Niekamp, Gerrit 1823 and Jennie Leunk Family
NIEKAMP, NIJKAMP, NYKAMP, LEUNK, LENNINK, HAGEDOORN, MAATMANS
Posted By: Wilma J. Vande Berg - volunteer (email)
Date: 8/20/2021 at 08:58:54
Niekamp, Gerrit 1823 and Jennie Lennink/Leunk Family
This Story was taken from the Sioux Center Centennial Book of 1991 page 460 and submitted to the book by Lorraine Van Ravenswaay. It was transcribed fir this BIOS by Beth De Leeuw and research notes were added by Wilma J. Vande Berg both of the Greater Sioux County Genealogical Society.
The spelling of the surname was changed from that in the book from Neikamp to Niekamp or Nijkamp as was in the Netherlands records.
Gerrit Niekamp was born in the Netherlands December 10, 1823. Jennie (Lennink) was also born in the Netherlands on March 13, 1825. They came to the United States in 1867 with two daughters, Hermina and Aaltjes (Alice) and an infant son. They crossed the Atlantic Ocean by boat to Ellis Island. The infant son died the day before the boat was to dock. Mother Jennie cradled her baby and didn’t tell anyone as to have a proper burial for her son. The family made their first home in Michigan for 6 months. They then moved to Virginia where they lived for 2 years, and from there they moved to New Jersey. A year later they moved to Iowa. They took a train to LeMars, Iowa and homesteaded on a farm now located 1˝ miles west of Sioux Center. The two girls helped with the chores and tilling of prairie ground with a team of oxen. Hermina had one ox trained to walk in and lift the heavy yoke up and then hitched the team up. She would command them to go right with “G” and left with “Haw.”
Jennie and Aaltjes tended to the house work. The first building was a one room sod hut. Later, Gerrit built a two-room house for the family. Jennie would be up before dawn and carry her sack of wheat to LeMars, Iowa where there was a mill to grind her wheat. Then she would walk the flour back home.
Hermina married Dick Lammers, son of Gerrit Jan and Hendrika (Kastein) Lammers. They were married on April 20, 1888. They raised 11 children. Hermina and Dirk remained on the farm, while Gerrit and Jennie moved to an acreage 1 mile west of Sioux Center and north of the homestead. Dirk and Hermina added on to the two-room house for their family.
Aaltjes (Alice) married John William Lammers, Dirk Lammers’ brother. Aaltjes and William had three children, all of whom died in infancy. Of the three children a set of twins died at about 6 weeks of age. It was said that Alice fed them cream instead of milk and they had the diarrhea and died. Alice Neikamp passed away on May 29, 1927. William passed away November 1, 1953.
Jennie Niekamp passed away February 22, 1901 and Gerrit passed away on a Sunday afternoon on April 12, 1908 in the home of Dirk Lammers at the age of 86. The funeral took place in the first Christian Reformed Church.
Submitted to the book by Lorraine Van Ravenswaay
RESEARCH NOTES added by Wilma J. Vande Berg
BIRTH RECORD of Gerrit Nijkamp to parents Marinus Nijkamp farm worker and Maria Hagedoorn, Gerrit was born 10 Dec 1823 at Rijssen Zwolle Overijssel, Netherlands.
OBITUARY of Gerrit Niekamp or Nykamp or Nijkamp
NyKamp/ Niekamp/ Nijkamp G. born 19 Dec 1823 died 12 Apr 1908 buried Memory Gardens Sioux Center IA (WPA record)
Find a Grave lists Gerrit Nijkamp born 10 Dec 1823 at Rijssen, Overijssel, Netherlands died 14 Apr 1908 at Sioux Center IA buried in Memory Gardens cemetery Sioux Center IA. His wife was Jenneken (Lennink) Nijkamp and children were Alice Lammers and Hermina Mrs. Dick Lammers.
Sioux Center Nieuwsblad of Apri 15th 1908
En verder morten wij nog melding maken van een ander sterf geval, dat van den ouden heer Niekamp. Verleden week reeds meldden wij dat hij gestadig achteruit ging, thans moeten wij melden dat hij Zondag middag ten huize zijner kinderen, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Lammers, is overladen. Hij had den hoogen ouderdom van 86 jaren bereikt. Zijn stoffelijk overschot werd gisternamiddag van uit de Chr. Ger. Kerk ter aarde bested.
And further, we are still mentioning another death, that of the old residents Last week we already reported that he was deteriorating steadily, now we have to report that he has passed away on Sunday afternoon at his children's house, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Lammers. He had reached the highs age of 86 years. His remains were carried from the Chr. Ger. Church to the cemetery.
BIRTH RECORD the birth record of Jenneken Leunk born on 6 Mar 1826 to Hendrik Leunk and Aaltjen Maatmans at Holten, Overijseel, Netherlands
MARRIAGE RECORD Gerrit Nijkamp a farmer 36 years, born at Rijssen, married Jenneken Leunk age 34 born at Holten. His parents Mannus Nijkamp and Maria Hagedoorn, her parents Hendrik Jan Leunk and Aaltjen Maatmans, married 25 Aug 1860 at Rijssen, Overijssel, Netherlands.
OBITUARY of Jennekem Leunk or Lennink 1826-1901
Nijkamp, Jenneken nee Leunk/Lennink born 6 Mar 1826 died 22 Feb 1901 wife of Gerrit buried in Memory Gardens cemetery Sioux Center IA.
Sioux Center Nieuwsblad
Zonday overleed de oude Mrs. Niekamp, no een vrij langdurig lijden, De begrafenis had gister namiddag plaats van uit de Chr Ger Kerk. Onze sympathie is met the betrekkingen.
Sunday the old Mrs. Niekamp died, the funeral was mid day at the Chr. Ref. Church. Our sympathy is with the family.
Note; From the site www.wiewaswie.nl the birth record of Jenneken Leunk born on 6 Mar 1826 to Hendrik Leunk and Aaltjen Maatmans at Holten, Overijseel, Netherlands
The marriage record from same source – Gerrit Nijkamp a farmer 36 years, born at Rijssen, married Jenneken Leunk age 34 born at Holten. His parents Mannus Nijkamp and Maria Hagedoorn, her parents Hendrik Jan Leunk and Aaltjen Maatmans, married 25 Aug 1860 at Rijssen, Overijssel, Netherlands.
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