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Pennings, Arent Jan 1852-1928 & Families


Posted By: Wilma J. Vande Berg - volunteer (email)
Date: 2/3/2023 at 14:42:19

Pennings, Arent/Arend Jan 1852-1928 and Johanna Te Paske Family

This biography was compiled by Wilma J. Vande Berg of the Greater Sioux County Genealogical Society and taken from various identified sources. The purpose was to find as much about the Arend Jan Pennings family, Sioux County settlers, that was available from local sources. When family information is taken from various sources it is often found that the information varies from one source to another. Often birth places and dates are listed differently in various family reports. The information in this biography was stated as found in the source addressed.

A semblance of the life and times of Sioux County pioneers can be read about in several Sioux County books. “The Story of Sioux County” by Charles Dyk which gives a very colorful account of pioneer life with its joys and hardships. The book “Siouxland A History of Sioux County” by Nelson Nieuwenhuis gives great historical accounts of the area. The Orange City Centennial Book 1870-1970 has Orange City town history. The “1908 Sioux County Atlas” has historical accounts of the various townships of Sioux County. Also, the ‘Sioux County Iowa digital archives newspapers can be googled as such, and can be searched for pioneer's names that could lead to more items of interest in their daily life.


Immigrated 1868 -1872 age 19 or 20, 1900 census lists immigration year as 1872. An account in a brief paragraph under the family picture in the Orange City centennial book page 56. Arend J. Pennings left the Netherlands in 1868, was shipwrecked enroute but eventually arrived in America in that year, establishing himself first in the vicinity of Greenleafton, Minnesota. However, he was not found in the 1870 census of Fillmore County MN. In approximately he settled in the vicinity of Orange City, Iowa where he lived to the day of his death. The so-called Pennings farm is one mile west and two and one half miles south of Orange City. (The source of this information had no author. No further information could be found by the submitter on the shipwreck on the way to America story but must have been passed down through family legend.


1880 Census of Nassau Tsp. lists Gerrit J. Pennings, age 56, a widower, a farmer born Holland, head of household, son Arent J. Pennings age 28, a farm laborer, born Holland, his wife Johanna A. 20, daughter in law born Holland.

1885 Census of Nassau Tsp lists Pennings, Gerrit 62, Arend J. 33, Johanna Pennings 24, Gerrt J. 4, Hendrik J. age 2. There was another Arent J. Pennings born about 1830 living in Sherman Township lists Arent J. age 55, and Gesiena W. age 26

1895 Iowa Cenus of Nassau Tsp. Lists Arent J. Pennengs age 42 born Holland, Ardiana Pennengs 39 born Marion Co. IA , Gerret age 14, born Sioux County IA , Hendrik age 12 born Sioux Co. Iowa, Geritze age 9 born Sioux county IA, Willem Pennings 6, born Sioux County Iowa , Johann Pennings 3 born Sioux Co. IA and Wilmina Pennings 0, born Sioux County IA .

1900 census of Nassau Tsp. Sioux County Arent born Apr 1852, 48 yrs married 22 years, came to USA 1872, a farmer, wife Adriana H. born Jan abt 1855-1857 45 yrs(?) born in Iowa; son Pennings, Gerrit age 19, born Oct 1880 Iowa; Pennings, Henry Dec 1882 age 17; Stuurop, Luce born Apr 1884 16, born Nebraska; Pennings, Gertie age 14 born Aug 1885; Pennings, William age 12, born Apr 1888 IA; Pennings, Johannes H. age 8 born Oct 1891 Iowa; Pennings Wilhelmina age 5, born Nov 1894 Iowa; Pennings, Gesiena age 3, born Mar 1897 Iowa; Pennings Berthes H. age 1, born Apr 1899 Iowa; Stuurop Hattie age 13 born Apr 1899 Iowa.

From a family report on ancestry.com (submitted by other family members)
Arend Jan Pennings was born 14 Apr 1852 Aalten, Gelderland, Netherlands, and he died 24 Aug 1928 Orange City Iowa. He was the son of Gerrit Jan Pennings 1822-1893 and Gerritjen Pennings 1830-1866. Arend married 28 Nov 1877 at Orange City Iowa to Johanna Adrianna Te Paske .

