Here are the words of Henry Kremers:
Having been asked by Mr. Gerrit Van Schelven to contribute a short
account of the first
days of Drenthe,MI., I cannot refuse, although whatever I may write is being stated in the
sketches drawn up by others; but this does not lessen the truth of what I have to say. My
father WILLEM KREMERS was born in Noord Barge in the parish of Emmen in the
Netherlands and emigrated to America, arriving in New York on December 7, 1846. This
voyage by sailing ship lasted 63 days, a very fearful and difficult passage. In this company
were JAN RABBERS, JAN KOLVOORD, and others whose names I cannot exactly
recall. DOMINIE VAN RAALTE and his group had sailed a little earlier. They proceeded
from New York to Albany where they became acquainted with Knickerbocker Hollanders -
DR. ISAAC N. WYCKOFF and others who proved most helpful to us by giving good advice.
The group had the good fortune to travel in winter and so avoided the wretched canal boats,
for the canal from Albany to Buffalo was covered with ice. They journeyed by train to
Buffalo where they found work, earning 50 cents per day at hard labor - chopping wood.
DOMINIE VAN RAALTE had already gone to Michigan and had chosen a site for a Dutch
kolonie. He wrote urgent letters to all who could to hasten to Michigan. JAN RABBERS,
my father(WILLEM KREMERS)and a few others had already formed some acquaintance
with DOMINIE VAN RAALTE in the Netherlands and were eager to go to him. Nine men
[no women accompanied them] undertook the journey to Michigan. They decided to travel
the 300 miles through Canada on foot and carry their possessions on their backs. With very
little money in their pockets they started on their difficult journey, one slow and tiresome,
for there was much snow, the frost was severe, and the roads at many points bad. Finally
they rented a sleigh and so shortened their journey. They all arrived safely in Detroit,
after passing, in great danger of death, over Detroit River. They carried letters addressed
to THEODORE ROMEYN, Knickerbocker Hollander, who found lodging for them. On the
next day he took them to the station. They proceeded by train to Kalamazoo on what now is
known as the Michigan Central. The railway was new and the trip lasted the entire day -
12 hours. The train was very slow. When it had to go up grade the passengers climbed out
of the coaches and walked by the side of the train because they were tired of sitting. I record
this in order to indicate how much progress has been made in the past 60 years. The following
day they went by sleigh to Allegan where Judge JOHN R. KELLOGG took them all into his
house and let them sleep on the floor of his kitchen. There was nothing whatever in the entire
Kolonie except a few houses in Fillmore Township - those belonging to MR. ISAAC FAIRBANKS,
agent of the United States government, and to GEORGE N. SMITH, a missionary to the
Indians. There was a church of logs, built by the Indians. My father was curious to attend a
religious meeting of the Indians. So one Sunday morning he proceeded to their log church. In
spite of the fact that the audience consisted of only one Indian, REVEREND SMITH preached
as if a large audience sat before him. In the afternoon DOMINIE VAN RAALTE preached to
the handful of Hollanders there. Soon after the arrival of my father and his group, they began
to make roads through the woods. Everybody lent a hand. The work was gratis. Later they built
a house of heavy cedar logs for DOMINIE VAN RAALTE. They carried the logs out of the
swamp and squared them. Next, the logs were placed one upon another and fastened at their ends.
In the beginning nearly all farmers' houses were made of logs, but the logs were not squared.
The first strike occurred in this place, when on a certain morning the men who were building
the house for the dominie quit working. But VAN RAALTE was able with persuasive talk to
induce most of them to resume their work and finish the house. At the beginning of spring
nothing could be brought into the Kolonie. Black Lake was covered with ice and nothing
could be shipped in from Allegan. There were no bridges and there was water everywhere.
The settlers had nothing to eat but corn. This could not be ground, for there was no mill.
They boiled the corn a whole day in order to soften it. For about six weeks they had practically
no food but corn. With the advent of good weather my father went to Kalamazoo where he worked
for a year as farmer's hand. In the spring of 1848 many immigrants arrived from Netherlands,
and settled here. Father joined these people with whom he was acquainted. They chose good
land, ten miles east of Holland. I shall give the names of the first settlers: the families of
OP 'T HOLT, WIGGERS, NEIJENHUIS, ENSINK, LANNING, RIDDERING, LUBBERS,
HUNDERMAN, and KAMPS. Some of these settled toward the east, others toward the west.
