John Every

John EVERY (1714 – 1791) was Alex’s 7th Grandfather; one of 256 in this generation of the Shaw line.

John Every (Jan Evre) was born in 15 Aug 1714 in Phillipsburg, Westchester, NY. His parents were John EVRE and Mary [__?__].  He  married Rachel WILLIAMS 5 Apr 1735 in the First Reformed Church, in Tarrytown, Westchester, NY. After Rachel died, he married Ageltie Yourouks Jewell on 30 Aug 1761 in Rumbout, Dutchess, NY.  A third wife Margaret is mentioned in his 1789 will.  John died in 1791  in Philips Precinct, Dutchess, NY.

Rachel Williams (Willemese) was born on 21 Apr 1719 in Phillipsburg, Westchester, NY.  She was baptized in Sleepy Hollow, Westchester, NY.  Her parents were Robert WILLEMS and Maritje JERKSE. Her godparents were Claes Storm & wife Rachel.  Rachel died 30 Aug 1761 in Dutchess, NY.

Ageltie Yourouks Jewell was born in 1725. Ageltie died in 1744.

Children of John and Rachel:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Richard Every 5 Jun 1736 Phillipsburg, Westchester, NY Abigail Emery
12 Mar 1760 Rumbout, Dutchess, NY
Ulster, Ulster, NY
2. Mary Every 30 May 1737 Rumbout John Wildey 26 Apr 1823 Dutchess, NY
3 Chauncy Every 30 May 1737 Rumbout 1789
4. Mariah Every ca. 1740 [__?__] Cronk 26 Apr 1823 – Dutchess, New York,
5. Robert Every 1742
Phebe Wildey
8 Feb 1764 Rumbout, NY
7 Dec 1790 Middletown, Delaware, NY
6. Rebecca Every 1748
Richard Wildey
13 Apr 1766 Fishkill, NY
22 Jun 1812 Milan, Dutchess, NY
7. Leah EVERY 22 May 1749 in Rumbout, Dutchess, NY Samuel FOSTER
22 Nov 1764 Fishkill, Dutchess, NY
4 Nov 1809 New Sharon, Franklin, Maine.
8. Margaret Every 4 Aug 1756 Rumbout Jacob Banker (Bancker) Mecklenburg, NC
9. Sarah Every 21 Aug 1757 or 24 Sep 1769 Dutchess, New York Gabriel Bishop
19 Feb 1785
27 Aug 1845 Delhi, Delaware, New York
10. Ann Every 26 Sep 1763 [_?_] Fontine
11. Elizabeth Every? [_?_] North

John was born in Phillipsburg, Westchester, NY, present day Tarrytown, NY.  By the mid 18th century, the Philipse family held over 52,000 acres of land in Westchester County and had one of the largest slave-holdings in the colonial north. Although the institution of slavery was legal in all thirteen of England’s north American colonies, rarely did northern slaveholders claim more than two or three individuals. In 1750, twenty-three enslaved men, women, and children lived and worked at Philipsburg Manor.  .

Philipsburg Manor is located in present day Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County, NY

Westchester County, NY

John and Rachel were married in Tarrytown which is next to Sleepy Hollow in Westchester County, NY.

Rachel was born in Rombout which has been subdivided today.  The Rombout Patent was granted in 1685 to François Rombout and G. Verplanck and encompassed the area that today would be the towns of Fishkill, East Fishkill, LaGrange, Wappingers, and portions of the town of Poughkeepsie. Catharine Rombout, daughter of François, inherited these vast holdings.  Here is a Google Map of the five locations. It’s about 35 miles upriver from Sleepy Hollow (Phillipsburg) to Fishkill (Rombout.)

John Every built a saw-mill on Kortright brook, though I’m now thinking this refers to this John’s son or nephew.  Kortright Township in Delaware County, NY.  The town of Kortright is in Delaware County New York, about 150 miles from Phillipsburg and halfway between Binghamton and Albany.

Abstract for a will for John Every of Phillips Precinct, Dutchess Co, NY.

