Gese Stevens

By Bentheimers International Society

Hand drawn map of Bimolten where Gese Stevens was born.

A portion of General Major von Le Coq‘s Grafschaft Bentheim map (1805) depicting Bimolten. Gese Stevens was born here in 1829.

Gese Stevens (Grace) was born October 13, 1829 in Bimolten. Her parents were Willem Stevens and Geerdjen Baals. She was the fifth of nine children born to this couple.

On May 24, 1854, Gese married Jan Harm Lummen in Nordhorn. They would have four children in Frensdorf:

In March of 1867, Gese, husband Jan Harm, daughter Zwantje, and son Hindrik emigrated to Michigan. The Lummen family settled near Graafschap in Allegan County, Michigan. There he became a farmer. The 1880 Federal Census shows that they had two more children:

  • Geertjen—born around 1870; and,
  • Willem—born around 1872.

Jan Harm Lummen died on March 13, 1898 in Fillmore Township at the age of 72. He was buried in the East Saugatuck Cemetery. Gese Stevens Lummen died on August 14, 1922.

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