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Here are some Evers stories and 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.  The 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 1500s. 
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

The 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 took 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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