John Every
April 3, 1789

Mentions: wife Margaret; daughters: Mary Wiley, Marah Cronk, Rebecca Wiley, Leah Foster, Elizabeth North, Anne Fontine, Margaret Banker; grandchildren: Robert Every and Richard Every. Executors: friends Elias Cornelius and Isaac Bodeau;

Signed by John Every; Witnesses: Allan Blair, Jacob Bancker, Abraham Smith. App December 2, 1791


1. Richard Every

Richard’s wife Abigail Emery was born 1739 in Dutchess County NY. Her parents were Robert Emery and Margaret Rowland. Abigail died 20 Aug 1838 in Woodstock Township, Lenawee, Michigan.  The inscription on her gravestone reads age 99 yrs 9 mo.

Abigail removed from Ulster Co NY and went to Woodstock Township, Lenawee Co MI in 1835 with her two sons Joseph  b. 20 Apr 1776. & Reuben b. 26 Feb 1780. When she removed to Lenawee Co Michigan she was blind. She was sometimes called “Old Blind Abigail”. She said she was the mother of Joseph, John, Reuben, Uriah and George.

Every Columbia Michigan

Five Every cousins arrived in Columbia, Jackson, Michigan in 1835

Children of Richard and Abigail:

i. Isaac Every

ii. Margaret Every b. 1768 Little Nine Partners, Dutchess, New York; d. 14 Aug 1854 Michigan; m. 11 Nov 1790 in Rochester, Ulster, New York to Martyn DuBois (b. 21 Oct 1764 in Kingston, New York – d. 14 Aug 1854 in Ingham, Michigan) Martyn’s parents were Conrad DuBois (1735 – 1810) and Maria Delamater (1740 – 1789). Margaret and Martyn had twelve children born between 1792 and 1810.

Martyn was a descendant of Geoffroi du Bois, a companion of Duke William.

His father Conrad DuBois served in Captain Hasbrouck’s Company Col John Cantines Registment NY troops 1778 Burial: Lansing, Michigan

Revoluntionary Service: serviced as a bugler, the shell which he used as his bugle last known with descendant grand daughter: Julia DuBois – Price of Lansing, Michigan; Private under Col Wessenfel’s Regiment Ulster County NY 1777

Martin Dubois'  Bugle/ Shell

Martin Dubois’ Bugle/ Shell

Came to Michigan: age 19 years, located in Bunkerhill Township, Ingham County, Michigan

Margaret and Martyn died the same day and are buried in the Fitchburg Cemetery, Stockbridge
Ingham County, Michigan

iii. Joseph Every b.18 Apr 1776 Ulster, New York; d. 7 Aug 1855 Columbia, Jackson, Michigan; Burial: Cement City Cemetery, Cement City, Jackson, Michigan Inscription: age 78 yrs 3 mo 18 days

m. Ulster, New York to Margaret Acker (b. 1769 in Olive, Ulster, New York – d. 19 Jul 1837 in Columbia, Jackson, Michigan) Margaret’s parents were George Acker and Maria Asher. Joseph and Margaret had four children born between 1795 and 1810.

iv. Reuben Every b. 25 Dec 1779; d. 4 Nov 1855 Woodstock, Lenawee, Michigan; Burial: Cement City, Jackson, Michigan m. Elizabeth Whitman (b. 1787 – d. 18 May 1855 Woodstock, Lenawee, Michigan) Reuben and Elizabeth had at least four children born between 1805 and 1821.

In the 1850 census, Ruben and Elizabeth were farming in Columbia, Jackson, Michigan.

2. Mary Every

Mary’s husband John Wildey was born about 1738 in Dutchess Co, NY. John’s sister Phebe married Mary’s brother Robert and his brother Richard married her sister Rebecca. Their parents were John Wildey (1698 – 1779) and Patience Tatum (1698 – 1767). John died 13 May 1823

3. Chauncy Every

4. Mariah Every 

Mariah’s husband [__?__] Cronk was born about 1735.

5. Robert Every

Robert’s wife Phebe Wildey  was born 1744 in Dutchess, New York. Phebe’s brother John married Robert’s sister Mary and her brother Richard married his sister Rebecca.. Their parents were John Wildey and Patience Tatum. Phebe died 1 Jan 1831 in Durham, Greene, New York..  Phebe is buried in Stone Bridge Cemetery ,Greene County, New York

Some genealogies state that Robert died in Middletown, Delaware, NY and others state it was Middletown, Orange, NY.  

