Hendrik Veldhuis

By Bentheimers International Society

Hand drawn map of Halle where Gertje Veldhuis was born

A portion of General Major von Le Coq‘s Grafschaft Bentheim map (1805) depicting the settlement of Halle. Hendrik Veldhuis was born here in 1876.

Hendrik (Henry) Veldhuis was born June 8, 1876 in Halle. His parents were Gerrit Hendrik Veldhuis and Lütte Alfering of Halle.

At the age of seven, Hendrik emigrated to the U.S. with his parents and three siblings aboard the S.S. Schiedam. After arriving in New York on May 14, 1883, the family traveled to Michigan, where they first lived in the Overisel area before moving to a farm in Allendale.

His parents Gerrit and Lütte had three other children in Grafschaft Bentheim and at least four more in Michigan:

  1. Jan (John)—born November 15, 1873 in Uelsen;
  2. Frederik—born December 20, 1879 in Uelsen;
  3. Geerdjen (Gertrude)—born May 29, 1881 in Halle;
  4. Benjamin—born in March, 1885 in Allendale;
  5. Fannye—born in May, 1887 in Allendale;
  6. Garet—born ca. 1890, died November 17, 1895 in Allendale; and,
  7. Albert—born February 26, 1893, died October, 1950.

Hendrik never married. He died in Allendale on February 2, 1946 and was buried in the Allendale Township Cemetery.

Grave marker of Hendrik Veldhuis in Allendale, Michigan.

Hendrik’s gravestone in Allendale, Michigan.

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