(52 Ancestors #8 – Good Deeds)
He led the quiet, orderly life of a farmer, and was a strong advocate of temperance, belonging to the Sons of Temperance. In politics he was a Democrat.
– About G. B. Everitt from his son William H. Everett’s entry in Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens of Oakland County, Michigan, 1903.
George Baxter Everitt was born in New Jersey on May 29, 1803 to Isaac Everitt and Mary Davis. Isaac and Mary are buried in the Montague Dutch Reformed Churchyard in Sussex County, New Jersey. George married Jane Hornbeck on December 5, 1824 in Sussex County. They had two children, Hannah (born October 19, 1828) and Francis (born about 1824), both born in Pike County, Pennsylvania. Sometime after 1828, George left his family in Pennsylvania. George married again in Portage County, Ohio in December 1835 to Rosanna Elrick/Eldred/Eldredge. Their first six children were born in Ohio and their last four were born in Michigan. George and Rosanna settled in Livonia, Michigan in 1847. George was the only one of his siblings who ended up in Michigan. His uncles Marshall Everitt (died in Michigan on Nov. 30, 1833, buried in Livonia) and George Everitt (elected highway commissioner in Michigan in 1835, died Oct. 30, 1854, buried in Livonia) seem to be the only ones’ of his father’s generation to go to Michigan, which may be why George ended up there. George and Rosanna had ten children: William Harrison (born 1835), Mary Jane (born 1837), Seneca (born 1838), Isaac (born 1840), Rachel (born 1843), John Allen (born 1845), Catherine (born 1847 – died young?), Matthew Lindley (born 1849), Martha (born 1854 – died young?), and Edward (born 1857).
In the 1850 U.S. Census, George and Rosanna (born in Pennsylvania) were living in Livonia Township. Harrison was 15, Mary was 13, Seneca was 11, Isaac was 9, Rachel was 7, John was 5, Catherine was three, and Matthew was less than a year. In the 1850 Agriculture Schedule, George had 25 improved acres and 33 unimproved acres valued at $1000 with $156 in farm implements and machinery. He had 2 horses, 2 milk cows, 4 other cattle, 35 sheep and 5 pigs – all valued at $195. During the year, the farm produced 25 bushels of wheat, 250 bushels of Indian corn and 300 bushels of oats. In 1860, they were still living in Livonia; George was 58 and Rosanna was 43. Rachel (17), John (14), Martha (6), and Edward (3) were living with them. George’s real estate was valued at $5000 and his personal estate was $805. Their daughter Mary Jane had married William Dillon Bolt during the previous year – they were living in Plymouth, Michigan (they are my great-great-great grandparents).
In Livonia, in 1870, George was listed as 67 and Rosanna was listed as 62. Their sons Seneca (30) and Edwin/Edward (12) were living with them. Emma Barlow, a 21-year-old schoolteacher, was also living with them. George died on May 22, 1874 and is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Plymouth, Michigan. Rosanna (also listed as Rosannah, Rose Ann, Roseann) died February 14, 1899 in Detroit. She is also buried in Riverside Cemetery.