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VIRGINIA: The Earliest Everett Arrivals and Researched Family Lines

The charter to establish Jamestown was granted in 1606 and the first 104 settlers arrived on three ships from England in May, 1607. These and subsequent early settlers experienced such a high mortality rate that others were recruited to leave England and many that came were indentured servants - either voluntarily or involuntarily. By 1635, based on ship passenger records, we know that the first Everetts had arrived in the new colony - two young men about 20 years of age indentured to the men who paid for their transportation.

 Christoper Everett arrived in Charles River County, having been transported by a John Chesseman. Aron Everett arrived in Jamestown on the ship, Paule of London, transported by Leonard Betts. Unfortunately we have been unable to find any additional records on these young men or on their origins in the UK. We wonder if they became one of the early mortalities since we cannot find them on land or tax records. We and other Everett researchers have also researched the Chesseman and Betts families, too, but these have not given us any leads. Other Everetts continued to arrive in Virginia throughout the 17th Century and these are listed with our data on the Earliest Arrivals webpage.

We know more about several other Everetts who were identified arriving with their wives and other family members. A possible early progenitor of Everett offspring in Virginia may have been William and Ann (Symons) Everett, a married couple, who arrived in Charles City County in 1655. They were transported from England by Ann’s father, Symon Symons (data on the Symons family in Virginia is available in the Bailey and Everett reference below), and settled on 300 acres in Isle of Wight County on a Northwest branch of the Nansemond River. References to their children are conflicting - one suggests that they had only two children and another suggests that there were eight. However, a John Everett, probably their son, was licensed to practice law in Charles City County in 1685. A Simon Everett, possibly John’s brother, was active in Isle of Wight County until his death in 1726. Some of Simon’s eight children may have been among the early settlers who moved southward into Nansemond County and later into eastern North Carolina by the early 1700s. A large Everett family line, which we identify as the “Martin County (NC) Everetts,” a number of whom are participants in our DNA Project, have traced their line back to Isle of Wight and Nansemond Counties in the early 1700s, though they have not made a definitive connection to the early William and Ann.

There are references (See our Early Arrival webpage for the specific references) to four other early Everett couples in Virginia, though the supporting documentation is not as reliable.

•A George and Mary Everett were reported to have arrived in Northumberland County by 1656, transported by Colonel Richard Lee. They may have had two sons, George and Thomas.

•A John and Mary Everett have been identified as living in York County by 1667 with two children, James and Thomas. Perhaps they were related to the Joane Everet who arrived in this county in 1651. (Further research on this John and Robert, below, is available in the Bailey and Everett work cited below)

•A Robert and Mary were identified as also living in York County by 1668.

•A Daniel and Anne were living in the North Farnham area of Richmond County by 1693.

•A William Charles and Annie Everett were identified as arriving on the James River in 1635, but with no documentation. Two sons, John Everett and Thomas Everett were identified (See Milton D. Everett’s citation 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. 

                    For Virginia we have DNA profiles on the following family lines:

George Everett Northumberland County, arrived by 1656 (See Robert Louis Everett’s book cited below)

William C. Everett Richmond County, b.1788 and d.1875

William Everet North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, baptized 1692

John J. Everett Hopewell (?), born 1851

Thomas Everett Southampton County, b.c.1720-30

Simon Everett Isle of Wight County, d.1788

Thomas Everett Isle of Wight County, b.1735

Simon Everett Nansemond County, arrive in NC 1749 (See Robert L. Everett’s book citation below)


Robert Louis Everett’s book, The Everetts Of Albemarle County Virginia (1992), has a brief chapter on some early Everetts in Virginia and then follows his family line.

Jane Stubbs Bailey’s and Vernon L. Everett’s work, Nathaniel and Mary (Mitchell) Harrison Everett Of Tyrrell (Now Washington) County, North Carolina And Some Of Their Descendants And Related Families (2001), has an extensive 50 page chapter discussing data on early Everetts in Virginia in many counties. They cite 217 specific references.

 Robert L. Everett’s book, The “Everetts” Of Martin County, North Carolina (2000) offers some data on early Everetts in the Virginia.

 Milton D. Everett’s book, A History Of The Orange Hill, Florida Everett Family and Related Families (1992), has a brief chapter on William Charles and Annie Everett and then follows his family line.