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Notes for Dirk Jan Engelbarts Obbink:

The Family of Dirk Jan Engelbarts Obbink & Berendina Frederika Nusselder

A paragraph on son OBBINK, HENRY in the 1940 Who's Who for Lancaster Co., NE says he was son of Derk Jan Obbink and Berdina ___; also says "parents came from Wisconsin to Lancaster Co in late 1860's, homesteaded near Firth."

1870 census (Post Office Lincoln), Lancaster Co., Neb - Dierk Hobbink - (22) and Berendena (21). Both listed as born Holland. Dierk's occupation listed as farmer.

1880 census South Pass, Lancaster Co., Neb. - Derk J. Obink (31), Dena (29), Johannah (5), Lyda (3), John W. (2) and Wilhemina (4/12ths). Wilhemina listed as born in January. Derk & Dena and both their parents listed as born in Holland. Children all listed as born Nebraska.

Nebraska State Census 1885
Name: Dick Obbink
Race: W
Age: 36
Birth Place: Holland
ED: 493
Loc: South Pass Precinct,Lancaster,Nebraska
Date: 04 Jun 1885
Enumerator: J. C. Alexander
Locality: Midway Borough
ED: 192
OSPage Number: 9B
Also in household:
Name: Dena Obbink Race: W Age: 34 Birth Place: Holland
Name: John Obbink Race: W Age: 10 Birth Place: Nebraska
Name: John W. Obbink Race: W Age: 7 Birth Place: Nebraska
Name: Minnie Obbink Race: W Age: 5 Birth Place: Nebraska
Name: Henry Obbink Race: W Age: 3 Birth Place: Nebraska
Name: Benny Obbink Race: W Age: 1 Birth Place: Nebraska
Name: Lizzie Obbink Race: W Age: 1 Birth Place: Nebraska

1900 census South Pass, Lancaster Co., Neb. - D. J. Obbink (51), Dena (49), Minnie (20), Henry (18), Lizzie (16), Bennie (16), Dena (12), Dick (10), Albert (8), Garret (6) and Susie (4). D. J. & Dena listed as being married 30 years. Dena listed as having 14 births with 11 living at time of census. D. J. & Dena & their parents all listed as born Holland. Children all listed as born Nebraska.
D.J & Dena both listed as immigrating in 1868.

1910 census South Pass, Lancaster Co., Neb. - Durk J. Obbink (62), Berindena (60), Susie (14). Durk & Berindena listed as married 40 years. Berendeiena listed as having 14 births with 10 alive at time of census. Durk & Berendena listed as born Holland, Susie listed as born in Nebraska. Immigration of both Durk & Berendena listed as 1878 (error - were in Neb. in 1870).

1920 census, South Pass Precinct, Lancaster Co., NE page 274
Household #146/169
D.J. Obbink, head, age 71, married, immigrated 1868, na 1875, Netherlands/Netherlands/Netherlands, Farmer, truck farm
Berandena, wife, age 69, married, immigrated unknown, na, Netherlands/Netherlands/Netherlands

Mrs. D.J. Obbink Will be Buried Friday
Holland Neb., Jan 18 1928 - Funeral services for Mrs. D.J. Obbink, pioneer in this section of the state, will be held at the Holland Reformed church at 2 pm Friday. Burial will be made at the Holland Cemetery. Mrs. Obbink was born in the Netherlands seventy-one years ago. At the age of sixteen her family transferred to America, settling in Wisconsin. After residing there a short period, Mrs. Obbink moved to this city. She is survived by her husband an nine children; Mrs. E.J. TeSelle, Mrs. C.B. Laird, Henry and R.J. Obbink, all of Lincoln; Mrs. A.H. TeSelle of Linden, Wash; Mrs. H.J. Penhussen and Benjamin Obbink, both of Firth, Neb., and Dan and Albert Obbink, both of Omaha. She also leaves many grandchildren and other relatives.

1930 census Nemaha, Gage Co., NE ED 34-37, Page 5B
Household #99
Henry J. Tenhulzen, head, age 37, age at first marriage - 21, NE/NE/NE, farmer
Susie, wife, age 34, age at first marriage - 19, NE/Holland/Holland
Eugene W., son, age 15, NE/NE/NE
Lester A., son, age 13, NE/NE/NE
Derk J. Obbink, father-in-law, age 81, Holland/Holland/Holland, Immigrated 1870, naturalized, retired farmer

Dirk Jan Obbink was born on Dec. 14th, 1848, In Aulten, Netherlands, and emigrated to the United States in the year 1868 and settled in Holland, Wis., which is now known as Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He was united in marriage on March 24th, 1870 to Berendina Neusfelder who preceded him in death on January 17th, 1928. He is survived by nine children and twenty-four great grandchildren. He united with the Reformed church of Holland in the year 1871 of which he has been a member until he passed away, with the exception of a few years during which he lived in Colorado. He passed away March 27, 1931 at the age of 82 years, 3 months and 27 days. Funeral services were held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Henry Tenhulzen last Monday at 1:30 and at the Holland Reformed church at 2:30 pm in charge of the pastor, the Rev. VanZyl. Interment was in the Holland Cemetery.

