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Arent Jan (Aaron John) Somsen (1848 – 1930) & Antonia or Jane Grooeboer (1856 – 1930)
 

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    Arent Jan (Aaron John) Somsen (1848 – 1930) & Antonia or Jane Grooeboer (1856 – 1930) Arent Jan (Aaron John) Somsen (1848 – 1930) & Antonia or Jane Grooeboer (1856 – 1930) Document Transcript

    • Arent Jan (Aaron John) Somsen (1848 – 1930) & Antonia or Jane Grooeboer (1856 – 1930) Lyman Keith Somsen Grandparent on his Fathers Side Arent Jan (Aaron John) Somsen (1848 – 1930) http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jsomsen&id=I751 Birth : 29 Jan 1848, Aalten, Geld., Nethetherlands Death: 25 Jul 1930, Jamestown, Stutsman, North Dakota 4th child of Hendrick Jan Somsen (1801 – 1862) & Johanna Berendina Rensik (1811 – 1863) They emigrated from the Netherlands during 1851 with four children including 3 year old Arent Jan (Aaron John). They settled in Sheboygan Co., Wisconsin. His parents both passed away when he was 14-15 years old (1862-63). At some later period he, probably with other family members, he moved to Lime Springs, Iowa. Married: 02 SEP 1873, LOCATION ?? Marriage: Fillmore, Minnesota MOST LIKELY LOCATION, BRIDES HOME AT THE TIME Marriage: Lime Springs, Howard County, Iowa LIKELY LOCATION Marriage:: Jamestown, Stutsman, North Dakota Marriage: Aalten, Gelderland, Holland (NOT LIKELY, Aaron John was 2 yrs old when he left Aalten) Antonia (Jane) Grooeboer (1856 – 1930) http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jsomsen&id=I752 Birth: 24 Mar 1856, Alto, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, United States Death: 5 Mar 1930, Jamestown, Stutsman, North Dakota 4th child of John Grootebore (1822 – 1876) & Bernadenua Berring (1824 – 1889). Both parents were born in the Netherland. Immigration dates unknown, probably between 1845 – 1849 They were married during 1849 in Wisconsin and all their children were born in Wisconsin. They later (about 1865) moved to Carimona Twp., Fillmore, Minnesota Lime Springs, Iowa. TO Carimona Twp., Fillmore, Minnesota = 18 miles.
    • CHILDREN: 1-Aaron Somsen 1876-1878 Born: Lime Springs, Iowa - Died Age 2 2- Levi J. Somsen 1877-1951 Born: Lime Springs, Iowa - Died Utah MARRIED: Isabelle Maud Tanner 3- Amelia Somsen 1879-1950 Born: Carimona Twp., Fillmore, Minnesota - Died: Washington 4- Eunice Pauline Somsen 1882-1941 Born: Lime Springs, Iowa - Died: Missouri 5- Aaron Somsen 1883-1971 Born: Lime Springs, Iowa - Died: California 6- David Somsen 1884-1948 Born: Lime Springs, Iowa - Died: North Dakota 7- Frank Somsen 1886-1886 Born: Lime Springs, Iowa - Died Unknown 8- Sophia Somsen 1887-1976 Born: Lime Springs, Iowa - Died North Dakota 9- Paul Somsen 1889-1890 Born: Lime Springs, Iowa - Died Unknown 10- Josephine Henrietta Somsen 1890-1975 Born: Lime Springs, Iowa - Died: Washington 11- Ollie Somsen 1892-1981 Born: Lime Springs, Iowa - Died Unknown 12- John Leon Somsen 1894-1972 Born: Lime Springs, Iowa - Died North Dakota 13- Helen Genevieve Somsen 1896-1982 Born: Lime Springs, Iowa - Died North Dakota 14- Winifred Phyllis Somsen 1898-1981 Born: Lime Springs, Iowa - Died North Dakota Approx 18 Miles between Lime Springs, Howard, Iowa and Carimona Twp., Fillmore, Minnesota ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NOTE: Sister: Elizabet Somsen Born 1843 and immigrated to Wisconsin with her parents and brothers Death: Fillmore, Minnesota Married Abt 1865 Johannes Boland Birth 6 April 1839 Dinxperlo, Gelderland, Netherlands Death 11 August 1904 Spring Valley, Fillmore, Minnesota, United States Spring Valley Fillmore, Minnesota is 18 miles west of Carimona Twp., Fillmore, Minnesota --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jsomsen&id=I751 Arent Jan (Aaron John) Somsen AS A TODDLER TO AMERICA IN 1851: by Gree van Daatselaar-Somsen [P53] He learned walking at the Japikshuis in IJzerlo near Aalten, the root of the American Somsens, where we also planted a lime-tree at our great reunion in August 1997 to commemorate all the Somsens who emigrated to America during