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Geert Brinks

Male 1831 - 1891  (59 years)


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  • Name Geert Brinks  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
    Born 16 October 1831  Drouwenerveen, Borger-Odoorn, Drenthe, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16
    • beroep vader: arbeider; leeftijd vader: 32; leeftijd moeder: 27
    Gender Male 
    Birth 24 November 1832  Drouwen, Borger-Odoorn, Drenthe, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 17
    Immigration 1867  Emmen, Drenthe, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 18
    Occupation: (arbeider) workman; age 45; Dutch Reformed, class: Less-well-to-do, assessment: yes, rate 22; 0 women 2 children, dest: Unknown, resn: Religious Freedom, to join friends/family; province: Drenthe, mun: Emmen 
    Residence between 1867 and 1882  Laketown, Allegan, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    near Hopkins Dock (NW Laketown twp), 145-acre farm (with Mother) 
    Residence 1880  Laketown, Allegan, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 04 June 1880  Laketown, Allegan, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    48 acres; valued at $1025, 1 horse 
    Emigration 1882  Vogel Center, Missaukee, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    Race White  [10
    Residence after 1882  Vogel Center, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Relation to Head of House: Head 
    Occupation before 01 August 1891  [20
    Farmer 
    Residence before 01 August 1891  Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    Marital Status: Married 
    Died 01 August 1891  Vogel Center, Missaukee, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11, 12, 17
    Buried after 01 August 1891  Vogel Center, Missaukee County, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    • Vogel Center Cemetery
    Notes 
    • From RBFH page 1:

      "...in 1867, Mrs. Rutgert Brinks and the three youngest sons, Geert, who married Margien Martens and their three children (Ralph, Annie and John), and Jan and Harm, who were not married, left the Netherlands for America. They made the trip in nine and a half days. They settled near Black Lake, where the boys worked for Knoll and Vredeveld, making cord wood and peeling bark. "Soon after they bought a one hundred and forty-five acre farm around what was then known as Hopkins Dock and now would be located in the northwest part of Laketown township, county of Allegan, State of Michigan. Kalamazoo was the big city at that time and many of the young girls and boys went to work there to work and earn money, which they saved and later used to buy their farms.
      [...]
      "In the fall of 1882 Geert Brinks sold his farm and moved to Vogel Center, Mich., where he bought an eighty-acre farm. Geert Brinks and his wife, Margien Martens, had nine children: Ralph, Annie, John, Jane, Maggie, George, Helen, Susan, and Ben. Thjey worked hard on this new farm. They cut down the trees without clearing the land. They planted potatoes between the logs with a hoe, making a hole just big enough to put the potato in. For planting corn and oats they cut the trees into logs, piled them and burned them. Next they fastened a yoke of oxen to a shovel plow and worked the soil among the stumps. The seed was then planted. After Ralph G. Brinks, the oldest son, married Rica Van Der Mey, April 6, 1885, he lived with his folks and helped his father work the farm.

      "Geert Brinks and his wife were members of the Christian Reformed Church in Vogel Center, Mich. He served as elder a number of years. He died in Vogel Center, Mich., August 1, 1891, at the age of 58 years, leaving his wife and seven children to mourn for him: Ralph, Annie, John, Jane, Maggie, George and Ben. A month and two days later, Sept. 3, 1891, George, one of his sons, died at the age of 16 years and about 2 months."

      Geert's wife later remarried. Geert's farm went to his wife's step-son. But upon her 2nd husband's death, his farm went to Geert's son Ralph.
    Person ID I101  Koster

