The papers of John R. Evertson, of Poughkeepsie, New York, and his family.
John R. Evertson, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Laura Morin, of Savannah, Ga., were married in the 1830s. The couple had four
children: John Jr., Clinton, Evert and Laura. Evertson spent some time in Camargo, Mexico during the Mexican War (his exact
business is unclear). In the 1850s, the family moved to Los Angeles, California where Evertson took a job as a census enumerator.
In 1862, Laura, by that time a widow, tried to secure properties in New York and Georgia. She sent her son Evert back East
to look out for the family properties. While in New York he stayed with a family friend, William H. Richards. On Evert's way
to Savannah, however, he was arrested by federal troops and spent the next two years as a citizen prisoner in federal prisons,
first in Carroll (Old Capitol Prison, Washington, D.C.) and then Point Lookout, Maryland.
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