Jan Roos and Meenke Schroder b. 1798

Jan Garbrand Roos and Meenke Andressen Schroder 4th grandparents on RootsMagic tree.

Roos Renistra marriage

Jan Roos was born in 1798 and married Meenke Schroder born 1801. They lived in Leeuwarden, a city and municipality in Friesland, Netherlands. They probably lived-in the city and Jan could have been a bread baker ‘ broodbakker’ like his son Garbrand. Jan and Meenke are on the marriage records of their son Garbrand who married Catherine Renistra in Leeuwarden and also on the marriage record of their son Harm who married Lammechien Takens in Ogle County, Illinois. Jan and Meenke didn’t migrate to America, most of their children did, stopping first in Ogle County, Illinois. Garbrand and Catherina Roose stayed in Ogle County soon after their son Johann was born in 1865 they moved on to Grundy County, Iowa where their grandson George Roose was born and then married Mary Frerichs, parents of Stanley Roose.

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Mattie Frerichs b. 1911

Mattie Frerichs 2nd great aunt on RootsMagic tree.

Mattie Frerichs was born November 4, 1911 in Butler County, Iowa. She was the youngest Enno and Annie Henrichs Frerichs’s 10 children, their births spanned 20 years from 1891 to 1911. On the Butler County, Iowa 1920 census Mattie was 9 years old and living with her parents and siblings: Sena (Cazina), Martena, Etta, John and Enno Jr. Mattie’s older brother George and sisters Mary, Kate and Flora were married with children and Mattie was an aunt to at least 3 nieces and nephews including Stanley b. 1915, son of Mary Frerichs and George Roose.

Frerichs, Mattie and Hilko Janssen 1936 marriage (1)

After high school Mattie graduated from Iowa Teachers College and taught in rural Iowa schools. On November 25, 1936 she married Hilko Janssen at the Lutheran church in Clarksville, Iowa. Mattie’s sister Sena and husband Hubert Ressler were attendants at the wedding.

Mattie and Hilko farmed and had 3 children. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary November 23 1961 at St James Lutheran Church in Allison, Iowa with a program presented by their nieces and nephews and a reception.

Mattie died on January 30 1984 at age 72. She and Hilko are both buried at Allison Cemetery. Hilko lived another 13 years, he died in 1997. In July 1995 he was in the Clarksville Star newspaper remembering the annual Butler County Fair. In 1995 Hilko was attending the fair for the 80th year in a row and remembered his first fair in 1916 when he walked a mile to the fairgrounds and bought an ice cream cone for 10 cents.

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Tena Henrichs b. 1880

Tena Henrichs 2nd great aunt on RootsMagic tree

Tena or Trientje was born October 1, 1880 in Germany. At 5 years old she and her family sailed from Bremen, Germany to Baltimore, from Baltimore they traveled to Butler County, Iowa. Tena grew up in Butler County, the 2nd youngest of 5 daughters and 4 sons of Hinrich and Maria Rodenbeck Henrichs.

On February 20, 1907 Tena married John Jacobs. John also migrated from Germany with his parents and 8 siblings. Tena’s brother Fred and sister Mattie were witnesses to the marriage and included on the marriage record. Tena and John lived in Jefferson Township, Butler County Iowa, in a community of German immigrants, farmers, Lutherans. Tena and John had a daughter who died very young and 3 sons: Henry, Jacob and John. Tena’s husband John died December 16, 1916, in an automobile accident. There are no records on how or where Tena and her three young sons lived, whether they stayed on their farm or moved in with relatives.

Soldiers of the 34th Infantry DivisionMeanwhile John Jacobs’s younger bother William had enlisted in the army for World War 1. He was a private in the Minnesota 34th Engineers, with men from Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. They trained at Camp Cody, New Mexico and were in the war until the 1920s. Marvin Cone, Iowa artist and friend of Grant Wood was in this same unit and designed the insignia. William returned from World War 1 in 1920 and Tena and William married at Ebenezer Lutheran Church on February 22, 1920.

