Born: 25 MAY 1818 in Tinholt, Bentheim, Hanover province, Germany
Died: 25 OCT 1905 in near Holland, Michigan
Hendrik (Herm) Arens (Arends)
BET 30 MAR 1843 AND 30 MAR 1848 in Bentheim, Hanover province, Germany
|Jan (Johann) Arens|
|Harm (Herman) Arens|
|Hindrik (Hendrik) Arens|
|Jan Harm Arens|
Hendrik and Geziena emgriated with their children from Bremen Harbor aboard the 400-ton ship Coriolan with 242 passengers. Although unreported by Captain H. Wulf, word has it that sons Johann and Herman died at sea and were slid down a plan into the ocean, before the family's arrival in New York on 7 May 1855.
The family settled south of Graafschap, MI, and by the 1880 census owned about 80 acres worth $3,000 (map of farm). The farm produced about $800 worth of goods per year (including corn, wheat, oats, potatos, and eggs) and was populated by two horses, 15 cattle, two pigs, and 35 chickens.
After Hendrik died, Geziena lived with son Derk, refusing to leave the old homestead and cooking in her own part of the house, as was agreed when the family's 100 acres was divided evenly between Derk and Jan Harm. She once noticed oil slicks on their creek and predicted that the land contained oil, which was later discovered and tapped by the Boeve family. She died of apoplexy while Derk was preparing to relocate to South Olive, MI.
Geziena is buried in East Holland Cemetery (L100 G2).