Evert Evertsen


Evert Evertsen was born in January 1749. He was the son of Johannes and Susanna La Grange Evertsen. He grew up as part of a large family in the modest third ward home of an Albany tradesman and placeholder who lived into the1790s.

In February 1775, Evert began to take his place in the community when he was chosen as a replacement constable in the second ward. He seems to have followed his father into the cooper's trade and also continued to live in Johannes Evertsen's third ward house.

His wartime activities have not been charted comprehensively. In December 1777, he was paid by the Albany committee for going to Coxsackie with "sleigh and horses" to "guard and apprehend Tories." He may have been the "Evert" whose name was on the roster of the third and sixth militia regiments - although other Everts lived in the southern part of Albany County at that time.

In July 1779, Evert was thirty when he married nineteen-year-old Elizabeth Goewy at the Albany Dutch church. By 1801, the marriage had produced eight or more children.

In March 1791, he was named co-executor of his father's will and was slated to receive a quarter share of his real property.

By 1788, Evert had taken over as head of the North End Evertsen homestead . In 1790, Evert's home was configured on the third ward census. A decade later, a flexible city border probably accounts for the inclusion of Evert's Market Street home on the Watervliet census. City directories, which began in 1813, fixed his residence at 156 North Market Street and identified him as a cooper.

Evert Evertsen died in July 1823. His will passed probate in August. His widow lived for many years afterward.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Evert Evertsen is CAP biography number 7970. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources. However, in 1797 a community survey called Evert Evertsen a cordwainer.

first posted: 1/20/08