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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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