Born: 20 MAY 1814 in Hardingen, Bentheim, Hanover province, Germany
Died: 10 MAY 1881 in Graafschap, Michigan
Dina (Dena, Diena) Jansen
21 JUL 1847 in Uelsen, Bentheim, Hanover province, Germany
|Jenna Rotman (Rottman)|
|Fenna Rotman (Rottman)|
|Jan (John) Rotman|
|Elida (Leida) Rotman|
|Johannes (John) Rotman|
|Hendrik (Henry) Rotman|
After marrying, the couple embarked from Bremen on a three-month sea voyage aboard the ship Laura, arriving in New York on 5 October 1857 (passenger list).
They were one of the first settlers in the Holland, MI, area, where they bought 40 acres from the government at $3.75 an acre just south of Graafschap (map of farm). By 1873 their farm had grown to about 60 acres. IN 1880, they owned 80 acres worth $3500. The farm produced about $1000 of goods per year (including corn, oats, wheat, potatoes, and eggs) and was populated by three horses, 10 cattle, 8 pigs, and 40 chickens. They also had an apple orchard, produced honey from bees, and produced a small amount of wine.
Jan Hendrick's cause of death is listed as "dropsy." He is buried in Graafschap Cemetery (Sect C, B58 G4).