The family of Jakob
The Scheeringa family
tree is an exciting area to study within my own
genealogy. It seems that all Scheeringas in the USA
may be decended from one family that came to America
from Holland (The Netherlands). Considering that
this family has been in America for less than 100
years, it is an amazingly large and complex family
to try to study and document!
The patriarch of the
family is the late Jakob Hemke Scheeringa. Jakob was
born Feb. 16, 1856 in Holland, Netherlands. His wife
was Grietje Heuker, born in 1864, in Holland, Reusel-de
Mierden, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. The couple was
married May 9, 1885 in Marum, Groninggen,
Netherlands. Jakob and Grietje (Heuker) Scheeringa
departed in Rotterdam Netherlands and arrived in New
York on May 8, 1912 aboard the Noordam. They came
here with the youngest 7 Children. The 3 oldest boys
came before the family. Henry and Egbert came to
America together on May 9, 1911 and Hotse came the
following year. Jacob and Grietje had 10 (kindren)
children total. Henry, Egbert, Hotse, Harm, Max,
Ralph, Margaret, William, Tony, and Rena. Jacob died
in 1942. If you are decended from any one of these
people, you are my cousin and I would love to hear
Henry "Hank" Hempke
Scheeringa came to America in 1911 at the age of 24.
He married Winaria "Winnie" Van Slooten, also of
Holland. Winaria came to America in 1912. They had
six children, Edward, Grace, Gene, Alice, Jacob and
John. By 1920, it is known they were settled in
Calmut, Lake, Indiana.
Egbert was born June 9,
1887 in Holland, He arrived with his wife and
children on May 9, 1911 on the passenger ship
Roterdam. His wife was Margaret Baker Scheeringa,
born about 1898 in the Netherlands. They settled in
Highland, Lake, Indiana. Together they had seven
children; Harry, Walter, Jacob, Ysbrand (Gilbert),
Margaret, Grace and Henry.
Hotse Scheeriga came to
America on March 20, 1912 by himself at age 20 yrs.
He was born Nov. 30, 1891 in Holland and also
settled in Highland, Lake, Indiana. He married
Jennie Van Milligan, born about 1899 in Illinois.
They had two children, Jacob and James.
The remaining seven
children, Harm, Max, Ralph, Margaret, William, Tony,
and Rena, came to America with their parents and
arrived on May 8, 1912.
Harm Scheeringa, born
Nov. 17, 1893, married Tena Schoon born 1901 on
April 9, 1919, and they settled in Highland, Lake,
Indiana. We do not have a record of their children.
Max Scheeringawas born
March 28, 1896. He was married twice, to Jennie
Terpstra and to Nell Stob. According to our family's
records, he married Jennie Terpstra on Nov. 20,
1919. We do not have any record of children born to
Max. Although his family always called him Max, we
believe that Max Scheeringa may have changed his
name to Martin when he came to America, possibly to
have a more American sounding name. On his US World
War Two Draft registration card in 1942, he clearly
filled in his name "Martin Max Scheeringa." On his
1917- 1918 World War One draft registration card, he
had signed his name simply "Martin Scheeringa."
Ralph Scheeringa was
born April 22, 1897 in Sebaldeburen, Groningen,
Netherlands. He married Julia Porter. We do not have
a record of their children. Ralph may possibly be
the ancestor of the Griffith, Indiana Scheeringas,
because we know he died 14 Sep 1978 Griffith, Lake,
Margaret Scheeringa was
born 11 Aug 1898 in Sebaldeburen, Groningen,
Netherlands. She was fourteen years old when she
arrived in America. She was married to Peter
Koekkock. By 1920, she was living in Calmut, Lake,
Indiana. We do not have a record of her children.
William Scheeringa was
born 20 Sep 1901 in Holland. He married Gertrude
Kuiper. They settled in Manatee, Florida, where
William died March 6, 1988. William and Gertrude had
at least ten children. If I have this branch of the
tree right (and I might not, because I think they
had ten children, but I have eleven names) they
were; Dirk, Henry, Anthony, Dorothy, Donald, Gerald,
Robert, Lambert, Sidney, Marvin, and Loretta.
Tony Scheeringa was born
05 Sep 1903 in Holland. He married Ann Pluymert and
they also lived in Indiana. We do not have a record
of their children.
Rena Scheeringa born 05
Sep 1905 in Sebaldeburen, Groningen, Netherlands,
married George Kuiper and lived the rest of her life
in Indiana. We do not have a record of her children.