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Van Steenwyk, Abram 1830-1900 family


Posted By: Wilma J. Vande Berg - volunteer (email)
Date: 4/30/2021 at 17:29:08

VanSteenwyk, Abram 1830-1900 and fanily
Surnames included are Van Steenwyk, Oostrum, Abma, Le Cocq

There was no completed Bios for Abram and his two wives with their children for the author of this Bios , Wilma J. Vande Berg, to transcribe. However there are numerous accounts that were taken from various historical sources that are contained herein.

Find a Grave lists Abram Van Steenwyk as born 18 Aug 1830 Utrecht, Utrecht Municipality , Utrecht Netherlands died 16 Mar 1900 Orange City, Sioux County Iowa, buried in West Lawn Cemetery Orange City IA. He immigrated with this parents and siblings to America in 1847 on the ship Nagasaki with the Hendrik Scholte group, settling in Pella Iowa.

From the book “Souvenir History of Pella Iowa 1847 -1922 Page 36.
Included in the names of the passengers who sailed on the Good Ship Nagasaki, which left Rotterdam, Holland, April 11, 1847, for Baltimore were the names of the Van Steenwyk family.
(note one source stated he came with his parents 1847 and in the 1850 census his mother is head of family in Lake Prairie Marion County IA. Further research indicates Jan Van Steenwyik died Nov 1847 at Pella Iowa.
List of passengers
A W. Van Steenwyk and Mrs A. W. Van Steenwyk
(this maybe in error and should be Mr. J. (Jan Van Steenwyk and Mrs. J. Van Steenwyk)
Arnoldus Van Steenwyk (indicates Willem Arnoud 1828-1891)
Abraham Van Steenwyk 18 Aug 1830 Utrecht Netherlands son of Jan Van Steenwijk &
Maria Justina Oostrum . www.wiewaswie.nl
Willem Van Steenwyk Willem born 6 Aug 1828 Utrecht
Jan Van Steenwyk John Gysbertus 9 Apr 1834 Woerden died -1920
Niesje Van Steenwyk Niesje born 2 Jul 1838 Woerden
Gerard Van Steenwyk Gerrit Johannse born 8 Oct 1835-1885
Truitje Van Steenwyk Gertruida born 12 Sep 1839-1899
In the immigration passenger list M. J. Oostman Van Steenwyk is listed as born 1803 and coming in 1847, also in listed J. Van Steenwyk age 41 born 1806 came in 1847 to Baltimore. Willem Arnoud born abt 1828, Willem born abt 1832, Geertruid Johanna, Gerardus , Abraham . Jan Gysbertus. Truitje, Niesje, all came same boat same time.

Read the pages 46 – 54 of the above mentioned book for a glimpse into the first years in Pella Iowa.

The 1850 census of Lake Prairie, Marion, Iowa, lists Maria J. Van Steenwyk age 47 (mother) is father deceased 1847, Children Willem A. age 22; Abraham age 20, Willem age 18, Gerardus age 14, Nicole age 12 and Gertruda J. age 10
The 1860 census of Marion County Iowa has Maria J. Van Steenwyi age 57 born about 1803 children Niesje 22 and Geertruida 21.
The 1860 census of Marion County Iowa has Abram Van Steenwyk age 29 born about 1831 and wife Maria J. C. VanStenwyk age 24, and son Jan age 1.
The 1870 census of Lake Prairie Township Marion County Iowa (before they left for Sioux County) lists Abraham Steenwyk age 40, Maria J. C. 43, John 11, Johanna 9, Gysbert 7, Abraham 5, Cornelia 3,. and Maria J. C. baby.

In the book “The Story of Sioux County” 1942 by Charles Dyke page 566, there is a list of the families that left Pella by wagon in the spring of 1870 to make their new homes in Sioux County Iowa. Abram Van Steenwyk is among that list of families. The book gives good insight into the life of the Sioux County pioneers.
In the book “The Centennial Book of Orange City” 1870-1970 pages 8-12 gives the first years of the Orange City colony.

The life of the Abram Van Steenwyk family hinges mainly on the hard pioneer work of making a living from farming and raising a large family.