Phebe, w/o Robert Evory, d. 1 Jan 1831, aged 98y Her stated age is remarkable for that time, unless her family got her age wrong. There exists some circumstantial evidence to indicate that Obadiah Evory (1775 – 1854) may have been a son of Robert & Phoebe Evory. Obadiah Evory & his wife, Alche Vermilyea (1773-1853), are buried in the Evory Family plot in Durham New York’s Stonebridge Cemetery, & just over to their right, stands the gravestove of Phebe Evory. s.” 

Every Columbia Michigan

Five Every cousins arrived in Columbia, Jackson, Michigan in 1835

Children of Robert and Pheobe:

i. Uriah Avery b. 1759 or 1765 Westchester, New York; d. 1841 W Shokan, Ulster, New York; m. 1790 in Somsonville, Olive, New York to Miriam Hill (b. 1771 in Dutchess, New York – d. 1 Apr 1845 in Ulster, New York) Miriam’s parents were Andrew Hill and Catherine Horton. Uriah and Miriam had nine children born between 1794 and 1815.

There were two Revolutionary War veterans named Uriah Every. OUR Uriah Every was a soldier in Dutchess County, 2nd Regiment New York Militia during Revolutionary War)

The OTHER Uriah Avery was a soldier in Parson’s Regiment from Connecticut during Revolutionary War. and according to pension documents at, was from Connecticut and served in a unit from that state, but was living in New York state (Chenango County) when he received his pension payments in the 1830s and 1840s. The OTHER Uriah Avery died 26 Aug 1843 in Norwich, N. Y. aged 83 years.

On Uriah’s tombstones it says ” Every ” and all of his ancesters.  Some spell it Avery, but I never heard ” Evory

ii. Obadiah Evory, b. 24 Jul 1775 in Dutchess, New York; d. 16 Feb, 1854 Durham, Greene, NY, aged 78y 6m 22d; m. Aeltje “Alche” Vermilyea (b. 24 Jul 1774 in Harlem, New York, NY – d. 12 Feb 1853, aged 79y 6m 19d) Alche’s parents were Peter Martin Vermilyea (1725 – 1805) and Mary “Polly” Pinckney (1730 – 1823). Obadiah and Alche had ten children born between 1794 and 1814.

In the 1850 census, Obadiah and Alche Avery were living with their youngest son James in Durham, Greene, New York.

6. Rebecca Every

Rebecca’s wife Richard Wildey  was born 11 Jan 1743 in Dutchess, New York. Richard’s brother John married Rebecca’s sister Mary and his sister Phebe married her brother Richard. Their parents were John Wildey and Patience Tatum. Richard died 20 Mar 1812 in Dutchess, New York.

The area that comprises Milan today was the western part of the Little Nine Partners Patent of 1706. Milan was largely a farming and mill town and remains a very rural town today. The early population peaked in 1840 at 1,745 residents and went into decline until 1930 with only 622 residents. It was the opening of the Erie Canal (1825) and then the development of the railroad and the move to river cities and the western migration that caused the decline. Also, Milan’s soil was hilly and rocky and tough to farm. The 1840 population level was reached again in 1980, some 140 years later.

Children of Rebecca and Richard:

i. Mary Wildey b. ~1766 Milan, Dutchess, New York; d. Milan

ii. James R Wildey b. 1 May 1768 Milan, Dutchess, New York; d. 19 Aug 1814 Milan; Burial: Milan Union Cemetery; m. Elizabeth Seaman (b. 18 Jul 1764 – d. 13 Nov 1842 in Milan) Elizabeth’s parents were Maurice Seaman (b. 1739) and Sarah Dingee (b. 1741). James and Elizabeth had nine children born between 1787 and 1803 in Milan, New York

In all documents, James R. signed his name as James R. Wildey.

The name Seaman sometimes appeared as Simmons. The family had some relations in Oyster Bay, Long Island.

