Jacob and Anna Margaretha Evert
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Jacob Evert was born 9 June 1824 in Herzhorn of Gluckstad, Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia, to Claus Evert and Margaretha Witt. He was the fifth child in a family of eleven children--seven girls and four boys. His people lived and died in this community for at least eight generations.
There isn't much written or said about the early life of Jacob. He was a seaman as soon as he was old enough.
Anna Margaretha Stammerhohann was born 25 July 1825 in Herzhorn of Gluckstad, Schleswig-Holstein, Purssia, to Jacob Stammerjohann and Abel Wohlenberg. She was the second child in a family of eight children--four boys and four girls. Anna was the eldest daughter. Her father was a sailor and tax collector.
Jacob and Anna were married 1 February 1846 in Herzhorn, Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia. They had five children born to them. The children were all born in Obendeich (near Gluckstad), Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia. Obendeich means "over the ****." The children could stand on the **** and watch the boats come in.
Their home in Obendeich was a public eating house in the lower part and they lived in the upper part. Jacob was away on the sea a lot. During the Seven Year War between Germany and France, Jacob was sailing between England and the United States and couldn't go home. His wife, Anna, had a hard time. She had a garden and gathered driftwood and bullrushes from the river. Potatoes were one of their staple foods.
On one of his trips on the ocean, Jacob learned about the gospel from missionaries on board the ship. He was converted and was baptized 3 June 1863 by Elder John Hard in Sunderland, England. Anna his wife was baptized one and a half years later on 30 January 1864 by Elder Gustav Pego in Holstein, Germany. Jacob was orained an Elder in the church of LDS by Elder Gustav Pego 19 February 1865. Their daughter Anna Margaretha was baptized the same day as her mother, the record tells us. The son Jacob never joined the church.
After they joined the church, Jacob and Anna's folks were displeased with them. These people were Lutherans and had raised their children in that faith.
In 1872, Jacob and Anna planned to go to America. Since Jacob was a seaman, it didn't cost them very much for their journey. Nicholas, their son, worked his way by shoveling coal on the steamship. It took about a month to make the voyage.
They landed in New York on 2 July 1872. they found work in Wilhmburg (Brooklyn) New York, and stayed for two years. They now decided to leave for Utah and did so on 28 August 1874. Their oldest son, Jacob, didn't go with them. Since he hadn't joined the church he stayed in Brooklyn and made it his home.
They arrived in Provo, Utah Territory on 7 September 1874, just eleven days after they left Brooklyn. Their first home was in the First Ward. on 4 January 1876, Jacob bought his first city lot, paying $140 for it. They were now in the Fourth Ward with H.H. Bluff being the bishop. In 1877 Jacob bought the other lot west of his for $100.
Jacob was a broom-aker by trade. He raised the broom corn in his garden. He was very neat and tidy in all he did. His wood was always piled in neat, orderly piles. His garden was neat and free from weeds. His flower garden was always beautiful. His fruit trees and plants were carefully taken care of by him. He worked in the Woolen Mills in Provo by day, and after work he spent much time in his garden and yard.
They taught their children to use proper language in the home and slang or foul language was not to be used. They went to church with their children. The gospel was their life and they lived it.
Anna Margaretha was a good housekeeper and a very good cook. Her grandchildren, as well as her children, testified of this. Such a warm welcome they received in the Evert home!
Jacob Evert died of "Colera Morbus" on 4 August 1898. He was 74 years of age. He is buried in the Provo City Cemetery.
Anna Margaretha spent her last days in her daughter Amanda's home. She had diabetes. She passed away 27 November 1900. She is buried in the Provo City Cemetery alongside her husband. She was 75 years of age.
(Compiled from Historical Advent of Nicholas Evert, a son, Provo, Utah, a journal kept by Nicholas. Records from Milton H. and Benjamin H. Knudsen, grandsons.)
Memories of Grandpa and Grandma Evert
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(by Anna Margaret Evert Terry)
They arrived in Provo in 1874. They built a log house--one large room. I remember that it was kept very clean. The house was whitewashed, or painted white, on the outside. The door was painted green, with green around the windows, also. Inside, the house was whitewashed. The ceiling had been calcimined so often that it drooped in the center!
The old-fashioned black stove always had a shiny shine. To make it appear that there were more rooms, curtains and draw-drapes were used.
Grandpa worked at the woolen mills in what was called "the dye house." Every day he left early in the morning with his lunch pail in hand. Sometimes he used a cane. I think he must have had back trouble.
