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BEVERETT, JACOB, 100, plus.  VETERAN. CONTINENTAL ARMY  REVOLUTIONARY WAR. “Revolutionary Records Book V-4501, State Archives, Raleigh, N. C. Payments by Wilmington District Militia from Oct. 17, 1781, to July 15, 1783, No. 303 Militia JACOB Beveret, 6.12.”  These were payments awarded by Congress to American Revolutionary soldiers who made the necessary application.

Jacob is the son of the sea captain Beverett and Barbara Gaster Beverett Carr who was born in Holland. The sea captain and Barbara came to North Carolina in the mid-to-late 1730s. The tradition story tells that after his wife was settled in their new home in Grove Settlement, Duplin County, North Carolina he set out on a voyage in his boat and did not return, his boat and life "lost at sea". The speculations are that he sailed for Holland to bring more emigrants to the new world or that his boat was a trading vessel used to transport cargo and passengers between the fledgling ports on the eastern coast of the present United States. The child Jacob was quite young. How yo
ung we do not know. He may not, even, have been born when his father left on that last voyage. His mother married second, Joseph Carr. It is written that two Carr men, Joseph and a brother, were passengers on the same ship that brought Barbara and the sea captain to this country. Jacob spent his growing up years in the home of his mother, stepfather and Carr Siblings.

We do not know the birth or death dates of Jacob Beverett; his age at death remains unknown. The tradition story is that Jacob lived to be well over one hundred years old. We found conflicting evidence of the birth year of Jacob Beverett. In Beveretts of the New World: Jacob and His Descendants author Marie Parsons Whitaker concluded that he was born in 1758. Her conclusion is based on the following quotation written by one of his grandsons, Jacob Shorter Beverett of Dothan, Alabama as follows: "My grandfather Jacob Beverett served in the Revolutionary War under General George Washington and his history says he enlisted at 18 years of age at the beginning of the war." The assumption is that the war began in 1776 and that he enlisted at age 18 that year, therefore he was born in 1758 (1776-18=1758).

There are reasons to question 1758 as his birth year. First, there is the uncertainty as to which year, 1775 or 1776, the tradition story is referring when speaking about the beginning of the War. The Second Continental Congress, on June 17, 1775, voted unanimously to appoint George Washington to general and commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. General Washington took command of the army July 3, 1775. There were battles in 1775. There is a possibility of only a one-year difference in his birth year here, however. A study of the census records provides cause to think he may have been born much earlier than either 1757 or 1758.

Censuses before 1850 did not specify the years that people were born or their age, but rather listed them in brackets of time in years. The only person named in a household was the head of the household. All others living in a household, including spouses, children, aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, boarders, servants, hired help, etc., were listed as males and females within age brackets. The top age bracket was 45 years old or above in the censuses of 1800,1810 and 1820. The top age bracket was 100 years and above in the censuses of 1830 and 1840.  

Jacob Beverett is shown as being head of household and 45 years old or above in Duplin, North Carolina in each of the 1800, 1810, and 1820 US Federal Census. How much older than 45 we do not know. We did not find him in the 1830 census in Duplin County, North Carolina or in Dale County, Alabama. Jacob Beverett is listed as head of house in the 1840 Dale County census.  His age is listed in the top age bracket, 100 years or above. A figure written in small numbers within parentheses, squeezed in by his name, appears to be 107 or 109. Also listed in the household is one female, not younger than 60 and not older than 70 years of age. We assume this is his wife Delilah, apparently much younger than he.

After studying these records, we believe he was born no later than 1740 and may have been born earlier than 1740. This assumption raises the question of his age when he enlisted in the Continental Army. We do not question his service in the Army.  That is documented. It is his age when he enlisted that is in doubt. It is our purpose here to cite the conflicts with the 1758 date for Jacob's birth so that the reader may have the benefit of our observations.

His death date has been elusive, also. We did not find him in the 1850 Federal Census, nor in the 1860 Census. Did he die between 1840 and 1850? The tradition story relates that Jacob Beverett came home after the Revolutionary War and married Delilah Brooks. There appeared to be ten children in the Jacob Beverett household in the 1800, Duplin County, North Carolina census. One child may have died.  In Marie Parsons Beverett history she names nine children born of this union as follows: (1) Joseph Beverett, married Nancy Shaw, (2) Henry Beverett, married Martha Lee, (3) John Beverett, married Sally Enfinger, (4) Susan Beverett Johnson, (5) Mary Beverett Bush, (6) Nancy Beverett Heath, (7) Margaret Beverett Johnson, (8) Sara Beverett Taylor, and (9) Dorothy Beverett Vann.  Jacob and Delilah moved to Dale County, southeast, Alabama, sometime after 1820.

Robert Earl Woodham, a descendant, provided us with a copy of a letter to the editor of the weekly Ozark paper, The Star, which was printed in one of the weekly issues in 1899. A copy of this letter is in the Beverett family file in the Ozark-Dale County public library. We include it here in its entirety as it was written. We do not know the author.

     The cause of the Beveretts coming to this country was due to the fact that at the beginning of the late British War Joseph Beverett enlisted in Gen. Jackson's army and in 1814, they marched South crossing the Chattahoochee river at Ft. Gaines cutting out the road known as the Three Notch Road crossing the Choctawhatchee above Newton at what was called the Block house.  They marched from there direct to Pensacola.  Here Gen Jackson took the British forces without firing a gun (by strategy). After he was discharged, the war being over, he returned to North Carolina where his father, Jacob Beverett was living, he being a veteran of the Revolution but had come from Virginia to that state.  Upon his son informing him of the good country he saw during the war in Alabama, they all decided to move to this country which they did in 1818.  The family consisted of Jacob Beverett and wife and his three sons, John, Joseph and Henry. When the Beverett family moved to this country (1818) it was a waste howling wilderness, full of Indians and the country was full of such game as bears, panthers, wolves, deer and turkey. There were only two other white families of people in this county as far as we know, the Waldings and Ledbetters. Jacob Beverett after whom Esq. Jacob S. Beverett was named, was probably the oldest man that ever lived in this county. He was 124 years old when he died and his wife 114 years old and they lie buried in the Beverett Cemetery near Enon church in this county, (Dale.)  Joseph Beverett helped to build the first grist mill in Dale county, known first as the Huccaby mill, later as the Crim mill, and they hewd the mill rock of stone out of the river.  He also helped build the first store house known as Ledbetter's old store between Echo and Clopton.  He also used to work on the poll boat on Choctawhatchie River. They brought goods up the river to the Block house and from there hauled the goods to Ledbetter's store, and there is a pot in this community that they used on the poll boat to parch coffee in while they brought goods to the Block house and carried off such things as the people had for export. When John Beverett first married he lived for a short time in the Block House. John Beverett and Henry Beverett were soldiers in the Indian war and Esq. J. S. Beverett has in possession a bayonet that his father used in the Indian war and his grandfather used it in the Revolutionary war.  The Beveretts furnished one soldier to the Revolutionary war, one to the British war, two soldiers to Indian war and one to the Confederate army in the late war between the North and South.

We believe Jacob lived to be well over 100 years old. At the time of the 1840 census he may have been 107 years of age, if the little notation on the census record is correct. He was not found in the 1850 census; the conclusion is that he died in this decade.  How many years of this decade might be added to the 107 years? The maximum would be about nine years.  Did Jacob live to be 116 years old?  Without more documentation his death age cannot be determined. The legendary death age figure is 124 years. 


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