The Cotton Mather Everett Family
By Sandra McClelland Everett
Cotton Mather Everett was the ninth of eleven children born to William Marven Everett, a cloth manufacturer born 1769 in Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England, and his wife Charlotte Hart, born 1774 in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, England. Cotton was born 16 April, 1813 in Heytesbury, and was the fourth great-grandson of the Puritan minister John Cotton, one of the founders of Boston, MA and Harvard College. He migrated to Canada in 1832, after having spent some time at sea serving as a sailor and ship’s doctor. He received medical training in England prior to his short sailing career, which was intended to improve his health.
Not long after he arrived in the Pointe Fortune area he met and married Eliza McClintock, daughter of James and Elizabeth Coulter McClintock. Eliza was born 13 November, 1812 in Ballymena, County of Antrim, Ireland and migrated with her parents to Canada in 1818. According to The History of the Counties of Argenteuil, Quebec and Prescott, Ontario by C. Thomas, James McClintock was initially employed on the house of Judge Macdonnell as a mason, but soon purchased land and became a farmer. Cotton and Eliza were married 12 August 1832.
Cotton defined himself as a farmer in the 1851 Ontario census, E. Hawkesbury Township, Prescott County. His and Eliza’s property adjoined that of Eliza’s parents and her brother William. The 1851 census lists these two family groups one after the other. The first group included James and Elizabeth McClintock, their son William McClintock (1821-1894) and his wife Margaret, granddaughter Elizabeth, age 1, and two servants, Anne Kennedy and Sarah Donald. The next family counted in the census was that of Cotton Mather and Eliza Everett and their children James, Annie, Louise, Edward, William, Elizabeth, Isabel, and Thomas.
My research shows that the Everett’s and McClintock’s owned land in the Second Concession; William McClintock owned Lots 1 and 2 and Cotton owned Lots 3 and 4. In 1857 Cotton donated a half-acre in Lot 4 for a school. Each lot equaled 200 acres.
Cotton and Eliza were of the Wesleyan Methodist faith. Cotton died 21 March 1869, Elizabeth on 10 November 1878. They are buried in St. Andre East Cemetery, across the Ottawa River in Quebec. Cotton’s name on his gravestone is Dr. Cotton Mather Everett; Eliza’s stone, which has fallen over, reads “Eliza McClintock, wife of Dr. Everett”.
Cotton and Eliza had twelve children:
i. William Marven, b. 12 May 1833
ii. James E., b. 12 December 1834
iii. Anna, b. 11 Feb 1837
iv. Louise, b. 1838
v. Edward George, b. 15 Jan. 1841
vi. William Marven, b. 31 July, 1843
vii. Elizabeth Charlotte, b. abt. 1845
viii. Isabella Jane, b. abt. 1847
ix. Thomas Ibbotson, b. abt. 1849
x. John Heart Dewar, b. 1852
xi. Margaret Caroline Emma, b. abt. 1853
xii. Mary Ellen, b. 1854
i. William Marven Everett, b. 12 May 1833, died 1834.
ii. James E. Everett, b. 12 December, 1834 in East Hawkesbury Twp., married Ellen Elizabeth Cook on 6 Feb. 1860 in the Dunham Methodist Church, Dunham, Quebec. Ellen, the daughter of Jacob Cook and Eleanor Dunning Cook, was born 10 February 1838 in Dunham. James described himself as a farmer, portrait painter, and landscape photographer, and he invented the Everett Safety Razor. James and his family lived in Des Moines, Iowa in the 1870’s and 1880’s but moved to Rudyard, Michigan before 1900. Ellen died in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario on 29 February, 1911 and is buried in Old Greenwood Cemetery, Stone # 1858. James died 13 February, 1927 in Arlington, CA, USA and is buried at Olivewood Cemetery, Riverside County, CA. James and Ellen had four children: Florence Amelia Everett (1863-1954); Charles Edward Everett (1869-1947); Eleanor Elizabeth Everett (1871-1951); and Arthur James Everett (1874-1950).