Elizabeth Wildey was one of the founding Trustees of the Milan Christian Church.

iii. William Wildey b. 11 Jan 1770 Milan, Dutchess, New York; d. 24 Apr 1850 Milan; m. 1 Jan 1795 Mary Anne [__?__] (b. Born: 1770 – aft. 1850 census)

In the 1850 census, Mary was living with Melissa Wilde in Clinton, Dutchess, New York.

iv. Rachel Wildey b. 1780 Milan, New York; m. [__?__] Parsons

v. Benjamin Wildey b. 29 Apr 1784 Milan, Dutchess, New York; d. 8 May 1830 (probate) 14 Feb 1831 Milan; m. Zillah [__?__]

vi. Samuel Wildey b. 4 Jan 1785 Milan, Dutchess, New York; d. 10 Apr 1871 Clinton, Dutchess, New York; m. Eliza “Betsey” Green (b. 14 Mar 1794 – d. 31 Mar 1847 in Milan) Betsey’s parents were Tobias Green and Elizabeth [__?__].

In the 1860 census, Samuel was living near Tivoli, Clinton, Dutchess, New York

vii. Jonas Wildey b. 1787 Milan, Dutchess, New York; m. Sarah [__?__] Jonas and Sarah had three children Ambrose (b. 1812), James (b. 1812) and William (b. 1813)

viii. Joseph Blunt Wildey b. 10 Nov 1788 Milan, Dutchess, New York; d. 5 Mar 1858 Milan; m. Sarah [__?__] (b. 17 Dec 1797 New York – d. 12 Mar 1877)

In the War of 1812, Joseph was a private in Bedel’s 2nd Regiment of New York Militia.

In the 1850 census, Joseph and Sarah were living in Milan, Dutchess, New York.

ix. John Wildey b. 1800 Milan, Dutchess, New York

x. Betsy Wildey

7. Leah EVERY (See Samuel FOSTER‘s page)

8. Margaret Every

Margaret’s husband Jacob Banker (Bancker) was born 1756 in Fishkill, Dutchess, New York. His parents were xx. Jacob died in Mecklenburg, North Carolina.

Children of Margaret and Jacob:

i. John Banker b. 1781; d. ~ 1847 Mecklenburg, North Carolina; m. 7 Jan 1813 in Mecklenburg to Elizabeth Goforth (b. 1783 ) John and Elizabeth had three children born between 1814 and 1825 in Mecklenburg.

ii. Hannah Banker b. 1784 Fishkill, Dutchess, New York; d. 1 May 1880 Lowell, Benton, Arkansas; m. 16 Mar 1808 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina to James Downum (b. 6 Sep 1785 in Goldsboro, Mecklenburg, North Carolina – d. 24 Feb 1854 in Lowell, Arkansas) James parents were Speakman Downum (1762 – 1806) and Esther H Stradley (1767 – 1853). Hannah and James had ten children between 1810 and 1839.

9. Sarah Every

Sarah’s husband Gabriel Bishop was born 20 Aug 1758 Dutchess, New York. Gabriel’s parents were Benjamin Bishop (1701 – 1739) and Mary Garnsey (1693 – 1736) Gabriel died 30 Jul 1811 Kortright, Delaware, New York. Burial Riverside Cemetery, Bloomville, Delaware County New York.

Gabriel Biship was a private in Lt. Col. Ebenezer Sterson;s Regiment of Artillery, New York Line. He served as a Matross and Gunner, 1777 to 1783/ He lost a thumb at Saratoga at the time of Burgoynes’s surrender to General Gates while thumbing a toucch-hole. He served as a Gunner in the 3rd Company, 2nd Regiment of Artillery, Continental Troops. His name appears on the roles from Aug 1777 to Apr 1783. He enlisted as a Matross July 22 1777 to serve three years and was promoted to Gunner Dec 1 1779. He was one of seven brothers who fought in the Revolutionary War.

Matross was a soldier of artillery, who ranked next below a gunner. The duty of a matross was to assist the gunners in loading, firing and sponging the guns. They were provided with firelocks, and marched with the store-wagons, acting as guards. In the American army a matross ranked as a private of artillery. The word is probably derived from French matelot, or from German Matrose, a sailor.

