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Subject: Re: [ARIZARD-L] Everett Family
Date: Sun, 20 May 2001 21:17:09 -0500
Do you know about the Everett web site?
Bill Dunn wrote:
> Just wanted to let you know that I am related to Isaac Kester that married
> Union Everett. He is a fourth great uncle.
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> Date: Sunday, May 20, 2001 5:12 AM
> Subject: Re: [ARIZARD-L] Everett Family
> >Jean, do you know where a copy of this book is located? This is a new one
> that I have not heard about before. Is there anything more about the
> membership of the Baptist church that was begun? I know that Jeremiah had
> gone to church in Barren Co. KY at one point in his life. I doubt the sons
> ever did. It just seems like he might have been a member and could possibly
> be buried nearby if there was a cemetery. I mistyped the date that I last
> found Jeremiah. It should have been 1831 and not 1833. I feel sure that he
> died and was buried here. I don't know what happened to his wife--Alice
> (Alcy) Saunders Everett.
> >Thank you very much.
> > > This account might interest you. This is taken from the Jehoiada J.
> > > Journal, chapter 21:
> > >
> > > The Tutt and Everet War
> > > Chapter 21
> > > At an early date the Everet Brothers come to the valley of
> > > White River. They first came to Lawrence county on Black River,
> > > and a short time afterwards they moved to White River and settled
> > > in the west end of Izard County, in that part which is now
> > > situated in Marion County.
> > > Their families consisted of old Sim, and Jess and old Bart.
> > > A part of them were mechanics, if not all. They were noted for
> > > being men of honestiy and uprightness in all their transactions.
> > > But they were celebrated for their activity, manhood and bravery.
> > > They were given a right smart to fighting with their men and few
> > > men could handle them in a combat.
> > > It was old Jess who encountered John P. Houston, a brother
> > > of Old Sam Houston who was first Govenor of Texas. Old Jess and
> > > Houston met at the Mouth of Big North Fork the county seat of
> > > Izard county at that time and got to talking of the removal of
> > > the county seat. They had got to pretty plain talk, when Houston
> > > said, "that no one but a D---- raskal would want the county seat
> > > moved," then jumped to his feet and made a move as if to draw a
> > > pistol. But Everet was watching him and had a pistol out and
> > > cocked. He presented it to Houston's breast and told him that if
> > > he made amove he would shoot a hole through him that a ground hog
> > > could walk through. This man Houston was Circuit Clerk at the
> > > time and had been for several years. he was a good lawyer when
> > > not under the influence of whiskey. The report followed him here
> > > that he had killed two men in South Carolina. He brought a large
> > > library here with him.
> > > He finally drank himself to death at Maj. Wolf's at Mouth of
> > > Big North Fork, Arkansas, 1836. After Yellville was laid off as
> > > a town, Hansford Tutt, a man of some property settled there. He
> > > was perhaps a North Carolinear, and not generally liked.
> > > After a time a difficulty grew up between the Everet and
> > > Tutts, and continued to grow year after year as it was occasionly
> > > rekindled by combats in which the Everets came off best. This
> > > feud progressed for some ten years or more and finally resulted
> > > in the formation of two hostile parties know as the Tutt and
> > > Everett parties. There were few citizens who were not in some
> > > way or other indentified with one or the other of these parties.
> > > In the meantime old Jess Everet had gone to Texas, but the
> > > contention did not abate by his leaving Young men had grown uup
> > > with all the bitterness of the contention engrafted in their
> > > bosom.
> > > In the summer of 1848 Jess Turner had an appointment to
> > > speak at Yellville as Presidential Elector. This called out a
> > > great number of people, and among them the Tutts and EVeretts
> > > were well represented, and a preliminary fight or tow rallied the
> > > fighting men of both sides in line.
> > > At this critical moment a terrible whirlwind swept over
> > > the crowd, scattered their hats and filled the air with dust.
> > > This so confused the crowd that they dispersed, for a time. The
> > > Everet party, who lived in the country mounted their horses and
> > > rode off, but before they had got out of hearing the noise of
> > > another row reached their ears. The Everets wheeled their
> > > horses, dashed back dismounted and then the fight commenced in
> > > earnest. In a few moments four or five men were killed and
> > > several others knocked down and wounded. There were four
> > > brothers named King, who figured as champions on the Tutt side.
> > > Old Sim and Bart Everet seemed to be the most dreaded by the
> > > Tutt gang, and it was said, that they were held by their arms and
> > > shot by the Tutt gang. They both were killed and young France
> > > Everet was wounded. All that were killed were of the Everet
> > > gang, the Futts having taken advantage of them in the charge.
> > > Young France immediately left for Texas for his uncle Jess. Old
> > > Jess, on receiving France's report made his will, armed himself
> > > took young France and a man by the name of Stratton and come back
> > > to Arkansas. They arrested the King brothers over toward the
> > > Arkansas river, and started to Yellville with them. They took
> > > them a short distance and killed three of them. The fourth one
> > > made his escape.
> > > Soon afterwards a shot was fired at Old Hamp Tutt from
> > > ambush without taking effect. He then quartered himself at home
> > > with a strong guard about his house. Old Jess Everets could not,
> > > now get to himm.
