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Ancestor 13: Elizabeth is a mystery connected to Nathaniel Everett II

The Register book is one of two books with only brief mentions of Elizabeth Everett, who is a mystery to this day.
Judy Everett Ramos

This is the 13th article in the genealogy project “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.”

Paternal fifth great-grandfather, Nathaniel Everett, married a woman named Elizabeth, and she is the subject of this profile.

Elizabeth’s last name is not known, nor is anything about her lineage. Two books on the Everetts of North Carolina have brief mentions of her as the wife of Nathaniel Everett, son of Nathaniel Everett and Mary Mitchell.

A.K. Register, a certified genealogist, a member of the Everett family, and author of Everett/Everitt Family: A Genealogical History, mentions that Nathaniel Everett most likely married around 1727, when he was about 20 years old.

The book, “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. has a little more information on Elizabeth.

Their book states that in a 1720 deed, Nathaniel Everett announced his intention of giving his land to his son, Nathaniel, who was encouraged to marry before age 21. That would make the marriage to Elizabeth occur around 1726 or 1727 and supports the information from Register’s book.

Nathaniel Everett never named a wife in any documents until he mentions Elizabeth in his will in 1782.

Nathaniel Everett fathered 17 children, but it is not known if Elizabeth is the mother of all 17 children or if there was a first wife before her.

The Bailey-Everett book lists Nathaniel’s children as being born from about 1727 to about 1757. This comes from first land purchases and sales, marriages, militia lists, and census data.

In his will, Nathaniel left to “my well beloved Wife Elizabeth Everitt during her life the plantation and Land wheron I now Dwell my riding horse Bridle and Saddle and a third part of all the movable Estate.” The will mentions Elizabeth two more times in the will.

Elizabeth is alive in April 1787 when Nathaniel’s sons, Thomas and Joseph, as executors of their father’s 1782 will, are in court for a family issue dealing with heirs and inheritance. Elizabeth is not mentioned by name but referred to as “the widow of the deceased.”

There are no other records of Elizabeth after that court date.

No one is certain when Elizabeth was born, who her parents were, when she married, how many children she had, or even when she died. Her mysterious life leaves genealogists wanting more.

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