There were three types of cannon utilized during the American Revolutionary War: Guns, Mortars and Howitzers. All three types were considered smoothbore because the inside of the cannon’s barrel was not rifled. Rifling was the cutting of spiral grooves along the length of the barrel’s bore, which imparted a spin to the projectile.

Guns shot at a low trajectory and could be used at either short or long range. Guns were very effective at battering fortifications of construction. They were often employed to destroy the enemy’s cannon because they could be aimed with some accuracy. Guns could fire balls, bombs, canister shot and grape shot.

Mortars shot at a high trajectory, and because of that was used to reach targets behind the fortification’s palisade walls. The mortar’s range was about the same as that of the gun. Because of the very high trajectory, bombs were usually fired from mortars. The advantage of the height that a projectile could be shot from a mortar was that a bomb could be timed to burst overtop a group of soldiers and cause widespread injury as it fell to the ground.

Howitzers shot at a trajectory midway between the gun and the mortar. Projectiles shot from a howitzer could, like that of the mortar, reach behind a fortification’s walls; but the greater advantage of the howitzer over the mortar and gun was that larger size projectiles could be handled by the howitzer. Because of that advantage, howitzers were often used when it was discovered that a fortification’s walls could not so easily be penetrated by the guns.

Children of Sarah and Gabriel:

i. Sarah Bishop b. 6 Dec 1785; d. 27 Aug 1845; m. William Benson(b. 1785 – d. 1850) Sarah and William had seven children born between 1808 and 1826.

ii. Mary Bishop b. 1 Jul 1787; d. 1867; m. Henry Forman (b. 1787 – d. 1868)

iii. Margaret Bishop b. 10 May 1789; d. 1796

iv. Elizabeth Bishop b. 2 Jul 1791

v. Catherine Bishop b. 28 Aug 1793; d. 1872; m. Caleb Upham (b. 1789 – d. 1876)

vi. Jennie Bishop b. 5 Apr 1798

vii. John Bishop b. 16 May 1799; d. 14 Jul 1873; m. 1824 in Delaware, New York to Amelia Munger (b. 27 Nov 1801 – d. 1866)

viii. Pattie Bishop b. 7 May 1803

ix. Joshua Bishop b. 26 Sep 1806

10. Ann Every

Ann’s husband [_?_] Fontine was born

11. Elizabeth Every?

Elizabeth’s husband [_?_] North was born


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  6. D. Wiley (desc of Richard Wildey & Rebekah Every) says:

    At this time, no valid connection can be made between Richard Wildey (b. 1742; d 1812, Milan, Dutchess Co, NY) and Richard Wildey and Patience Tatum of Flushing. There is a DNA-genetic connection between descendants of both lines, but the documentation needed has not yet turned up.

    Also, the John Wildey who m. Mary Every was b. 1737; d. 13 May 1822, Milan, Dutchess Co, NY. He is believed to have been Richard Wildey’s brother, and both were probably brothers of the Phebe Wildey who m Robert Every. At the Milan Christian Church Cemetery, John and Mary are buried directly behind Richard and Rebekah.

    John, the son of Richard Wildey and Rebekah Every, also settled in Greene County, NY, as did their daughter Mary Wildey Rickerson.

    The name Wildey is highly flexible. It switches back and forth between Wiley, Wilde, Wildey, and variations… This cluster in the Lower Hudson happens to have a fairly rare Y-DNA haplogroup… G2a…. Thus far men by the surname Wiley, Wildey, and Wilde with origins in the Lower Hudson have proven to be genetically linked. Any Wiley, Wildey, Wilde or variations who are not G2a… are not related to this cluster, at least not thru the direct male line.

    • My Name is Elizabeth Anne Wildey Daughter of William Ray Wildey… My Grandfather is Ivan Wright Wildey decendents of Ornondo Hicks Wildey and Mary Orissa Hicks … Lots of Williams, Richards Marys and Elizabeths in my family… in fact I had an Aunt Named William!!!!

      • Debra Wiley says:

        Hi, Do you know where your Wildey ancestors came from? NY? VA? The name Hicks was also present in Dutchess Co & the Lower Hudson. My own line went from Dutchess Co to the Lake Seneca area to Indiana. My ggf was the only one of his family to drop the “d” from the name, so my cousins are all Wildey.

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