|Birth: ||Jan. 21, 1862|
|Death: ||Oct. 20, 1951|
He was born in 1862 as Klaas Talsma in the country village Niawier in the former municipality Oostdongeradeel, in the northeastern part of the Dutch northern province Friesland, son of the 34 years aged laborer Geert Sytzes Talsma and Jantje Klazes Westra.
The 20 years aged carpenter's hand Klaas Talsma married on 7 October 1882 in the village Metslawier, seat of municipality Oostdongeradeel, to the two years older seamstress Renske Polstra, born in Lioessens, another country village in Oostdongeradeel, daughter of Jan Tjeerds Polstra and Hiltje Douwes Hiemstra.
Klaas and Renske had the following children:
1. Jantje Talsma, born 1 Sep 1883, Brantgum;
2. Jan Talsma, born 28 Jan 1886, Ferwerd;
3. Geert [George] Talsma, b. 2 May 1888, Ferwerd; d. 1984, Martin, Michigan;
4. Hiltje Talsma, born 22 Apr 1889, Ferwerd;
5. Lieuwe Talsma, born 27 May 1890, Ferwerd;
6. Hiltje Talsma, born 15 Aug 1891, Ferwerd;
7. Hiltje Talsma, born 24 Jan 1893, Ferwerd;
8. Sijtse Talsma, b. 4 Jul 1894, Ferwerd, d. 14 June 1895, Ferwerd ((11 months);
9. Sijtse Talsma, b. 22 Jul 1895, Ferwerd, d. 25 Oct 1895, Ferwerd (3 months);
10. Sijtze [Sidney] Talsma, b. 21 Jul 1896, Ferwerd, d. 1984, Oak Lawn, Cook County, Illinois;
11. Tjeerd Talsma, born 11 Nov 1899, Ferwerd.
Brantgum is a country village in the former municipality Westdongeradeel in the northeastern part of Friesland. Between 1883 and 1886 the family Talsma moved with their child Jantje about 4 miles westward to the country village Ferwerd, the seat of municipality Ferwerderadeel in the northern portion of Friesland.
The family of Klaas Talsma left on 16 April 1902 their home in Ferwerd for America. Klaas [Nicholas] Tolsma (40 y), his wife Rensche (42 y), their children Jantje (18 y), Jan (16 y), Geert (13 y), Hiltje (9 y), Sietze (7 y), Lieuwe (4 y) and Tjeerd (2 y) arrived on 28 April 1902 on the SS Ryndam at the port of New York, Ellis Island.
His wife Rensche died on 24 March 1903, less than a year after their arrival in the USA, in Chicago, Illinois at the age of 43 years.
Nicholas Talsma remarried on 10 September 1903 in Chicago at the age of 40 years to the 10 years younger widow Jakoba [Stuut] Niebur [Nieboer], who was born in the Netherlands too, in the northeastern province Groningen. She brought two or three sons from her first marriage to Harm Nieboer with her.
On 21 January 1905 their son Nicolas Talsma was born in Chicago and about 1907 their daughter Eva, very probably also in Chicago.
In April 1910 Jacoba (36 y) and Nicholas Talama (!, 48 y, Carpenter) lived in Chicago, Ward 32, Cook County, Illinois, together with their children Henry [Nieboer] (16 y, teamster/lumber), Jacob [Nieboer] (8 y), Hilde (17 y), Sietse (13 y), George [Tjeerd] (10 y), Nicolas (5 y) and Eva (2 y).
Nicholas Talsma was naturalized in 1910, in Illinois, very probably in Chicago.
On 19 May 1914 their son Dan Talsma died in Chicago, 1332 W. 73rd St., 12 days after his birth. He is buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Nick Talsma Jr. died on 6 March 1919 in Arpin, Wood County, in the center of Wisconsin at the age of 14 years from influenza, complicated by pneumonia. [Spanish flu?] He is buried in Arpin Cemetery, Wood County, Wisconsin. It's likely that they stayed there with Nicholas' son George Talsma from his first marriage.
In 1930 the 68 years aged widower Nicklas Talsma resided in Dalton, Muskegon County, Michigan with the family of his daughter Jennie [Jantje] Talsma Hoffman (46 y).
In 1940 the 78 years aged widower Nicholas Talsma lived in Ward 18 of Chicago, Illinois, with the farmers family of his daughter Jennie [Jantje] Talsma Raven (56 y). They lived in 1935 at the same place.
Klaas (Nick) Talsma died in 1951 in Chicago, 2701 W. 83rd St. at the age of 89 years. He had then 8 children, of which 7 were married, and 27 grandchildren. Source: scan of obit in The Banner d.d. 9 November 1951, sent by J. Carlson in July 2013. See photo.
Klaas was very probably buried near his second wife Jacoba Stuut in Forest Home Cemetery, just west of Chicago, because in August 2013 he appeared not to have been buried in the cemetery of his first wife Renske Polstra, Mount Greenwood Cemetery, Chicago. In September 2013 the administration of Forest Home Cemetery confirmed to FAG-contributor D. Jones that Klaas Talsma is buried there in section HS, lot 525, but she could not find his headstone anywhere in the vicinity.
Renske Polstra (1860 - 1903)*
Jacoba Stuut Nijboer Talsma (1873 - 1915)*
George Talsma (1888 - 1984)*
Sidney Talsma (1896 - 1984)*
Forest Home Cemetery
Plot: Section HS, lot 525
Created by: Peter Hakze
Record added: May 13, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 110497475