Subj: Obbink Family History
Date: 5/2/99 5:24:49 PM Central Daylight Time
From: Dobbink
To: KNort21285

My son Dirk, who teaches at Oxford, has forwarded to me your message of April 27 requesting family history information. I can tell you that my husband, Dirk's father, was the son of Richard who was a son of Derk Jan Engelbarts Obbink and Berendina Fredrieka Nusselder. Besides Richard there was Henry, Helena, Albert, Gerrit, John, Ben, Dena, Elizabeth, Minnie, Susan and Anna. So, yes, it is the same family. There are still a few Obbinks living in the area of Holland, Nebraska, where a number of Dutch families settled. Holland is about 20 miles south of Lincoln.

A Grandson of Henry Obbink compiled a family history a few years back, of which I have a copy. Bruce Obbink did extensive research on this family history. Should you wish to contact him, his address is Bruce Obbink, 835 Seventeen Mile Drive, Pacific Grove, CA 93950.

Last year I received an e-mail from a Brenda Obbink in Cherokee, Iowa, requesting family info. She said she was descendant of John Obbink. Of Derk and Berendina's family, I personally knew Henry, Ben, Susan and, of course, Richard. Richard still has two daughters, Algeretta and Lucille, living here in Lincoln. They are, of course, my sisters-in-law so see them quite often.

I hope this will be of some help to you in your search.
Dorithy Obbink

From: Bruce J. Obbink
To: Henk Lammers
Sent: Tuesday, December 12, 2000 6:33 AM
Subject: Your letter of December 4, 2000

Dear Mr. Lammers.

Well, I believe you have found your mark.

Berendina Frederika Nusselder was my paternal great grandmother. My great grandfather, Derk Jan Obbink left Aalten, Holland around 1868 and immigrated to Holland Wisconsin. In later years this place was called Sheboygan, Wisconsin. There as a major Dutch settlement there and obviously Derk Jan Obbink had acquaintances in the community that would help sponsor him. Some time after his arrival he found his way to Holland Nebraska, another settlement of newly emigrated Dutch people. Nebraska was the Wild West in those days, Indians and the like inhabited the area. Homes didn’t exist and the area was rolling plains with very few trees. The winters were very harsh.

Derk Jan Obbink began a farming career, but was too young at the time to qualify for a homestead. This was a government program that would give 40 hectares of land to anyone that would farm it. To solve the problem he formed a partnership with another Dutch fellow by the name of Wilderdink. It was Mr. Wilderdink that signed for the homestead and turned it over to Derk Jan when he reached 21 years of age. Derk Jan became the owner of the homestead on July 30, 1868 about ten years after he immigrated to America. The two men lived in a sod house cut from the earth.

Since Derk Jan and Wilderdink were single, they had to find someone to help with the kitchen chores. They became acquainted with Berendina Nusselder and hired her to keep house for them. Later, Berendina Nusselder became the wife of Derk Jan Obbink. It could well be that they knew each other in Holland and she followed him to the new world. Some of this story has been passed down through the family and I have to assume that is how they met. According to newspaper accounts, Berendina Nusselder and Derk Jan Obbink were married March 24, 1870. They both were in Wisconsin and. the newspaper reports that she emigrated from Holland at the age of sixteen. Berendina Nusselder died December 14, 1928 at the age of 71 and is buried in Holland Nebraska. She had nine children. My collaborator in the Obbink history is Wim and Nell Obbink who live in Aalten. Wim is a retired watchmaker and still lives in Aalten. They have a great deal of the Obbink history and may be able to give you some more detail as to the Nusselders. You are correct about the Obbinks coming from Aalten. That is the center of the family and the name has been consistent since the 1600’s which is about as far back we have been able to track. I am attaching a photo of the two of them hoping that you can open it. If not, please let me know and I will mail you a copy. If there is anything else I can do for you, please let me know. We still maintain contact with many of our relatives in Aalten and Den Hague.