Johanna Adrianna Te Paske was born 5 Dec 1859 Aalten Gelderland, Netherlands and died 15 Mar 1890 Alton Iowa. She was the daughter of Hendrik Jan Te Paske 1816 and Dela Antonia Tammel 1821. Arend and Johanna had five children: Gerrit Jan, Gerrit Jan, Hendrik, Gertrude and John Wm.

Arend Jan Pennings then married Adriana H. Stuurop born 20 Jan 1855 Pella IA, in Dec1890 married at Maurice IA and died she died 28 Apr 1909 Le Mars Iowa buried Orange City IA. She was the daughter of Hendrikus Kars and Pleuntje Klijn. Her first husband was Henry Stuurop with whom she had six children. Arend Pennings and Adriana Kars had five children – see children’s listings below.

Arend Jan Pennings married a third time to Roelfje Gerrits Slange 1857-1941. She was born 2 Mar 1857 Aarngwirden, Friesland, Netherlands and died 17 Feb 1941 Alton IA. She was previously married to Christopher Van Dyke and they had four Van Dyke children. Her second marriage was to Jacob Bergmans. There were no Pennings children born to them. Those four Van Dyke children were Irene Wiersma, Anna Van Dyke, Bert Van Dyke and Garrett Van Dyke.

CHILDREN of Arent Jan Pennings – In view of the three marriages of Arent producing and two marriages producing Pennings children and the Stuurop step children,it was a challenge to follow the families correctly. Also there were other Pennings families area, named Arent J.s’ and Gerrits to complicate the search. Those Pennings families would be fodder for another biography. The information on the children was gathered from obituaries where available and from reports on ancestry.com which in some cases were submitted to Ancestry public family trees by other family members.

CHILDREN of Arent / Arend Jan Pennings and Johanna Te Paske

1, GERRIT JAN PENNINGS born 3 Dec 1878 Iowa died Feb 1879 Sioux County Iowa Sioux County Independent of East Orange March 3, 1879
An infant child of A. J. Penninks (Pennings) died suddenly, one day last week. It was laid down to sleep by its mother and apparent in good health and was shortly after was found to be dead.

2. GERRIT JOHN PENNINGS born 7 Oct 1880 Orange City IA died 2 Nov 1959 Orange City IA, Sioux County Capital November 5, 1959 Dr. Pennings rites today, first church
Funeral services will be held today (Thursday, November 5) for the late Dr. Gerrit Pennings, 79, who died in Orange City, Monday as the result of a heart ailment. The rites will be conducted at First Reformed church at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Pennings, a native of Orange City, served on the Arabian mission field for over 40 years. He was considered an expert linguist in Arabic and a scholar on Islaam. Born in Orange City, October 7, 1880, Dr. Pennings was graduated from Northwestern Academy in 1901; Hope College in 1905; and Western Theological Seminary in1908. In 1933, Hope College awarded him an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree. He is survived by a son. Dr. Alfred Pennings, who is also serving as an Arabian missionary, three brothers and three sisters. His wife, one son and two brothers preceded him in death. Dr. Pennings was well known as one of the pioneers in the Arabian Mission. Relatives have asked that all memorials be made to Northwestern College Orange City. (According to a family report on ancestry.com, his wife was Gertrude Schafheitlin 1886-1954. Three children were born to them, Ernest Anthony Pennings 1921-1940, Alfred Gerrit Pennings 1925-2002, and Anthony Pennings 1927-1940.)