These latter came from the province of Overijsel. Among them were the families of HULST,
SPIJKER, BOER, SEINEN, DAZEMAN, and others. These people, or at least some of these
were displeased with the name of Drenthe and chose instead Staphorst. MR. JOHN HULST
was the champion of these people. He nailed a board to a tree standing on his farm carrying
the following inscription, "It is here that Staphorst begins." Old Grandfather HUNDERMAN
fought hard for the name Drenthe, and finally the people chose that name. Most of these first
settlers had little money. The families of LANNING, RIDDERING, and LUBBERS probably
were exceptions. Lanning bought 640 acres; the widow RIDDERING also secured 640
acres. They provided work for the others, my father not excepted. I have been told repeatedly
that they loaned money on little or no security and that they never were repaid the amount
loaned. It should be remembered that these people did a great for each other; and I have
never heard them or their children complain that such money was never repaid. The east
and west parts of the settlement were organized as a congregation of the Reformed Church.
Services were held by ministers from the outlying congregations - MAARTEN A.YPMA,
CORNELIUS VAN DER MEULEN, SEIN BOLKS, A.C.VAN RAALTE, and others.
Also by DOMINIE HUIBERTUS JACOBUS BUDDING who spent some days in the
settlement and preached to them on Sundays. Many things are told about that curious person -
his extraordinary gifts as a preacher, his keen insight into human nature, and also his notions
[kuren] as I would describe them. For example, the people would be sitting in the church, but
BUDDING would not appear. He was lodged at my father's - my father was not married at
that time - and the consistory called to see why BUDDING did not appear. The reply was
that the spirit was not willing! After much talk they finally persuaded BUDDING to mount
the pulpit. But, the people desired to have their own pastor. The people living in the western
part of the settlement were acquainted with a certain DOMINIE RUDOLF SMIT from
Rouwveen, Overijsel. He was invited and accepted their call. The dominie was a good and
peaceable man. But he had not had the opportunity of extended study. Nor were the people
in the east part of the settlement pleased with him and the greatest difficulties arose. Very
characteristically of our Dutch people, they became embittered toward each other, and the
congregation was rent in two factions. The western faction joined the United Presbyterian
Church, and there after was called the Scottish congregation. The eastern faction remained
faithful to the Reformed Church and had no pastor until 1861 when ROELF PIETERS, then
candidate for the ministry accepted their invitation. DOMINIE SMIT remained pastor of
the Scottish congregation until his death. Many of his adherents had left him and had joined
the Christian Reformed Church at Vriesland. Later, at the time of the secessionin 1882, the
Reformed Church went over to the Christian Reformed Church. The Christian Reformed
church at Vriesland then broke up and most of the people of Drenthe were united again into
one congregation which at present is a strong, flourishing congregation of the Christian
Reformed Church. That schism between the eastern and western factions produced such
an antagonism that they had very little to do with each other. Each faction kept its own
Dutch school. Each had its own cemetery. I recall that one of the Christian Reformed on
one occasion asked for the privilege of a burial in the cemetery of the Reformed group
because the latter had the best cemetery. This request was refused. The answer given
him was, "You do not want to be with us in life, and we refuse to have you with us in death!"
This, however, was only the answer of an individual. Nevertheless, the was so keen that
the request was refused. It was impossible, however, to have a schism in the public school.
There the people could not avoid each other. This fact made them become more tolerant
toward each other. Now, after 60 years all this has been forgotten, and the people have
So far as we have been informed, the group of nine men mentioned
above was made up of:
JAN RABBERS, WILLEM KREMERS, HENDRIK PLAGGEMARS,
JAN KOLVOORD, ABRAHAM SLAGHUIS, JAN STEGEMAN, GERRIT H.
WOLTERINK, GERRIT J. HOFMAN, and REKKERS. - GERRIT VAN SCHELVEN.
WILLEM KREMERS,b. 1820 in Noordbaarge,Emmen,Drenthe,Netherland;
m. ANNA HEINS 1849, Drenthe,Ottawa County,MI.;
d. Oct.10,1878, Drenthe, MI. (*Note=in Book 1867-1883 #1 page 155 No. 141 is
death record. Place Zeeland,Michigan, Cause Liver Complaint,
**Parents of Willem
HENDRIKA CREMERS, b.12 Jan.1788,Emmen, Drenthe, Netherlands,
ANNA HEINS,b. Feb.14,1828, Beylen, Drenthe, Netherlands,
d. 31,Mar.1914, Holland, Ottawa County, Michigan, USA. (*Note=in Book #3 page #311
Record #90 & 35 is her death record. Place Holland,Michigan,Cause
**Parents of Anna
LUICHEN(LUCAS)HEINS(HEININGE)b. Jan 13,1805,Beilen,Drenthe,Netherlands,
d. Apr.3,1842, Netherlands;
m. AALTJE HENDRIKS VREDEVELD.