They saved enough so that they built the 3-room adobe house.
They had a very good vegetable garden, which was all spaded by hand. The flower garden surely was pretty, with the white and lavender columbines; then there were the tiger lilies, daisies, forget-me-nots, sweet William, roses, and many other flowers.
The gate was a picket fence painted green. Then, there was the rope to fasten over a post.
The fence was made of long boards arranged horizontally, with spaces of six inches or so between. On top of the fence one of the boards was laid slightly slanted. It was surely a fine place for us kids to sit on the fence. On the other side of the walk there grew tall locust trees. the perfume from their white blossoms gave a spring-like touch to the atmosphere.
Inside the house were three large rooms--bedroom, living room, and kitchen. Grandma had her rocking chair on the east of the stove and Grandpa had his old arm chair on the west side of the stove. The washstand was also on the west side. The cupboard was on the east side above the table. In the living room were two large pictures--a scene from the Hawaiian Islands, a lake, unusually beautiful trees, shrubbery.
The bedroom was very find for that day. We grandchildren always liked to peek i--the door was kept locked--but grandmother would open it to let us see in. Grandmother came from a well-to-do family, where things were rich-looking.
At the west side of the house was the well, which had very good drinking water. It was deep, and we children were often told to keep away. There was a box-like board placed around it. Then a big, black wheel with rope around above it. The rope had a barrel-like wood bucket on each end, so that there was always one bucket in the well.
Then on the south side of the well was a big sandpile where the grandchildren had some very good times making tunnels, imaginary cookies, and what-not.
The orchard was really the best I ever saw. There were red June apples, early harvest, and three or four other kinds of apples. We children, Willis and I, would go over to pick up apples--especially when the wind blew. I can just taste those good apples now. They were delicious. Usually we would get 5 or 10 cents for picking apples to feed the pigs.
The grapevines were very beautiful.
Grandma also had cardamom cookies she often made.
They had their cows and chickens.
One time Grandma was scrubbing the doorstep. There was a flash of lightning and then thunder. It struck her and she was unconscious for a while. Then she came out of it all right.
In later years Grandmother had sore toes which troubled her a lot, being quite painful. She used a lot of camphor, which she thought seemed to help her.
We always got cookies which Grandma put cardamom seeds in--and they surely did taste good. She was very refined in many ways.
After Grandpa Jacob Evert passed away, I used to go to Grandma's to sleep at night When she was 75, she stayed at Aunt Amanda's, her daughter, until she passed away.
My Evert Ancestry (no author noted)
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Jacob Evert was the first of his family to accept the gospel, he was born June 9, 1824 in Hernfelda, by Auchsad Holsrern, Germany. A son of Claus Evert and Margaretha Witt of Hennshorn Schlesu, Holst, Prussia. His people had lived and died in this community for at least eight generations, having descended from Claus Evert who was born about 1568.
Jacob married Anna Margaretha Stammerjohan and their child Anna was born July 5, 1846, when Jacob was 22 years old. The other children born to them were Jacob, Nicholas, John, and Amanda. My grandfather was Nicholas, who was born March 10, 1853. the family owned a very good farm which was well taken care of. Jacob wasn't able to be home much of the time because he was a seaman. He crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Germany to America often. One of Jacobs's brothers went to Australia to live.
Jacob was baptized in Senderland, England by Elder John Hard on June 3, 1863, a year and a half later his wife, Ann Margaretha was baptized by Elder Gustan Pego in Holstein, Germany. Anna Margaretha was the only one in her family to be converted and baptized. Her folks were very displeased with her. These people were Lutherans and had raised their children in that faith. When Nichlolas was 13 years old he was baptized and confirmed a member of the L.D.S. Church. Nicholas and his brother John were baptized by Elder Christopher Henry Dickman. the family was interested in hearing and learning the message the L.D.S. missionaries presented to them.
When Nicholas was a boy he had to get up about 4 A.M. before it was light and start to school, with the rest of the children. It would be so foggy they would almost have to feel their way. If a pupil didn't do as the teacher expected, he would tell the child to hold out his hand and he would hit it with a ruler. this treatment was never forgotten. They would leave school about 4 P.M. and again it would be dark before they could arrive home. It was the custom to have their food in one big pot, and all would take a spoon and eat from it. When they planted potatoes they built the earth up in a hill shape and planted them in the center because the ground was very wet. their home was upstairs. In Nicholas' later life he did not speak much about his early years. the gospel meant such a lot to him, his talking was mostly about it and it's promises for the future. The past was forgotten. As a youth, Nicholas was ambitious and he like to play games the same as other young boys, but a great deal of his time was spent in reading church books.