Each of Tena’s 3 sons married, had children and farmed in the Butler County area. Oldest son Henry married Alma Constein at Vilmar Church on February 18, 1936. Tena died May 9, 1959. She was 79 years old and is buried at Butler Center Cemetery with the Jacobs and Henrichs families.

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Casjen Frerichs b. 1834

Casjen Frerichs 3rd great grandpa on RootsMagic tree

Casjen was born February 5, 1834. He was from Lower Saxony Germany near Hamburg and Bremen, close to the Netherlands, and Amsterdam. Casjen married Kuna Janssen in Germany. In 1883 Casjen was 49, he and Kuna had 5 kids: Yevkea, Enno, Gerd, Entje, Hilka and the whole family left Germany for America.

Frerichs, Casjen arrival 1883 cardThey sailed on the ship, America, stopped at the New York Harbor then sailed on to Baltimore. From Baltimore, Casjen and family went directly to Butler County, Iowa just over 1,000 miles. Casjen stayed in Butler County, near Parkersburg in Albion township. HIs children stayed in same area, Gerd and Yevkea died shortly after arriving in Iowa, son Enno, daughters Entje and Hilka married, had children and farmed. When Casjen died at age 59, in 1893 he had 3 grandchildren including Mary Frerichs Roose, mom of Stanley Roose.

Frerichs, Casjen headstone

Casjen and wife Kuna are buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Parkersburg. They share a headstone, at the bottom are many words inscribed, by hand, in the German language, something like -Not mine, -, my Savior I found, and I have also in part – . About 10 yards away Martin and Mary Walters Wisbar are buried, parents of Lena who married Johan Roose. Lena and Johann’s son was George Roose who married Mary Frerichs, their son was Stanley Roose.

 

 

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Enno Frerichs b. 1865

Enno Henry Frerichs 2nd great grandpa on RootsMagic tree

Enno Frerichs was born January 6, 1865 in East Frisia, Lower Saxony, Germany. Enno was 18 years old when he sailed to America in October, 1883 with his family: dad Casjen, mom Kunna, brother Gerd, sisters Entje and Hilka. Enno’s older sister Yevkea and her husband Joost Reents sailed on the same ship, the America, they all left from Bremen, Germany and landed in Baltimore, Maryland. The passenger list shows their destination was Iowa. Yevkea and Joost had one piece of luggage, the Frerichs family had 4.

Frerichs arrival 1883

Probably through a network of German immigrants and friendly strangers, Enno and family made their way from Baltimore to Butler County, Iowa- 1000 miles total. Imagine that journey. The Frerichs family set up their home in Jefferson Township, between Allison and Parkersburg, Iowa. They would have cleared land, built houses, barns, fences, planted gardens and fields and their community of German Americans built a church, Ebenezer Lutheran Church. Enno’s younger brother Gerd 1887, and older sister Yevkea 1891, died in Butler County. Enno and his 2 sisters Entje and Hilka stayed in the area, they farmed, married and had children. Enno’s dad Casjen died in 1893 then Enno’s mom Kunna lived with Enno and family until her death in 1906.

 

Frerichs, Enno and Annie

Enno married Annie Henrichs on May 26, 1890 in the Ebenezer Lutheran Church. 50 years into the future on May 30, 1940 Annie and Enno would celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends. Enno and Annie’s 10 kids would have attended, all were in the area, furthest away was daughter Martina, married to Hobart Vance,  they lived in Dallas County, Iowa. Enno’s daughter Mary, her husband George Roose and their 7 kids would have attended including Stanley Roose and probably his girlfriend, fiancé?, Elizabeth Speedy who married on December 21, 1940. Mrs. Ernest Hahn in the newspaper clip is Enno’s sister Hilka.

Enno died in 1944 and is buried in Butler Center Cemetery, very near where Ebenezer Lutheran Church used to be.

