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Vermeer, Jacob 1823-1895 family history


Posted By: Wilma J. Vande Berg - volunteer (email)
Date: 3/21/2021 at 15:48:06

Vermeer, Jacob 1823 – 1895 and family lineage

This family story is from the Sioux Center Centennial book of 1991, which has Sioux Center History in it from 1870-1891. This story was submitted to the book by Fannie and Edna Schut. Transcription of the story and some added research notes by Wilma J. Vande Berg.

Vermeer, Jacob born Aug 31, 1823 Ermelo, Gelderland, Netherlands died May 1895 Sioux Center Iowa.

He married Aaltjen Peterson on May 25, 1853. They had two sons Evert and Peter. Three infant daughters died. Aaltjen died when the boys were eight and five years old. She died of tuberculosis.

Research notes from Netherlands records:
*[Birth - Jakob Vermeer, born to Evert Vermeer age 43, a day herder, and Petertje Oudemolen age 30. Jakob was born 31 Aug 1823 at Ermelo, Gelderland, Netherlands.
Marriage – Jacob Vermeer, a farmer age 29, married Aaltjen Petersen age 20, his parents were Evert Vermeer and Petertje Oudemolen, her parents were Hendrik Aaltsen Petersen and Petertjen Brouwer, they married 25 May 1853 at Harderwijk, Gelderland, Netherlands.
Death – Aaltjen Petersen age 30, wife of Jacob Vermeer, daughter of Hendrik Aaltsen Petersen and Petertje Brouwer, died 15 May 1863 at Hierden, Harderwijk, Gelderland, Netherlands.
Marriage - Jannetje Willems Luchtenburg age 38 daughter of Willem Willemsen Luchtenburg and Gerritje Hiddink, they were married 9 Dec 1863 at Harderwijk, Gelderland Netherlands.]

Continued with submitted story –
Jacob remarried to provide a mother for his sons. He married Jannetje Luchtenburg who had an eleven year old son, Hendrik. On March 13, 1867 their daughter Peterje Vermeer (Mrs. Gerrit Vermeer) was born.

To make a better living for his family, Jacob Vermeer decided to immigrate to America. They entered at the Port of Detroit in 1867. From there they went to Alto, Wisconsin to join friends who had come from the Netherlands earlier. On Jun 13, 1868 Jacob Vermeer applied for citizenship of the United States in Fond-du-Lac County, Wisconsin. He was duly sworn in as a citizen he had to renounce allegiance to King William III of the Netherlands and promise to support the Constitution of the United States and the constitution of Wisconsin.

Soon after that he family migrated to Sioux County Iowa. The family was composed of Jacob, his wife, sons Evert and Peter, his daughter Peterje and stepson Hendrik Luchtenburg. Hendrik later chose the name Vermeer.

They homesteaded on a farm one mile south and one and one-fourth miles east of Sioux Center in West Branch township. The farm later belonged to Peterje who married Gerrit Vermeer.

Jacob Vermeer died May 1895. He had been preceded by his son Peter on October 3, 1886. Peter died of tuberculosis. Janetje died August 5, 1903. All three are buried in the Sioux Center Cemetery.
Concludes Fannie and Edna’s submission.


DeVolksvriend of 14 March 1895
Mr. J. Vermeer who was ill last week is recovering.
The death and funeral record of Rev. James De Pree of the First Reformed Church of Sioux Center lists the death of Jacob Vermeer age 72 years born Aug 1, 1823 died May 2, 1895 buried May 4, 1895 Sioux Center, Iowa .
Sioux Center Nieuwsblad of Wednesday Mar 6, 1895
Dr. Mulder told us, old Mr. Vermeer was recovering so nicely when he had a sudden stroke last night. We hope for best, both for his wife and for his children, that the illness may soon take a favorable turn
Complier could find no death article for his death in May 1895.

PETER J. VERMEER born Aug 25, 1859 died Mar 10, 1886
From the records of Rev. James De Pree of the First Reformed Church of Sioux Center recorded that Peter J. Vermeer died Mar 10, 1886 buried March 12, 1886.
Complier found no death notice in the papers, there was no Sioux Center News that survived.

EVERT VERMEER 1854---Nov. 7, 1934.
In 1823 in the Netherlands Jacob Vermeer was born. His son Evert was born in 1854 also in the Netherlands. When Evert was 12 years old in 1866 the family moved to Wisconsin where Evert received his early education working in a grocery store. For 5 years they lived in Wisconsin and 1871 they moved to the dangers and the hardships of pioneer life in Sioux County. The Ed. G. farm place was their homestead. This farm is located 1 mile south and 1¾ miles west of south Sioux Center.
Jacob was better financial fixed then most of the early settlers and, therefore, didn’t have all the hardships to endure that most of the settlers did. He did remember, however, the trouble he had with the wolves stealing his sheep.
On May 4, 1877, Everet married Aaltje Sneller, and settled on a farm near Alton and 1885 he moved to the farm on which Lyda Vermeer now lives which is one mile south and one mile east of south Sioux Center. He lived there until 1914 when he moved to the Pete Schutt residence in Sioux Center. Mr. Vermeer died on Nov. 7, 1934. His wife had died on Sept. 25, 1931.
Mr. Vermeers’ family now number 21 living children including the ones they married , 2 children are no longer living, 88 grandchildren including 17 who have married into the family, and 24 great-grandchildren. This splendid family have kept themselves closely knit together. They hold about 6 family reunions a year and never is there any sign of a break in their relationships toward each other. There list of contributions to our community include: Sunday school teachers and superintendents, school teachers, doctor, consistory members, political leaders, town council member, members and officers of cooperative boards, farm organization leaders and too many others to mention. In all walks of life they have been influential. Their achievements cannot be measured or enumerated.
The original family were the parents Mr. and Mrs. Evert Vermeer and the following children: Aaltje, Mrs. P. Schutt, living in Sioux Center; Richard S., living 1 mile east and 1½ miles south; Jake E., living 1 mile south; Gerrit, a doctor in Sheldon; Peter, living 2 miles south and 1½ east; Evert, passed away when 1 year old; Maggie, Mrs. H.T. De Boer, living 2 miles south and 1½ west; Jennie, Mrs. A. Muilenburg, living 1 mile south and. ¾ mile east; Grace, Mrs. H. Ramaker, living in Sioux Center: Ed, who passed on after a brief illness in Sioux Center 1931;
Hattie, Mrs. Dr. Moll living in Grundy Center; Priscilla, Mrs. B. Ramaker, living 2 miles east and 2 miles south of Sioux Center.
Source: Sioux Center News of July 31, 1941

Old Pioneer Passed Away
Mr. Henry Vermeer Sr. a seventy-nine year old pioneer died late Monday at his home in Sioux Center. Mr. Vermeer was born in the Netherlands with his family he immigrated to the U. S. in 1867, settling in Wisconsin. Five years later, when the Hollanders began a settlement in Sioux County, the Vermeer family started west with wagon and horses and settled on a farm near Sioux Center. About 30 years ago Mr. Vermeer retired to live in town.
The survivors are: Mrs. H. Vermeer Sr., Mrs. Jennie De Vries, Mrs. Dena Schimmer,
Mr. Jake Vermeer, Mr. Pete Vermeer, Mr. Joe Vermeer, Mr. Wm. Vermeer, Mr. John Vermeer, Mr. Theo. Vermeer, Mrs. Beernink. His brother Mr. E. Vermeer and his sister Mrs. G. Vermeer.
Source: Sioux Center News of Dec 18, 1930


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