AALTJE HENDRIKS VREDEVELD,b. Mar.30,1806,Beilen,Drenthe,Netherlands.
d. Oct.5,1856, Allegan County,Michigan, USA.
She Immigrated to U.S. in 1849 & resumed use of her maiden name.
Her will is in Allegan Co.Probate Court File number of will is #803.
The following are the children of Willem Kremers and Anna Heins:
This work was
first compiled in January 1947 by William and Sarah Kremers:
II-1 - HENRY, born July 15, 1850, Drenthe,MI.
died July 15, 1914, Holland, MI.
II-2 - ALICE, born June 23, 1852, Drenthe,MI.
died August 17, 1932, Jamestown,MI.
II-3 - LUCAS, born Nov. 25, 1856, Drenthe,MI.
died Jan. 12, 1927, Jamestown, MI.
II-4 - JENNIE, born April 6, 1866, Drenthe,MI.
died Nov. 24, 1945, St.Petersburg, FL.
II-5 - HARRY, born Sep. 17, 1868, Drenthe,MI.
died Jan. 6, 1938, Kansas City, Missouri.
I Willem Kremers Family
II His Children
III His Grandchildren
IV His Great Grandchildren
V His Great Great Grandchildren
**I end here to protect the privacy of those now living.
WILLEM KREMERS' CHILDREN:
II-1 -- HENRY, born July 15, 1850, Drenthe,MI.;
died in Holland,MI. July 15, 1914; married ALICE VANZWALUWENBURG May 8, 1877
(born July 29, 1856 in Holland,MI.; died Aug. 22, 1935 in Niagara Falls, New York)
HENRY KREMERS' CHILDREN:
III-1 -- WILLEM, born July 13, 1878, Drenthe,MI. married June 20, 1905 in Holland,MI. to
SARAH BORGMAN (born Aug. 27, 1880) Wit Wright & Kremers, Inc., contractors,
Niagara Falls, New York.
WILLIAM KREMERS' CHILDREN:
IV-1 -- MARGARET ALICE,born Sept.19,1908 Holland,MI.;married Nov.7,1941, Pittsburgh,Pa.,
ROBERT GUNKEL (born May 30, 1903; in U.S.Army July 1942-Aug.1945). Living in
IV-2 -- AMY ADRIANA,born Dec. 30,1910, Holland,MI.;married June 13,1936, Niagara Falls,
JAMES SINCLAIR HILL (born Sept.28, 1904; pharmacist in Niagara Falls,N.Y.)
AMY HILL'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- MELINDA KREMERS,born Oct.3, 1938, Niagara Falls,N.Y.
V-2 -- NANCY WHITMORE,born Nov.23, 1942, Niagara Falls,N.Y.
IV-3 -- ROGER WILLIAM,born,Jan.4, 1914, Holland,MI.;died Jan. 4, 1914.
III-2 -- ROBERT EBENEZER,born Mar.15,1880,
Drenthe, MI.; married JESSIE FORBES
MCCULLOH (born Jan.9, 1878, Salt Lake City;died 1943); remarried June 15, 1944,
VALLEJO CLARK JOHNSON; engineer with L.H.Hoffman, Portland, Oregon.
ROBERT KREMERS' CHILDREN:
IV-----(NANCY,daughter of Jessie Forbes McCulloh; married Sept.25,1931, ARTHUR
(Nancy Fox's Children)
V-----(NANCY ROBERTA,born Jun 30,1935)
V-----(SYDNEY CAROL,born Apr.17,1939)
IV-1 --JESSIE EMELINE,born
Oct.24,1911, Salt Lake City. Living in Portland,Oregon.
IV-2 --ALICE,born June 5,1913, Salt Lake City; married Mar. 28,1936, Portland,Oregon,
WALTER RAY GREEN. Living in Oakland, California.
III-3 -- EDWARD DUNSTER,born Oct.21,1881,
Drenthe, MI.; married Feb.23,1907, Ormond,
Florida, AMY METELLA YATES (born May 9,1882). Physician in Pasadena, California.
EDWARD KREMERS' CHILDREN:
IV-1 --MARSHALL YATES,born Feb.23,1909, Holland,MI.; married Feb.25,1934, Pasadena,
California, GERTRUDE ELEANOR MARCH (born Jun 13,1909); physician in Pasadena;
in U.S.Army 1942-1945.
V-1 -- DAVID EDWARD,born Sept.9, 1937, Pasadena, California.
V-2 -- MARGERY FREEMAN &
V-3 -- MARSHALL NELSON,twins,born Oct.12,1939.
