English: Old women with constumes in Stellendam
Nederlands: Oude vrouwen met klederdracht in Stellendam
|Date||16 May 2012|
|Author||Peter van der Sluijs|
Aunt Gertie and her father-in-law, John David Earnest on the farm on Newkirk Station Road, Upper Pittsgrove Twp.
Annettaje Marje Klink Brinkman came to Ellis Island in 1898. She had with her two young daughters: Jannetje, 2 years old and Geertje (Aunt Gertie) 3 months old. They came to join their husband/father, Pieter Hendriksz Brinkman. They had come to America from Stellendam, Goedereede, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands.
Peiter had come over some time in 1897. The family settled in Patterson, NJ. The names were anglicized. Peter worked in a mill. Annettaje became known by her middle name, Marie. Daughter Jannetje became Jan. Geertje became Gertie. Henricka stayed Henricka for the 1900 US Census. She died in 1900 at 4 months. By the 1920 US Census Marie had died.. Additional children were added: Herbert, 18; Henry, 15; Bertha, 12; Peter 9; and Abraham, 6. Aunt Gertie no longer live at home. How did a little Dutch girl in a big city find her way to the South Jersey countryside to meet and marry Uncle Ernie?