the last century. (Aunt Aaltjen Somsen – immigrated 1847) Arent Jan (Aaron John) Somsen emigrated as a two-year old toddler, together with his parents, brothers and sisters to America in 1851.That must have been a drastic event for everyone involved. His parents: Hendrik Jan Somsen (1801-1863) and Johanna Berendina Rensink (1811-1862) departed from the Japikshuis with four young children to Sheboygan, Wisconsin. In 1852 another son was born there. Arent Jan learned walking in the quiet Achterhoek, (The Achterhoek is a region in the eastern part of the Netherlands) but he had to learn to stand on his own feet in distant America. He succeeded quite well. Arent Jan is such a name, same as of so many emigrants, which is hard to pronounce. Very soon he was called Aaron John and later shortly: INSERT After arriving in U.S.A., Arent Jan’s (Aaron John) early years spent in the area near Sheboygan, Wisconsin. His parents both passed away when he was 14-15 years old (1862-63). At some later period he, with other Somsen family members, he moved to Lime Springs, Iowa. CONTINUED
    • John. John married Antonia “Jane” Grooteboer, also of Dutch descent, in 1873. Her name became Jane. John and Jane got fourteen children. Their daughter Josephine Henrietta (1890-1975) was their tenth child and at a later age she wrote down several interesting details from the life of her father. SEE BELOW http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jsomsen&id=I752 Village of Lime Springs, Iowa Lime Springs came into existence with the railroad and was known as Lime Spring Station, although the government called the community Glen Roy post office.. Lime Springs was incorporated in May, 1876. Signers of the petition for incorporation include: John Somson (Arent Jan “Aaron John” Somsen) , AND Uncle G. J. Somsen (Gareet Jan Somsen). Population 1880 – 468 / 1885 – 448 / 1890 – 550 / 1895 – 551 / 1900 - 605 1905 – 469 / 1910 – 498 / 1915 – 547 The Old Town The old town of Limes Springs was first settled by Oscar Chesebro and Joseph Knowlton, in the year 1854. Land speculators O. Wood and W. O. Woodlaid created a town plat in 1857. By 1959 there were 2 stores, a blacksmith shop, a wagon maker, tavern, schoolhouse and about a dozen dwellings. However with the construction of the railroad in 1868 and with it the new station, the businesses and therefore the population moved away from the old site. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ http://www.howard-county.com/iowa/city-of-lime-springs.html Lime Springs, Iowa The history of Lime Springs is marked by a confusing succession of titles for the town. The "Old Town" of Lime Springs was settled in 1854 by Oscar Chesebro and Joseph Knowlton. Lime Spring was named after a spring that produces fresh water today. The spring can be located on the south bank of the Upper Iowa River below the concrete bridge. The old town of Lime Springs was platted in 1857 by O. and W.O. Wood. The railroad location was implemented a mile away from the "Old Town" of Lime Spring at the Lime Spring Station. Glen Roy was the official name of the U.S. post office at Lime Spring Station and the "Old Town" post office closed in 1868. This area, the Lime Spring Station came to be known as Lime Spring and was platted in 1867. It was not until 1949 that the "s" in Lime Spring(s)was officially added by the post office. The uniqueness of Lime Springs is marked by the milling industry and the historical site of Lidtke Mill. This mill was famous for its buckwheat flour and in the 1870s the mill was able to put out 100 barrels of flour a day. Today Lidtke Mill is on the National Register of Historical Sites and is still a dominate presence in "Old Town" Lime Springs also recalls two devastating fires in its history. The "Big Fire" of 1901 wiped out both sides of main street. Although tragic, this fire resulted in rebuilding main street with the beautiful brick buildings you see downtown Lime Springs today. The second big fire was on Easter Sunday, April 21, 1927. Eight buildings burned including the lumber yard and the opera house on Center Street.