V-4 -- ROBERT HENRY,born Apr.9,1942.
IV-2 -- HENRY EDWARD,born
Oct.12,1911,Presidio of San Francisco; married Feb.11,1938,
Pasadena JUNE HAYDEN (born May 26,1912). Living in Eagle Rock, California.
HENRY KREMERS' CHILDREN:
V-1 -- DONALD HAYDEN,born Jun.27, 1941.
V-2 -- RUTH ELIZABETH,born May 22,1943.
V-3 -- MARGARET JUNE,born Jan.25,1947.
III-4 -- CLARENCE HENRY,born Jan.30,1885,Holland,MI;
married Nov.22,1910, Salt Lake City,
ELIZABETH THOMAS (born Nov.13,1883). Mechanical engineer and contractor,Niagara
Falls,N.Y. CLARENCE KREMERS' CHILDREN:
IV-1 -- CLARENCE
HENRY,JR.,born Mar.11,1912, Salt Lake City; married Dec. 21,1940,
Niagara Falls, BERNICE DAWSON (born Oct.14,1912). Heating contractor, Niagara
Falls,N.Y. CLARENCE KREMERS JR.'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- WILLIAM ROBERT,born Sep.21, 1942, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
V-2 -- GLENN RAYMOND,born Feb.10, 1945,Niagara Falls,N.Y.
IV-2 -- RUTH JANE,born
Sep.27,1914, Salt Lake City; married Dec.13,1943, Eglin Field,Florida,
ROBERT WIGLE. Living in Niagara Falls,N.Y. RUTH WIGLE'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- RICHARD LEE,born Mar.6,1947.
III-5 -- ERNEST,born Dec.1,1889, Holland,MI.;married
Apr.6,1915, Rochester, N.Y.; MARGARET
GRACE BURLING (born Feb. 1,1890). Sec'y. & Treas. of Wright & Kremers, Inc., Niagara
ERNEST KREMERS' CHILDREN:
IV-1 -- MARTHA BURLING,born Jan.2,1917,Niagara Falls; married June 24,
WHITMORE. living in Washington,D.C. MARTHA WHITMORE'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- GEOFFREY MASON &
V-2 -- JOHN KREMERS,twins, born Jul. 31,1940.
V-3 -- KATHERINE BURLING,born Apr.4,1945.
IV-2 -- ANN LEE,born
May 14,1919,Niagara Falls; married Feb.8,1941,PHILIP BUCHEN;
divorced Oct.1943;remarried Oct.1943 CAPT. ALFRED J. SCOTT III (killed in action in
France, Aug. 16,1944).
ANN SCOTT'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- ANN LEE,born Aug.18,1944, Los Angeles, California.
IV-3 -- JANE GERRIT,born May 28,1929, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
II-2 -- ALICE, born June 23, 1852, in Drenthe,MI.;died
Aug. 17,1932 in Jamestown,MI.;
married HILBERT DEKLEINE (see DEKLEINE FAMILY),a farmer, on Oct.3,1870 in
Drenthe,MI.;(born Feb.4,1845 in Ruinerwold,Neth.; died Dec.25,1915 in Jamestown,MI.)
ALICE DEKLEINE'S CHILDREN:
III-1 -- MARY,born June 24,1871; in Forest Grove; died Dec.19,1936; married JOHANNES
SMALLEGAN, a merchant, June 22,1889 in Forest Grove,MI.(born Jan.31,1864).
MARY SMALLEGAN'S CHILDREN:
IV-1 -- DICK, born March 19,1890, in Forest Grove; merchant; married ANNA KLOOSTER
(born Oct.18,1894) June 27,1917 in Forest Grove, teacher;
DICK SMALLEGAN'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- MARIAN JOYCE,born Oct.18, 1924, Jamestown; teacher in Illinois.
V-2 -- JOHN EDWARD,born Apr.3, 1928,in Forest Grove,MI.
IV-2 -- ALICE,born
Feb.20,1892,Forest Grove,MI.; missionary; married MAURICE
MCLAUGHLIN (born Jan.10, 1899;died Jan.24,1975) in India, Dec.1929. British
Diplomatic Service Collector. Address: Vellore, South India.
ALICE MCLAUGHLIN'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- JOHN MAXWELL,born Nov.25,1931 in India.
IV-3 -- NELLIE,born
Oct.11,1894 in Forest Grove, MI.; married REV.HERBERT VAN
VRANKEN (born Dec.18,1892) on May 30,1917 in Forest Grove. Reformed Church
Missionaries. Address: Tindivanan,India.