    Father Rotgert Berends Brinks,   b. 21 July 1798, Drouwenerveen, Borger-Odoorn, Drenthe, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 June 1862, Vastenow, Emmen, Drenthe, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Jantien Geerts Hilbrands,   b. 04 May 1804, Buinerveen, Borger-Odoorn, Drenthe, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 January 1875, Laketown, Allegan, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 1823  [22
    Married 07 May 1825  Gasselte, Aa en Hunze, Drenthe, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  [23
    Family ID F15  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Marrechien Martens,   b. 23 May 1840, Drouwenerveen, Borger-Odoorn, Drenthe, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 January 1907, Vogel Center, Missaukee, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 11 June 1860  Emmen, Drenthe, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 17, 24
    Children 
     1. Zwaantje Susan Brinks,   b. 09 June 1879, Graafschap, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. July 1881, Graafschap, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)  [Natural]
     2. Helen Brinks,   b. 07 August 1877, Graafschap, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. August 1879, Graafschap, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)  [Natural]
    +3. Benjamin G Brinks,   b. 15 August 1882, Graafschap, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1963, Grandville, Kent, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)  [Natural]
    +4. Janna Annie Brinks,   b. 11 April 1864, Emmen, Drenthe, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 February 1914, Vogel Center, Missaukee, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)  [Natural]
     5. Janna (infant) Brinks,   b. 25 January 1863, Emmen, Drenthe, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 February 1863, Emmen, Drenthe, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [Natural]
    +6. Jan Geerts Brinks,   b. 05 October 1866, Vastenow, Emmen, Drenthe, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 September 1918, Riverside, Missaukee, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)  [Natural]
    +7. Roelof Geerts Brinks,   b. 08 April 1861, Vastenow, Emmen, Drenthe, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 December 1934, Vogel Center, Missaukee, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  [Natural]
    +8. Jantjen Brinks,   b. 18 January 1870, Graafschap, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 August 1946, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  [Natural]
     9. Geert George Brinks,   b. 06 July 1875, Graafschap, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 September 1891, Vogel Center, Missaukee, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 16 years)  [Natural]
    +10. Grietje G Brinks,   b. 08 July 1872, Graafschap, Ottawa, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 November 1964, Vogel Center, Missaukee, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)  [Natural]
    Family ID F13  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S11] 1880 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limite;), Year: 1880; Census Place: Laketown, Allegan, Michigan; Roll: T9_569; Family History Film: 1254569; Page: 132.2000; Enumeration District: 6; Image: 0268.
      Name: Geert Brinks Birth Date: abt 1832 Birth Place: Holl Residence Date: 1880 Residence Place: Laketown, Allegan, Michigan, United States
      http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=1880usfedcen&h=31013013&ti=0&indiv=try

    2. [S3] Rutgert Brinks Family History 1794-1934, Henriette Morgenstern, (Name: Brinks Family Re-union; Date: 1934;), pg1-2.

    3. [S30] 1880 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2005;), Database online. Laketown, Allegan, Michigan, ED 6, roll T9_569, page 132.2000, image 0268.
      Record for Geert Brinks

    4. [S160] Michigan, Death Records, 1897-1920, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Database online.
      Record for John G Brinks

    5. [S138] Michigan, Deaths and Burials Index, 1867-1995, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011;), Database online.
      Record for John G. Brinks

    6. [S104] Dutch Emigrants to the United States, 1835-1880, page 33.
      Occupation: (arbeider) workman;
      age 45;
      Dutch Reformed,
      class: Less-well-to-do,
      assessment: yes, rate 22;
      0 women 2 children,
      dest: Unknown,
      resn: Religious Freedom, to join friends/family;
      province: Drenthe
      mun: Emmen

    7. [S366] Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2015;).
      Record for Ben Brinks

    8. [S263] Wie Was Wie.
      Kind:
      Roelof Brinks
      Geslacht:
      Man
      Geboortedatum:
      maandag 8 april 1861
      Vader:
      Geert Brinks
      Geslacht:
      Man
      Leeftijd:
      29
      Beroep:
      arbeider
      Moeder:
      Marrechien Martens
      Geslacht:
      Vrouw
      Leeftijd:
      20
      Beroep:
      Arbeidster
      Gebeurtenis:
      Geboorte
      Gebeurtenisplaats:
      Vastenow (Emmen)
      Documenttype:
      BS Geboorte
      Erfgoedinstelling:
      Drents ArchiefDrents Archief
      Plaats instelling:
      Assen
      Collectiegebied:
      Drenthe
      Archief:
      0165.010
      Registratienummer:
      1861
      Aktenummer:
      48
      Registratiedatum:
      9 april 1861
      Akteplaats:
      Emmen
      Aktesoort:
      Geboorte

