Frederik Dyke

By Bentheimers International Society

Hand-drawn map of Uelsen where Frederik Veldhuis was born.

A portion of General Major von Le Coq‘s Grafschaft Bentheim map (1805) depicting the city of Uelsen. Frederik Dyke’s family came from Uelsen.

Frederik Dyke (Diek, Dyk) was born on August 3, 1850 to Gerrit Hendrik Dyk and Jenne De Groot. His father was a Timmerman (carpenter) in Uelsen. On September 1, he was baptized in Uelsen. He emigrated to America in 1872 when he was 22 years old. According to U.S. Census records, Frederik was living in Overissel, Allegan County, Michigan by 1880.

The Frederik Dyke Family

On November 2,1883, Frederik married Pleuntje (Plone) Dragt. Plone was born in Wolvega, Netherlands, the daughter of Joost Dragt and Hendrikje Korteschijl. At the time of their marriage, Frederik was a resident of Allendale, a farmer by occupation, and Plone was a resident of Holland, Michigan. Frederik was 33 years old and Plone was 22. Frederik and Plone had five children:

Gerrit—born in 1885;
Adrian—born in 1888. He died of consumption (tuberculosis) in 1906;
Hattie—born in 1890;
John—born in 1892 or 1893, who died in 1894; and
Jennie—born in 1896.

The 1900 Census lists Frederik as living in the city of Holland. He is a widower, living with three of his children, Gerrit, Hattie and Jennie, and a 22-year-old housekeeper, Gertrude Wooddick.

On February 4, 1902, Frederik Dyke married Gertie Van Slooten Timmer, a widow. By 1910, Frederik and Gertie are living in the city of Wyoming, Michigan, where Frederik was a farmer.

By the time of the 1920 Census, Gertie was deceased and Frederik was living with his nephew, Johannes Kolkman. Frederik Dyke died in 1926 in Wyoming.

Black and white photo of the Frederik Dyke family

The Frederik Dyke family.

Frederik Dyke's two daughters, Hattie and Jennie.

Frederik and Plone Dyke’s two daughters, Jennie and Hattie.

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