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Wierenga, Klaas 1832-1917 and Susanna Brink Family


Posted By: Wilma J. Vande Berg - volunteer (email)
Date: 7/4/2022 at 11:27:52

Wierenga, Klaas 1832-1917 and Susanna Brink Family

The BIOS for the family of Klaas Wieringa/Wierenga and Susanna Brink was compiled from several sources by Wilma J. Vande Berg of the Greater Sioux County Genealogical Society. Like all the early pioneers the family experienced the hardships involved in starting life in North West Iowa. The submitter highly recommends reading the book ‘Story of Sioux County’ by Charles Dyke as it gives a good look at pioneer life both from a human stand point and historically. ‘Siouxland – A History of Sioux County’ by Nelson Nieuwenhuis and the 1991 Hospers Centennial also are full of local history.

MARRIAGE of Klaas Wieringa 39 and Suzanna Brink 32 on June 14 1872 by Rev. S. Bolks.

BIRTH of Suanna Brink born 27 July 1841 at Wilp, Gelderland, Netherlands to Heijmerik Brink and Willemina Diks.

BIRTH of Klaas Wierenga 1 Mar 1834 at Vliedorp, Ulrum, Groningen, Netherlands to Eppe Klaasens Wierenga and Henderika Pieters Beukema

To identify Susanna Brink’s maiden name and background, found the birth of her son Sander Brink born 12 Aug 1863 at Wilp to Susanna Brink and no name for father. Her son Hendrik ‘Henry’ born 26 Oct 1867 at Wilp, Gelderland, Netherlands. There was no name for the father.
Conclusion – A bit of a miss-statement in her obit that she married in the Netherlands to Mr. Brink and he died before she came to America. Susanna Brink came to the USA in 1869 along with her parents, as a single unwed mother with two small sons.

The immigration records on ancestry.com has Klaas Wierenga age 35 born Holland heading for Pella IA. On the ship Cella arriving in new York on May 3, 1869

In the 1870 census of Plymouth County IA Henry Brink 54, and wife Dix 49, son Wilie 16, Susanna 29, Sander 7, and Henry 4.
In the 1880 census of Floyd Tsp. Sioux County has Klaus E. Wierenga age 46, wife Susan age 38, children Sander 17, Henry 13 and Hendrika 3. Children all listed as Wierengas…

FAMILY of Klaas Wierenga and Susanna Brinks (surname spelled as Wierenga and Wieringa)
CHILDREN: Sam and Henry are *step children of Klaas
1 . *Henry Brink 1867 died 3 Nov1914 Hospers IA His wife was Cornelia De Vries 1886-1951 See his obit on www.iagenweb.org/sioux
2 . *Sander ‘Sam’ Brink born 12 Aug 1863 died 25 May 1952 Hospers IA His wife was Janke ‘Jane’ Jans Van Dijk 1863-1914. See his obit on www.iagenweb.org/sioux obits.
3 . Henrietta Wierenga born 25 Nov 1875 Hospers IA died 26 Jun 1917 IA Mrs. Joseph Willem Klein 1863-1957 See her obit on www.iagenweb.org/sioux under Wieringa

In the book Story of Sioux County by Charles Dyke page 566 it lists Klaas Wieringa as on of the pioneers who came to Sioux county in the spring of 1870.

OBITUARY of Klaas Wierenga 1872-1917
De Volksvriend born June 28 1917 In Dutch
(article is cut off on the left side with missing words)
Translated as well as could : Klaas Wieringa, one of our oldest residents in this area, has died a week ago at the age of 84 years old has exchanged with the eternal. The body was brought graveyard Friday, service led by Rev. Douwstra and Rev. Mouw . The deceased had been a member of the Presby Church here from 1878 to 1916.

OBITUARY of Susanna Mrs. Klaas Wierenga 1841-1911
Mrs. K. E. Wieringa, one of Sioux County's first settlers and most respected residents, died at her home in this place [Hospers] Monday January 16, of the infirmities of old age, and funeral services were held yesterday at the Presbyterian church, of which she was a member.
Mrs. Wieringa was born in Wilp, Province of Gelderland, Netherlands, in July of 1841, and was 69 years, 5 months and 19 days old at the time of her death. She was married in her native country to Mr. Brink, who died a few years later, and in 1869 she came to America with her two sons, Sam and Henry, who are now residents of this community. After a short residence in Fillmore County, Minnesota, and near LeMars the mother and her two little sons came to the vicinity of Hospers where they lived upon a claim.
In 1873 the subject of this sketch was married to K. Wieringa, one of the first settlers of Sioux County, and the couple resided for nearly forty years upon their farm north-west of Hospers. Last spring they moved to town to be near their only daughter, Mrs. J. W. Klein.
Mrs. Wieringa bravely endured the hardships of life in a new country, and was ever a true wife and mother to those who are left to mourn her departure. The bereaved relatives wish to express their sincere thanks to all who assisted them in any way.
Source: Hospers Tribune, January 20, 1911.
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Mrs. K. E. Wieringa died Monday January sixteenth at the age of sixty-nine years, five months and nineteen days. She was born in Velp/Wilp Province, Gelderland, Holland July twenty-seventh 1841 and in 1868 she came to America and made her home at Greenleafton, Minnesota and from there in 1870 she moved to LeMars. Later she came to Sioux county where she was married to K. E. Wieringa in 1873. She resided near Newkirk till last year when she moved to Hospers. Three children survive her--Sam Brink, Henry Brink and Mrs. Joe Klein.
Funeral services were conducted by Revs. Groot and Dowstra at the Congregational church Thursday afternoon. Interment was made in the cemetery east of Hospers. Out of town relatives who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. S. Brink of Princeburg Minnesota, H. Brink and son of Rock Valley, Mr. and Mrs. G. Brink of Maurice, W. H. Klein of Nemaba Iowa and other relatives of Alton and Orange City. Mr. Wieringa and children and relatives have the sympathy of this community.
Source: Alton Democrat, January 21, 1911.


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