Colonel Lott, was one of the most distinguished men in Texas during his day, was never defeated for public office, and would probably have been elected Governor of Texas had he not sacrificed political ambition upon the altar of duty by accepting the lieutenant colonelcy of Col. R. B. Hubbard's regiment and gone to the front to help defend the Southland during the war between the States.
Lott is known for serving on the official 1846 commission that laid out the boundaries of Smith County, Texas and selected the city of Tyler as the county seat. For this reason, he is sometimes called the founder of Smith County. He represented Smith County in the Texas House of Representatives from 1847 until 1853 and in the Texas Senate from 1857 until 1861. His constituents asked that he run for Governor of Texas in 1857, but he declined.
Lott was also Tyler's first postmaster, a position he held from 1847 until 1850. He served as a delegate to the national Democratic convention at Baltimore in 1852.
After the death of his first wife, he married Anna Cook in 1856. Lott resigned from the Legislature in 1861 to serve as a lieutenant colonel in the Confederate Army. His health failed due to overexertion on the battlefront, and he died on January 17, 1864, at his home in Starrville, north of Tyler, and was buried there. His wife Anna and their five children survived him. He was a Mason and a Methodist. - Wikipedia
He and his father John Lott
moved to Texas c. 1840 - Cherokee Indian Application of Jessie Finger.
He had Cherokee blood, according to his granddaughter Jessie L. Finger
's Cherokee application. His name shows both ways in various records, Everett Elisha Lott
and Elisha Everett Lott
Found him on the 1850 My Subdivision, Smith, Texas census (img 20) as Elisha E. Lott
age 30, farmer.
Found him on the 1860 Starrville, Smith, Texas census (img 5) as E. E. Lott
age 40, farmer. This census says born in Alabama. Also in his household are Mary McKay
age 30 and his brother Columbus Lott