3. HENDRIK JAN ‘HENRY’ PENNINGS born 26 Dec 1882 Orange City, Iowa died 6 Oct 1950 Cutlerville, Kent County MI, Source: Sioux County Capital (10-12-1950) Birth: December 26, 1882
Death: October 6, 1950 Death came to Henry Pennings of Orange City at Pine Rest Sanatorium, Cutlerville, Michigan October 6. He had been ill since December 13. Funeral services were held in the First Christian Reformed church Monday with Reverend R. Bronkema in charge. Burial was in the local cemetery under the direction of A. D. Van Etten. Surviving are the wife and 15 children, Adriana, Mrs. William G. Nibbelink, Wilmina, Edna, Mrs.John G. Fedders, Adrian, Engelbert, Gertrude, Gerrit, Wilbur, Harriet, Mathilda, Lawrence, Helen Joan, Milton and Harold. One son Henry James died about 10 years ago. There are also 26 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Mr. Pennings was born in Sioux County and farmed here all his life. He was married first to Mathilda Mouw and their children were Mrs. Nibbelink, Wilmyna, Mrs. Fedders, Adrian and Henry James. After his first wife died, Mr. Pennings was married on January 16, 1920 to Johanna Gertruda Gesink. The other children were born to them. He also leaves several brothers and sisters, Reverend G.J. Pennings of Arabia, Mrs. H.I. Muilenburg, William, John H., Mrs. Jake Bonnecroy, Mrs. William Rozeboom of Ottumwa, Rev. Bert of New York and Reverend Marion also of New York.

4. GERTRUDE ‘GERTIE’ PENNINGS born 9 Aug 1885 Orange City, IA died 3 Apr 1964 Orange City Iowa Source: Alton Democrat (4-9-1964) Birth: August 9, 1885 Death: April 3, 1964 Mrs. Hubert I. Muilenburg Died Friday Funeral services for Mrs. Hubert I. Muilenburg, 78, who died Friday, April 3, at her home in Orange City, were held at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the First Reformed Church. Reverend R. Van Heukelom and Reverend R. Bast officiated. Burial was under the direction of Van Etten funeral home. Gertrude Pennings, daughter of Arend J. Pennings and Johanna Te Paske was born near Orange City August 9, 1885. She was married December 15, 1915, to Hubert I. Muilenburg. He passed away in 1947. The family resided on a farm near Orange City until 1946 when they moved to Orange City. Survivors include a son, Irwin, of Orange City; two daughters, Arloa of Orange City, and Della (Mrs. Thompson Asby) of Chariton, Iowa, and five grandchildren. Sisters are Mrs. J. Bonnecroy, Orange City, Mrs. William Rozeboom, Ottumwa, IA., brothers are Reverend Bert Pennings, Amsterdam, New York, and Reverend Marion Pennings, Owasco, New York. She was preceded in death by four brothers: Gerrit, Henry, William and John.

5. JOHN ‘WILLIAM’ PENNINGS born 28 Apr 1888 Orange City IA died 19 Jul 1955 Orange City IA Source: Sioux County Capital (7-21-1955) Birth: April 28, 1888 Death: July 19, 1955 William Pennings, "Master Farmer" Succumbs to Heart Attack Tuesday--Leader in Affairs Of Church, School, And Farm Business William Pennings, 67, died suddenly at his home in Orange City sometime early Tuesday morning, July 19. Death was attributed to a heart attack. Mr. Pennings had not suffered any severe attacks previously, and was apparently in good health when he went to bed Monday night. He died while sleeping on the couch in his den. He evidently had left his bed at about five o'clock in the morning, as he often did, and then went to sleep on the couch. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon, July 22, at 1:30 at the home; and at 2:00 in the First Reformed Church. Dr. Henry Colenbrander will officiate. Burial will be in the Orange City Cemetery with Van Etten funeral home in charge. (from a family report on ancestry.com His wife was Claziena ‘Clara’ Muilenburg 1889-1966, children listed were – Arthur William Pennings Sr. 1919-1994, Johanna Dorothy Pennints 1922-1939, Vera Jeane Pennings 1924-1993, and Carl Pennings 1928-1986. )

CHILDREN of Arent Jan Pennings and Adrianna Kars Stuurop. She had several Stuurop children from a previous marriage.

