He was probably in the household of Matthew Averett in the census in 1816 in Monroe Co, Mississippi Territory. : Mathew Averit- males 2>21 (Matthew) (and John?, see 1820 census for Wilcox Co ), 1<21 (William); females 1>21 (Kizziah), 1<21 (Sarah Mary); 2 slaves.4,5,6
Lee Co GA was formed on Jun 9, 1825 from Creek Indian lands.
Randolph Co GA was formed on Dec 20, 1828 from Lee Co.
William married Susan c. 1828.
The surname for William's wife Susan and their marriage date and location are unknown. Williams's father Matthew Averett was living in Monroe Co AL until the mid or late 1820s. In 1830 William and Susan, age 15-20,and a son and daughter both <5 years old were living in Randolph Co, GA. Randolph Co GA was established on Dec 20, 1828 from Lee Co GA. Current available marriage records start for 1835. A courthouse fire destroyed most Lee Co records in 1858. Based on Susan's age, 15-20, in 1830 and the fact they had 2 children It suggests that they were married soon after 1825. They could have been married in Monroe Co AL, Lee Co GA, or Randolph Co GA. We will probably never know. Maybe dna segment analysis will help to determine Susan's surname.
William Averett was the Head of Household in the census in 1830 in Randolph Co, GA. William Averett, males 1<5 (unknown), 1 20-30 (1800-1830 William); females 1 15-20 (1810-1815 Susan); no slaves.7
Barbour Co AL was established on Dec 18 1832 from former Creek Indian lands and a portion of Pike County.
William Averett was the head of household in the state census in 1833 in Barbour Co, AL. : William Avret : males 3<21(?,Marion, Ananias?), 2>21 (William 28 & ?): females 2 <21 (dau1, dau2), 1>21 (Susan); 2 slaves. || Living next door were John McClendon and William Cliatt families.8
William Averett was the Head of Household in the census in 1840 in Barbour Co, AL. William Averett, males 2 5-10 (1830-1835 Annanias & Jasper), 1 10-15 (1825-1830 Marion), 1 15-20 (1820-1825 son 1), 1 30-40 (1800-1810 William); females 1 <5 (1835-1840 dau 3), 1 20-30 (1810-1820 Susan), slaves 7 slaves. Living near Mathew Averett (6 households from Matthew) and John McLendon.9
On Dec 19, 1840 in Russell Co, AL, William Averett was|and John McClendon received. a land patent for the Section 18 of Township 13N Range 30E. The land was adjoined by Matthew Averett and the Chattahoochee River and a little north of Barbour Co.10
William Averett appeared in the agricultural census on Nov 10, 1850 in Russell Co, AL. 35 acres improved land, 185 acres unimproved land, value $2,000, farm implements $5, 2 horses, 8 milch cows, 2 oxen, 17 other cattle, 35 swine, livestock $290, 250 bushels of Indian corn, 109 bales of cotton, 60 bushels of peas & beans, 50 bushels of Irish potatoes, 75 bushels of sweet potatoes, $50 of orchard produce, 400 lbs of butter.11
William Averett was the Head of Household in the census in 1850 in Division 23, Barbour Co, AL. William 45 GA (1805), farmer Susan 35 (1815) GA, Marion 18 GA (1832), Annanias 15 AL(1835), Jasper 12 AL(1838).2
William Averett was the Head of Household in the census in 1860 in Eastern Division, Barbour Co, Alabama. William 55 (1805) farmer $15000/$60000 GA, Susan 47 (1813) GA, Jasper 18 (1842) AL.1
In the slave census in 1860 in Eastern Division, Barbour Co, Alabama William owned. 51 slaves.12
William Averett appeared in the agricultural census in 1860 in Eastern Division, Barbour Co, Alabama. 300 acres improved land, 250 ac unimproved, value $4000, farm machinery $200, 2 horses, 3 asses/mules, 15 milch cows, 6 oxen 35 other cattle, 40 sheep, 80 swine, livestock $1500, 1000 bushels of Indian corn, 35 bales of cotton, 80 lbs of wool, 150 bushels of peas/beans, 250 bushels of sweet potatoes, 50 lbs of beeswax, 200 lbs of honey, $100 value of homemade manufactures, $500 value of animals slaughtered. The estimate for Matt Averett was on the next line. Since Mattew died in 1857, this must have been William's estimate for Matthew's farm.13
William Averett was the head of household in the state census in 1866 in T13N R28E, Barbour Co, AL (now T13N R28E). : Schedule 3. W Averett: males 2>20; females 1>20. Is this William? Listed next to Matthew Averett. The census page is clearly listed as T18R28 and Barbour Co. This township should have been in Russell Co in 1866 and in Lee Co in 1867.14
William Averett was the head of household in the state census in 1866 in Barbour Co, AL. : Schedule 1: W Averett: males 1 30-40 (1826-1836 Jasper?), 1 1 70-80 (1796-1786 William); females 1 50-60 (1806-1816 Susan). 1 family member killed in the war. Listed a few people below W Cliatt and just above Matthew Averett.14
William died aft 1866 in Omaha, Stewart Co, GA.3 He was buried in Summer Hill Church Cemetery, Omaha, Stewart Co, Georgia.
Summerhill Cemetery is about a mile from a dirt road. Very woody and the ground is covered with leaves which cover small gravestones. The existing graves are very scattered. In 2008 I could NOT find a tombstone for William Averett.15
Susan and William Averett had the following children:
1860 United States Federal census. Custom Id: 248; ancestry.com.
1850 United States Federal Census. Custom Id: 237; ancestry.com.
One World Tree. Custom Id: 4; ancestry.com.
Early Records Index, Alabama; 1706-1819. Custom Id: 441; Love Houston Memorial Library, ,, Dothan, Houston Co, AL. Call Number: 929.3761 JAC.
Tracking Your Roots. Custom Id: 442; online. Call Number: http://www.burntcorn.com/.
Early American Series, Early Alabama, 1704-1818; Volume 1. Custom Id: 443; Love Houston Memorial Library, ,, Dothan, Houston Co, AL. Call Number: 929.3761 JAC.
1830 United States Federal Census
Early Records Index, Alabama; 1831-1839. Custom Id: 379; Love Houston Memorial Library, ,, Dothan, Houston Co, AL. Call Number: 929.3761 JAC.
1840 United States Federal Census
Bureau of Land Management Land Patent Records. Custom Id: 282; Interior Department Web page.
1860 Alabama Agriciltural census. Custom Id: 659; ancestry.com.
1866 Alabama census. Custom Id: 699; ancestry.com.
Byrd History and Related Families of Averett, Callaway, Chancey, and Goff. Custom Id: 14; Love Houston Memorial Library, ,, Dothan, Houston Co, AL. Call Number: 929.2 AVE.