Hermanus Piek and Johanna Catharina Bekerink emigrated to the United States together with their three children. They settled in Clymer, NY.
Lives in the Netherlands
Hermanus Piek was born in Bredevoort, a small town near the German border in the eastern part of Gelderland, on 29 November 1805. He was the sixth son in a row of Jan Derk Piek and Hendrika Zwietink. After him, a younger sister was born.
On 20 March 1839, he married Johanna Catharina Bekerink. She was born in Winterswijk on 1 December 1814. She was a daughter of Abraham Bekerink and Frederika Schreurs.
He worked as a transporter, carrying goods for a fee. On 6 Mey 1842, one of his competitors, Bernardus Willemsen, filed a legal complaint against him for slander. On 22 July 1842, he was acquitted from all charges by the court.
Hermanus and Johanna Catharina had three children:
- Jan Derk Piek, born Winterswijk 14 November 1840
- Jan Derk Piek, born Winterswijk 1 October 1842
- Johanna Frederika Piek, born Winterswijk 18 December 1846.
The two boys probably died in infancy.
The parents of Johanna Catharina, Abraham and Frederika, emigrated to the United States in 1846. They settled in Clymer, NY. Hermanus Piek, Johanna Catharina Bekerink and their daughter Johanna Frederika emigrated around 1851 and joined her parents in Clymer.
Lives in the United States
Hermanus and Johanna Catharina remained in Clymer for the rest of their lives. On 29 December 1864, their daughter Johanna Frederika was married to Derk Jan Schreurs, son of Jan Hendrik Schreurs and Janna Geertruid Oonk.
Johanna Catharina passed away on 28 December 1886. Six months later, Hermanus died on 12 May 1887. They are burried side-by-side on Clymer Hill Cemetery.
Gravestones of Hermanus Piek and Johanna Catharina Bekerink
- Doetinchem Regional Archives, Winterswijk municipal police archive, week reports 1838-1847 (inventory number 297) folio 24
- Emigration lists, Winterswijk