6. JOHANNES H. ‘JOHN’ PENNINGS born 10 Oct 1891 and died 30 Apr 1963 Sioux County IA . Wife Anna H, DeWeerd 1915-1985 Source: Sioux Center News (5-9-1963) Birth: October 10, 1891 Death: April 30, 1963 Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, May 2 in the First Reformed Church of Orange City for John Pennings, Orange City, who passed away Tuesday, April 30 at 6 a.m. in the Orange City hospital, where he was patient since Christmas, and where he was hospitalized from time to time for a malignancy and complications. Mr. Pennings was born on October 10, 1891 at Orange City and was a lifelong resident in Orange City and vicinity. He was married on February 11, 1946 to Ann De Weerd, and they were the parents of three children, Arnold, Audrey and Beverly, all at home. Surviving besides the widow and children are two sisters, Mrs. Jake Bonnecroy of Orange City and Mrs. William Rozeboom of Ottumwa, two brothers, Reverend Bert Pennings of Amsterdam, New York, and Reverend Marion Pennings of Oscowa, New York, three half-sisters (or step sisters), Mrs. H.I. Muilenburg of Orange City, Mrs. John Grotenhouse of Sioux Center and Mrs. Jerry Schut of Florida. Preceding him in death were Gerrit, Henry and William Pennings, Mrs. William Grotenhouse and Mrs. Gerard Reinders. Reverend Burrell Pennings a nephew of the departed, of Lincoln, Nebraska, officiated at the funeral services and Reverend Ray Lubbers was in charge of the services in the church for the relatives at 1 p.m. and offered the prayer at the close of the service in the church. The casket bearers were the nephews, Carl Pennings, Paul Colenbrander, Irwin Muilenburg, Robert Bonnecroy, Gt. Pennings and Clarence Pennings. The Van Etten Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements and interment was made in the Orange City Cemetery.

7. GERTRUDE WILMYNA ‘MINA’ PENNINGS born 20 Nov 1894 Orange City IA died 2 May 1981 Husband Jacob ‘Jake’ Bonnecroy. 1891-1983 Children Robert James Bonnecroy 1921-2005 and one other. Source - Alton Democrat, May 7, 1981 Myna Bonnecroy, 86, died Saturday at a Sioux City hospital following a brief illness. Services were Tuesday, May 5, at 1:30 p.m. in the First Reformed Church. Rev. Cecil Martens officiated. Special music was by Jim Bonnecroy, accompanied by Miss Beth Bonnecroy. Casket bearers were Carl Pennings; Gerrit Pennings; Jack Stander; Clarence Pennings; Irwin Muilenburg, and Marvin Grotenhuis. Mrs. Bonnecroy was born November 20, 1894, the daughter of Arend & Adriana (Cars) Pennings. She was married to Jake Bonnecroy, August 15, 1919 at Orange City. The couple farmed near Orange City and moved into Orange City in 1967. She was a member of the First Reformed Church and the Dorcas Circle. Survivors include her husband, Jake; one son, Robert Bonnecroy of Orange City; one sister, Mrs. Bill (Cynthia) Rozeboom of Orange City; one brother, The Rev. Marion Pennings of Grand Haven, Mich.; four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Elmer in 1954, and two brothers.

8.. GESIENA ‘CYNTHIA’ PENNINGS born 14 Mar 1897 Orange City IA died 27 Sep 1983 Orange City. Husband William Rozeboom 1893-1979 Children Earl Gordon Rozeboom 1931-2011, and two others. Source: Sioux County Capital of Orange City (9-29-1983) Born: March 14, 1897 Died: Sep 27, 1983 Mrs. Cynthia Rozeboom, age 86, of Orange City, passed away Tuesday, September 27, at the Orange City Municipal Hospital. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 30 at 1:30 P.M. at the American Reformed Church in Orange City, with the Rev. Marlin Vander Wilt officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation will be Thursday from 2 to 9 P.M. at the Van Etten-Oolman Funeral Home of Orange City. Cynthia was born March 14, 1897, at Orange City, the daughter of Arend Pennings and Jane Kars Pennings. Upon reaching adulthood she became a teacher at the Northwestern Classical Academy in Orange City. On September 10, 1924, she married William Anthony Rozeboom at Orange City. They lived most of their married lives in Ottumwa where Mr. Rozeboom was a high school teacher. In June of 1972 they returned to Orange City. Mr. Rozeboom passed away March 28, 1979. Mrs. Rozeboom was a member of the American Reformed Church and a former active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ottumwa. Survivors include three sons, Dr. William W. Rozeboom of Edmunton, Alberta, Canada; Dr. Earl G. Rozeboom of Winterset and Dr. Paul E. Rozeboom of Mankato, Minnesota; ten grandchildren and one brother, Marion Pennings of Grand Haven, Michigan

