RENZEMA

                                        Picture of Dirk(Durk) Harm Renzema, my Immigrant Ancestor.



      Renzema Family:  In 1876 Durk and Klaske Renzema immigrated to the USA from Berlikum,
      Friesland, the Netherlands with seven of their eleven children.  The family settled first on a farm
      in Englishville, a crossroads village five miles west of Rockford.  By 1882 the Renzema children
      were moving to Grand Rapids' West Side for employment.  One son, Jan migrated to Springfield,
      South Dakota, where he became a farmer.  His siblings Harmen, Dirkje, Moeder, Maartje, Antje
      and Tjettje worked in furniture factories or as maids and store clerks.  But by 1900 several had
      married and moved to farms in nearby villages.  Three additional children joined the family in
     Grand Rapids between 1876 and 1889.

                                                           Generation #1

Harmen Marten(1), born 31 July 1773 in Driesum, Friesland, Netherlands.
                              died 22 April 1868 in Anjum, Friesland, Netherlands.
                              married: #1, 1803, to Trijntje Renze, born ?, died 2 October 1818, in Anjum, Friesland, Netherlands.
                              married:  #2, 2 June 1821, to Durkjen Posthuma, born 1791.
 

   Children of Harmen Marten and Trijntje Renze:
                i.Marten Marten: born 24 August 1805, Anjum, Friesland, Netherlands.
                                          died 2 June 1883, in the Netherlands.
               ii.Renz Marten: born 31 August 1811, Anjum, Friesland, Netherlands.
                                      married 14 May 1836 to Seeske Slagter.
                                      died 9 November 1861, Anjum, Friesland, Netherlands.
              iii.Hendrik Renzema: born 21 September 1814, Anjum, Friesland, Netherlands.
                                      married 11 May 1837 to Sijke Sjoerdema(born 20 September 1812).
                                      died 2 August 1895.
              iv.Aaltje Renzema: born 11 April 1818, Anjum, Friesland, Netherlands.
                                      died 11 February 1819, Anjum, Friesland, Netherlands.
 

   Children of Harmen Marten and Durkjen Posthuma:
                 i.Siemen Renzema: born 6 October 1821, Anjum, Friesland, Netherlands.
                                           married on 18 May 1847 to Tjettje Y Tuma(born 14 October 1821)
                                           died 5 March 1906, St Jacobi Parochie, Netherlands.
                ii.Dirk(Durk) Harm Renzema: born 6 April 1823, Anjum, Friesland, Netherlands.
                                          married 20 November 1847, Friesland, Netherlands to Klaske(Clara) Jokbe Wiersma.
                                          died 15 December 1911, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.
               iii.Jan Renzema: born 9 April 1825, Anjum, Friesland, Netherlands.
                                          married on 28 December 1865 to Trijntje Boelens(died 16 November 1868).
                                          died 30 October 1873, St Jacobi Parochie, Netherlands.
               iv.Jacob Renzema: born 12 October 1827, Anjum, Friesland, Netherlands.
                                          died 12 December 1828, Anjum, Friesland, Netherlands.
                v.Jacob Renzema: born 30 March 1830, Anjum, Friesland, Netherlands.
                                          died 14 January 1847, Anjum, Frieslands, Netherlands.
               vi.Martje Renzema: born 25 May 1833, Anjum, Friesland, Netherlands.


                                                            Generation #2

Dirk Harm Renzema(2),Harmen Marten(1): born 6 April 1823, Anjum, Friesland, Netherlands.
Dirk married Klaske(Clara) Jokbe Wiersma on 20 November 1847, in Friesland, Netherlands. Clara was born 3
January 1829 in Anjum, Frieslands, Netherlands, she died 30 March 1899 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan,
USA.  Clara is  the Daughter of Jacob Wiersma(b.1796 - d.5 October 1847) and Fokeltje Jaarsma(b.1799 -
d.26 April 1832). Dirk died 15 December 1911, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan.USA.

   Children of Dirk Harm Renzema and Klaske(Clara) Jokbe Wiersma:
                 i.Ulke(Ernie) Dirk Renzema:born 1 August 1849, Anjum, Friesland, Netherlands.
                                                    married #1 in 1871 to Akke Bouma(25 September 1849-25 September 1880)
                                                    married #2 in 1883, Name ?, she died in 1886.
                                                    married #3 29 October 1887 in Kent County, Michigan, USA to Gertrude(Geertje)-
                                                      Hockstra Postma(1849 Netherlands-6 February 1922).
                                                    Ulke died 23 September 1921, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.
                ii.Harmen Dirk Renzema:born 9 May 1851 Anjum, Friesland, Netherlands.
                                                   married 22 February 1900 in Kent County, Michigan, USA to Evertje Stall/
                                                   VanAmerangen (b.1849 Netherlands)
                                                   died 22 January 1931 in Kent County, Michigan, USA.
               iii.Jakob Dirk Renzema:born 24 May 1853, Anjum, Frieslands, Netherlands.
                                                   married on 29 November 1880 in Sexbierum, Frieslands, Netherlands, to Jitske(Jessie)
                                                   Jans Post(b.27 June 1849-20 March 1934).
                                                   Jakob died 13 July 1913 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.
              iv.Simon Dirk Renzema:born 10 April 1855, Anjum, Friesland, Netherlands.
                                                  married on 17 June 1880 to Jacoba Dirks Lautenbach(17 September 1856-25 March 1904)
                                                  Simon died 30 November 1895, in Berlikum, Frieslands, Netherlands.
               v.Folgeltje(Flora) Dirk Renzema:born 2 October 1857, Anjum, Friesland, Netherlands.
                                                  married 24 December 1875 to a Jelle(John) Helder(died in 1905).
                                                  died 31 October 1925, in the USA.
              vi.Dirkje(Dora) Dirk Renzema:born 4 April 1861, Netherlands.
                                                  married 28 March 1885 in Kent County, Michigan, USA, to Obal(Oebele)(Ruurd) Terpstra-
                                                  (26 June 1856 Frieslands,Netherlands-18 June 1932 Ottawa County, Michigan,USA.)
                                                  Dirkje died 17 December 1950 in Ottawa County, Michigan, USA.
             vii.Jan(John) Dirk Renzema:born 29 March 1863, Anjum, Friesland, Netherlands.
                                                  married 17 October 1885 in Kent County, Michigan, USA to Franske M. Weidenaar(born-
                                                 about 1865 in the Netherlands)
                                                  Jan died 2 September 1925, in Springfield, South Dakota, USA.
            viii.Moeder(Mary) Dirk Renzema:born 5 December 1865, Anjum Friesland, Netherlands.
                                                 died 15 October 1887, Buried in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.
                                                 married on 28 March 1885 in Kent County, Michigan, USA, to Jan Miedema(born about-
                                                 1857 in the Netherlands - died 1923)
              ix.Matje(Maude) Dirk Renzema:born 17 January 1868 in Minnertsga, Netherlands.
                                                 married 9 September 1887 to Peter Terpstra(12 August 1867 Friesland, Netherlands -
                                                 5 July 1950 Tallmadge Township, Ottawa County, Michigan, USA.
                                                 Maude died 26 October 1950, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.
               x.Antje(Anna) Dirk Renzema:born 30 March 1871, Anjum, Frieslands, Netherlands.
                                                 married 5 April 1893 in Kent County, Michigan, USA to Seibe(Frank) P. Leestma(3 March
                                                 1867 Tjimmarum, Netherlands - 23 August 1915 Zeeland, Ottawa County, Michigan, USA)
                                                 died 14 January 1907 Zeeland, Ottawa County, Michigan, USA.
              xi.Tioffje(Jesse) Dirk Renzema:born 1 April 1873, Barradeel/Anjum, Friesland, Netherlands.
                                                 married John Eiso Kuieck on 21 December 1895 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan.
                                                 Jesse died 6 May 1952 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.


