|Birth: ||Jul. 22, 1834|
Aaltjen Bonninghorst was born in July 1834 in the city of Rijssen, located in the eastern part of the Netherlands, the first child of Reint Bonninghorst (24 years old, weaver) and Anna Nieuwenhuis (19, farm laborer), who married on May 3, 1834 in Rijssen. Her father Reint couldn't sign the geboorteakte (birth deed, certificate), because he hadn't learned to write. Source: scan of her birth certificate, Familysearch.
In Rijssen the following siblings were born:
* Janna Lamberdina, was born about 1835. Died in January 1849 in Rijssen;
* Martha, about 1840, d. May 1859 in Rijssen, about three months after the birth of a stillborn child;
* Jan Hermannus Bonninghorst, about 1845, d. in 1922 in Rijssen, married, and having one surviving child, son Reint.
The surname Bonninghorst, a so-called address name, was very rare in the Netherlands and in 1947 only three persons had still this surname. In 2007 even nobody had the surname Bonninghorst anymore, so it died out.
On December 12, 1848 her mother Anna Nieuwenhuis died in Rijssen at the age of 34 years.
On October 29, 1852 Aaltjen Bonninghorst married at her birthtown Rijssen at the age of 18 years to the three years older farmworker Hendrikus Koster, who was born in Rijssen too.
They had in Rijssen the following children:
* Hendrik Jan (Hein) Koster(s), born January 6, 1853. Died in 1914 in Iowa, USA;
* Aleida Koster, died July 15, 1855 in Rijssen, 7 weeks old;
* Aleida (Alydia) Kosters, August 16, 1856, d. July 7, 1914 in Iowa, USA;
* Regina Koster, born ca. 1858, d. January 14, 1866 in Rijssen, 7 years old;
* Gerrit Willem Koster(s), May 17, 1861, lived in June 1880 in Iowa, USA, 19 years old, farm laborer, died September 21, 1918;
* Jan (John) Koster(s), January 6, 1864. Source: scan of his birth certificate. He died Dec. 1912 in Iowa, USA;
* Reint Koster, died July 15, 1866 in Rijssen, two days old;
* Stillborn Koster, September 29, 1867.
Records show that in 1868 the Kosters family was in Michigan, and along with the Gerrit Nijkamp family and a few other families, moved with the famous Ds. Van Raalte to Amelia County Court House, Virginia. Her husband Hendrikus Kosters bought 20 acres, and his friend Gerrit Nijkamp bought the 20 acres next to him.
In late 1870 or early 1971 the Kosters must have left Virginia, as the family appears in the Virginia Census in 1870, but was in Paterson, New Jersey on August 1, 1871, when daughter Rowena aka Dregina was born.
In May of 1872, Hendrikus Kosters, with his wife and five children, and Gerrit Nijkamp (Nykamp) with his wife and two daughters, came at last to a place where they would spend the rest of their lives. The Kosters-Nijkamp families both homesteaded in West Branch Township on Section 18, located about 3 miles west of Sioux Center, in the western part of Iowa. In 1875 and 1877 the Kosters had there their sons Hendrikus (Henry) and Albert.
Aaltjen died between 1877 and June 1880, very probably in West Branch Township, Sioux County, Iowa.
In June 1880 her widower Hendrikus Kosters (49 years old, born in the Netherlands, farmer) and their children Willem (19, Netherlands, farm laborer), Jan (16, Netherlands, farm laborer), Dregina (8, New Jersey), Hendrikus (5, Iowa) and Albert (2, Iowa) were living in West Branch Township, Sioux County, Iowa.
On November 9, 1881 her widower Hendrikus Kosters remarried in Orange City, Sioux County, Iowa at the age of 50 years the 18 years younger Tenna (Fenna, Fannie) Lefers.
Hendrikus D. Kosters (1830 - 1909)
Hendrik Jan Kosters (1853 - 1914)*
Alydia Kosters Wynia (1856 - 1914)*
Gerrit Willem Kosters (1861 - 1918)*
Jan Kosters (1864 - 1912)*
Rowena Kosters Vander Meer (1871 - 1950)*
Henry D. Kosters (1875 - 1950)*
Albert Kosters (1877 - 1943)*
Created by: Peter Hakze
Record added: Jul 20, 2012
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