9. ALBERT REV. BERT PENNINGS born 5 Apr 1899 Orange City Iowa died 17 Dec 1970 Rotterdam NY wife Gladys Pauline Hitchcock 1895-1986. Child - Burrell Adrian Pennings and one other.

10. MARION PENNINGS born 7 Jan 1904 Nassau Tsp. Sioux County IA died 20 May 1991 Grand Haven MI. Married May 20, 1930 at Ghent NY. Wife Josina ‘Ina’ C. Decracker 1907-1958. Three children listed private.

OBITUARY of Arent J. Pennings 1852-1928
The Alton Iowa Democrat of Friedy Aug 31, 1928 Pioneer Sioux County Man Goce – A. J. Pennings of Orange City came to Sioux County In the seventies. Mr. A. J. Pennings passed away last Friday after having been in failing health for some time. Deceased was born at Alten [*Aalten], Gelderland, Netherlands, came to America at the age of 18 years. After living one year at Greenleafton, Minn., he came to Sioux county. On Nov. 28, 1877 he was married to Miss Johanna Te Paske. To this union 4 children were born: Rev. Gt. J. Pennings, Arabia; Henry Penning, Mrs. H. I. Muilenburg and Will Pennings, Orange City. Mrs. Pennings died on March 15, 1890. Some time later Mr. Pennings was married to Mrs. Stuurop, a widow with 4 daughters. To this union five children were born: John Pennings, Mrs. Jacob Bonnecroy; Mrs. Wm. Rozeboom, Rev. Bert Pennings, Ghent, N. Y., and Marion Pennings, theol. student at Holland, Mich. On the 28th of April. 1909 he was called upon to mourn the loss of his second wife. June 13, 1911 he again married, this time to Mrs. Jacob Bergmans (the former Roelfje Slange Van Dyke) of Holland, Mich. Soon after his third and last marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Pennings came to town and bought the home still occupied by the family. He has served the First Ref. church as elder for 18 years. Funeral services were held last Monday from the First Ref. church, Rev. H. Colenbrander officiating.

OBITUARY of Johanna Te Paske (Mrs. Arendt J. Pennings 1859-1890) From the Alton Democrat of March 22, 1890 Mrs. A. J. Pennings died at her home two miles south of town last Saturday of pneumonia. She had been sick but a short time, having been in attendance at her brother's bedside since he had been taken ill two weeks ago. He was on a fair way to recovery when she was taken sick and died. The funeral occurred Tuesday and was one of the largest ever held in Orange City. (From the 1885 census and an ancestry.com report. Arend Jan Pennings was born 14 April 1852 Aalten Gelderland Netherlands. He married Johanna TePaske 1879, she was born 5 Dec 1859 Aalten G. Neth. She was the daughter of Hendrik TePaske and Dela Tammel. They had four children Gerrit 1878, Henry 1882, Gertrude 1885 and William 1888.) Mrs. A. J. Pennings died Wed. afternoon at the Le Mars hospital where she had been taken for an operation. Deceased resided between Orange City and Carnes. Funeral services will be held from the home at one o'clock Saturday and from the Reformed Church at Orange City at two o'clock. Further details will be given next week.

