William S. Everett, in company with his brother, John Everett came to Pymosa township, in May, 1857, and in January, 1862, they purchased eighty acres of land, which is included in William Everett's present farm of one hundred and twenty-one acres. He owns, also, four hundred acres in sections 9, 10, 13 and 15. July 23, 1862, William Everett enlisted in company I, Twenty-third Iowa Infantry, and served till the close of the war. He was at Port Gibson, where his regiment was at the front and opened the engagement May 1, 1863. On the 16th of the same month, he was in the battle at Champion Hill, and at Black River Bridge, on the 17th, where the Twenty-third again led the charge. He was severely wounded in this battle. In the fall of 1863, he campaigned in Texas, wintering on Matagorda Island. In the spring of 1864 he went to New Orleans, and was ordered to report to General Banks, on the Red river, but on account of the Confederate blockade was unable to do so, but joined Banks on his retreat. In the spring of 1865, he participated in the siege of Spanish Fort, which occupied thirteen days. He was in the hospital during the siege of Vicksburg; and at the time of Lee's surrender was in Alabama, but immediately afterwards was ordered to Texas. After the war he went to Ohio, and remained until the spring of 1870, when he returned to Cass county, and settled on his farm. Mr. Everett has never fully recovered from their effects of the hardships he endured while in the service. He was born in Erie county, Ohio, on July 4, 1836. His early life was spent in his native State. He was there married to Sarah Leppo, a native of the same State, and daughter of James Leppo. Mr. and Mrs. Everett have four children--James E., Mary E., Martha R. and Lida O., all of whom were born at the homestead in Pymosa.
Contributed by Gloria Goltiani from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pp. 559-560.