    • http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jsomsen&id=I751 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THE LIFE OF AARON JOHN SOMSEN (1846-1930) - [P753] Josephine Henrietta Somsen Schaumburg (1890-1975) - [P869] I know little of Dad’s childhood [Arent Jan (Aaron John) Somsen (1848 – 1930)]; his parents died when he was about 15. Think both had "lung fever". I have heard him say he wished he had been brought up Catholic so he could have had some religious training; evidently his was not a religious family. I have no idea when he moved to southeastern Minnesota: Fillmore County. (Between 1862 – 1865) Probably after his sister married and moved. I think he worked for the Bolands. My mother [Antonia or Jane Grooeboer (1856 – 1930)] worked for Aunt Lizzie and it seems probable they met there. He was 25 when he married, Mother was 17 when they were married on September 2, 1873. I am sure he had at least one sweetheart with whom he quarreled, as I remember hearing that he told her "she could go to hell". https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MZ97-PLC 1880 U.S. Census: Household John Somsen name : John Somsen event place: Carimona, Fillmore, Minnesota, United States gender: Male age: 32 marital status : Married occupation: Farmer ethnicity (standardized) : American relationship to head : Self birthplace : Netherlands birthdate : 1848 spouse's name : Jane Somsen spouse's birthplace : Wisconsin, United States father's birthplace : Netherlands mother's birthplace : Netherlands Household Gender Age Birthplace Self John Somsen M 32 Netherlands Wife Jane Somsen F 24 Wisconsin, United States Son Levi Somsen M 2 Iowa, United States Daughter Amelia Somsen F 1 Minnesota, United States page : 364 page character : C entry number : 505 nara film number : T9-0619 gs film number : 1254619 digital folder number: 004241999 image number: 00615 Valley City is about 35 miles east of Jamestown.
    • My Dad was a quiet person, not given to loud hilarious conversation. In fact, he didn’t talk a great deal. Maybe he didn’t get a chance, with the family he had. He was ambitious for his children, but after a disastrous attempt to educate the oldest son as a doctor, decided to let the others take their own course. He was modest in the extreme. I never heard him tell a shady story and he disliked to hear others tell them. He didn’t believe in making a great to do about birthdays or Christmas, but if a neighbor’s child needed shoes or some other necessity, he tried to see he got it. I was an adult before I knew he was afraid of a thunder storm; didn’t believe in making us afraid even if he was. Could mention (Barend H.Kroeze) as president of Jamestown College, North Dakota; said Dad was the brainiest man he had ever met. ======================================================================== In 1904 (no, 1903) the family moved to Jamestown, North Dakota. Jamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota BROTHERS: Jan Willem Somsen AND Gareet Jan Somsen also moved to Stutsman Co., North Dakota http://fortwiki.com/Fort_Seward_(1) In 1871, a Northern Pacific Railroad work crew set up camp where the railroad would cross the James River, adding another section to the new northern transcontinental line. In 1872, the U.S. Army established Fort Seward, a small post garrisoned by three companies (about 120 men) of the Twentieth Infantry Regiment, on a bluff overlooking the confluence of the James River and Pipestem Creek.
    • http://digitalhorizonsonline.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/ndshs- dm&CISOPTR=346&CISOBOX=1&REC=4 Fort Seward 1872-1877, Jamestown, N.D. Date of Original between 1872-1877 Description A view looking out over Fort Seward and other outbuildings and tents. There is a little river or stream in the foreground on the right. The fort guarded the crossing of the James by the Northern Pacific Railroad. The fort only lasted five years, being decommissioned in 1877 - but the railroad remained, establishing a repair yard that was among the city's main industries until the 1960s. Bridge as of 2012 Jamestown was founded in 1872 and General Thomas Rosser of Northern Pacific named it after his hometown in Virginia. The city incorporated in 1883. In 1873, Stutsman County became the first official county within Dakota Territory with Jamestown as the county seat.
