|GRIEP in Michigan
Two Griep families from the
Netherlands moved to Holland, Michigan
previous turn of the century, several members of
in the Dutch province of Zeeland, decided to
migrate to America.
Most of them, especially those from Yerseke,
settled in New Jersey.
were two families that choose to live in Holland,
Michigan. The first one was Jan Griep and his
daughter, who left Krabbendijke
in 1892. The other one was Nicolaas Griep and his
wife, leaving Yerseke
ANCESTORS IN ZEELAND
In 1666 at Hoedekenskerke, a coastal
village in the province of Zeeland, Jan
Adriaenszoon Griep was born. His
parents: Adriaen Griep and Neeltje Pauw.
Jan married in 1694 to Cornelia Abrams
Verschure. A few weeks later she gave
birth to the first of their six children.
Their fourth child, Abram Griep,
was born in 1697. In 1727 he married Johanna
de Bats. Johanna was a shopkeeper and Abram a
bargeman. They had eight children.
The third son of Abram, Adriaan
Griep, born in 1736, married Neeltje Remeijn
and had two sons before she died. Adriaan
remarried in 1768 to Johanna Wissekerke, they
moved to Yerseke and had
eight more children.
seventh child, Jan Griep (1803-1875),
married at Wemeldinge to Adriana
Schouwenaar. They also went to live there and
they had five children. Jan earned his living as
a barge hand.
Griep (1835-1861) was born at Wemeldinge. He married to
Jannetje Karstanje and they had three children.
Griep, born at Wemeldinge in 1860, married
to Cornelia Duivewaarde. He earned his living as
an oyster fisher. They had two daughters and two
sons. His oldest son Nicolaas Griep migrated to America.
Son number four was Cornelis Griep, born
in 1737. He married the widow Jacoba Steketee
from Borssele. Around 1770 the family moved to Hansweert. There
he operated the regular boat service to
Middelburg. In 1793 his 24-year old son Janus
died. When in 1797 also his wife died, Cornelis
drowned himself in despair.
Abraham Griep, their oldest son, was born in
1764, and married to Maria Goossen. They had
seven children. After the death of his first wife
he remarried to Helena Stevense and moved to Waarde.
His son Marinus Griep,
(1800-1875) became bargeman at Waarde. In 1823 he
married to Geertruida Blok. They had 11 children.
Griep (1824-1891) married in 1855 Anna
Kommejan of Kruiningen. They both are
laborers, living at Waarde until 1883. They
had 7 children; one of them, Jan
Griep, migrated to America.
FROM BOTH ADRIAAN AND ABRAHAM
GRIEP A SON MIGRATED TO AMERICA
THEY SETTLED IN HOLLAND, MICHIGAN
||Nicolaas Griep (1884-1973)
Born at Yerseke; migrated to
Nicolaas Griep (Klaas) was
born on January 21, 1884.
He married Catharine Katte and migrated to America. On
April 5, 1910 they arrived with the ship Noordam
from Rotterdam at New York and settled in
Holland, Michigan, on West 27th Street 121, close to Jan Griep
They had four children: Cornelia (1913), Dina
(1915), Adrian (1916) and Janet Griep
Catherine (Katrina) died July 11, 1966 in
Holland, Michigan and Nicolaas at Holland,
Michigan in 1973.
More information about him and his descendants on
|Jan Griep (1861-1943)
Labourer at Krabbendijke;
migrated to America
Jan Griep was
born on October 10, 1861 at Waarde. In 1886 he
married at Krabbendijke to Elisabeth Kole.
Shortly after they had a daughter (Anna;
born on August 25, 1888), his wife died on May
According to records in Krabbendijke, he migrated in 1892,
together with his daughter Anna Griep,
to the US. On March 23, 1902 (how this long time
lap can be explained is still unclear) their
arrival with the vessel Rijndam is
registered at Ellis Island, New York. They
settled in Holland, Michigan, on West 27th Street 124.
John Griep, as he was called
now, remarried in Michigan to Machlina Haverhock.
They had four more children (see
below). John Griep died in 1943 and his
wife in 1951.
DESCENDANTS IN AMERICA
Died as a soldier in France
Adrian Griep was
born in October 11, 1916 in Holland. Michigan. He
married and had a daughter: Carolyn. Adrian was a soldier
in the "Corps of Engineers", and he
took part in the liberation of France.
He was killed in action on January 23, 1945 in
More about him on page:
Information provided by
Carolyn Griep-Rogers,daughter of Adrian, and her son
|Abraham Griep (1905-1980)
Abraham was born in November 1905
as the first son of John Griep. In 1929 he
married his wife Gertrude. They lived at Grand
Abraham died in February 1980 and his wife in
Janet Griep (1909-1986)
Janet was born in 1909. In 1932
she married George Renaud.
They had a son before her husband died in 1939.
Janet died in 1986.
Marinus Cornelius Griep (Morris) was born in 1912. He
married Beryl Albers and had one child: Maureen (Corky) Burrill.
He died in 1976 and his wife in 1997. Corky died in 2006; she is
survived by many children and grandchildren in Southern
John and his wife Johanna adopted
-- Eileen Laurel Griep, born June 21,
1947. In 1968 she died as a result of a car/train
accident on her way home from college;
-- David Griep, born October 30, 1949.
He graduated from Grand Valley State
(undergraduate) and Michigan State Universities
(post graduate) and worked for the Department of
Social Services of the State of Michigan for 31
years. He had four children:Heather Lynn
(1969), Paula Johanna (1972), David
John Morris (1976) and Morgan
Kay (1980). He and his children remained
in the Holland area.
This last information was
provided by David Griep. This Griep branch is
by two grand-daughters of Abraham Griep: Kathryn Griep
and Lynnea Griep
and by a grandson of Janet Griep: