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Teunis Bos Van den Hoek
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Birth: Aug. 22, 1837
Molenwaard Municipality
Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Death: Mar. 28, 1914
Douglas County
South Dakota, USA

Teunis Bos (= Forest) van der Hoek (= Of the Corner) was born in August 1837 in the country village of Goudriaan, located in the southeastern part of the Dutch southwestern province Zuid-Holland, son of Jan Bos van der Hoek and Eigje Terlouw, and a brother of Arie Bos Vandenhoek, FAG nr. 53306072.
According to his greatgrandson Will van den Hoek Teunis was born at the farm called 't Fort (= the Fortress), Zuidzijde 114, Goudriaan, which was built in 1710. Probably it has nothing to do with a -former- stronghold, but they likely called it just so as "my home is my fortress". The building is still existing today at the address Zuidzijde 113, Goudriaan.

Om 1 February 1862 Teunis Bos van den Hoek married at the age of 24 years to Dirkje Vogel, who was also 24 years old, in the dairy farmers village of Noordeloos, also located in the southeastern part of the Dutch province Zuid-Holland, a few miles east of Goudriaan.

Between December 1862 and August 1865 they had in Noordeloos in house number 90 n.k. (probabably meaning noordkade, north quai, or noordkant, north side, so on the northside of the Botersloot (Butterditch) which runs east-west through the village), later on changed in number 31a, three sons, all called Jan, but they all died in infancy, less than one year old. Teunis was then a laborer and, like his wife, a Christian Seceded (Chr. Afgesch.). Source: scan of Bevolkingsregisters Noordeloos, Familysearch.

On 20 April 1866 Teunis Bos Van den Hoek and his wife Dirkje Vogel left their house number 31a in Noordeloos for North America, sailing on the steamship Pennsylvania from Liverpool, England. They sailed firstly from Rotterdam to Hull on the east coast of England and then travelled by train to Liverpool. The Vanden Hoek's ocean voyage, April 21-May 8, passed with little difficulty. Of the 1,350 passengers and ship's crew, only two died. Teunis and his wife Dirkje Vogel travelled to the New World with about 30 companions who were were also destined for the Dutch truck farmers settlement of South Holland, located just south of Chicago and originally called Lage (Low) Prairie. All of them had probably delayed their migration plans due to the American Civil War which ended in 1865. On board was also the Rev. Hendrik R. Koopman, who accepted the call of the South Holland Dutch Reformed Church. Willem Paarlberg, who immigrated in 1847, guided them during their overland travels by train and wagons from New York to South Holland, where Teunis and Dirkje were welcomed by uncle Willem Vogel and Willem Vander Aa. Within a few weeks they rented an apartment with some farming land at the Little Calumet River.

Despite his early enthusiasm for South Holland, Teunis had moved by August 1866 already to Junction Station, later on called Englewood and nowadays a southwestern district of Chicago, where he managed a farm for the Frisian widow Mrs. Meeter, whose husband died in 1866.

In 1869 Teunis returned to South Holland to rent a farm from Willem Vander Aa, which he bought in 1871 for $3000.

In Illinois, Cook County, they had nine more children. Five of them lived into adulthood: John, Willempje (Minnie), Eigje (Ida), William and Ebenhaezer (Eben).

In June 1880 Tunis Vandenkaik [!] (43 y, born in the Netherlands, farmer), his wife Derika (43, Netherlands), their children John (11, Illinois), Minnie (9, Illinois), Ida (6, Illinois), William (3, Illinois), and Eleanor (11 months, Illinois) were living in Thornton Township [including South Holland], Cook County, Illinois.

In 1882 he sold his farm in South Holland with 45 acres of land for $110 per acre to Adam Ooms and bought in Orange City, known as "Holland Garden" and located in the northwestern part of Iowa, a farm with 80 acres for a total of $2000.

In 1884 they moved from Orange City to the also Dutch agrarian settlement of Harrison, located in the southeastern part of South Dakota, not far away east of the Missouri River. The first half year Teunis and his family boarded the new stable, sharing it with the cattle, but by late September 1884 moved into their new two-story, four bedroom house that costed $500.

In April 1910 Tunis B Van Der Hoek (72 y, born in Holland, retired farmer) and his wife Dirkie (72, Holland) were living in Holland Township, very probably in Harrison still, Douglas County, South Dakota, where he died in March 1914 at the age of 76 years, since March 1911 widower of Dirkje, who died in Harrison too.

From 1866 until 1895 Teunis wrote 92 letters to his family in the Netherlands, which are all preserved at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Family links: 
  Dirkje Vogel Van den Hoek (1837 - 1911)
  John Bos Van Den Hoek (1868 - 1937)*
  Wilmena VandenHoek Nieuwenhuis (1870 - 1948)*
  Ida VandenHoek Smits (1873 - 1956)*
  William John VandenHoek (1876 - 1953)*
  Eben VandenHoek (1879 - 1967)*
*Calculated relationship
Harrison Cemetery
Douglas County
South Dakota, USA
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Record added: Feb 24, 2012
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