Sioux County, Iowa


John D. Folken married Amelia Timmerman

~Married: Amelia Timmerman on March 31, 1882, Grundy County, IA

Groom: John D. Fokken, age 29
Bride: Amelia Timmerman
Marriage: Grundy County, IA - March 31, 1882  

Groom's Father's name: Diederich W. Fokken
Groom's Mother's name Johanna W. Janssen

Bride's Father's name: Wilke Timmerman
Bride's Mother's name: Sophia Sarah Meyer

~Source: website

1900 United States Federal Census

Name: J D Folken
Age: 42
Birth Date: Jan 1852
Birthplace: Germany
Home in 1900: Perry, Lincoln, South Dakota
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1867
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Widowed
Father's Birthplace: Germany
Mother's Birthplace: Germany
Household Members:
J. D. Folken, age 42 (Born Jan 1852)
Sophia H. Folken, age 13 (Born Nov 1886)
Molly A. Folken, age 12 (Born Feb 1888)
Dedrick F. Folken, age 11 (Born Feb 1889)
Elizabeth G. Folken, age 9 (Born Mar 1891)
Wilhelma A. Folken, age 4 (Born Jan 1896)


1920 United States Federal Census

Name: John D. Folken
Age: 67
Birth Year: abt 1853
Birthplace: Germany
Home in 1920: Sioux Falls Ward 5, Minnehaha, South Dakota
Street: South Minnesota ave
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1857
Relation to Head of House: Father-in-law
Marital Status: Widowed
Father's Birthplace: Germany
Mother's Birthplace: Germany
Naturalization Status: Naturalized
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Lloyd M. Carl, age 23
Minnie A. Carl, age 23
Amelia I. Carl, age 2 [2 5/12]
Joseph E. Carl, age 1 [1 4/12]
John D. Folken, age 67 (appears to be living in a daughter's family household in 1920)


Children of John D. & Amelia:

Johana Folken - b. Jan 1886?; d. 15 Apr 1886, age 3 months; Buried: Elkorn Pioneer Township Cemetery, Quorn, IA (Plymouth County) Tombstone Photo use your back key return to this pg
Sophia H. Folken - b. Nov 1886
Amelia E. "Molly" - b. 24 Feb 1888, Remsen, IA (Plymouth County)
Dedrick F. "Dick" Folken - b. 02 Feb 1889; d. 07 Jul 1917, Sioux City, IA; Buried Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Ireton, IA (Sioux County)
Etta, b. abt 1890; NOTE: Appears in 1895 IA Census but this child is not among the children listed in the 1900 Census with their father.
Elizabeth G. Folken - b. Mar 1891
Baby b/d; Buried Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Ireton, IA (Sioux County)
Baby b/d; Buried Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Ireton, IA (Sioux County)
Wilhelma A. Folken - b. Jan 1896

Pleasant Hill Cemetery Tombstone Photo use your back key to return to this page

John D. Folken
b. Jan 1852 in Germany (per 1900 Federal Census)
d. 20 Dec 1929, Lincoln County, SD

Hawarden Independent, December 26, 1929

Brought Here For Burial
The body of John Folken, who died at his home in Tea, S.D., was brought to Ireton for burial in the family lot beside his wife and son. The deceased was a resident of Ireton for many years, working at the trade of carpenter. Many of the homes built during his residence here were of his construction. He left Ireton more than thirty years ago.

Ireton Ledger, December 26, 1929
John Folken, an old time resident of Ireton, died at his home at Tea, S.D., and the body was brought to Ireton Monday and buried in Pleasant Hill cemetery beside his wife and a son. The deceased lived here about thirty years ago when he plied his trade of carpenter, and aided in the construction of some of the first buildings in Ireton. His wife died about 30 years ago while they were residents here and the son was brought here for burial about two (sic twelve) years ago.


Name: John D. Folken
Date of Death: 20 Dec 1929
County: Lincoln
Page Number: 288


Amelia (Timmerman) Folken
b. 1857 in Iowa
d. d. 29 Feb 1896; Buried Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Ireton, IA

Alton Democrat, March 7, 1896
Ireton News.
Many were the pained hearts in this community when the news was circulated of the death of Mrs. Foken (Fokken or Folken). She was a kind and loyal wife and loving mother. The deceased leaves a husband and six small children to mourn her loss.

LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel
March 9, 1896

IRETON: (From the Clipper.)
Mrs. Emelia Fokken, wife of John Fokken, departed this life Saturday, February 29, aged 38 years, 4 months, and 3 days. She leaves a husband and six children to mourn her departure. The funeral was held from the M.E. Church Monday afternoon. Rev. McCaffree preached the sermon, assisted by Revs. Gault and Potter.

NOTE: In 1892 a Mrs. Timmerman died who was the mother of Mrs. Fokken. In the 1895 census of Ireton John Fokken 42 born Germany, wife Amelia age 37 born Cedar County IA, children Sophia 8, Amelia 7, Dick 6, Ettie 5, Elizabeth 3.


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