|The Emsland GRIEP's
Where do they originate from:
Hümling, Saterland of somewhere else?
For many centuries, the
Emsland region of moors and heaths near the
western border of Germany has
remained rather isolated and old-fashioned. Ever
since the year 1400, the surname Griep is found
in the region surrounding Meppen.
Saterland, to the northeast just outside of Emsland,
Griep's have been living since the 17th century.
They seem to originate from the
the Countship of Bentheim, southwest of Meppen, a
Gryp family has been living during the 16th en
17th century. In Twenthe,
just on the Dutch side of the border, Grieps have
been living since the 17th century.
the question is quite obvious: are all of those
THE SERF HERMANN GRIP
On January 22, 1400, the serf Herman
Grip (Griep) from Lehe appeared, together with
Coip van Hede, before Judge
Sweder Rorynck at Aschendorf.
The session was ment to lay down the fact
that Hermann Griep had, for a certain amount of money, bought himself free
from serfdom from Coip van Hede.
The charter that was made up then, is also
the first time that the village Lehe, where Herman Griep
lived, is mentioned. So, for that reason, in 2000 celibrated its 600th
'FREIBAUER' WILKE GRIEP
Griep lived at at the end of the 16th century at
Whem, a village in a region called 'Hümling'. A
'freibauer' ment that he was a farmer who owned
his land and farm.
'Wilke' did also appear, for centuries long, in a Griep
family that lived from the 17th century on in the Saterland
region. According to the naming practises of those days,
this makes it quite obvious that the Griep's from
Saterland does descent from this Wilke Griep from Wehm.
The municipality of
Saterland, made up from the four villages of Ramsloh,
Scharrel, Sedelsberg and Stücklingen, is wellknown as
the smallest language island of Europe. The laguage that
is used by the 13.000 inhabitants is a variant form of
the Frisian language that is spoken in the Dutch province
beginning of the 17th century, a Griep family has lived
at Scharrel. They are of the Roman Catholic faith and for
generations long they inhabited the same farm, situated
just besides the church in the center of Scharrel.
The first one
to appear in a register in Scharrel is Joh. Gryp,
in 1606 noted on a list of taxpayers.
Probably this is the same person as the beerbrewer Joh.
Griep, who died on November 25, 1657, at Scharrel.
still living at Scharrel, has made up the following list
of 10 generations of his ancestors:
around 1760, Geseke Griep, born at
Scharrel, married to Heinrich Böhlsen. They lived at
Scharrel and got children. A descendent of them migrated
to Illinois, USA.
Griep, died at Scharrel on August 21,
Griep, married at Scharrel on February
29, 1656 to Anne Dirks.
Griep was born at Scharrel on May 25,
1660. He married in 1692 to Margaretha Eilers.
Griep was born on April 5, 1695, at
Scharrel. He married on May 30, 1733, to
Wilke Griep was born at Scharrel on
January 9, 1737. On June 26, 1768, he married
Toole Margaretha Janssen (born May 8, 1729).
Griep was born at Scharrel on February
28, 1766. On November 27, 1799, he married Helena
Deddens (1763-1839). He died on July 16, 1852.
Griep was born at Scharrel on October
15, 1808. On December 17, 1842 he married Regina
Mennens (1820-1852). He is a farmer and he died
on September 2, 1893.
Griep was born at Scharrel on August 23,
1848. He married Elisabeth Awich (1861-1936). He
is a farmer and he died on October 9, 1927.
Griep was born at Scharrel on February
13, 1887. He married Margaretha Müller
(1891-1979). He died on March 22, 1961.
Griep was born on October 27, 1916.
This Griep branch is being
researched by a great-g-g-grandson of them:
of Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
GRIEP FROM THE 'VALLEY
OF THE HASE'
river Hase flows westward to Meppen into the Ems River.
Although the Hase flows mainly through moors, heaths and
cultivated flat land, the region between Essen
is called the 'Hasetal' (Valley of the Hase). In the
middle ages, the important trade route form Flanders to
Hamburg and Denmark passed through this region.
