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Freerk "Fred" Abbas
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Birth: Aug. 12, 1840, Germany
Death: Mar. 28, 1928
Kanawha
Hancock County
Iowa, USA

Freerk Abbas was born in Wymeer, Ostfriesland Germany. There he grew to manhood and was united in marriage to Grietje (Grace) Gruis. She had a daughter, Wabbena Abbas from a previous relationship whom Freerk took as his own. This union was blessed with four children: Geert Freerks who died when he was four, Daniel Abbas, Fannie Abbas and Grace Abbas.

Freerk was listed as 41 years old and a day laborer when he applied for immigration in Groningen province, Netherlands in 1881. The family sailed for America aboard the Dutch Steamer "S.S. Pollux" out of the port of Amsterdam. They arrived at the Castle Garden Immigration Station, New York on 25 October 1881. Their origin was Holland and their purpose was "permanant sojourn" to the United States. According to the ship manifest, F. Abbas (41) was a laborer, his wife, G. Abbas (40), and children, G. Abbas (13), D. Abbas (8), F. Abbas (7) and G. Abbas (4) were passengers #518-524 and their ship accommodations were in steerage. There were a total of 569 passengers on the ship captained by M. Mullinkroot.

From New York they went to Ackley, Iowa, later moving to Alexander, where they lived for five years. In 1893 they moved to a farm near Kanawha and they lived in the area ever since. Freerk was a farmer and raised bees, turkeys, and cows. His farm also had apple trees. Fred will always be remembered as a lover of bees. He loved to sit outside and watch his bees. He would catch any bees that got in the house in his hands and released them, calling the bees "loving creatures". The stings didn't bother him and he was stung often. It was not uncommon to find him caring for 15 to 20 hives. He was short in stature but well built and always wore a beard.

Fred (55 Germany) & Grace (60 Germany) Abbas appear in the 1895 Iowa State Census for Wright County along with children, Daniel Abbas (23 Germany), Nancy Abbas (20 Germany) and Grace Abbas (18 Germany). He was a farmer. They were members of the Evangelical Church.

On a cold, snowy, stormy afternoon on 20 March 1900, a group (11 families) gathered together in the school house one mile south of Kanawha for the purpose of forming a new congregation. Freerk and Grace along with three of their children and Freerk's brother, Bernard and Cornelia all became charter members of the new Christian Reformed Church in Kanawha. The church was dedicated on Thursday 13 September 1900. Services were held at 9:00 a.m. in Dutch and German and 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. in English and German. "He was a faithful member of the Kanawha Christian Reformed Church and had a strong faith in his Savior, of whom he often spoke."

Fred Abbas (63, Mar 1837 Germany) and Grietje Abbas (65, Mar 1835 Germany) are found in the 1900 United States Federal Census for Amsterdam Township, Hancock County, Iowa. They have been married 40 years and have 5 children, 4 living. He was a farmer.

Fred K. Abbas (69 Germany) is enumerated in the 1910 United States Federal Census for Norway Township, Wright County, Iowa. He and Grietje (75 Germany) had been married 45 years and had 5 children, 4 living. He was a farmer.

Grietje (Gruis) Abbas died 12 May 1919.

After her death Fred Abbas (79 Germany) went and lived with his son, Daniel and his family which is where he is found in the 1920 United States Federal Census for Amsterdam Township, Hancock County, Iowa. According to the census he was naturalized in 1886.

Fred Abbas (84 Germany) is enumerated in the 1925 Iowa State Census for Norway Township, Wright County, Iowa. He was still living with his son, Daniel Abbas and family.

Freerk Abbas passed away at the home of his son, Wednesday 28 March 1928 of influenza. He lived to be 87 years, 7 months and 16 days old and died in the southwest upstairs room of the Abbas home about 2 miles west of Kanawha, Iowa, in the same home that many of his grandchildren were born. Three Abbas brothers, Freerk, Bernard and Edward and their wives, are buried next to each other in the Amsterdam Township Cemetery.

From the Kanawha, Iowa newspaper:

"Funeral services for Fred Abbas who passed away at the home of his son Dan Wednesday morning, will be held at the Christian Reformed church Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

Mr. Abbas was 87 years, 7 months and 16 days old at the time of his death. He had lived in this vicinity for thirty-five years.

Fred Abbas was born August 12, 1840 at Wiemer (Wymeer), Ostfriesland, Germany. There he grew to manhood and was united in marriage to Grace Gruis. This union was blessed with five children, one of whom died in infancy. The surviving children are: Mrs. M. Boomgarden and Dan Abbas of Kanawha; Mrs. Ganzeveld, of Britt, and Mrs. John Perton, of Allison. His wife preceded him in death ten years ago.

Mr. and Mrs. Abbas moved from Germany to Ackley, later moving to Alexander, where they lived for five years. Thirty-five years ago they moved to a farm near Kanawha and Mr. Abbas has since made his home in this vicinity. Since the death of his wife he has made his home with his son Dan.

He is survived by one brother, Ben Abbas, of Kanawha, and two sisters, Mrs. Riekens and Mrs. Wiert Johnson, also of this vicinity. Three brothers, Arend, Hemo and Ed preceded him in death.

He was a faithful member of the Kanawha Christian Reformed church and had a strong faith in his Savior, of whom he often spoke.

Three Abbas brothers, Bernard, Edward and Freerk and their wives are buried next to each other in the Amsterdam Township Cemetery.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Geerd Arend Abbas (1813 - 1890)
  Fentje Freerks Kruse Abbas (1810 - 1879)
 
 Spouse:
  Grietje Daniels Gruis Abbas (1835 - 1919)*
 
 Children:
  Geert Freerks Abbas (1868 - 1873)*
  Daniel Freerks Abbas (1871 - 1952)*
  Fentje Abbas Ganseveld (1874 - 1947)*
  Grietje Abbas Perton (1877 - 1943)*
 
 Siblings:
  Arend Geerds Abbas (1838 - 1903)*
  Freerk Abbas (1840 - 1928)
  Engelke Geerd Abbas (1842 - 1918)*
  Berend George Abbas (1844 - 1929)*
  Hemms Geerts Abbas (1847 - 1897)*
  Stientje Abbas Johnson (1849 - 1934)*
  Gepke Abbas Riekens (1851 - 1934)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Amsterdam Township Cemetery
Kanawha
Hancock County
Iowa, USA
 
Maintained by: steve s
Originally Created by: K L Bonnett
Record added: Nov 15, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61649405
Freerk Fred Abbas
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Freerk Fred Abbas
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Freerk Fred Abbas
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