In 1910 my great-great-grandfather Evert Vermeer (born
January 6, 1854 in Harderwijk to Rende Vermeer & Henderientje van den
Broek), emigrated to Hull, Iowa.
In 1875 he was united in marriage to Alida Hendrika van
der Horst and from this marriage four children were born: Rende (my
greatgrandfather), Hendrika, Wouter and Jan. Alida died shortly after
giving birth to Jan in 1880. She was aged only 27. Son Jan died 9 months
In 1882 Evert second married Geertje Rikkers and from this
marriage eight children were born:
Jan "John" (1883), Peter Albertus (1884-1884), Hendrientje
(1886-1894), Pietje "Nellie" (1890), Klasina Elisabetha
"Clara" (1894), Hendrientje "Hattie" (1897), Cornelis
"Case" (1899), Jan II (1901-1901), Hendrik "Henry"
Geertje Rikkers was the daughter of Jan Rikkers and Pietje
van den Hul. One of her brothers was Hendrik "Henry" Rikkers who
came Sioux Co, Iowa in 1892. Appearently he wrote enthousiastic letters to
his relatives in Harderwijk and Doornspijk and in 1900 Henry paid for his
nephew Jan Vermeer's (born 1883, then aged 17) passage to Iowa.
In 1901 Evert and Geertje imagined they would never see
their oldest son Jan again and named their newborn son after him. But
things would turn out different.
On July 30, 1910 in Rotterdam the family got on board the
steamship Rijndam to start a new life in Iowa. The three living children
from Evert's first marriage were already married themselves, had a life of
their own and stayed in the Netherlands.
The following links should be of interest to family researchers:
The VERMEER's of Harderwijk (including branches in Barneveld, Spakenburg and Sioux County, Iowa).
+ Survey about the ancestral line of the Vermeer's of Sioux County, Iowa.
+ The Hendrik VERMEER family in Sioux County, Iowa.
I would like to share some pictures that were taken in the
1910's after the family settled in Hull.
Rendert Vermeer, great-great-grandson of Evert Vermeer.
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Vermeer/Rikkers Hull home
First home of the Evert Vermeer family after they emigrated in 1910.
Pictured are Hattie Vermeer holding her nephew Barney Vermeer (son of John
Vermeer and Jeltje Otten) and Geertje Vermeer nee Rikkers. In the
background sits Henry Vermeer and leaning against the post is Cornelius
Vermeer. Picture taken in 1910. The house is located at the Railroad
Street in the southwest of Hull. It still stands today, but it has been
turned around a quarter.
Evert Vermeer (1854-1927) family of Hull.
From left to right: Cornelis, Evert Vermeer, Hendrientje (Hattie,
Mrs.William Vis), Hendrik (Henry), Geertje [nee Rikkers] Vermeer
(1855-1916), and Clasina Elisabetha (Clara, Mrs.Cornelius Hulstein)
Picture taken around 1912.
Not pictured: son Jan (John) and daughter Pietje (Nellie, Mrs.William
Also not pictured Evert's children from his first marriage to Alida
Hendrika van der Horst: Rende, Hendrika and Wouter, who stayed in the
Netherlands. Rende is my great-grandfather.
Hendrik 'Henry' Rikkers (1857-1942) family of Rock Valley. His wife
was Geertje Juffer (1860-1920) and their children were: Pietje (1887),
Willem (1889), Gerritje (1891), Jannetje (1893, Mrs. Derk Jan Oostenink),
Hendrikje (1896, Mrs. Gerrit Oostenink), Jan (1897), Hendrik (1899) and a
daughter born about 1901.
Then I have two pictures of the Evert Vermeer and probably
the Henry Rikkers families harvesting together. Both pictures were taken
about 1910-1912 in Hull (or Rock Valley?).
I have no clue of who are pictured. In the second picture the older man
dressed in a white jacket on the right could be my
great-great-grandfather, but I'm not sure.
I only know these pictures were sent to the Netherlands by Evert to his
Maybe visitors of the Sioux County website will recognize their relatives.
Vermeer/Rikkers Hull, Iowa
Vermeer/Rikkers Hull, Iowa