                                                             Generation #3

Tioffje(Jesse) Dirk Renzema(3), Dirk Harm Renzema(2), Harmen Marten(1): born 1 April 1873, Barradeel/Anjum,
Friesland, Netherlands. Married 21 December 1895 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA to John Eiso Kuieck.
Jesse died on 6 May 1952 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.

   Children of Tioffje(Jesse) Dirk Renzema and John Eiso Kuieck:
             i.Delia Kuieck:born 3 October 1896, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.
                                       married December 1917 to Gerrit Bergsma(1892-1966)
                                       died 1996, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.
               ii.Dick Kuieck:born 24 October 1897, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.
                                      married Grace(1896-)
                                      died 11 October 1978,
              iii.Odie Kuieck:born 27 June 1899, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.
                                      married Marion Beurkens(1901-)
                                      died 31 January 1944,Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.
              iv.Ernie Kuieck:born 13 January 1901, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.
                                      married Margaret V. Anderson(1902-1989)
                                      died 14 May 1991 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.
               v.Clara Kuieck:born 10 October 1902, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.
                                       married 12 June 1924 to Simon Schippers(1899-)
                                      died 19 September 1974, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.
               vi.Rena Kueick:born 20 June 1905, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.
                                       married Henry Sweeney.
                                       died 25 May 1986, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.
              vii.Anna Kuieck:born 27 March 1907, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.
                                       married 19 July 1926 to Martin Patrick Hughes(1905-1984). Married in Grand Rapids,
                                               Kent County, Michigan, USA.
                                       died 1950, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.
             viii.Steve Kuieck:born 1 April 1909, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.
                                        married on 26 June 1934 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA. to Nellie Blok.
                                        died 28 December 1968, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.
              ix.Bertha Kuieck:born 1 February 1911, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.
                                        married #1 Bob London then divorced,
                                        married #2 William J. VanKoughnet(1909-?)
                                        died 28 August 1984, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.
                x.Harold Kuieck:born 6 June 1913, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.
                                        married twice.
                                        He is still living.
               xi.Herman Kuieck:born 1913, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.
                                        died 1916, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.
              xii.John Eiso Junior Kuieck:born 7 August 1916, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.
                                        married Joan D. VerHey.
                                        died 31 August 1986, Grand Traverse County, Michigan, USA.


                                                          Generation #4

Anna Kuieck(4), Tioffje(Jesse) Dirk Renzema(3), Dirk Harm Renzema(2), Harmen Marten(1):born 27 March 1907,
Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA. Married on 19 July 1926 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA to
Martin Patrick Hughes(1905-1984).  Anna died 3 January 1950 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA.

   Children of Anna Kuieck and Martin Patrick Hughes:
                   i.Martin Robert (Bob) Hughes:
                             married Eleanor June DeKleine


                                                         Generation #5

Martin Robert (Bob) Hughes(5), Anna Kuieck(4), Tioffje(Jesse)Dirk Renzema(3), Dirk Harm Renzema(2), Harmen Marten(1):
Martin Robert (Bob) Hughes married Eleanor June DeKleine:

  Children of Martin Robert (Bob) Hughes and Eleanor June DeKleine:
                 i.Luann Beth Hughes
                             married Ronald Allen DeVries.
                ii.Paul Robert Hughes.


                                                          Generation #6

Luann Beth Hughes(6), Martin Robert(Bob)Hughes(5), Anna Kuieck(4), Tioffje(Jesse)Dirk Renzema(3), Dirk Harm Renzema(2), Harmen Marten(1): married Ronald Allen DeVries:

  Children of Luann Beth Hughes and Ronald Allen DeVries:
                 i.Amy Beth DeVries.
                ii.Jill Marie DeVries.


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