Researching Akke de Jong Hoekstra, Ancestor #1/52

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Akke in the Records

1827 | Akke Sijes de Jong was born in Berlikum, Menaldumadeel, Friesland, the Netherlands to Sije Wybes de Jong and Geertje Klazes Werkhoven.

Akke’s birth record, found at
She was born 15 Nov 1827, Menaldumadeel, Paginanummber B59.
The record records her parents as Sije Wybes de Jong and Geertje Klazes Werkoven.
Two men witness the document: Sijes Johannes Bylsma and Bauke Baukes Post.

1854 | Akke Sijes de Jong married Kornelis Heerkes Hoekstra, both of Berlikum.

Akke’s marriage record, found at AlleFriezen
Akke was 26; Kornelis was 27.
They were married on 24 May 1854, Menaldumadeel, Aktenummer A45.

Children born to Akke and Kornelis (these records can also be found at
Trijntje Hoekstra, b. 3 May 1855, Berlikum
Sije Hoekstra, b. 22 Oct 1857, Berlikum
Heerke Hoekstra, b. 13 Sep 1859, Berlikum
Geertje Hoekstra, b. 17 Dec 1861, Berlikum
Jan Hoekstra, b. 29 Aug 1864, Berlikum
Martha Hoekstra, b. 29 Aug 1867, Berlikum

All of Akke’s children lived to adulthood.

1869 | Akke’s husband, Kornelis Heerkes Hoekstra, “gardener,” died in Berlikum at the age of 42 years, 25 Dec. Menaldumadeel, Aktenummer A180.
Dutch records do not give a cause of death.

1877 | Akke’s oldest daughter, Trijntje Kornelis Hoekstra, married Jarig Klazes van der Schaaf, both of Berlikum, 17 May.

1878 | Akke’s son, Heerke Kornelis Hoekstra, died in Berlikum at the age of 18 years.
Menaldumadeel, Aktenummer A123

1879 | Akke’s oldest son, Sije Kornelis Hoekstra, married Trijntje Rintjes van Dijk, 29 May.

All of these records indicate that Akke was born and married in Berlikum, Menaldumadeel, Friesland. Her children were born there, two of her children married there, and one of them died there.

1884 | Akke emigrated to the area near Orange City, Iowa. Her three youngest children were with her. I haven’t found a record of her immigration–no ship manifest, etc. A letter from her grandson, John Hoekstra, says she immigrated in March, 1884. The 1900 census records her oldest daughter, Tryntje van der Schaaf, as immigrating also in 1884. It’s likely then that Akke traveled with her oldest married daughter and her daughter’s husband, as well as her youngest children (who at the time were 23, 20, and 17–so they weren’t that young).

According to a Hoekstra family researcher, Akke departed for North America on 8 Mar 1884 aboard the Zaandam; they arrived in Hoboken, New Jersey on 27 Mar 1884. Then they traveled overland [most probably by train] to Orange City, Iowa. This researcher indicates that Akke’s oldest married daughter and the daughter’s husband were traveling with them. The train trip took about three days.

1884 | April 10. Akke bought 80 acres of farmland near Orange City. The description of her land: East 1/2 of the SE 1/4, Sec. 6, Twp. 94, R. 44, W of the 5th P.M. See the map below, accessed 5 Jan 2015. Her 80 acres is the rectangle marked in yellow.


From my notes, dated Jul 2000: Today [a Hoekstra researcher] drove me by the house that sits on the land that Akke owned when she first came to the U.S. in 1884. To find the house: Drive to Orange City from Sioux Center. Before you get to Orange City, there’s a street called Ironwood Ave. Turn right on Ironwood (a dirt road). The first house is 4569–that’s the house that stood where Akke’s house stood. However, this is not the original house. From an email, sent by the Hoekstra researcher: “According to [the grandson], he said he and his folks [his father, Akke’s son Jan] came to the U.S. in 1909 and stayed with the Gerke Mulder family [Martha Hoekstra Mulder, Gerke’s wife, who would have been Jan’s sister] while a new house was being built on the farm. So the picture of the house is not the original one.”

