This is the 37th article in the genealogy project “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: 2015 edition.” This week’s theme is “Large family.” This article cites as an example one large family from North Carolina with descendants today through the United States, including the Fort Worth area.
Life in the American colonies was harsh and most families worked from dawn until dusk just to survive. Large families were common. Fathers were the head of the family. They made all major decisions and usually made a living as farmers, blacksmiths, brick makers, shoe makers, gunsmiths or other occupations. Mothers raised children, prepared meals, made and cleaned clothes, and they also made their own candles, soap, and other household items.
Nathaniel Everett was a colonial farmer in 18th century North Carolina. Information about his life comes from A.K. Register, a certified genealogist and author of Everett/Everitt Family: A Genealogical History.
Nathaniel Everett was born in 1707 at Kendricks Creek in Chowan County, North Carolina. His parents were Nathaniel Everett and Mary Mitchell Harrison. He was the youngest of four children and in her book, Register refers to Nathaniel (the son) as Nathaniel II to avoid confusion.
Nathaniel’s father was a landowner and planter and so was Nathaniel II. Register states in her book that Nathaniel Everett most likely married around 1727, when he was about 20 years old. He married a woman named Elizabeth, but there is no evidence of her maiden name.
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 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 information on Nathaniel’s children.
Nathaniel’s children were born from around 1727 to about 1757. This information comes from first land purchases and sales, marriages, militia lists, and census data. These documents provide details about life in the colonies for people like Nathaniel. There are also numerous websites that explain life in the American colonies that can help genealogists understand their ancestors’ lives.
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