Gerrit Geerlings
Male 1803 - 1884

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  • Birth 
    • Volgens corresp. van Eyck 1940-22/42 is hij geboren te Hattem op 26 december 1802. Dit blijkt echter niet juist.
    Christened  01 Jan 1803  Meppel Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Emigration  1847  [2
    Immigration  Milwaukee, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation  molenaar, bakker, schoenmaker 
    Died  1884  Milwaukee, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID  I44713  Population of Aalten, Bredevoort, Dinxperlo and Winterswijk
    Last Modified  28 Aug 2010 
     
    Father  Albert Geerling,   b. Abt 1763,   d. 22 Feb 1813, Meppel Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Hendrikje Jacobs Kuijers,   b. Abt 1761, Wanneperveen Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jul 1829, Meppel Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage Banns  21 Feb 1802  Meppel Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  10 Mar 1802  Meppel Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F12498  Group Sheet
     
    Family  Aaltien de Vries,   b. 13 Dec 1804, Zwolle Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. (7-1885), Milwaukee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  23 Jun 1825  Zwolle Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Notes 
    • Volgens van Eyck hebben de ouders Geerlings de ramp overleefd. Hun oudste zoon Albert was vooruit vertrokken om dienst te ontlopen. Hun kinderen Wilhelm en Hendrikje kwamen bij de ramp om, de anderen bleven leven. De jongste, baby Alberta, sterft kort na de ramp.
      Volgens Ligterink man vrouw en 5 kinderen gered, 2 kinderen verdronken.
      Volgens van Eyck hadden zij $ 50.000 aan goud bij zich.

      Gerrit Geerlings, zijn vrouw Aaltje en de kinderen Hendrik Jan, Jacob, Aaltjen en Gertjen komen in 1856 voor in het lidmatenboek van Milwaukee. Daarbij staat de aantekening, dat zij in 1859 Milwaukee verlaten hebben.
      Bron: Ledematen Boek der Nederduitsche Gereformeerde Gemeente te Milwaukie Febr. 1856.

      Geerlings was molenaar op molen Fortuijn in Hattem. Hij behoorde tot de afgescheiden kerk. Na Hattem verhuisde hij naar Apeldoorn, waar hij als bakker werkte. Hiervandaan vertrok hij naar Enter. Vanuit Enter is het gezin naar Amerika geemigreerd. Hij vertrok samen met zijn buren Lubbers en Hommers.
      Bron: Brief J.H. Wissink 1991

      In Enter huurde hij de molen. In 1850 woonde het gezin in Milwaukee, ward 2. Gerrit werkte als schoenmaker. In 1860 woonden ze in Milwaukee, ward 9 en dochter Aaltjen was getrouwd met William Tellier. In 1870 werkte Gerrit als schoenmaker, vermoedelijk voor zijn zoon Jacob.
      Bron: J.H. Wissink: Emigrants from the province of Overijssel in 1847 on board of the Phoenix.
    Children 
     1. Albert Geerlings,   b. 13 Dec 1826, Hattem Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Willem Geerlings,   b. 27 Apr 1828, Hattem Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 1829, Hattem Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Willem Geerlings,   b. 05 Apr 1830, Hattem Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1830, Hattem Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Willem Geerlings,   b. 21 Oct 1831, Hattem Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1847, Lake Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Hendrikje Geerlings,   b. 18 Jan 1833, Hattem Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1847, Lake Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Jacob Geerlings,   b. 30 Jan 1834, Hattem Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1834, Hattem Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Jacob Geerlings,   b. 18 Apr 1835, Hattem Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1835, Hattem Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Jacob Geerlings,   b. 13 Oct 1836, Hattem Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1838, Hattem Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Hendrik Jan Geerlings,   b. 05 Dec 1837, Hattem Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1901, Milwaukee Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Jacob Geerlings,   b. 05 Mar 1839, Hattem Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Jun 1906, Milwaukee Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Aaltje Geerlings,   b. 11 Nov 1840, Hattem Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1841, Hattem Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. Aaltje Geerlings,   b. 11 Dec 1842, Apeldoorn Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1893, Milwaukee Find all individuals with events at this location
     13. Gerritje Geerlings,   b. 15 Jan 1844, Apeldoorn Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1893, Holland, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     14. Alberta Geerlings,   b. 02 Jun 1847, Enter Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1847, Wierden Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  09 Mar 2009 
    Family ID  F12492  Group Sheet
     
  • Letters
    Letter from John Geerlings to William O Van Eyck
    Letter from John Geerlings to William O Van Eyck
    Letter by John Geerlings to William O Van Eyck telling the story of how his grandfather and his family survived the Phoenix disaster on Lake Michigan on November 21, 1847.
     
    Background articles
    Gerrit Geerlings and Aaltien de Vries
    Gerrit Geerlings and Aaltien de Vries
     
    Buildings
    Entry to the village of Hattem in Gelderland. On the left the mill 'Fortuin' (Fortune).
    Entry to the village of Hattem in Gelderland. On the left the mill 'Fortuin' (Fortune).
     
    Groups
    Passengers on the Phoenix.
    Passengers on the Phoenix.
    On November 21, 1847, the propeller Phoenix perished on Lake Michigan, a couple of miles off the shore from Sheboygan. About 250 people died and only 43 people survived. Most of the passengers were Dutch immigrants.

    See Yvette's Dutch Genealogy Homepage for more information about the disaster.
     
  • Event Map
    Event
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 01 Jan 1803 - Meppel Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - - Milwaukee, WI Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1884 - Milwaukee, WI Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. RAO: huwelijksbijlagen Zwolle 1825 nr. 43, extract doopregister Meppel.
      In het doopboek der Hervormde gemeente te Meppel staat onder dagtekening van der Eersten Januarij achttienhonderd en drie aangetekend
      Albert Geerling &
      Henderkje Kuijers, zoon Gerrit.

    2. Phoenix documentatie.

    3. van Eyck.

    4. Huwelijksakte.