Hendrik Lummen

By Bentheimers International Society

Hand drawn map of the Frensdorf area where Zwaantje Lummen was born.

A portion of General Major von Le Coq‘s Grafschaft Bentheim map (1805) depicting Frensdorf, now part of Nordhorn. Hendrik Lummen was born here in 1864.

Hendrik Lummen was born on March 31, 1864 in Frensdorf, the last of four children born to Jan Harm Lummen and Gese Stevens in Grafschaft Bentheim:

In March of 1867, when he was three years old, Hendrik left Grafschaft Bentheim with his parents, Jan Harm and Gese, and his older sister Zwaantje Lummen (the other two siblings had died in childhood). The Lummen family settled near Graafschap in Allegan County, Michigan. Hendrik would have another brother and sister:

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

Hendrik Lummen Marries Truida Tukker

On April 1, 1893, Hendrik, also called Henry, married Truida (Gertrude) Tukker/Tucker in East Saugatuck. Her parents were Jan (John) H. Tukker and Ide (Ida) Jeurink. At this point in time, it seems that they had no children.

From his obituary, we learn that Hendrik Lummen died on December 21, 1955 at the Holland Home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Both he and his wife Truida had been living here for six years at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife and several nieces and nephews, but no children. Hendrik was buried in the East Saugatuck Cemetery. His wife Truida Tucker Lummen died on February 16, 1957 and was buried alongside her husband.

1895 Fillmore Township plat map showing where the Hendrik Lummen farm was located

A portion of the 1895 plat map for Fillmore Township. Hendrik Lummen owned an 80–acre farm in Section 31.

Handwritten county marriage register entry for Hendrik Lummen's marriage.

The Allegan County, Michigan marriage register entry for Hendrik Lummen’s marriage to Truida Tucker. It shows that they applied for a marriage license on March 24, 1893, and that both resided in Fillmore Township. It gives their parents’ names, the marriage date and place, and the officiating minster (Andrew Keizer). Witnesses were Jan Tucker and H. H. Dobben, both of Fillmore.

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