GRIEP in Bergen County, NJ
From Zeeland in the Netherlands to the suburban region around the 'Big Apple'

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  Between 1870 and 1885, the village of Yerseke in the Dutch province Zeeland grew very rapidly. The newly invented method of oyster-farming made that possible. In those days, Yerseke was even referred to as the Klondike of Zeeland.

After 1885 the oyster-culture fell back to a much lower level. Many people lost faith about their future in Zeeland, and they decided to emigrate. Between 1885 and 1900, 484 people left Yerseke for America. Many of them settled in West-Sayville (NY), where oyster-farming was also practised.

Others, among them several Griep's, settled in Bergen County, New Jersey. In this region, the fast growing industries offered jobs to the ones that arrived with the immigrant ships.

 
 

THE ANCESTORS IN ZEELAND

 
 
  1.
In 1666 at
Hoedekenskerke, a coastal village in the province of Zeeland, Jan Adriaenszoon Griep was born. In 1694 he married Cornelia Abrams Verschure and a few weeks later she gave birth to the first of their six children.

2.
Their fourth child, Abram Griep, was born in 1697. His wife
Johanna de Bats was a shopkeeper and Abram a bargeman. They had eight children.

3.
Number four of them was Cornelis Griep, born in 1737. He married to 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.

4.
Jacob Griep
(Job), their youngest son, was born in 1771, and married Tannetje Snoep. They had eight children. Jacob operated the ferry service at
Hansweert to Walsoorden.

5.
The second son of Jacob, also named Jacob Griep, was born in 1798. When he married Apolonia Sinke they moved to
Yerseke. His wife was a shopkeeper and Jacob operated the regular boat service to Rotterdam. They had ten children; one of them migrated to America.

6.
Their fourth child, Joos Griep, was born in 1834. He worked as a bargeman at Yerseke and married to Neeltje Stroosnijder from Kruiningen. They had six children; one of them migrated to America.


Yerseke in 1930, with the fishing harbour
and the oyster basins

 
 

LODI, PASSAIC AND BERGEN COUNTY
BOTH FROM JACOB GRIEP AND FROM JOOS GRIEP A SON MIGRATED TO AMERICA
THEY SETTLED IN BERGEN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY

 
 
 

BERGEN COUNTY
Settled by the Dutch, Bergen was created in 1683 as one of the four original Counties in New Jersey.
When the immigration was at his highest, immigrants arriving at New York were already awaited for by Dutch speaking agents, offering jobs for the newcomers. Many poor immigrants could start to work immediately in the factories at Bergen County, the region in New Jersey opposite Manhattan on the other side of the Hudson River.
Immigrants worked there at textile mills, engineering works, at the railroad or on farms. Around 1920 some 35,000 Dutchmen from the first and second generation lived in New Jersey. In the region around Paterson there were quite some villages with a Dutch atmosphere, like: Clifton, Passaic, Midland Park, Ridgewood, Paramus, Bergen Field and Lodi.

 
 
  Cornelis Griep (1839-1912)
Migrated from Yerseke to Passaic, New Jersey, USA

Cornelis Griep was born on September 10, 1839 at Yerseke. He was the third son of Jacob Griep and Apolonia Sinke and was a skipper. In 1873 he married Maria van den Bosch from Waarde. After she died, he remarried in 1876 to Jacoba Kopmels, widow of Ary Kaat. In 1896 they migrated, together with their six children, to America.

They crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Antwerp to New York with the vessel Kensington of the Red Star Line. They arrived in New York on May 19, 1896 and settled in Passaic, Bergen County, New Jersey. Cornelis worked there as a laborer. He died on September 24, 1912 and his wife on August 5, 1930.

THEIR DESCENDANTS ARE SHOWN ON PAGE:
Cornelis Griep (1839-1912)

 
 
  Marinus Griep (1862-1929)
Migrated from Yerseke to Lodi, New Jersey, USA

Marinus Griep was born in Yerseke on October 24, 1862, as the oldest son of Joos Griep and Neeltje Stroosnijder. He was a bargeman and in 1884 he married to Anna Abrahamse from Wissenkerke. In Yerseke they had 9 children, from which one, Joos Marinus, died after one year.


Marinus and Anna lived at Yerseke in the house at the middle in the 'Lepelstraat'

In 1901, they decided to emigrate. On April 11, 1901 the family arrived at New York, with the ship Statendam of the Holland-America-Line from Rotterdam.

They settled at Lodi, Bergen County, New Jersey. After the death of Marinus on April 7, 1929, Anna went to live with her son Henry in Maryland.

THEIR DESCENDANTS ARE SHOWN ON PAGE:
Marinus Griep (1862-1929)

 
 

Do you have more information about these family, or are you one of their descendants?
Please  send an email to jan.griep@planet.nl.

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on November 28, 2009, by
Jan Griep, Katwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands.