Dear cousins and other researchers,
About eight years ago, my wife, Gloria, (then girlfriend) helped me research my surname, EVERIDGE, at the local LDS library here in Louisville, Kentucky.We, as most of you, already knew about Abner and his first being heard of inNorth Carolina.Then we encountered the same “brick wall” many of you did. We ordered a lot of microfilm and microfiche and painstakingly went through it all.Gloria did most of the work.Her final conclusion to it all was that she suspected ABNER EVERIDGEwas supposed to be ABNER ETHERIDGE.
We know how easily names can be misspelled, etc.And when someonecannot read nor write their own name, which Abner could not,they obviously would not know to correct it.
A few years later, I got my first computer and got online and immediately became immersed in researching ancestry.My suspicions that we descended from Etheridge grew and grew.I discoveredhttp://www.FamilyTreeDNA.comhttp://www.FamilyTreeDNA.com.and learned I could order an in-home DNA test.I knew I would have to have a known Etheridge to compare DNA with.I knowDr. Etheridge in Louisiana.I asked him if he would submit a test with me.He agreed to.Tonight,December 27, 2000,I had a call from Bennett Greenspan, President, FamilyTreeDNA, informing me that DR. ETHERIDGE and I were a PERFECT DNA MATCH.
This is how I believe the story unfolds:ABNER EVERAGE/EVERIDGE was born 1745-49, prob. Currituck, NC.He was the son of ABNER ETHERIDGE, b.1721; the son of SOLOMONETHERIDGE, b. Abt. 1695 (in Virginia, I think).SOLOMON was the son of MARMADUKE, b. Prob. 1670’s; son of MARMADUKE, b. Abt 1647; the son of THOMAS , b. ?; the son of THOMAS THE IMMIGRANT, b. Abt. 1605 in England.Died Nov or Dec, 1671, in Norfolk County, Va.
1. Abner ETHERIDGE - International Genealogical Index/NA
Gender: MWill: 7 Nov 1749 Currituck, North Carolina*
2. Abner ETHERIDGE - Ancestral File
Gender: M Birth/Christening: 1721, Currituck, North Carolina
(I believe 1 & 2is Abner Sr., Mentioned in Solomon’s will)
*This WILL was that of SOLOMON ETHERIDGE, b. Abt. 1695.It appears he died shortly after the will was written.
Solomon had sons, Abner, Solomon, and Absalom.Daughters, Sarah, Letitia, Barbara, Rhoda.
This is from the Etheridge message board:
Isaac Ethridge from the North Carolina
Genealogical Society Journal No. 6, 1980
ETHRIDGE, ISAAC also called EVERIDGE.William Reed of Perquimans Co. shows
ISSAC ETHRIDGEserved in the Continental line, obtained a certificate for
73.7.2 lira which Reed purchased.Auditors discovered no ETHRIDGE on the
payrolls but EVERIDGE and rejected the certificate.Captain William
Etheridge, 18 Sept. 1792, in Currituck Co., swore his family is called by
persons in general EVERIDGE but that they spell their name ETHERIDGE.In
Senate and House 30 Nov. ; 1 Dec. Referred to Committee (LP 116).A John
Etheridge was in the N.C. Assembly 1729.
There are many “kinks” in all this that I hope some of you will help meiron out.
Ben A. Everidge,
son of Ishmael, son of William, son of Francis Marion, son of Benjamine, son of Joseph, son of Abner.