Dec. 12, 1989 Cheboygan Cheboygan County Michigan, USA
Nick Jansen was born in 1901 as Klaas Jansen in the city of Coevorden, in the southeastern part of the Dutch northeastern province Drenthe, son of the 39 years aged laborer Pieter Jansen and IJmkje de Leeuw.
Klaas lived in the Gasthuisstraat 13 and/or 15, Coevorden, in the utter east of the Netherlands. On 27 March 1923 he left his parental home for Weesp, a place south of Amsterdam. Source: copy BR Coevorden 1900-1925, 09/2011.
Klaas Jansen, a motor man [?], arrived on 18 July 1923 on the SS Olympic, a sistership of the Titanic, from Southampton, England, at the port of New York, Ellis Island. Source: scan passengerlist, Ellis Island.
In March 1927 Nicolaas Jansen is an oiler on the vessel Astrea which sailed from Curacao, Dutch Antilles, Caribean Sea, to New York.
According to a Nick's stepgranddaughter in Oct. 2011 he bought a motorcycle when he arrived in the USA and toured the country. He met a man with the name of Frank Malinosky and they became friends. Eventually they ended up in Toledo, seat of Lucas County in northwest Ohio, on the western end of Lake Erie and bordering the state of Michigan. Toledo became well known for its glass and car assembly industry. In 2010 it had a population of 287,208 people, while the Toledo Metropolion Area had 651,409. They rented there rooms from the couple Alice and John Hanaway. Frank eventually married to Alice's niece Alice Smith and moved to Cleveland. Alice and John divorced and soon, on 8 June 1929, the almost 28 years aged Klaas alias Nick Jansen married in Bowling Green, Wood County, in the north of Ohio to the 40 years aged Alice E. Glaspy alias Gillespie, who had three children from her first marriage to John Hanaway, daughter Sarah Jane and sons William and Nelson Hanaway,
In 1930 Nicholas Jansen, machinist in an auto factory, resided with his wife Alice and her three children in Belle Center Village, Richland Township, Logan County in the midwest of Ohio, close to Alice's family. They moved to there because there was no work at Toledo. Sources: Census 1930 and stepgranddaughter A. Royse, e-mail Oct. 2011. Alice cleaned homes and Nick did odd jobs. From there they moved to the country and Nick tried his hand on farming but didn't so well at it. They then moved to Kenton, seat of Hardin County in northwest Ohio, where Nick found work, but decided to go back to Toledo. He went first and sent for Alice and her daughter. He was renting a room in a boarding house. When Alice and daughter arrived in Toledo they discovered Nick had a lady friend, Ernestine Bly, so they divorced in September 1945. Nick had no children from Alice.
On 17 January 1947 machinist Nicholas Jansen enters at Detroit the USA from Ontario, Canada, and is heading for his home in Toledo, Oakwood Avenue 1104. He is 5 ft. 8 in. tall and has a fair complexion, lightbrown hair and blue eyes. In 1948 he applied for Naturalization and lived at that time also at 1104 Oakwood Avenue, Toledo, in the north of Ohio, on the border of Michigan.
Nick remarried on 2 March 1957 in Toledo to Ernestine E. Bly, who was 11 years younger than him. It's almost 100 percent sure that they didn't get any children.
Step-granddaughter Alice Royse found them until 1963 living in Toledo. For unknown reasons Nick Jansen moved on an unknown date to the utter north of Michigan, where he resided since probably about 1963 in Onaway, Presque Isle County. Before 1963 he lived in Toledo, Ohio.
Klaas alias Nick Jansen died at the age of 88 years in the Community Memorial Hospital in Cheboygan, in the utter north of Michigan, leaving his wife Ernestine (nee Bly) Jansen of Onaway. Cause of death: sepsis (bloedvergifti- ging), due to disseminated (uitgezaaide) cytomegalovirus (het grootste herpesvirus). He had also an acute renal failure (nieruitval) and a pulmonary edema (longoedeem). Nick is cremated. His wife Ernestine Bly Jansen, who died in January 2002 in Olive Hill, Kentucky is buried aside of Nick in Onaway.
Nick's last residence place before his death was Cedar Street, Onaway, Presque Isle County, in the utter north of Michigan, and he was a retired machinist from the car manufacturing.
Sources: scans of a Certificate of Death and a handwritten obituary, received in October 2011 via N. Lapperre from stepgranddaughter A. Royse.