Bernardus Evertsen


Bernardus Evertsen was baptized on November 1, 1747. He was the son of Johannes and Susanna La Grange Evertson. He was part of a large family and grew up in a cooper's home in the third ward.

As early as 1766, his third ward property was accorded a modest assessment. In 1767, he belonged to an Albany militia company.

In July 1771, he married blacksmith's daughter Martina Hogan at the Albany Dutch church. By 1789, six children had been christened in the church where he was a member and supporter.

In September 1771, he was appointed constable for the first ward but did not serve and was replaced. In his prime during the war years, we have not found much record of his service. However, afterwards, he was accorded a land bounty right in conjunction with the Albany militia regiment. In 1779, he joined in a community-based petition on behalf of fellow cordwainer John Tillman.

Bernardus Evertsen was involved in the leather trade. He was known as a tanner and also as a cordwainer. As time passed, he held tan pits and also owned a tannery on Fox Street. In 1793, he was a founding vice-president of the Albany Mechanics Society.

In 1788 and 1791, he served in Albany fire companies. In 1790, his third ward home was configured on the city census. In 1800, his second ward home included nine family members.

Bernardus Evertsen died in January 1802 and was buried in the church. His widow passed five years later.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Bernardus Evertsen is CAP biography number 7954. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 1/20/08