Born: 27 OCT 1828 in Ermelo, Gelderland, Netherlands
Died: 29 APR 1899 in near Zeeland, Michigan
Dirkje (Derkje) van Putten
26 OCT 1860 in Ermelo, Gelderland, Netherlands
|Mary (Maria) Pul|
|Tim (Tijmen) Pul|
Hendrik, listed as a day laborer and member of the Dutch Reformed Church, emigrated with his wife Dirkje and ten children in 1868. Seven of the children died on the boat, possibly from a disease epidemic, and an eighth child died upon arrival of an "open back" (possibly tuberculosis or spina bifida), leaving only Mary and Tim alive.
The family settled south of Zeeland, MI, owning 15 acres in 1876. By 1880, the farm consisted of 40 acres (valued at about $1500, plus $200 of livestock), including 1 horse, 3 cows, 3 calves, 3 pigs, and 40 hens. They grew wheat, corn, and potatoes. The farm grew to a scattered 58 acres by 1897 (map of farm).
Hendrik is buried in New Groningen Cemetery (Sect B, B18 L5) in Holland, MI.