Gerrit Willem Bloemers was born in April 1794, in Woold, Gelderland, Netherlands. He married Janna te Selle (1796-1870) in Winterswijk, Netherlands, on June 2, 1819. The couple and five of their six children emigrated from the Netherlands to Wisconsin, USA, in 1846. Their oldest daughter emigrated later with her husband, Jan Hendrik Wilterdink, after they married in 1847. They all eventually settled in Holland Township, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. Gerrit Willem was a farmer near Gibbsville, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin.
Gerrit and Janna had six children, whose genealogical data is listed in a Family Record sheet provided to us by Ione Heinen of Oostburg, Wisconsin.
- Christina Bloemers (1820-1863) [Spouse: Jan Hendrik Wilterdink (1818-1889)]
- Tobias Bloemers (1822-1915) [Spouse: Alida Pietenpol (1834-1898)]
- Johanna Dora Bloemers (1826-1918) [Spouse: Jan Willem Woordes (1820-1900)]
- Gerrit Jan Bloemers (1830-1847)
- Janna Gesiena Bloemers (1834-1910) [Spouse: Garret Jan ten Dolle (1827-0908]
- Janna Willemina Bloemers (1838-1931) [Spouse: Garret Bruggink (1833-1913)]
All of the Bloemer children were born in Winterswijk, Netherlands.
Jan Hendrik te Selle (1838-1921) and Harmen Jan te Selle (1844-1919), who emigrated to Wisconsin in 1865, were the nephews of Gerrit Willem’s wife, Janna te Selle Bloemers. When Jan Hendrik and Harmen Jan arrived in Wisconsin, they stayed with “Uncle Bloemers” and “Aunt Janna” until Jan Hendrik and Harmen Jan could afford their own lodging.
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