    9. [S263] Wie Was Wie.
      Bruidegom:
      Geert Brinks
      Geboorteplaats:
      Borger
      Geboortedatum:
      zaterdag 16 oktober 1830
      Leeftijd:
      28
      Beroep:
      arbeider
      Vader van de bruidegom:
      Rotgert Berends Brinks
      Beroep:
      arbeider
      Moeder van de bruidegom:
      Jantien Geerts Hilbrands
      Beroep:
      arbeider
      Bruid:
      Marrechien Martens
      Geboorteplaats:
      Borger
      Geboortedatum:
      zaterdag 23 mei 1840
      Leeftijd:
      20
      Beroep:
      Arbeidster
      Vader van de bruid:
      Jan Martens
      Beroep:
      arbeider
      Moeder van de bruid:
      Janna Schuiling
      Beroep:
      arbeider
      Gebeurtenis:
      Huwelijk
      Datum:
      maandag 11 juni 1860
      Gebeurtenisplaats:
      Emmen

    10. [S327] Michigan, Deaths and Burials Index, 1867-1995, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011;).
      Record for Geert Brinks

    11. [S408] U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;).
      Record for Geert Brinks

    12. [S393] U.S., Dutch Christian Reformed Church Membership Records, 1856-1970, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2015;), Archives of Calvin College; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Christian Reformed Church Records; Reel Number: 2.
      Record for Geert Brinks

    13. [S88] Selected U.S. Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Census Year: 1880; Census Place: Laketown, Allegan, Michigan; Archive Collection Number: T1164; Roll: 28; Page: 5; Line: 1; Schedule Type: Agriculture.
      Record for Geert Brinks

    14. [S229] Michigan, Deaths and Burials Index, 1867-1995, Ancestry.com, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.Original data - "Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800–1995." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled rec;).
      Record for Geert Brinks

    15. [S40] Genlias Database, http://www.genlias.nl/en/searchDetail.jsp?val=8&xtr=18881213&vgr=1.
      Source Civil register - Birth
      Archive location Drents Archief
      General Number of finding aid: 0165.004
      Item number: 1831
      Municipality: Borger
      Type of record: geboorte
      Record number: 50
      Registration date: 17-10-1831
      Child Geert Brinks
      Gender: M
      Date of birth: 16-10-1831
      Place of birth: Drouwenderveen (Borger)
      Father Rotgert Berends Brinks
      Mother Jantien Geerts Hilbrands
      Additional information beroep vader: arbeider; leeftijd vader: 32; leeftijd moeder: 27


    16. [S30] 1880 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Name: The Generations Network, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2005;), Database online. Laketown, Allegan, Michigan, ED 6, roll T9_569, page 132.2000, image 0268.
      Record for Grietje Brinks

    17. [S3] Rutgert Brinks Family History 1794-1934, Henriette Morgenstern, (Name: Brinks Family Re-union; Date: 1934;), p15.

    18. [S3] Rutgert Brinks Family History 1794-1934, Henriette Morgenstern, (Name: Brinks Family Re-union; Date: 1934;), p1.
      Nine years later in 1867, Mrs. Rutgert Brinks and the three youngest sons, Geert, who married Margien Martens and their three children (Ralph, Annie and John), and Jan and Harm, who were not married, left the Netherlands for America. They made the trip in nine and a half days. They settled near Black Lake, were the boys worked for Knoll and Vredeveld, making cord wood and peeling bark.

      Soon after they bought a one hundred and forty-five acre farm around what was then known as Hopkins Dock and now would be located in the northwest part of Laketown township, county of Allegan, State of Michigan. Kalamazoo was the big city at that time and many of the young girls and boys went there to work to earn money, which they saved and later used to buy their farms.


    19. [S3] Rutgert Brinks Family History 1794-1934, Henriette Morgenstern, (Name: Brinks Family Re-union; Date: 1934;), p2.
      The oldest son, Berend Brinks, who was born Nov 3, 1825, in the Netherlands, married Hilgiena Ottens, who was born April 17, 1826, in the Netherlands. Eight children were born to them: Rutgert, Taal, Jennie, Gertie, Maggie, Hattie, Grace, and John. They lived in New Dordrecht, Province Drenthe, Netherlands. Their occupation was farming. This family came to America in 1871 when John, the youngest child was three years old.

      It took them thirty-one days to make their trip. They left their home on April 28, 1871, and reached Holland, Mich. on May 29. They journeyed by wagon from their home at Dordrecht to Groningen where they boarded the train for Harlingen, Province Vriesland, Netherlands. From here on May 1st, on a Sunday morning, they crossed the North Sea and landed at Hull, England. A train took them from Hull to Liverpool, which they reached after midnight about 1:00 a.m. Here they waited until Thursday for the boat, "Pennsylvania," which sailed to America. They sailed for nineteen days on the Atlantic Ocean, landing in New York harbor on a Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Small boats took them to Castle Garden, which was a stopping place for immigrants. Here they stayed for one and a half days to have their goods inspected, money exchanged, and to register. On Wednesday evening they boarded a train for Holland, Mich., passing through the following cities: New York, Albany, Buffalo, Clinton, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, and reached Holland on May 29. They saw the Niagara Falls from the train windows.

      In Holland, Mich. They soon found his mother and three brothers near Black Lake and remained with them two years. In 1873 Berend Brinks bought a forty-acre farm in Fillmore Township, County of Allegan, State of Michigan, which is four and a half miles south of Graafschap, later owned by his son, Rutgert J. Brinks, but which is now [in 1934] the property of a grandson, George R. Brinks.

      Berend Brinks was an honest and industrious farmer and a loyal citizen of his adopted country. He and his wife were members of the Christian Reformed Church of East Saugatuck. Mrs. Berend Brinks, nee Hilgiena Ottens, died Oct 13, 1901, at the age of seventy-five years and six months, Berend Brinks survived his wife a little more than three years. he died December 10, 1904. He left seven children to mourn for him: Rutgert J., Taal, Gertie, Maggie, Hattie, Grace, and John, all of whom were married. Jennie or Mrs. Peter Brink, the oldest daughter, having died Dec 17, 1876, when her only son, Leonard P., was fourteen years old. This "L. P. Brink" became a missionary to the Indians in New Mexico in 1900. He is now [in 1934] located at Farmington, New Mexico.


    20. [S38] Online Resource, Michigan, Deaths and Burials Index, 1867-1995 - Ancestry.com. search.ancestry.com.

    21. [S38] Online Resource, U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current - Ancestry.com. search.ancestry.com.

    22. [S3] Rutgert Brinks Family History 1794-1934, Henriette Morgenstern, (Name: Brinks Family Re-union; Date: 1934;), p3.
      records birth year as 1802

    23. [S40] Genlias Database, http://www.genlias.org/en/searchDetail.jsp?val=1&xtr=275443&vgr=2.
      Source Civil register - Marriage
      Archive location Drents Archief
      General Number of finding aid: 0166.011
      Item number: 1825
      Municipality: Gasselte
      Type of record: Huwelijksakte
      Record number: 3
      Registration date: 07-05-1825
      Groom Rotgert Berents
      Place of birth: Drouwenderveen
      Bride Jantien Geerts Hilbrands
      Place of birth: Buinerveen
      Father groom Berend Harms
      Mother groom Grietien Rotgers
      Father bride Geert Jans Hilbrands
      Mother bride Trientien Jans
      Additional information bruidegom: 27 jaar.; bruid: 21 jaar.

    24. [S40] Genlias Database, http://www.genlias.nl/en/searchDetail.jsp?val=20&xtr=266087&vgr=3.
      Source Civil register - Marriage
      Archive location Drents Archief
      General Number of finding aid: 0166.010
      Item number: 1860
      Municipality: Emmen
      Type of record: Huwelijksakte
      Record number: 21
      Registration date: 11-06-1860
      Groom Geert Brinks
      Date of birth: 16-10-1830
      Place of birth: Borger
      Bride Marrechien Martens
      Date of birth: 23-05-1840
      Place of birth: Borger
      Father groom Rotgert Berends Brinks
      Mother groom Jantien Geerts Hilbrands
      Father bride Jan Martens
      Mother bride Janna Schuiling



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