When Nicholas was 16 years old he started a 3 year apprenticeship learning the trade of some fine turning work in Ghukstad, Holstein, Germany. He finished this apprenticeship on March 20, 1872.
Plans were now made for the family to come to America. Because their father Jacob was a seaman it didn't cost very much for them to come. Nicholas who, was now 19 years of age, worked his way by shoveling coal on the steamer. It took about one month to make the voyage. They landed in New York July 2, 1872. Nicholas got work in his trade in Wilhmburry Brooklyn, New York, where the family stayed two years. In his work in Brooklyn, Nicholas learned more about carpentry, doing fine fancy wood carving. He left there August 28, 1874 in company with his father , mother, one brother and two sisters to go to the gardening place of Zion. One brother did not want to join the church so he stayed in Brooklyn where his descendants now live.
The family arrived in Provo City, Utah County, Utah Territory September 7, 1874 and settled in the First Ward. Nicholas was ordained a Deacon February 3, 1875 under the direction of Bishop J.P. P. Jansen.
Jacob Evert (the father) bought his first city lot on January 4, 1876 paying $140.00 for it. the family moved to this place to live. t/hey were now in the Fourth Ward and H.H. Club was Bishop. In 1877 Jacob bought the other lot west of him.
Nicholas was ordained a Priest and in February 26, 1877 he received his Patriarchal Blessing from John Smith.
On January 28, 1879 Nicholas bought one city lot from George Sleulthrope for $115.00. He began building his own house in the spring of 1880 and finished it at the end of 1881.
Nicholas Evert became a citizen of the United States of September 11, 1882. On July 24, 1884 he was ordained an Elder by V.L. Halliday. He was President of the first Quorum of Elders in the Utah Stake of Zion.
On July 31, 1884 Nicholas received his endowment and was married to Patricia Jensen by D.H. Wells in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City. They made their home in the two room adobe house which Nicholas had built and paid for before he got married. Petrina was daughter of Nels and Marin Kirsten Jenson. Petrina was a very wonderful woman and a real housekeeper. there were 6 living children, Anna, Ernest, Mary, William, royal Nels, and Rhoda, Ernest, Mary,and Royal Nels died while very young. Nicholas taught his children to attend church and pay tithing, to live the gospel and study from good books. On Sundays the children went to church with their parents. their father was a very particular that the children use good language. The children always remembered his good example and teachings. Their father was very neat about his person and his work.
Nicholas had an exceptionally fine garden of all kinds of fruit and vegetables growing in it. There was a picket fence around the place and the old well was at the side of the his flower garden and received many compliments from people walking by.
For a livelihood Nicholas worked at his trade doing fancy wood carving. Her made the banisters for the stairway at the B.Y. University Training School at Provo. He also made the banisters for the Fifth Ward church building. Because of the method in those days it was a slow task. Power machines were not in use. His outfit was operated by foot control. He also made fancy picture frames. He finally gave up this work. He took a job at Utah Woolen Mills weaving fancy cloth, worsted and flannel of beautiful design. In later years he did considerable painting, especially houses both inside and out.
At the back of his house was a shed containing a big weaving loom that completely filled the room. On it grandfather wove carpets and rugs. We children loved to play with the big spools. People would bring their balls of rags for grandfather to weave into rugs.
Grandfather was custodian of the Fifth Ward building in Provo for a number of years. He planned many Sacrament Meeting talks in this ward. He and his wife also did many Temple ordinances in the Salt Lake Temple. He never traveled much in later years. He liked his home to which he added more as time went on to make it more comfortable. Nicholas was ordained a Seventy by Jacob Gates March 28, 1890. In June 1891 Nicholas joined prayer circle of Assembly Hall Cestry.
July 24, 1894 Nicholas did endowment and sealing for Jacob Stammerjohan and was also sealed to his parents. August 4, 1898 his father died of Calora Morbus. He was 74. Nicholas's mother Anna Stammerjohan Evert died November 27, 1900 at age 75.
January 30, 1902 Anna M. Evert Roberts wife of William Roberts and sister of Nicholas died at age of 54.
Nicholas was ordained a High Priest February 5, 1911 by H.H. Cluff. Petrina Jensen Evert wife of Nicholas died February 12, 1936 at Provo, Utah. Nicholas died January 1937 at Provo, Utah.