Wieberdink, Jan Willem

Jan Willem Wieberdink was born in Aalten on 4 September 1834 as a son of Garrit Jan Wieberdink and Janna Geertruid Heinen. On 2 September 1864, he married Johanna Hendrika Jentink on her 24th birthday. She was born in Aalten as wel, on 2 September 1840 and was a daughter of Arend Jan Jentink and Geziena Fukkink.

Living in Aalten

While living in Aalten, the couple had the following children, all born in Aalten:

  1. Janna Gezina, born 29 June 1865
  2. Arend Jan, born 18 May 1867
  3. Gerrit Jan, born 20 March 1870
  4. Gesina Geertruida, born about 1872/1873, died 11 January 1876 at the age of 3
  5. Gesina Geertruida, born 26 January 1876


On 15 July 1879, the family emigrated with the remaining four children from their farm in the hamlet of Lintelo near Aalten. As reason for emigration it was listed ‘improvement of fate’. Their destination was listed as North-America.

Gerrit Jan, who was 9 at the time of the emigration, used to reminisce about their voyage. The family crossed the ocean as steerage (below deck) passengers to save money. Conditions on board were poor. Unfortunately, if the people on the upper decks were vomiting across the railing, it would come down on them. The sailors played with the young children. Also, their mother used to comb their hair with a fine comb to get the lice out of their hair. The children then stomped on them to kill them. Food was scarce and fought over. The Dutch families were used to praying before eating but when their eyes were closed, other people would try to grab their food. Each family was given a ration and there was a schedule so the women could prepare their food in turns.


Living in Wisconsin

At the end of their journey, the family settled in the Town of Holland, Oostburg, WI with just $18 and bought a cow. Unfortunately, the living conditions in the new country weren’t that favorable either. At the age of 47, Johanna Hendrika died from consumption (tuberculosis) on 3 November 1887. She is burried in Union Cemetery.

Jan Willem was remarried to Dela Huinink (Delia Huenink), who was born in Aalten on 29 August 1835 as the daughter of Jan Berend Huinink and Berendina Heesen. She had emigrated in 1869, together with her extended family. See the article about her brother Derk Willem Huinink for more information. A picture of Jan Willem Wieberdink and Delia Huenink still exists. Jan Willem died on 1 March 1907.

Picture of Jan Willem Wieberdink and his second wife


  • WieWasWie
  • Lists of emigrants from Aalten
  • Family papers from Jane Klettke
About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG® is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She holds the Certified Genealogist credential from the Board for Certification of Genealogists and has a post-graduate certificate in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee. She has been doing genealogy for over 30 years and helps people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.


  1. JANE L KLETTKE says

    Hi Yvette,
    This is Jane (Lemmenes) Klettke from Sheboygan Falls. I know Mary Risseeuw…though I haven’t seen her for a while now.
    You had asked me for Wieberdink information years ago and I gave you what information I had. I also included some photos. While looking at the information for Jan Willem Wieberdink on your site, I found that the photo displayed next to the top information about Jan Willem was of Garret Jan Wieberdink and his wife Hendrika Winkelhorst (my great grandparents. Did you mean for Garret Jan and Hendrika’s photo to be in that location next to the information about Jan Willem Wieberdink? Garret Jan Wieberdink was a son of Jan Willem and Johanna (Jentink) Wieberdink. We only have two photos of Jan Willem Wieberdink. One shows him with his second wife, Delia Huenink. I believe I saw this photo toward the end of your Jan Willem Wieberdink information. The 2nd photo I have shows him with Delia Huenink and his youngest daughter, Lydia. Lydia was the daughter of Jan Willem and his first wife, Johanna Hendrika (Jentink) Wieberdink. We haven’t yet found a photo of Jan Willem Wieberdink and his first wife, Johanna. If you don’t have the 2nd photo, but would like it, let me know and I’ll share it with you. It was scanned from a “Villager” newspaper years ago.
    I hope that you and your family are doing well and not troubled with the pandemic! Jane Klettke

  2. Patricia G Wieberdink Overman says

    This is my direct relation. gr gr grandfather I believe

  3. Jeff Wieberdink says

    I hope this finds all of you well and safe and may God bring blessings on your home
    The reason for my contacting is because I believe Garrett Jan born in 1870 is my grandfather searching US census records shows that his father was Jan Willem and that he immigrated from and was born in the Netherlands your article and US census data points to that being my grandfather Contact me back at the email that I’ll provide I have some photos of this and I am a direct descendent of this bloodline so I would be very interested in finding out about all these other people listed my great aunts and uncles… please contact this is great info and I have seen these photos on the Internet before but could not confirm whether or not of direct relation

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