    • Jamestown Historical populations 1880 - 393, 1890 - 2,296, 1900 - 2,853, 1910 - 4,358, 1920 - 6,627, 1930 - 8,187 threshing in wheat fields of North Dakota 1909 Black and white copy photograph of threshing scene 1920 Images of harvesting activities
    • Early Jamestown, North Dakota Postcard photos
    • 20th century North Dakota 1900 - Frank White of Valley City was elected Governor; when reelected in 1902, he became the state's first Governor to serve more than one term. 1901 - Theodore Roosevelt, previously a ranch operator in Dakota Territory, became President of the United States. 1903 - Ft. Lincoln, located south of Bismarck, was completed and garrisoned; this military base became the training center for the State Militia and was later used as a detention camp for prisoners of war during World War II. The State Industrial School opened at Mandan. 1904 - A state-owned street car line began operation in Bismarck; commercial lines were operating in Fargo and Grand Forks. 1905 - The only execution at the State Penitentiary occurred and the first irrigation works were constructed in North Dakota. 1905 was the single largest construction year for railroads in North Dakota (529.3 miles). 1906 - Charles Service of Park River became North Dakota's first automobile fatality. 1907 - The first gas well in North Dakota was discovered south of Westhope. 1908 - North Dakota held its first statewide primary election; the state's first Presidential preference primary was held in 1912. The battleship "U.S.S. North Dakota", the first tubine-powered ship in the U.S. Navy, was launched; it was later scrapped in 1931. 1909 - The first law for the organization of cooperative businesses was passed. 1910 - The first airplane flight in North Dakota occurred at an exhibition in Grand Forks; the passenger was Frank V. Kent. 1911 - The North Dakota state flag was designated First state motor vehicle licenses were issued. 1912 - Constitutional amendments allowing initiative and referendum were passed by the electorate. The first Farmers Educational Cooperative Union was brought to North Dakota Equity Cooperative Exchange was formed and began agitation for a state-owned terminal elevator located at Duluth or Minneapolis. 1913 - The Legislature passed a law making bootlegging a crime punishable by penitentiary imprisonment. North Dakota Farmers Union local was organized at Bismarck State Highway Commission was authorized by the Legislature. 1915 - The Nonpartisan League, an insurgent political movement, began organizing; within one year it obtained over 40,000 members. North Dakota's wheat crop was the largest to that date Legislature passed laws outlawing the death penalty except in cases where prison guards are murdered. The first state organization for Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union in North Dakota was formed. 1916 - Completion of the Wildrose-Grenora branch line by the Great Northern Railway (36.3 mi.) ended the last major railway construction in the state 1917 - North Dakota units were ordered into Federal military service during World War I A women's suffrage bill was signed into law, ratified in 1919, and women were allowed to vote in the first general election in 1920. Attorney General William Langer and law enforcement officers conducted the state's biggest raid; 44 were arrested in Minot on charges of gambling, prostitution, etc.
    • 1918 - An Influenza epidemic swept the state killing 2,700 North Dakotans. The State Normal School (now Dickinson State University) opened at Dickinson 1919 - The Bank of North Dakota was established at Bismarck State Mill and Elevator Commission was organized. A State Industrial Commission was created to manage state industries State Workman's Compensation Bureau was formed, North Dakota's first airplane fatality occurred when Brian Kerr was killed in a crash near Sutton, 1920 - A recall measure for state officials was added to the state constitution by a vote of the electorate. The beginning of rural economic depression came with the collapse of wartime prices for commodities North Dakota branch of the Farm Bureau Federation was organized at Bismarck. 1921 - Governor Lynn J. Frazier, Attorney General William Lemke, and Commissioner of Agriculture and Labor John N. Hagan, all Nonpartisan League members, were recalled by voters in the first successful gubernatorial recall in the nation. North Dakota's first bus line was established 1922 - The first motor vehicle bridge across the Missouri River was completed at Bismarck. North Dakota's first radio station, WDAY at Fargo, began broadcasting. The State Mill and Elevator began operations at Grand Forks North Dakota Wheat Growers Association was founded. 1923 - A uniform system for numbering and marking state hiways was developed The profile of Sioux leader Marcellus Red Tomahawk was designated as the state hiway symbol. 1924 - The Liberty Memorial Building was completed on the state Capital grounds. 1927 - The North Dakota Farmers Union state organization was chartered with 13,000 members. Big Viking Oil Company of Williston began drilling; the company was broke by 1930. 1928 - An air mail service between the Twin Cities and Winnipeg through North Dakota was inaugurated, Carl Ben Eielson of Hatton became the first person to fly nonstop over the arctic. 1929 - June was one of the driest on record in North Dakota, followed by continuing drought conditions throughout the 1930s; this period is often referred to as the "Dirty Thirties." This also marks the beginning of the Great Depression which continued until the beginning of World War II. 1930 - North Dakota's most severe windstorm was recorded with 1,847 buildings damaged The old territorial Capitol was destroyed by fire on December 28. 1931 - A state-owned street car line between downtown Bismarck and the state Capitol was discontinued. The last lynching in the state occurred at Schafer. 1932 - Prohibition agents hit a still at Jamestown making it the biggest raid west of Chicago; the still was capable of producing 1,000 gallons of moonshine a day. The prohibition clause of the state Constitution was repealed by the electorate and former Attorney General William Lemke was elected to congress. The Farmers Holiday Association was formed at Jamestown; farmers blockaded marketing points in northwestern North Dakota in an effort to raise commodity prices.