iii. Anna Everett, b. 11 Feb. 1837 in St. Andrews, Quebec, married Samuel James Howell on 3 Aug, 1859 in Prescott County. He was born 1838 and died 1892. They moved to Omaha, Nebraska In 1877. Anna died in 1906. Anna and Samuel were the parents of Elizabeth Emma Howell b. 1867.
iv. Louise Everett, b. 1838, married George Croft on 3 August, 1859. They may have lived at Longueuil, Quebec.
v. Edward George Everett was born 15 January, 1841 in East Hawkesbury Twp. He married Mary E. Howell of Millbrook, Northumberland and Durham County, Ontario on 20 January 1859 in Millbrook. In 1880 the couple lived in Des Moines, Iowa and he identifies his occupation is as a portrait painter, but in 1900, still in Des Moines, he listed his occupation as real estate dealer. Edward and Mary had four children: Henry G. (b. 1867); Clara M. (b. 1869); Edward W. (b. 1874); and Mary (b. 1880). Henry’s daughter was the noted California artist Louise Everett Nimmo.
vi. William Marven Everett was born 31 July, 1843 in East Hawkesbury and married Frances Malinda Waters, b. May, 1853. In the 1880 U. S. census William and his family were living in Petoskey, Michigan and he listed his occupation as a retired farmer. Living with them were his brother Thomas and Thomas’s wife Eliza, and William’s and Thomas’s sister Mary Ellen, age 21. In the 1900 census he reported his occupation as real estate dealer. William and Frances had four children: William C. (b. 1879); Paul M. (b. 1882); Harry W. (b. 1884); and Francis Leonard (b. 1892).
vii. Elizabeth Charlotte Everett was born about 1845 in East Hawkesbury Twp. She married Peter Macintosh. In the 1881 Glengarry County, Ontario census they lived in Lochiel Township and had three children: John E. (b. abt. 1876); Douglas Clyde Macintosh (b. abt. 1877); and Donald A. Macintosh (b. 1881). Douglas Clyde Macintosh was a professor of theology at Yale University and the author of Personal Religion, published by Charles Scribner’s sons in 1942. About a third of the book is devoted to the life of Cotton Mather Everett.
viii. Isabella Jane Everett, b. abt. 1847
ix. Thomas Ibbotson Everett was born about 1849. He married Elizabeth Connors on 17 June, 1873 at the Presbyterian Church in Grenville, Quebec. The 1880 Census for Petoskey, Michigan shows him living with brother William M. Everett, occupation is farmer. He is 30 years old and married to Eliza (Elizabeth), age 26. In the 1900 Census, City of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, Thomas and Eliza had been married 27 years and had no children. He listed his occupation as lumber merchant. Living with them were niece Ethel Somerby, nephew Herbert Somerby, adopted daughter Lillian Everett, brother-in-law James Connoly and his wife Jane and their children Carolina and Edna. (The last three are listed as boarders.) After his parents' deaths, Thomas was the son who settled their estate and sold the property. His name is also found as Thomas Cotton Everett.
x. John Heart Dewar Everett was born in 1852 and married Mary Dolson from Kingsville, Essex Co., Ontario, born in October of 1860. John was living in St. Ignace, Michigan at the time of their marriage and listed his occupation as real estate dealer. They had two children: Clifford (b. 1895 in Michigan) and Lucilla (b. 1897).
xi. Margaret Caroline Emma Everett was born about 1853; died in childhood.
xii. Mary Ellen Everett was born 1854 in East Hawkesbury Township and died 2 February 1906 in Pointe Fortune, Quebec. She married William Williamson in 1881 in the Methodist Church on Sherbrooke Street in Montreal. He was born in 1856 and died in November of 1917. In the 1880 Michigan, U. S. Census she was living with her brother William; in the 1881 Lochiel Township, Glengarry County, Ontario census she was living with Elizabeth Charlotte and her family. Her husband owned the Macdonell-Williamson House in Eastern Ontario, just west of Pointe Fortune, Quebec. Mary Ellen and William had three children: John; Lyda Evelyn (1883-1918); and William (b. 1884).