1885 | Iowa State Census. I haven’t found Akke in the 1885 state census. | Update. Eureka! I finally found Akke in a census record. As I was writing the article about her farm, I decided to return to the 1885 census for Nassau County and see if I had missed something. Sure enough, she’s there, image 23 of 23 (persistence pays off), listed as A.K. Hoekstra. No wonder I missed her. See Akke on Her Farm Near Orange City, Iowa for details.

1888 | Akke’s son, Jan Hoekstra, returned to the Netherlands. He would eventually return to Iowa with his Dutch wife.

1888 | Akke had a public sale. The announcement was published in De Volksfriend, a Dutch language newspaper published in Orange City, in late Dec. 1887; the sale was held 12 Jan 1888. She was selling a colt, 10 months old; 4 milk cows; 2 2-year-old oxen; 1 bull, 2 years old; 1 1-year-old ox; 4 spring calves; 30 suckling pigs; 50 chickens; 1 wagon; 1 McCormack combined reaper; 1 plow; 1 Dowser rake; 1 cornsheller; 1 bobsled; 1 cookstove; 300 bushels oats; and many other things too many to mention.

1890 | Akke sold her 80 acres to Jarig K. van der Schaaf, her oldest daughter’s (Tryntje) husband. According to the 1885 Iowa state census, Jarig was a carpenter. He and Tryntje lived in the town of Orange City. The same grandson, John Hoekstra, reported that when Akke sold her land, she moved in with Tryntje in Orange City. Perhaps she moved to town after her public sale. One family researcher states that Jarig, the carpenter, built a room for Akke onto their house.

1892 | Jarig van der Schaaf died, 20 Oct. Was Akke living with her daughter when Tryntje’s husband died? Did Jarig leave a will? He was only 41 years old when he died.

1894 | Tryntje married a second time, 6 Sep. Her husband was Yge Mulder, a teacher.

1895 | According to the 1895 Iowa State Census, the Yge Mulder household consisted of Yge Mulder, age 35; Tryntje Mulder, age 37; “Wanny” [Winnie] van der Schaaf, age 15, and Jelle R Mulder, age 7 (Yge’s son by his first marriage, later known as “Charles.”) There is no mention of Akke Hoekstra in the Mulder household in the census record.

1900 | Akke died on 28 Apr. Her obituary [newspaper unknown]:

Mrs. Cornelius Hoekstra died at her home in this city [Orange City, Iowa] last Saturday morning, at the age of 72 years. Her health had been failing for some time, and hoping to improve it she had been staying with her daughter near Carnes for several weeks, but on last Wednesday she insisted on being brought back to her home in Orange City. The trip was more than she could stand in her weakened condition, and she sank rapidly, and passed away as above.

Deceased was a native of the Netherlands and came to this country fifteen years ago, her husband having died before she left the motherland. She leaves two sons and three daughters to mourn her demise, as follows:

S. Hoekstra of Sheldon, and another son in Holland.
Mrs. Y Mulder, wife of Prof. Mulder of Chicago; Mrs. Gerrit Mulder; Mrs. G. Mulder near Carnes, the three daughters having married brothers.

The funeral was held from the Christian Reformed Church Monday afternoon, of which denomination she was a devoted member, and was conducted by the regular pastor, Rev. E. Breen.

Finally, a family researcher included this paragraph, possibly taken from local newspaper records. However, no source is given:

Akke’s son Sije wrote on behalf of his brothers and sisters that today our very beloved mother passed away at age of 72 years, 5 months, and 14 days. He further wrote that she left behind a much troubled life, yet she was totally at peace, believing that her Savior paid for her sin and redeemed her, in that assurance did she pass away. Also, he said that we all lost in her a very caring mother.

 1900 | Akke died before the June U.S. census. Who was she living with in Orange City? She had originally moved to town to live with her eldest daughter, Tryntje van der Schaaf. However, Tryntje’s husband died in 1892 and Tryntje remarried in 1894 to Yge Mulder. In the 1900 census, Tryntje and her second husband are living in Chicago, where he is a teacher.

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