OBITUARY of Adriana Kars Stuurop (Mrs. Arents J. Pennings #2 - 1855-1909)
Orange City The Volksvriend on May 6, 1909 Article in Dutch, see brief translation:
Mrs. A. J. Pennings died. She was bedridden with an attack of appendicitis and she was taken to LeMars where she underwent surgery Tuesday. Wednesday the family was summoned because of blood poisoning and she breathed her last breath at age 53 years. Her first husband was H. Stuurop with whom she had four children; Mrs. G. Reinders, Mrs. E. TeGrootenhuis, Mrs. J. Schut and Miss Hattie Stuurop. Eighteen years ago she married A. J. Pennings, and five children were born to them namely Jan, Mina, Cynthia, Bert and Marion. Thursday the remains were sent from LeMars and Saturday was the funeral at the 1st Reformed church with the Rev. Englesman in charge.
NOTES: (From a family source on ancestry.com – Her maiden name was Adriana ‘Jane’ Kars, Jan 1855, died 28 April 1909. From the Iowa marriage records She was married to Arend Jan Pennings on 24 Dec 1890 at Maurice Iowa, Arend was the son of Gerrit J. and Gerritje Pennings and Adriana H. Kars born in the Netherlands was the daughter of Hendrikus Kars and Pluntje Klein/Klijn. She was previously married to Hendrik Stuurop 1849-1890 at Marion County Iowa on 2 Feb 1878.)

OBITUARY of Roelofje ‘Ruth’ Slange (Mrs. Arent Jan Pennings #3 - 1857-1941) Some reference to her maiden name a Slanger.
MRS. A. J. PENNINGS. 3rd wife of A. J. Pennings. 1857-1941
Mrs. A. J. Pennings passed away last week Thursday at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Wiersma, at Grundy Center. Her death was due to old age. She would have been 84 years old on March 2. Mrs. Pennings was the former Ruth Slange and was born in Friesland, the Netherlands in 1857. She came to America with her husband, Christopher Van Dyke, in 1893 and settled in New York State. Later she lived in Grand Rapids, Mich, and came to Iowa in 1911 when she married A. J. Pennings. She lived in Orange City until 1937. After the death of her daughter, Ann Van Dyke, she moved to Grundy Center and made her home with her daughter, Mrs. J. W. Wiersma. She is survived by 1 son, G. C. Van Dyke of Utica, New York, 1 daughter, Mrs. J. Wiersma of Grundy Center and 9 stepchildren, Henry Pennings, John Pennings, Mrs. H. I. Muilenberg, Wm. Pennings, Mrs. Jake Bonnecroy, all of Orange City; Mrs. W. Roseboom of Ottumwa;. Rev. Mr. B. Pennings of Rotterdam Junction, New York; Rev. Mr. M. Pennings of Blawenburg, New Jersey, and Rev. Mr. G. Pennings, a missionary in Arabia. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock at Van Etten's Funeral Home and at 1:30 in the First Ref. church of Orange City with Rev. Mr. H. Colenbrander in charge. Interment was made in the Orange City cemetery. Source - The Sioux County Capital, Orange City, Thursday, March 6, 1941.

OBITUARY of Gerrit Jan Pennings 1822-1893 (father of Arent Jan Pennings 1852-1893)
From the Alton Democrat of Dec 23, 1893 Orange City News.
Died: At the home of Mrs. John Brink, G. J. Pennings, aged 71 years, one of the first settlers. The funeral occurred Monday from the First Reformed church. A large number of relatives followed the remains to the grave. (In 1880 Sioux County census G. J. Pennings was living with his son Arend Penning and wife Johanna. In an account on ancestry.com (work done by others) Gerrit Jan Pennings born 16 Sep 1822 in Aalten Gelderland, Netherlands died 15 Dec 1893 Orange City IA. Wife was Gerritjen Pennings, 1830 -1866. Parents were Berent Pennings 1786-1870 and Willemina Kleuvers. Children were: Willemina 1850-1911, Arend Jan 1852-1928, Berend 1853-1855, Gesina 1856-1865, Berendina 1857-1935, Johanna 1861-1937, and Berend 1865-1865.

This family picture was found in the Orange City Centennial Book 1870-1970 page 58 Left to right Gerrit J. (missionary to Arabia), A. J. Pennings, Gertrude (Mrs. H. I. Muilenburg), Mrs. Pennings, William and Henry.


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