NELLIE VAN VRANKEN'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- MARJORIE ALICE,born Jan.21,1925 in India; Teaches in Urbana Ill.
V-2 -- JEAN EVELYN,born Jan.12,1927; died May 4,1933 in India.
IV-4 -- HILBERT,born
Oct.5,1897 in Forest Grove;MI.; married GRACE BOS (born Apr.6,
1895) on Jul.9,1919; Hilbert died March 1,1941 in Forest Grove,MI.; was a merchant.
HILBERT SMALLEGAN'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- MURIEL JEAN, born Nov.6,1920 in Forest Grove,MI.; married RUSSEL BARON
(born Mar. 10,1914)on Apr.25,1941 in Forest Grove,MI.
VI-1 -- KENNETH EARL,
V-2 -- HOWARD EARL,born June 22,1923,in Foresst Grove,MI.; married SYLVIA
MENNING (born May 17, 1926)In Grand Rapids,MI. on Mar.9,1945; served in Army,
V-3 -- ELAINE BETH,born July 28,1928,in Forest Grove,MI.
V-4 -- VERNA RUTH,born Oct.20,1931,in Forest Grove,MI.
IV-5 -- RUTH,born
Dec.19,1901 in Forest Grove,MI. Registered Nurse; married RICHARD
ALEXANDER (born Aug.4,1904;died Feb.7,1945) in Forest Grove,MI.; Pharmacist;
He died in Hines, Ill.
RUTH ALEXANDER'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- RICHARD J.,born May 1,1935 in Chicago, ILL.
IV-6 -- ARTHUR,born
July 17,1903, in Forest Grove,MI.,; merchant; married GERALDINE
YONKER (born Oct.28,1907) on June 16,1926 in Grand Rapids,MI.,
ARTHUR SMALLEGAN'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- JUDITH MARY,born Apr.9,1927,in Forest Grove,MI.,
V-2 -- PHILIP ARTHUR,born Oct.9,1931,in Forest Grove,MI.,
V-3 -- ROGER NORL,born Feb.2,1934,in Forest Grove,MI.,
III-2 -- ANNA,born Sept.2,1873, in
Forest Grove,MI.,;died Mar.25,1941 in Jamestown,MI.,
married GERRIT HOLLEMAN, a farmer (born Jan.31,1866 in Drenthe,MI.,)on Sept.21,1898
At Forest Grove,MI.; Gerrit died June 14,1943 in Jamestown,MI.,
ANNA HOLLEMAN'S CHILDREN:
IV-1 -- WILLIAM EBENEZER,born Jul.15,1899,in South Dakota;died Mar.18,1901,in South Dakota.
IV-2 -- ALICE MARGARET,born Jul.16,1900 in South Dakota;married CORNELIUS VANOSS
(born Jan.18,1896)on Jun.30,1926 in Jamestown,MI.,
ALICE VAN OSS' CHILDREN:
V-1 -- MAXINE JOYCE,born Aug.19,1927,in Jamestown,MI.,
V-2 -- PHYLLIS ANN,born Feb.27,1932, in Grand Rapids,MI.,
IV-3 -- WILLIAM
EBENEZER,born Feb.27,1902 in Forest Grove,MI.,named after first
child who died.
IV-4 -- CLARA HELEN,born Sep.1,1905 in Jamestown,MI.;married JAMES VAN DE BUNTE
(born Jun.10,1907)on Jun.27,1934 in Jamestown,MI.;merchant;
CLARA VAN DE BUNTE'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- JAMES EDWARD,born Sep.2,1935,in Grand Rapids,MI.,
V-2 -- ANNA MAY,born Sep.14,1942 in Grand Rapids,MI.,
IV-5 -- HILBERT,born
Nov.7,1907 in Jamestown,MI.married NORMA FREEMAN
(born Dec.18,1912) on Aug.27,1936 in Jamestown,MI.,
HILBERT HOLLEMAN'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- WILLIAM HOMER,born Aug.18,1940, in Jamestown,MI.,
V-2 -- EDITH ANN,born Dec.31,1942 in Jamestown,MI.,
IV-6 -- ESTHER VIRGINIA,born
Jan.31,1911 in Jamestown,MI.;married JOHN LAMMERS
(born Feb.13,1910) on Jun.24,1936 in Jamestown, MI.; manager of DeKleine Pickle Co.;
ESTHER LAMMERS' CHILDREN:
V-1 -- MARY ANN,born Apr.17,1938 in Jamestown,MI.,
V-2 -- JANE ESTHER,born Mar.16,1940 in Jamestown,MI.,
III-3 -- DICK,born Sep.8,1875 in Forest
Grove,MI.; married MYRA STRUIK (See
(born Dec.13,1878) on Sep.14,1898 in Forest Grove,MI.,
IV-1 -- HILBERT SIMON,born Nov.2,1899 in Forest Grove,MI.,farmer & Ottawa Co. Deputy &
Justice of the Peace; married ELIZABETH BRUMMEL (see *Brummel family)
(born Jan.29,1907;died Nov.1989) on Oct.27,1926 in Forest Grove,MI; died Jun.5,1965.