Lastrup, Herzlake and Haselünne are a few places in the
'Hasetal'. Besides their location, along the Hase river,
they all have in common that Griep's were, or still are,
The oldest one to be mentioned in the
church books was
and his wife
Talia Berens Spiker. On February 5, 1708, their daughter
Maria Gerdrudis Grip
was baptised in the Roman Catholic church of Herzlake. In that
same period, the following couples lived in the nearby hamlet of
and Maria Duincks,
Griep (Gripf, Griff)
Rambler. They all had their children baptised at Herzlake.
the one and a half century that followed, over 150 children by
the name of Griep were baptised at
Herzlake. All those family
branches are not fully researched yet. After 1860 their number
deminished, because quite a number of them emigrated to America.
From one of
the immigrant families the following ancestry has been
Griep and his wife Hillena Rapien had at Westrum
three children, all baptized at Herzlake: Tobias
Hermannus (May 31, 1746); Tobias
Gerardus (October 29, 1747) and Hillena
(February 25, 1749).
- Their oldest son, Tobias
Hermannus Griep, married on October 25, 1772, at
Herzlake to Anna Maria Broekhuis (Brockhaus). They lived
at their farm at Westrup, where they had 8 kinderen that
all were baptized in the Roman Catholic St. Nikolaus
Church at Herzlake: Joannes Hermannus Tobias
(August 26, 1773); Joannes Tobias
(November 11, 1775); Anna Helena Adelheid
(October 12, 1777); Hermannus Henricus
(November 16, 1779); Maria Angela
(August 27, 1782); Anna Maria (March 29,
1785) and the twins Joannes Bernardus and
Joannes Gerardus (July 14, 1787).
third son, Hermannus Henricus Griep,
married on January 31, 1809, at Herzlake to Maria
Catharina Grues from Westrum. At that occasion, his name
is not as 'Hermannus Henricus', but in the German form: Hermann
Heinrich Griep. They had a son Joannes
Bernardus (June 22, 1810). Not much later his
wife died. On May 6, 1813, he remarried to Angela Maria
Korte from Lewinshausen. With her he had three more
children, who also were baptized in the Roman Catholic
church at Herzlake: Joannes Henricus
(November 23, 1814), Hermann Wilhelm
(November 19, 1818) and Maria Gesina
(June 17, 1825).
The oldest son
from the second marriage, Joannes Henricus Griep,
married on February 26, 1835, at Herzlake to Anna Marie
Burke. He settled in the nearby Lastrup as a 'Heuermann'.
A 'Heuermann' was a farmer that didn't own any land or
farm of his own, but was allowed to farm on somebady
elses land in exchange for providing labour duties. Around 1839 they had a
daughter, Angelica, and after that 5
children that all were baptized at the St. Clemens church
at Holte-Lastrup: Johann Heinrich (July
3, 1839), Johann (1842-1843), Hermann
Heinrich (June 4, 1845), Anna Maria
(July 24, 1848) and Johann Hermann
(August 4, 1852). In 1844 they also had a stillborn
Angelica married in 1868 to Heinrich Hengemühle and
after a year they left with their family in law, as
immigrants to America. They settled at Todd County,
Minnesota. In 1872 both her brothers Hermann Heinrich and
Johann Hermann, sister Anna Maria and their father Johann
Heinrich followed her. In 1879 also the last brother
Johann Heinrich and his family left for Minnesota.
for this immigrant family at page:
Griep in Minnesota.
GRIEP FROM LINDLOH
||The village of
Lindloh and the Dutch town Emmercompascuüm form a kind
of twin town at both sides of the Dutch-German border. It
is the origin of most of the Griep's that now live at
One of them, Friedhelm Griep
from Meppen, has lined up his own ancestors in his 'Ahnengalerie':
Griep was born at Lindloh and married to
Anna Margaretha Scholübbers.
Theodor Griep was born on December 8,
1812, at Lindloh. He married Maria Katharina
Ellerman, also from Lindloh.
Bernhard Griep was born on April 27,
1882, at Lindloh. He married Maria Helene Arling
from the Dutch town of Emmen.
Griep was born on July 15, 1922, at
Lindloh. He married Elisabeth Möller and they
had three children, from which Friedhelm