ca. 1777 - ca. 1835

JACOB EVERHART first appeared on the Rockingham County Virginia Tax List in April 1798 living near his father, Baltzar. Jacob was at least twenty-one years of age, so he would have been born ca. 1777 while the family was living in Lebanan Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

On April 9, 1798, Jacob Everhart married Catharine Stagleather. Daniel Kite was on the marriage bond with Jacob. Jacob was on the Rockingham County Tax List again in April 1799.

A Texas History written in 1890, that included Jacob's son, Emanuel, stated that Jacob's wife was Catharine Beal, a woman of German extraction. We believe that to be true. That George Stagleather (also spelled Stikeleather and Steigleder) who wrote the consent note for Catharine's marriage to Jacob Everhart, was married to Catharine Beal's widowed mother, Elisabeth. When George Stagleather wrote the permission letter Catherine's name was placed on the marriage bond as Stagleather.

A few months after his marriage to Catharine, Jacob Everhart became the guardian of Nicholas Beal's son, George, in Rockingham County. George Stagleather was on the guardian bond with Jacob.

George Beal was living in Hawkins County in 1810 in the same district as Jacob Everhart.

At least two of the three pieces of land owned by the Everhart family in Rockingham County were sold in 1798 and 1799, and they all disappeared from future tax records. We believe they came to Hawkins County in 1799 or early 1800.

Since many of the Hawkins County records were destroyed during the Civil War, the first records we have found of Jacob Everhart in Hawkins County are where he witnessed a deed in 1806 for Daniel Louderbough and the 1810 Tax List. He was listed in Laudebacks Company in 1810, and was taxed for 300 acres. The few deeds in existence for property he owned there indicate that he lived south of the Holston on Dodson's Creek. Among his neighbors were HENRY LOUDERBACK, SAMUEL PORTRAM, JOHN SHORT, MICHAEL & JOHN ROARK, the KITES, the SMITHS, the LAWSONS, and the GRIGSBYS. It is believed that his home was near the site of the old Dodson Creek School.

On October 2, 1813, Jacob Everhart enlisted as a private in Col Wm. Lillard, Capt. George Argenbright's East Tennessee Volunteer Riflemen to fight in the War of 1812. The regiment was formed in Hawkins County and most of the men were from there including Captain Argenbright. The regiment was stationed for the most part at Ft. Strother and Ft. Jackson in what is now Alabama. On February 8, 1814, Jacob was discharged. During his four months of service he was paid a total of $33.80.

Jacob and Catharine Everhart were the parents of eleven children:

Elizabeth (Betsy) Everhart. Born ca. 1799 probably in Rockingham County Virginia.

David Everhart. Born ca. 1800 in Hawkins County Tennessee.

Eve Everhart. Born ca. 1803 in Hawkins County Tennessee.

Sarah (Sally) Everhart. Born ca. 1804 in Hawkins County Tennessee.

Nicholas Everhart. Born November 26, 1806 in Hawkins County Tennessee.

Mary Everhart. Born ca. 1811 in Hawkins County Tennessee.

James B. Everhart. Born ca. 1813 in Hawkins County Tennessee.

Anna Everhart. Born ca. 1815 in Hawkins County Tennessee.

Jacob E. Everhart. Born ca. 1816 in Hawkins County Tennessee.

Emanuel Everhart. Born April 11, 1818 in Hawkins County Tennessee.

Thomas Everhart. Born ca. 1822 in Hawkins County Tennessee.

Jacob and Catharine Everhart lived on Dodson's Creek in Hawkins County until after 1830. The last record found of Jacob was a deed that he signed on February 25, 1833, when he sold Henry Louderback eleven acres of land. The land joined land already owned by Henry. The Louderbacks were neighbors of the Everharts, so it may have been a portion of the property where they lived.

Jacob died between February 1833, and when the1836 land tax rolls were prepared. By 1836, neither Jacob nor Catharine Everhart was listed on the Hawkins County Land Tax rolls. In 1840 Catharine was living in Greene County in the household of her son Jacob.

When Catharine Everhart wrote her will in June of 1844, she named all eleven of her children, including her daughter Betsy who had died earlier. The will was probated in Greene County on September 7, 1844. All of her property was left to her youngest son, Thomas. Her son-in-law Leonard Smith was executor, and it was witnessed by George and Henry Smith. An inventory of her estate has not been found.

The place of Jacob's and Catharine's burial is not known.


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