HILBERT DEKLEINE'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- ERMA MAY,married EDWARD BRINKS.
V-2 -- ELEANOR JUNE,married MARTIN ROBERT(BOB) HUGHES (See Hughes Family),
ERMA MAY: CHILDREN:
VI-1 -- DONALD BRINKS,
VI-2 -- WILLIAM BRINKS,married EVON TERHORST.
VI-3 -- SCOTT BRINKS,married BECKY RUSSELL.
VI-4 -- STEVEN BRINKS,married PAT.
ELEANOR HUGHES' CHILDREN:
VI-1 -- LUANN BETH, married RONALD ALLEN DEVRIES (See *DeVries family),
VI-2 -- PAUL ROBERT,
IV-2 -- ELIZABETH
ANN,born Sep.25,1901 in Forest Grove,MI.,married JOHN VAN OSS
(born Aug.21,1899) on Feb.12,1925 in Forest Grove,MI.,farmer.
ELIZABETH VAN OSS' CHILDREN:
V-1 -- EMILY LOUISE,;married IVAN GATES.
V-2 -- DOROTHY MAE,
V-3 -- HOWARD DALE,
V-4 -- RICHARD EARL,twin of ROBERT EDWIN.
V-5 -- ROBERT EDWIN,twin of RICHARD EARL.
V-6 -- KAREN LEE,
IV-3 -- ALICE MYRANDA,born
Jul.7,1903;married WILLIAM KIEL (born Mar.29,1903;
ALICE KIEL'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- VIRGINIA LEE,
V-2 -- KENNETH EUGENE,
V-3 -- ROBERT ALLEN,
IV-4 -- CORNELIA
AGNES,born Sep.14,1905 in Forest Grove,MI.;died May 9,1981
IV-5 -- MARION IRENE,born Sep.7,1910 in Forest Grove,MI.;married MAURICE KOETS on
Sep.14,1934 (born Feb.7, 1904);
MARION KOETS' CHILDREN:
V-1 -- PAUL DUANE,
V-2 -- KARL DAVID,born Jul.2,1940; died Jul.14,1940 in Grand Rapids, MI.,
IV-6 -- LILLIAM
ETHEL,born Dec.15,1912 in Forest Grove,MI.;married HARVEY VAN DE BUNTE
(born Aug.15,1911) a farmer,
LILLIAM VAN DE BUNTE'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- MYRA JAYNE,
V-2 -- ROGER ALLEN,
III-4 -- WILLIAM,born Nov.28,1877
in Forest Grove,MI.; married LOTTIE HOYT
(born Apr.8,1881)on Jun.28,1906 in Holland,MI.; Doctor.
WILLIAM DEKLEINE'S CHILDREN:
IV-1 -- EDWIN HOYT,born Jun.11,1909;married FRANCES WEBSTER (born Apr.18,1911)
on Jun.11,1934;in Washington,D.D.; Plastic Surgeon;
EDWIN DEKLEINE'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- WILLIAM CHARLES,
V-2 -- RICHARD FRANCIS,
III-5 -- ABRAHAM,born Jan.20,1881
in Forest Grove,MI.;Fruit Grower; married GRACE BOS
(born Jul.1,1881) on Mar.22,1906 in Forest Grove,MI.,
ABRAHAM DEKLEINE'S CHILDREN:
IV-1 -- HERBERT LUTHER,born May 9,1909 in Forest Grove; Agricultural Teacher at
Mason,MI., married DOROTHY SHERMAN (born Nov. 2,1917)on Jun.15,1940
HERBERT DEKLEINE'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- HERBERT ARTHUR,
V-2 -- CARL EDWARD,
V-3 -- NANCY KAY,
IV-2 -- RUTH MARTHA,born
Sep.11,1910 in Forest Grove,MI.;married DONALD
VAN DE BUNTE (born Mar.4,1909)on Apr.15,1939 in Forest Grove,MI.;Was a Chemist
at Dodge Motors in Detriot MI.,
RUTH VAN DE BUNTE'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- GEORGE DALE,
V-2 -- RONALD EARL,
IV-3 -- AGNES VIVIAN,born
May24,1912 in Forest Grove,MI.;married GLENN SPRIK
(born Jul. 28,1907)on Jun.17,1932 in Forest Grove, MI.; Farmer.
