Saturday, May 10, 2014

Surname Saturday: SIEGERS

According to Friesche Naamlijst, SIEGERS is a misspelling of the patronym, SIGERS. Siger is a derivative of the Latin name, Victor.

What is interesting about this family is that the name comes from the mother's side, as the father of  Korneliske SIEGERS was not named. Another interesting fact is that Kornliske's mother, Aaltje, already had the patronym, Hendriks, but also used SIEGERS.

SIEGERS is one of my maternal step-father's lines. (I use the letter "C" to differentiate between my biological family tree and my step-family tree. Similarly, I use the letter "B" to mark my paternal grandmother's adoptive family tree.) I have not done much research on this line; consequently, I do not have very much information to share at this time, other than that this family is first found in Oldehove, Gronigen, the Netherlands in 1858.

Stories and History:

Ahnentafel #103C - Aaltje Hendriks SIEGERS (dates unknown) - presumably from the province of Groningen, the Netherlands. No father is listed for her daughter, Korneliske.

Ahnentafel #51C - Korneliske SIEGERS (b.1827) - born presumably in Groningen. Married Hendrik WIERINGA (b. 1815) on 19 May 1858 in Oldehove, Groningen. They had two known daughters. Korneliske's name was passed down to her granddaughter, Cornelia DeVRIES.

Ahnentafel #25 - Adriaantje WIERINGA (1861 - 1925) - her name is also spelled "Adriaantze" and "Adriana." Born in Oldehove, Groningen, the Netherland, she first married a shoemaker and barber, Binne Jarigs DeVRIES (1856 - 1896) in 1886 in the municipality of Kollumerland, Friesland, the Netherlands. At that time, her residence was in Noord Drachten, Smallingerland, Friesland. They had three children before Binne died. Adriaantje apparently ended up in an arranged marriage with John HOOGSTRA (b. 1858), who had emigrated to the United States in 1890. He was widowed as well. It is likely they knew each other before he left the Netherlands, or that Adriaantje had contacts with the Dutch immigrant community in Western Michigan, who may have helped arrange the marriage. At any rate, Adriaantje arrived at Ellis Island on the Spaarndam with her three young children on 29 March 1897. Ten days later, she married John in Grand Rapids, Kent Co., Michigan, with her ten-year-old son, George, as one of the witnesses. She and John had three more children. After his death, she married another widower, Teunis NIEMEYER (b. c. 1865) in 1915 in Grand Rapids. Adriaantje died in East Grand Rapids, Kent Co., Michigan.

Ahenentafel #12C - Jarig Binne Egbert DeVRIES (1887 - 1959) - born in the city of Drachten in Smallingerland, Friesland, the Netherlands he immigrated with his mother and two younger siblings to the United States, the only group of my ancestors to pass through Ellis Island. His name was anglicized to George Benjamin Edward DeVRIES. He married Johanna "Josephine" BOS / BUSH (1885 - 1946) in 1911 in Grand Rapids, Kent Co., Michigan. They had four sons and one daughter. My mother remembers George pretty well, as he lived with her family in Grand Rapids in his elder years, and died in their home.

Ahnentafel #6C - Adrian "Ed" DeVRIES (1916 - 2007) - my beloved grandfather, greatly missed

Ahnentafel #3 - my mother (living)

Ahnentafel #1 - myself

More About the SIEGERS Family:

1. Online database (I update this at least once a month): SIEGERS ancestors and relatives (no info on living persons available)

2. Posts about SIEGERS ancestors and relatives on this blog

 My SIEGERS Immigration Trail:

Oldehove, Groningen, the Netherlands > Kollumerland, Friesland, the Netherlands > Smallingerland, Friesland, the Netherlands > Kent Co., MI > AK > Stevens Co., WA > Spokane Co., WA

Pin It

No comments: