Paper ‘from Winterswijk to Wisconsin’

In 2008, I wrote a paper called ‘From Winterswijk to Wisconsin’ for the Dutch in Wisconsin conference in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. I decided to put the paper online so more people will be able to read it. 

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  1. Kathy Lisowski says:

    I have relatives that are on the family tree section of the Dutch Genealogy website. They didn’t settle in Wisconsin, but Forestport NY. They were the Nekkers. They ended up with the last name Nichols. Christian and Anna Oonk Nekkers settled in Forestport along with Henry, Garret, John, Jane, Hannah, and Dora. Hannah was married in Winterswijk to a Henry King. Do you know of a Dutch last name that King would match up to? Hennrietta ended up marrying a Henry Meyers, and ended up in South Dakota. The only child that I don’t know where they ended up was Getruid. Dora was my 5th great grandmother.

    • Nekkers to Nichols is a very interesting name change, thank you for bringing that to my attention! There was a Konings family, also from Winterswijk, who went by the name King in the Clymer area. I don’t know of a Konings-Nekkers marriage in Winterswijk so they may have been married after their emigration. As far as I know, Harmen Jan (the oldest son of Christian and Anna) was the only one who was married before the family left Winterswijk in 1855.

      • BTW, Anna Catharina Oonk is my 3rd cousin 5x removed through the Oonk line so that makes us distant cousins too :-)

      • Kathy Lisowski says:

        I see that Jan was the only one married. In William King’s obit it says that he was born in Holland to Henry and Hannah Nichols Nekkers King in 1850. He is listed on the Family Tree. He is listed as Hendrik Willem Nekkers. That must have been hard for Hannah, being an unwed mother. A couple of the children had run ins with the police for stealing. Things must not have been easy for them. Henry Nichols Nekkers really did well for himself in Foretport NY. I also have Jane Nichols Nekkers married to a John Coscomb from Holland but not in Holland. Do you know of any matching name? Thanks for this website. Kathy

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