> > > A writ was placed in the hands of the sheriff for Old Jess.
> > > The sheriff took about one hundred men and went to where old Jess
> > > was known to be, and finding him, he found that old Jess had more
> > > men than he had. Old Jess offered fight and told the sheriff to
> > > "pull in". Old Jess had his men under the brow of a hill ready
> > > for action. He run un and down the hill telling the sheriff that
> > > if he wanted to fight to just fire on gun. Old Jess told his men
> > > to hold themselves in readiness and not fire until he gave the
> > > command and then give them hades.
> > > The sheriff would not accept the change. He went back to
> > > town and made an application to the govenor for five hundred
> > > militia.The malitia succedded in capturing old Jess, Stratton and
> > > Young Jess.
> > > They put them in the Smithville jail, in Lawrence county,
> > > Arkansas. Soon after a party of about twelve men went and broke
> > > the lock of the jail and liberated them. They then mounted them
> > > on horses and rode away in triumph.
> > > The news of old Jess being liberated made old Hamp stick the
> > > closer to his quarters. Some months after old Jess was liberated
> > > old Hamp stepped outside his door just at day light one morning,
> > > and was washing his face, when a ball was fired at him striking
> > > the bowl in which he was washing. After some months of fruitless
> > > efforts to get old Hamp, Old Jess was known to go to Texas, where
> > > he died soon after. It was generally believed that Jess Everett
> > > left some oneless known to Hamp Tutt than himself to watch Tutts
> > > movements.
> > > There was a man killed occasionally. Old Hamp still kept
> > > close quarters. These times kept on for about twelve months when
> > > old Hamp got to going around, generally between to other persons.
> > > In this situation he was shot from ambush with a long range gun,
> > > whilst walking in a retired street. He died in a few days after
> > > being shot. he told his friends to let his be the end of this
> > > affair. This was known as the Tutt and Everet war.
> > > I will give you a more extended account of the opening of
> > > the Smithville Jail. If I was not there, there were others that
> > > were. There were only twelve there I know, for I made the
> > > crowbar that broke the lock. It took two men with the crowbar to
> > > brake the lock of the jail. If any of you wish to see the
> > > crowbar you can find it by coming to my house in Fulton County.
> > > It has been forty eight years since this happened.
> > > The hostilities of this Tutt and Everet was lasted about
> > > twenty months, during which time there were about fourteen men
> > > killed. The parties of this war, who escaped, dispensed to other
> > > countries. It was generally thought that the sympathies of the
> > > outsiders were largely with the Everets.
> > > I will tell you a little more that happened about this war,
> > > concerning old Mat, Adams and Dearl Woods, his son-in-law. It
> > > seems that Dearl Woods had got tired of the war. He sent word to
> > > Adams, wanting to knowif he would go home and have no more to do
> > > with the war if he would be in any danger. Old Mat sent word
> > > back that he thought not, providing some one diden't have a wet
> > > load in their gun they might try at him to see if it would fire.
> > > (D)Earl was on the Tutt side and Mat was on the Everet side.
> > > Old Mat Adams was a brother to Peter F. Adams who killed Dr.
> > > Huff, that I have spoken of before in these pages. I was well
> > > acquainted with the Adamses. They were good farmers and stock
> > > raisers, and made money. They were pure grit, but peaceable men
> > > when you let their business alone.
> > > Chapter 22
> > > About the year 1830 Judge James Wren and the Hightower
> > > family come to Izard county from the vicinity of Bolingreen,
> > > Kentuckey. Judge James Wren was a remarkable man for his habits
> > > of industry and christianity. It was throught his
> > > instrumentality that the first baptist church was organized in
> > > Izard county Arkansas. In the year 1830, he got a few scattering
> > > Baptist together and sent to Spring River and got a Baptist
> > > minister to organize a Baptist church near the mouth of Piney
> > > Bayou. I was present at the organization of the church.
> > > Judge Wren never aspired a great deal to office. He was,
> > > however induced to accept a term or two as county Judge of Izard
> > > county. When he come to Izard county he brought with him six
> > > children. He had had no death in his family up that time, but at
> > > this writing they are most all dead as are most of the first
> > > settlers of the White river valey.
> > > In those good old days it was not imposible for young men to
> > > get to the highest office, although our school oportunities were
> > > few. Schools were not plenty then as they are here now, and fat,
> > > slick headed boys, who slept at night rarely ever derived any
> > > benefit from them. However there were a class of boys who grew
> > > up in the valey of White river, in that time, who would do honor
> > > to that or any other time or country. Of these might be
> > > mentioned some of the Wolf boys some of the Harris boys, some of
> > > the Jeffrey boys, some of the Trimble boys, some of the Coker
> > > boys, some of the Miller boys and many others whom I could
> > > mention. One of this class of boys got to be governor of
> > > Arkansas, one of the Jeffrey got to legislature, and one of these
> > > gents was elected three terms as county Judge of Izard county
> > > arkansas and declined a fourth term. I do not believe in any man
> > > holding office more that three terms. [hand writing says,
> > > something like "possibly ? Trimble might be mentioned in this
> > > connection]
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