wilkes County
Henry Everett and Benjamin Everett - 1804 Washington County
Alexander Everett and William Everett – 1805 Warren County
John and Thomas Everett – 1805 Bulloch County
By the beginning of the 19th century many more Everett families had settled throughout these new lands in Eastern Georgia. 1805 is a marker for Georgia researchers because that is when the first land lottery was held to give away newly acquired Native American lands. In lieu of a census, it marks the presence and location of males in the state because whether or not their name was drawn to receive a land allotment their application was recorded. From this first land lottery in 1805 the following Everett were identified:
Jesse Everett and James Everett Jackson County
David, Archelaus, Jeremiah, John, Matthew Everett Hancock County
Samuel Everett Franklin County – a Justice of the Peace
Jehu and Joshua Everett Bulloch County
We know that Jehu and Joshua were descendants of our North Carolina Nathaniel Everett’s family. One of the larger early settlement of Everetts in Georgia was in Effingham and Bulloch Counties. John Everett, a grandson of Nathaniel, relocated his large family in 1785 from from the area of Tyrrell County, North Carolina to Effingham and Bulloch Counties. Their first six children, who were born in Tyrrell County, North Carolina, moved to Georgia with them: Joshua, Josiah, Enoch, Jehu, Hannah and John Fagan Everett. Their last son, Aaron Everett, was born after they arrived in Georgia. This entire family has been researched extensively after their arrival in Georgia by Alvaretta Kenan Register and documented in her book (See Resources below). By 1805, John’s nephew, John Everett and his son, Thomas Everett (members of our direct line), had also sold their land in Beaufort County, North Carolina and relocated to Bulloch County.
When settlers failed to be drawn to receive land from the early land lotteries, they began to look toward the frontier again and new sources of cheap land. The Mississippi Territory was beginning to open at this time, so many of these settlers to Georgia and their descendants began to move westward. Some of John’s children and grandchildren were among the pioneers to move westward, as the former Indian lands became open, into western and southern Georgia and Alabama. Some of their families are documented in a book by Ted Evan Lewis (See Resources below).
The DNA Project Data
The data from our DNA Project provides specific DNA profiles of descendants of early progenitors in certain geographical locations. The DNA volunteers and/or their family member researchers have provided the data on their family lines. In some cases, based on the paper research, there are disagreements as to who was the earliest progenitor and how the family lines are connected.
As we have discussed, many families moved through Georgia in the late 1700s and early 1800s, and they and/or their descendants continued moving to new settlements westward. Here are some of the Everett family lines identified who either settled in Georgia or passed through:
Leander Peter Everett – Paulding County (?), b.1842 d.1913 (TX)
Joseph Joel Blassenger Everett – Pulaski County, b.1843 moved to Washington
Solomon Everett – arrived Jasper County 1820 and Gwinnett County 1830, b.1770
d.1839. His son Quinton Everett and brothers settled the community of Everett
Spings, Floyd County, Georgia (See Resource below)
William Everitt – Jasper County, arrived from Hunterdon Co., New Jersey, b.c1785
Thomas T. Everett and his son, Henry Jackson Everett – Old Augusta, Georgia, latter
b.1819, buried in MS
John Everett – Bulloch County, b.1743 (NC) d.1820
John Everett and his son, Thomas Everett – Bulloch County, the latter in Pulaski
Alvaretta Kenan Register, Everett/Everitt Family: A Genealogical History (1987). This was published posthumously and is available from the Public Library Genealogy Section in Statesboro (Bulloch County).
Ted Evan Lewis, The Family of Bridger and Rachel Barry Jones of Bulloch County, Georgia and Some Affiliated Families (Baltimore, Gateway Press, 1999).
James Otis and Martha Virginia Rodgers, Everett Family Information: 1770-1986
(The Solomon Everett and Everett Springs Families), self published,