    • Census Data https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MZ97-PLC United States Census, 1880" John Somsen name : John Somsen event place: Carimona, Fillmore, Minnesota, United States gender: Male age: 32 marital status : Married occupation : Farmer ethnicity (standardized) : American relationship to head : Self birthplace : Netherlands birthdate : 1848 spouse's name : Jane Somsen spouse's birthplace : Wisconsin, United States father's birthplace : Netherlands mother's birthplace : Netherlands Household Gender Age Birthplace self John Somsen M 32 Netherlands wife Jane Somsen F 24 Wisconsin, United States son Levi Somsen M 2 Iowa, United States daughter Amelia Somsen F 1 Minnesota, United States page : 364 page character : C entry number : 505 nara film number : T9-0619 gs film number : 1254619 digital folder number: 004241999 image number: 00615 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1895 Iowa State Census name: John Somsen event place: Howard, Iowa, United States gender: Male estimated birth year: 1848 Household Gender Age John Somsen M 47 Jane Somsen F 39 Levi J Somsen M 16 Amelia Somsen F 15 Eunice Somsen F 12 Aaron Somsen M 11 Daniel Somsen M 10 Sofie Somsen F 7 Josephine Somsen F 4 Ollie Somsen F 2 Somsen F 0 family number: 85 line number: 8 page: 163 film number: 1020362 digital folder number: 004679418 image number: 00158 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    • 1910 U.S. Census – John Somsen name: John Somsen birthplace: Holland relationship to head of household: Self residence: Township 141, Stutsman, North Dakota marital status: Married race : White gender: Male immigration year: 1850 father's birthplace: Holland mother's birthplace: Holland Household Gender Age Birthplace Self John Somsen M 62y Holland Wife Jane Somsen F 54y Wisconsin Son Orin Somsen M 27y Minnesota Son David Somsen M 25y Iowa Dau Sophia Somsen F 23y Iowa Dau Josephine H Somsen F 19y Iowa Dau Olie Somsen F 18y Iowa Son John L Somsen M 15y Iowa Dau Hellen G Somsen F 13y Iowa Dau Winifred P Somsen F 11y Iowa family number: 35 page number: 7 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MC86-DKL 1920 U.S. Census – John Somsen name:John Somsen residence:, Stutsman, North Dakota estimated birth year:1848 age:72 birthplace:Holland relationship to head of household:Self gender:Male race:White marital status:Married Household Gender Age Birthplace Self John Somsen M 72y Holland Wife Jane Somsen F 63y Wisconsin Son John L Somsen M 25y Iowa Dau Josephine Somsen F 29y Iowa Dau Winefred Somsen F 21y Iowa Obert A Ness M 24y Minnesota number:1821341digital folder number:4383785image number:00134sheet number:5 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XKVN-BNX 1930 U.S. Census – John Somsen in Household of Joseph A. Leimer name: John A Somsen event place: Hidden, Stutsman, North Dakota gender: Male age: 82 marital status: Widowed race: White birthplace: Holland estimated birth year: 1848 immigration year: 1850 relationship to head of household: Father-In-Law father's birthplace: Holland mother's birthplace: Holland Household Gender Age Birthplace father-in-law John A Somsen M 82 Holland Head Joseph A Leimer M 42 Missouri Wife Ollie Leimer F 38 Iowa Daughter Virginia J Leimer F 11 North Dakota Son John A Leimer M 9 North Dakota Daughter Margaret E Leimer F 8 North Dakota Son Herbert A Leimer M 6 North Dakota lodger Henry J Johnson M 53 Missouri enumeration district number: 0025 family number: 12 sheet number and letter: 1B line number: 52 nara publication: T626, roll 1743 film number: 2341477 digital folder number: 4547416 image number: 00142 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    • https://familysearch.org/search/records/index#count=20&query=%2Bsurname%3ASomsen~%20%2Bresidence _place%3A%22Stutsman%2C%20North%20Dakota%22~%20%2Bresidence_year%3A1915- 1925~&collection_id=1488411 United States Census, 1920 David Somsen - SON David Somsen birth: 1885 Iowa residence: 1920 , Stutsman, North Dakota spouse: Phebe A Somsen children: David W Somsen, Louise V Somse Phebe A Somsen birth: 1894 Alaska residence: 1920 , Stutsman, North Dakota spouse: David Somsen children: David W Somsen, Louise V Somsen... David W Somsen birth: 1918 North Dakota residence: 1920 , Stutsman, North Dakota parents: David Somsen, Phebe A Somsen Louise V Somsen birth: 1919 North Dakota residence: 1920 , Stutsman, North Dakota parents: David Somsen, Phebe A Somsen Obert W Somsen birth: 1920 North Dakota residence: 1920 , Stutsman, North Dakota parents: David Somsen, Phebe A Somsen ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- United States Census, 1920 Aaron Somsen SON Aaron Somsen United States Census, 1920 birth: 1884 Minnesota residence: 1920 , Stutsman, North Dakota spouse: Mary M Somsen child: Hugh J Sonsem Mary M Somsen United States Census, 1920 birth: 1893North Dakota residence: 1920 , Stutsman, North Dakota spouse: Aaron Somsen child: Hugh J Sonsem ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MD2V-VP5 "United States Census, 1880" Gerret Somsen, BROTHER name : Gerret Somsen event place: Forest City, Howard, Iowa, United States gender: Male age: 36 marital status : Married occupation : Gen. L Merchant ethnicity (standardized) : American relationship to head : Self birthplace : Netherlands birthdate : 1844 spouse's name : Emma Somsen spouse's birthplace : New York, United States father's birthplace : Netherlands mother's birthplace : Netherlands Household Gender Age Birthplace self Gerret Somsen M 36 Netherlands wife Emma Somsen F 33 New York, United States son Henry Somsen M 5 Minnesota, United States son Stephen Somsen M 3 Iowa, United States page : 442 page character : C entry number : 1544 nara film number : T9-0344 gs film number : 1254344 digital folder number: 004240689 image number: 00449 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    • https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M9KT-GP1 "United States Census, 1900" Gerrit Somsen, name: Gerrit Somsen BROTHER event place: ED 104 Forest City Township Lime Springs town, Howard, Iowa, United States birth date: Jan 1842 birthplace: Holland relationship to head of household: Head father's birthplace: Holland mother's birthplace: Holland race or color (standardized): White gender:Male marital status: Married years married: 4 estimated marriage year: 1896 immigration year: 1857 Household Gender Age Birthplace head Gerrit Somsen M 58 Holland wife Anna Somsen F 62 New York nephew John B Somsen M 17 Idaho page: 2 sheet letter: B family number: 44 reference number: 80 film number: 1240437 digital folder number: 004119861 image number: 00165 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MDLN-CXN "United States Census, 1880" Jan Willem Somsen, BROTHER name : Jan Willem Somsen event place: Sherman, Sioux, Iowa, United States gender: Male age: 48 marital status : Married occupation : Farmer ethnicity (standardized) : American relationship to head : Self birthplace : Netherlands birthdate: 1832 spouse's name : Elisbeth Somsen spouse's birthplace : Netherlands father's birthplace : Netherlands mother's birthplace : Netherlands Household Gender Age Birthplace self Jan Willem Somsen M 48 Netherlands wife Elisbeth Somsen F 50 Netherlands daughter Hetty Somsen F 15 Netherlands other John Vries page : 176 page character : C entry number : 536 nara film number : T9-0364 gs film number : 1254364 digital folder number: 004241095 image number: 00607