AGNES SPRIK'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- ARLENE HOPE,
V-2 -- EDNA GRACE,
IV-4 -- AMY INEZ,
III-6 -- HELENA,born Apr.17,1884 in
In February of 1884 Lucas and maggie
Kremers left home in Jamestown, Michigan to become pioneers
in Springfield, Bon Homme county, South Dakota. Lucas Kremers' fine leadership was prevalent during the
years spent out there. He was prominent in politics, school and church work. In the event of any community
or personal crisis he was called in for assistance. The charming hospitality of Maggie Grinwis Kremers
warmed the hearts of the student Ministers who spent their summers with the family while laboring in the
newly organized Immanuel Reformed Church. The Kremers did much toward the organization of the Church.
One never to be forgotten event in their lives was the dreadful blizzard of 1887 which was followed by the
destructive prairie fire of the following spring. In December of 1905 Lucas and Maggie Kremers with their
family returned to Jamestown, Michigan where they spent the remainder of their days.
was written by: Marjorie Nagelkirk Ondmen, date unknown**
NOW TO CONTINUE WITH THE CHILDREN OF WILLEM KREMERS:
II-3 -- LUCAS,born Nov.25,1856;died Jan.12,1927;married
MAGGIE GRINWIS on Mar.23,1881
(born Oct.21,1862; died Jun.19,1933).
LUCAS KREMERS' CHILDREN:
III-1 -- ANNA,born Feb.26,1882;married PETER SMALLEGAN on Dec.26,1905 (born Apr.12,
1880; died Oct.24,1935).
ANNA SMALLEGAN'S CHILDREN:
IV-1 -- DOROTHY LEONA,born Apr.13,1908; married GILLIS JUSTIN LANKHEET
(born Feb.11,1909)on Sep.28,1932.
DOROTHY LANKHEET'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- KATHLEEN ANN,
V-2 -- DELVIN GLENN,
V-3 -- MURIEL JEAN,
V-4 -- THELMA JANE,
V-5 -- MARILYN JOAN,
IV-2 -- WILLIAM
KREMERS,born 5 Mar. 1905 married TENA KOEKKOEK on May 21,1935
(born Mar.2,1912); Farmer.
WILLIAM KREMERS SMALLEGAN'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- MARYANN,
V-2 -- MERLE WILLIAM,
IV-3 -- NELSON PETER,;married ELIZABETH PALMBOS
NELSON SMALLEGAN'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- PETER MARTIN,
V-2 -- JIMMY ALLEN,
IV-4 -- MARVIN LUCAS,;married
PHYLLIS KLOMPARENS;Graduate of Hope College;
P.G. work at University of Michigan.
MARVIN SMALLEGAN'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- JACQUELYN ANN,
V-2 -- PATSY JANE,
V-3 -- JON MARVIN,
IV-5 -- ANGELINE BEATRICE, married ALVIN NABER,
ANGELINE NABER'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- LARRY DUANE,
V-2 -- ORWIN DALE,
V-3 -- JUDY,
V-4 -- ALLEN,married GLORIA GORTER
ALLEN NABER'S CHILDREN:
VI-1 -- ANNA,
VI-2 -- SARAH,
VI-3 -- JOHN,
IV-6 -- RUSSEL JOHN,
married FLORENCE JANET WUSTMAN, Farmer.
IV-7 -- PAULINE JEAN;married RUSSEL BERNARD STRICK; Farmer.
PAULINE STRICK'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- ROBERT JAY,
III-2 -- MARTIN,born in Jamestown,Dec.21,1884;married
ETTA TERHAAR on Oct.31,1907;
died on Sep.20, 1941.
MARTIN KREMERS' CHILDREN:
IV-1 -- GLADYS,born May 25,1909;married JACOB COTTS (born Dec.9,1909) on Sep.20,1934.
GLADYS COTTS' CHILDREN:
V-1 -- EDWIN,
V-2 -- WAYNE,married JUDY.
IV-2 -- LLOYD,born
Jul.12,1914;married GERTRUDE SCKUTT (born Jan.17,1918) on Mar.26,1939.
LLOYD KREMERS' CHILDREN:
V-1 -- LELAND,born Dec.16,1939.
III-3 -- WILLIAM HENRY,born Aug.25,1885
in Springfield, South Dakota; died Jun.4,1909
III-4 -- LENA AGNES,born Apr.6,1887,Springfield, South Dakota; married REN NAGELKIRK on
Mar.30,1909 (born in Drenthe on Aug.7, 1881); Farmer;
LENA NAGELKIRK'S CHILDREN:
IV-1 -- LUCILLE MARGARET,born Mar.1,1910 married J.J.GRUIZENGA on Jun.12,1935
LUCILLE GRUIZENGA'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- RONALD LEE,
V-2 -- ALLEN JAN,
IV-2 -- LUKE MARVIN,born
Jan.11,1912; married PEARL SMITH on Oct.28,1939 (born
Dec.6,1914)Inspector at G.M.
LUKE NAGELKIRK'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- ROBERT LUKE,
V-2 -- JERRY EDWIN,
IV-3 -- MARJORIE
JEAN,born Apr.18,1917; married FRED B. OUDMAN (born Feb.28,
1916; killed in action Sep.22,1944, Angaur Island in the Palau group Carolyns; Lt. in
Infantry of the 81st. Div.) on May 29,1941; she was a Graduate of Western Michigan College.
MARJORIE OUDMAN'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- MARY LEE,
IV-4 -- RONALD J. ;
III-5 -- HARRY CLEVELAND,born Jan.28,1889
at Springfield, South Dakota;married
EVELYN JACOBA VAN BRONKHORST (born Dec.17,1889) on Jun.30,1915,
Forest Grove,MI.;Graduate of Hope College & University of Illinois - Chemist at
Harshaw chemical Co., Cleveland, OH.
HARRY KREMERS' CHILDREN:
IV-1 -- HOWARD EARL,born Jun.9,1917;married VIRGINIA GAIL FREEMAN
(born Feb.2,1915) on Jun 21,1940; he is a graduate of University of Illinois,
Research Chemist at Lindasy Light & Chemical Co., West Chicago, Illionois.
HOWARD KREMERS' CHILDREN:
V-1 -- JAN HOWARD,
IV-2 -- CAROLYN
MAE;married WARREN BARRETT SCOBEY ; he is a Geologist and
was in the U.S. Navy; She is a Graduate from Hope College.
IV-3 -- ELINOR JEAN;marriedLAWRENCE BOWLER STRIMPLE; Was in the U.S. Army.
ELINOR STRIMPLE'S CHILDREN:
V-1 -- SUSAN KAY,
V-2 -- BETSY ANN,
IV-4 -- HARRY CLEVELAND,JR.,
III-6 -- JENNIE LUCY,born May 7,1894
at Springfield, South Dakota;married RICHARD JOHN
STRUICK (born Dec.17,1888 at Grand Rapids,MI.;died Apr.21,1945; Veteran of W.W.I)
JENNIE STRUICK'S CHILDREN:
IV-1 -- RICHARD JOHN JR.(adopted)
IV-2 -- MARJORIE ELIZABETH(adopted)
III-7 -- REUBEN BENJAMIN,born Oct.11,1899
at Springfield, South Dakota;married DAISY
WALBRIDGE (born Oct.8,1900 at Grand Rapids,MI.)on Oct. 8,1920 at Green River,
III-8 -- LESTER LUKE,born Jan.9,1906 at Forest Grove, MI.;married JEANETTE KOEKKOEK
Sep.12,1933 a Grand Rapids,MI.; Farmer.
LESTER KREMERS' CHLDREN:
IV-1 -- MYRTLE JEAN,
IV-2 -- BEATRICE JOAN,
II-4 -- JENNIE,born Apr.6,1866 in Drenthe,MI.;died in
St. Petersburg,Florida on Nov.24,1945
II-5 -- HARRY,born Sep.17,1868 in Drenthe,MI.;died Jun.6,1938;married MINNIE CAPPON
(born Aug.28,1867;died Dec.14,1939) on Nov.6,1894.
HARRY KREMERS' CHILDREN:
III-1 -- LAWRENCE EDMUND,born Jun.26,1897;married MARY ROSAMOND NEIDLINGER
LAWRENCE KREMERS' CHILDREN:
IV-1 -- LAWRENCE EDMUND,JR.,
III-2 -- JOHN HAROLD,born Jul.11,1898;married
MARGARET S.CROCKER on Feb.4,1922;
JOHN KREMERS' CHILDREN:
IV-1 -- JOHN EDWARD,
IV-2 -- ROBERT BRUCE,
IV-3 -- JAMES HARRY,
IV-4 -- KENNETH DALE,
III-3 -- ANNA MARJORIE,born Sep.2,1902;married
ANNA MARJORIE VAUGHN'S CHILDREN:
IV-1 -- JOHN WALTER,JR.,
IV-2 -- SUSAN KREMERS,
Ancestors of Willem
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