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Talea Ammermann Groeneveld
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Birth: Nov. 11, 1833
Death: Mar. 17, 1909

This story was shared with me by Henrich and Dirk Groeneveld on March 24, 2009, they have a Groeneveld website. It was in German so I had Karlyn Mcpike my neighbor translate the story she is from Germany and speaks 21 Languages and is a Language teacher in Defiance County Ohio. Henrich has given me permission to use the information as I see fit. I would like to Thank Henrich and Dirk at this time for sharing with me . Karlyn Mcpike for translating the story and teaching me a lot about the German naming and the ways of Germany. I would also Like to thank my friend Alva Van Houten at Find a Grave for all his hard work on finding my family members for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul.
Talea is my second great grand aunt.
So would Talea Ammermann Groeneveld, the mother of Uboo , describe her family:
I was born on Nov. 11,1833 near Bunderhee in Ostfriesland. On the ship "Lura"I came along with my family on Aug.1865 to NewYork. Only 3 months later I married Heiko Diddens Groeneveld on the 17 of Nov, 1865.He was a 58 year old widowed farmer. He also came from Ostfriesland, born on Dec.21,1807 near Ditzum in Rheiderland. His first wife Geeske Wilhelms died on Jan 17,1862 at the age of 27 years . She had 2 children, a daughter Fenna and a son Christoph. Just like me, Geeske was 26 yrs younger than her husband Heiko. My husband was an honorable discharged sailor from the German Navy . His hobbies were astronomy, land surveying and drawing trees. On Aug. 2, 1851 he bought at auction at the courthouse in Freeport,160 acres, that was located 2 miles west of German Valley. The purchase price was $2.25 per acre. Later he bought 160 acres of adjoining land, so that the farm contained 320 acres. My husband had the reputation for being an intelligent, hardworking and basically honorable farmer. One said he had made his farm to be one of the best farms in the state. Our house was built from native stone, the furniture was mahogany, and in the cupboard was good Haviland China. We had 6 children, 4 of whom died in infancy,one of the babies,Dirk died of cholera, 5of our children are buried in the Silver Creek Cemetery. @ children survived: our son Ubbo and our daughter Meemke,was born on April 1, 1875. Meemke married Rev. H. C. Bode and many of her descendents were missionaries. Our family name was later americanized and became Greenfield. We wer strong believers and oftensat in the summer on the veranda of our home, singing German Hymns and reading the Holy Bible. Heiko became a devoted and loyal American. He belonged to the signers of the Constitution of the Refornmed Dutch ProtestantChurch of Siler Creek on Aug. 10,1851and was a worthwhile member of the church. He diedd on Oct. 11, 1901, at the age of almost 94years, after a brief illness. In his obituary, he was described as a righteous Christian and devoted member of the Silver Creek Stone Church. On the back of our gravestone, you can see two symbols: The Lily for my name, Talea means Lily, and the anchor representing my husband, since he was earlier a sailor. My son Ubbo married a young women, that was 17 or 18 years old, who came from Bremanto America . Her name was Reemke Voogd. She worked first as household help on our farm. When Reemke came to America, she brought her Ice Skates in her luggage. As one often sees in old drawings, the skates had high curved points in the front . One of the grandsons Paul Diddens remembers, remembers how she often told how she skated along the north German canals with these skates. Like his father Heiko , our son Ubbo was known for his interest in modern agricultural tools and farming methods. He engaged himself with enthusiasm for the Silver Creek Church and served from 1912 to 1924 as a Deacon. Therafter he was called called as an Elder and remained active in this position until his sudden death in 1940. Remke, who died a year earlier than her husband, was just as active in the work of the church and belonged to a club for the support of women. Ubbo and Remke had 9 children. All of them in their yourth attended the church services at the Silver Creek Church . I rejoice that i can today say that 6 generations of our family have belonged to the Silver Creek Church Community. 
Family links: 
  Dirk Engelkes Ammermann (1794 - 1876)
  Meemke Wobinna Polmann Ammerman (1802 - 1887)
  Heiko D. Groeneveld (1807 - 1901)
  Ubbo Groeneveld (1866 - 1866)*
  Ubbo Groeneveld (1868 - 1940)*
  Dirk Groeneveld (1870 - 1870)*
  Meemke Groeneveld (1872 - 1872)*
  Meemke Groeneveld (1873 - 1874)*
  Meemke Mamie Groeneveld Bode (1875 - 1955)*
  Wubbe Dirks Ammermann (1827 - 1894)*
  Anna Ammerman Petersen (1829 - 1913)*
  Engelke Dirks Ammerman (1831 - 1924)*
  Talea Ammermann Groeneveld (1833 - 1909)
  Ikea Ammermann Winterberg (1835 - 1930)*
  Wobbina Ammerman Fruhdag (1837 - 1918)*
  Martha Ammerman Eckhoff (1839 - 1880)*
  Hilkea Dirks Ammermann Bode (1841 - 1943)*
  Marten Geerds Polymann (1844 - 1870)*
*Calculated relationship
Silver Creek Cemetery
German Valley
Stephenson County
Illinois, USA
Plot: North Section - Row 3
Maintained by: Misty Pinette
Originally Created by: Alva Van Houten
Record added: Oct 17, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60211146
Talea <i>Ammermann</i> Groeneveld
Added by: Alva Van Houten
Talea <i>Ammermann</i> Groeneveld
Added by: Alva Van Houten
Talea <i>Ammermann</i> Groeneveld
Added by: Alva Van Houten
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