Alton Democrat of March 24, 1900 Orange City News.
A. Van Steenwyk died at his home three miles west of town last Friday morning aged 70 years. the funeral services were conducted by Rev. Dr. Steffens Monday afternoon.
(Found a family history on ancestry.com
Abram Van Steenwyk born Aug 18, 1830 Woerden Uthrecht Neth. died March 16t, 1900 Orange City IA. Parents were Jan Van Steenwyk 1806-1847 and Maria Justina Oostrum 1803-1865. His first wife was Maria J. C. Le Cocq 1836 1873 married 1855 Pella IA two children John 1859 and Johannes 1861. Second wife was Etta Abma 1855-1915 married 1874 Orange City IA, children were Frank , Bertha 1875, Bouke 1876, Nancy 1877, Maria 1879, Mark 1882, Garrett 1884, Anna 1887, Maretta 1889 and Louisa 1892.)

Sioux County Herald of March 21, 1900
Death of A. (Abram) Van Steenwyk
Last Friday morning at 5 o’clock, March 10th, at the family home three miles west of Orange City, Mr. A. Van Steenwyk departed this life after a long and painful illness at the age of 70 years. Mr. Van Steenwyk was one of the colony’s earliest settlers, and was a man universally respected by all. His life was a useful, Christian and active one, and he leaves his family well provided for. His death, though not unexpected, brought deep grief to the family and friends.
Deceased was born in the Netherlands in 1830, emigrated to the United States in 1847, where in Pella he was joined in marriage to Maria Johanna Cornelia Le Cocq March 8th, 1855.
To them eleven Children were born, seven of whom survive him. In 1971 he moved to Sioux County and two years afterward his wife died at the age of 37 years. On Nov 26, 1874, he was married to his present wife, out of this union eight children were born , all of whom are living.
The funeral services were held from the Frist Reformed church on Monday afternoon, conducted by the pastor Rev. N. M Steffens, and the remains were interred in the Orange City cemetery. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved family.

Research Note:
From a report on ancestry.com (done by others) Abram Van Steenwyk born 18 Aug 1830 Utrecht, Netherlands died 16 Mar 1900 Orange City, Iowa . He was the son of Jan Van Steenwyk 1806-1847 and Maria Justina Oostrum 1803-1865. His wife was Maria Johanna Cornelia Le Cocq born 27 Nov 1836 Amsterdam Noord Holland Netherlands died 1873 Orange City IA. She was the daughter of John Francis Le Cocq 1805-1888 and Neeltje Heeren 1796-1872 Maria married Abram Van Steenwyk 8 Mar 1855 Pella Marion Iowa.
Abram and Maria had Children listed as:
1.John Van Steenwyk born 12 Jul 1859 Pella Iowa died 22 Feb 1940 Amarillo Texas
2.Johannes Franciscus Van Steenwyk born 19 Jul 1861 Pella Iowa died 4 Sep 1922 Nampa Idaho
3.Gijsbert Van Steenwyk born 21 Jan 1864 Pella Iowa died 5 mar 1938 Watertown SD
4.Abram Van Steenwyk born 16 Sep 1865 Pella Iowa died 31 Oct 1903 Black Springs AR
5.Cornelius Van Steenwyk born 25 Jul 1867 Pella Iowas died 22 Aug 1939 Edgerton MN
6.Maria Johanna Cornelis Van Steenwyk born 11 Feb 1869 Pella Iowa died 7 Aug 1930 Hull Iowa
7.William Arnold Van Steenwyk born 12 Dec 1871 Orange City Iowa died 14 Jun 1959 Arcadia, CA
Abram married Etta Abma 1855-1915 in Nov 1874 Orange City, after Maria died in 1873.
They had the following children:
8.Abram Van STeenwyk 1868-1903 (listed before) born 18 Nov 1868 died 31 Aug 1903
9. Bertha Van Steenwyk (Mrs.Jacob Ellerbroek) born 23 Nov 1875 Orange City Iowa died Oct 1973
10.Nancy Van STeenwyk born 24 Nov 1877 Orange City Iowa died 22 Jul 1922 Sibley Iowa
11.Justina Maria Van Steenwyk born 22 Jul 1879 Orange City Iowa died 28 Jul 1958 Sanborn Iowa
12.Mark A. Van Steenwyk 1882 Orange City Iowa died 27 Dec 1936 Watertown SD
13.Garret John Van Stenwyk born 7 Jul 1884 Orange City Iowa died 22 Sep 1962 Sioux City Iowa
14.Anna Grace Van Steenwyk born 23 Feb 1887 Orange City Iowa died 29 Mar 1967 Sibley Iowa
15.Marietta Nichols Van Stenewyk born 9 Jan 1889 Orange City Iowa died 26 Nov 1949 LeMars Iowa
16.Louisa Van Steenwyk born 11 Mar 1892 Orange City Iowa died 22 May 1963 CA.

The photo of Abram Van Stennwyk is from the photo album of the 1908 Sioux County Atlas


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