|Birth: ||Jun. 30, 1857|
|Death: ||Jul. 5, 1941|
He was born as Adrianus Elings in the village and municipality Hemmen, province Gelderland, in the southeastern part of the Netherlands. His parents are Dirk Elings, 43 y, baker, and Antonia or Toontje van Renes.
He didn't have to go in the national army in 1877 because of brother service.
On 4 November 1880 waiter Adrianus Elings, 23 y, residing in the city of Dordrecht, province Zuid-Holland, married in the city of Gorinchem, Zuid-Holland, to the five years older Agatha Stufkens, who was born there.
On 26 April 1881 their daughter Carolina Pieternella died at Gorinchem, less than one year old. Their son John D. was born in Rotterdam on Mar. 11, 1882. Almost nothing is known of their life in Holland except that they had lived in Amsterdam for a long time, where they operated a hotel. Their children Carolina was born here on 2 Januray 1884 Joe on 1 December 1886 and Dick (or Dirk) 16 May 1888.
The Elings family sailed from Antwerp about Oct. 22, 1897 aboard the German Diedericksen liner Olinda, and docked in Galveston, Texas, on Nov 14, 1897. Of a first party of 50 immigrants, 46 men, women, and children were bound for Nederland. The Galveston newspaper was especially laudatory of them, explaining that the Dutchmen were the "cleanest, best-dressed people to arrive in Galveston in many years. None carried less than $30, and several speak some English..." The immigrants traveled via the Gulf and Interstate Railroad to Beaumont and then over the Kansas City Southern rails to Port Arthur where they spent the night of Nov. 17 in the Nash Hotel. The next morning they were taken to the Orange Hotel in the tiny Dutch settlement Nederland, where sadly the host lady, Agatha Elings, had to begin cooking for 46 hungry tenants.
The Elings family left Nederland in 1900, settling at first on the East Coast. In Dec. 1900 the Elings family resettled at New Glatz, MD., which is in Prince George County, a short distance south of Washington D.C. In June 1903 they moved to the Dutch settlement Holland, later on called Amsterdam-Churhill, Gallatin County, in the southwestern part of Montana. In 1909 the family moved to a farm 9 miles east of Conrad, the seat of Pondera County, in the northern part of Montana.
In 1918 his daughter Carolina Bos' family moved to Zillah, in the Yakima River valley of Washington. Adrian and his wife Agatha followed them in about 1921. Agatha died there on Jan. 3, 1926, at the of age 73 years. In the 1930 census A. J. Elings was enumerated as a 73-year-old widower, lodger, and farm worker in Seattle. Adrian lived with his son Dirk's family for the 2 years immediately prior to his death in Yakima, Washington, where he died in July 1941, and was buried beside his wife Agatha on Plot S-12 in the Zillah Cemetery.
Agatha Stufkens Elings (1852 - 1926)*
Carolina Elings Bos (1884 - 1959)*
Zillah City Cemetery
Created by: Peter Hakze
Record added: Jan 06, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 103160863