Select Evers Miscellany


Here are some Evers stories
accounts over the years:


Evers Origins in England


A Norman family in England was said to have taken their name from Evre or Eure in Normandy, a region that derived its name from the wild boar.
The Evre or Eure family held the manors of Warkworth
in Northumberland and Clavering in Essex in the late 12th century.  The Clavering line died out.
William Eure of Warkworth was created a baron
and Ralph Eure built Witton castle in Durham in 1410.
The family later held West Ayton castle
near Scarborough. 
barony lasted until
1707 when Ralph Eure, the final baron, died.
Evre or Eure descendants were also to
be found in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.
From the Lincolnshire side came Peter
Eure or Evers of Washborough, an MP for the county in the late 1500’s.  His marriage in his fifties caused his contemporary John Chamberlain to comment:
“I am sure it will be news that Master
Evers hath got a young wife in Lincolnshire, where he was hammering about her all last term, and hath not yet showed his face among his friends.  Evers became a father of four children in
five years.”

There were more Evers descendants in Yorkshire where its early
appearance was in the vicinity of present-day Leeds.
Evre or Eure became either Evers or Vevers.


Early Dutch Everts in New York State


Name Date of Birth County
Jacob Evert 1674 Albany
Johannes Evertsen 1680 Albany
Wendel Evert 1680 Albany
Anthony Evert 1680 Albany
Hendrick Evert 1686 Ulster (Kingston)
Jansen Evert 1698 New York City
Jan Evertsen 1698 Albany
William Evert 1699 Albany



Evers and Evert
Arrivals in America

following Evers and Evert
numbers were recorded from passenger lists on ship arrival in America.

Numbers Evers Evert
Germany    401 200
Ireland     78
England     49     14
Total    527    214


John Evers in Kansas

John Evers was born in Hanover, Germany in 1857.  He worked on the
farm and as a carpenter until 1882 when he came to America and first
settled in Nebraska.  There he again farmed and worked at his
trade for ten years before acquiring land in Barton county, Kansas.

He was justly proud of his Wheat
Valley Farm
.  A large two story frame house, containing ten
rooms and a kitchen, took the place of his former residence.  The
barn, sheds and other outbuildings were in keeping with his home and
the care for the grain and stock of the farm.  There was an
abundance of shade and it was said that the whole ensemble presented a
beautiful appearance.

His eldest son John Herman Evers lived and farmed nearby in
Pawnee county.


Johannes Evers in North Dakota

Johannes or John Evers came to Clearfield township in
Griggs county, North Dakota in the spring of 1882.
He was just 22.  He worked there for
a number of years before
receiving his land under the Homestead Act.

He became skilled in all the trades
needed in this frontier community – a plasterer, a stonemason, a tanner
of wolf
and badger hides, a small game hunter, a butcher, and a farmer.
When he
first came to North Dakota he carried a double-barrelled pistol –
hand-loaded –
to shoot ducks, prairie chickens, geese, and rabbits for food.  He
eggs from wild nests to use for food.

He put in many hours roaming the forests
with a sack which he filled with tree seeds, ash and box elder.
He had
plowed a strip of land on the west edge of his homestead to plant into
trees.  This freshly plowed shelterbelt saved his buildings from
the great
prairie fire.

He returned in 1891 to Ontario, the place of his birth, to spend a
few months to pick out a wife.  He found
one there, Sarah Hellwig, and they were married in Ontario before
returning to
the Evers homestead in North Dakota.

Living was hard.  But they could see that
they were slowly
getting ahead.   One fall there were
only seven pennies left after the bills were paid.
Sarah wondered how they would ever last
through the winter.  Springtime found the
same seven pennies still saved.


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