In March of 1867, when Zwaantje was nine years old, she left her homeland with her parents, Jan Harm and Gese, and her younger brother Hendrik Lummen (the other two siblings had died in childhood). The Lummen family settled near Graafschap in Allegan County, Michigan.
Zwaantje would have another brother and sister born here:
- Geertjen—born around 1870; and,
- Willem—born around 1872.
On June 28, 1879, Zwaantje married Hermannes Lemmen. They had five children:
- Gessie (Grace)—born 1881;
- Fannie—born 1885;
- Benjamin—born 1888;
- Dena—born 1891; and,
- John M.—born 1894.
Her husband passed away on June 29, 1907 in Kent County, Michigan. Zwantje died on May 2, 1909 and was buried in the Graafschap Cemetery.
This portrait of Hermannes and Zwaantje Lemmen was likely taken at the time of their wedding in 1879.
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