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Mary Walters b. 1848

Mary Walters 3rd great grandma on RootsMagic tree.
Mary was born July 4, 1848 in Hanover, Germany. On August 17, 1872 she sailed to America, landed in New York with her husband Martin Wisbar and 2 daughters Anna and Lena. The Wisbar family was in Illinois for a few years then in Butler County, Iowa by 1895. The Plat book of Butler County, Iowa 1895 shows the Wisbar land, Mary and Martin lived in Monroe Township on 148 acres. Next to their farm was a cemetery, still there, Monroe Township Cemetery. The nearby German Lutheran Church and schoolhouse are most likely gone.

Wisbar, M 1895 land

Mary and Martin’s land 1895

Mary and Martin had 8 children, 4 boys and 4 girls. Martin died in 1912 Mary lived until 1918. She had moved to Waterloo and was living with her son Louis. Mary’s obituary was in the November 4, 1918 Waterloo Evening Courier and provides detail on her marriage, arrival in America and Lutheran Church membership. The obituary also lists her daughters- by their married names: [Anna] Mrs. F. J. Meyer, Farnhanville, Ia.; [Lena] Mrs. John Roose, Allison, [Sophia] Mrs. I. C. Parker, Miss Emma; her son Louis, and a “sister. Mrs. William Pohlman” no further details on the sister. Mary is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Parkersburg, there is a group of Wisbar headstones and about 20 feet away Casjen and Kuna Frerichs. Mary’s grandson George Roose married the Frerichs’s granddaughter Mary and had a son Stanley Roose.

Wisbar, Lena and Roose grandchild

Lena Wisbar and Roose grandchild

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  • Newspaper Archive, Cedar Rapids Public Library, 1918 Nov 4 Waterloo Evening Courier page 7 of 10 column 4 bottom 5 top. CR Library card required to view.
  • Plat book of Butler County, Iowa 1895 at University of Iowa Digital Libraries, page 27, image 18 of 37 square 1
  • 1895 Iowa census database at FamilySearch.
  • New York passenger lists 1820-1891 database at FamilySearch.
  • Find a Grave https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/180799561 .

Kurnie Reents b. 1884

Kurnie Johanna Reents 1st cousin 3x removed on RootsMagic tree.

Kurnie Reents was the oldest child of Joost and Yevkea Frerichs Reents. Kurnie was born June 15, 1884, 7 months after her parents sailed from Bremen, Germany to America.  Kurnie grew up in West Point, Butler Iowa. She had 5 brothers and sisters. Kurnie’s mom and 3 of her siblings had died by 1891, probably part of the flu pandemic. Kurnie was 15 when her mom died, she would have stepped up and helped with housework and cared for  her younger brother and sister. Kurnie’s grandma, Kuna would have helped out too.

Within a year or 2 Kurnie’s family moved to Kossuth, Iowa where Kurnie’s dad Joost remarried, then in 1910 the family was in Kilborn, South Dakota, they farmed.  Kurnie married Christian Dockter on September 19 1906, they had a family and farmed in Millbank, South Dakota. Kurnie lived to age 95, her newspaper obituary is at Find  Grave with a photo. Her siblings Jennie and Casjen stayed in South Dakota too, they married, had kids and farmed.

When Kurnie and her family moved away Kuna Frerichs would have given her granddaughter Kurnie a photo to take with her, to remember her Frerichs grandparents. The photo of Kuna and Casjen Frerichs is shared on Ancestry showing Kuna and Casjen, in Parkersburg. Written on the back probably in Kurnie’s handwriting “Grandfather and Grandmother Casjen Frerichs”.

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  • Iowa county births 1880-1935 database at FamilySearch 
  • South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2016 at Ancestry 
  • Find a Grave memorial with obituary and photo https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/30336858 
  • FamilySearch.org Iowa County Births 1880-1935 Kurnie born 1884, 4th on list with parents