Kit Carson County, Colorado

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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Antonie and Cornelia (Brouwer) Eggink , 6 South 48 West

In 1871, arriving in New York on the Idaho, D. J. Eggink is 33, Mina Eskes 34, with Johan 2 and Antonne infant.
This record says all were born in Sweden.

" Dirk (spelled Derk on that record) married his first wife Mina Gerharda Eskes on 1 Nov 1867 in Vorden, Gelderland, Netherlands. His occupation is listed as klompenmaker or wooden shoemaker. Dirk and his family immigrated to the U.S. in 1871. Dirk and his wife settled in Pella, Marion, Iowa, and Mina is reported on many trees to have passed away c.1878. She's buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Pella, dying ASeptember 1878.

Tryntje Brouwer and Peter Burggraaf had a son William Burggraaf born 1873,
Dirk J. Eggink and Wilhelmina Eskes had a daughter Johanna Eggink born 1868,
Tryntje and Dirk married in 1883 after the death of their first spouses and brought their families together in Sioux County.
William Burggraaf then married Johnann Frederika Eggink
Dirk married Trynte "Katie" (Brouwer) Burggraaf on 21 March 1883 in Marion County. The blended family relocated to Sioux County in 1888. They had no known children together. Eventually, Dirk and Tryntje moved to South Dakota where Tryntje died in 1909."

In 1880 Pella, Iowa, A. Eggink is 11, born in Holland, sister Johanna 6 and brother W. 3 born in Iowa. They're living with aunt and uncle E. Ronwenhoot 59 and J. 46, both born in Holland.

Johanna "Anna" Frederika (Eggink) Burggraaf was the daughter of Dirk Jan Eggink and Mina Gerharda Eskes.
Many family trees state that Anna was born in the Netherlands in 1868, but that is not the case. She is first found on the 1880 Federal Census in Pella, Marion, Iowa, at the age of 6 years. She is listed as a niece and is with her brother A. (Anthonij/Anthony). He is listed as born in Holland while she and younger sister W. (who is actually Minnie) are both born in Iowa. It is probable that there was an older sister Johanna born in 1868 who died, and in the common practice of the Dutch, this Johanna inherited the name when she was born.
She migrated with her father and stepmother Tryntje (Brouwer) Burggraaf Eggink to Sioux County in about 1888.
Johanna is buried in Lyon County, Iowa # 76640039.

Antone Eggink, 23, born in the Netherlands to Dirk Jan Eggink and Marie Gredj Esrya, married Cornelia Brower 19, born at Pella, Iowa to John Brower and Akke De Boer of the Netherlands, in Sioux County, Iowa on March 28, 1894.

In 1900 Sioux County, Iowa, Antone born June 1864 in Holland, Cornelia March 1876 Iowa, with Mamie April 1895, Foppe Sept 1896, adn Cirk April 1898.

In 1910 Sioux County, Iowa, Antone Eggink is 34, born in Holland, married 16 years to Cornelia 35 Iowa. Mamie is 15, Fred 13, Dick 12, Ada 9, Annie 8, Sunie 6, Garnett 3, adn Andrew 1, , all kids born in Iowa.

Vona church records

Antonie Eggink claimed a tract in section 7, 5S 48W in 1917.

That was near Katie's nephew James Brouwer.

In 1920 Kit Carson County, Antoine is farming, 49, with Cornelia 44, Dick 21, Ada 19, Anna 17, Susie 15, Gerrit 13, Andrew 11, Tressa 7,, Henry 6, and James W. eleven months.

Antoine and Cornelia are in Ripon California in 1930, with Andrew 21, Tressa 18, Henry 16, and James W. 10.

2010 Modesto, California "Near Vona in eastern Colorado, the Eggink family had seen enough.
"With the dust storms, they had crop failures two years in a row," recalled Cornelia Eggink Verver, 79, of Ripon, the second of six daughters.
"Sometimes at noon, in the middle of the day, it would be dark like night," she said. "Of course, we didn't have electricity, so my mother got out the kerosene lamps."
On June 30, 1935, having decided to head for California, the Egginks auctioned off most of their worldly goods. Two tables, seven chairs and a baby carriage were among the items listed on the auction notice. Eight dozen fruit jars, a cream separator and a 110-egg incubator. Fifty chickens, five head of cattle and parts to a 1926 Chevrolet.
"They sold my mother's Singer sewing machine," Verver said. "That must have been hard for her, to wonder if she would have one here."

Antonie, Cornelila, and James W. are back in Kit Carson County in 1940, farming.

Antonie Eggink 1870-1952 is buried in Ripon, California # 09111202, with Cornelia (Brower) Eggink 1876-1954, # 98111135.


In 1930 Osborne County, Kansas, Henry Ramaker is 29, Susie 25, with Gloria C. one month born in Kansas. They're on the same page as Herman 27 and Bertha 21, and another household Grace 59 widowed, born in Germany and three sons born in Kansas.

In 1940 Osborne County, Henry is 39, Sue 35, Gloria 10 and Shirley 8.

Henry 1901-1957 is buried in Dispatch, Smith County, Kansas with Susan 1904-1962 # 158436262.

Daughter Shirley (Raimaker) Dejong 1931-1996 is buried in Dispatch # 25593606 with Raymond Henry Dejohng.

Gloria Cleo (Ramaker) Garey, 83, died March 26, 2013. She was born March 23, 1930 in rural Downs, KS to Henry and Sue (Eggink) Ramaker. She married Meryl George Garey on August 30, 1951.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Downs where she played in the bell choir, served as secretary for the UM Women and co-chaired the Lord's Acre Fundraiser for over 20 years. She also volunteered at the local food bank. She valued education and worked in the school library and as a teacher's aide.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley DeJong.
Survivors include: husband, Meryl, of the home; daughters, Gia Moser and husband, Rick of St. Charles, Illinois and Ginna Sharp and husband, Brian of Downs; grandchildren Abbey Dodson, Aeriel Dodson, Chace Weis, Coe Weis, Clayton Sharp, Emily Moser, Nicholas Moser, and Matt Moser; and brother-in-law, Ray DeJong, niece, Shawn DeJong, and great-nephew, Jeremy DeJong, of Denver, CO.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Downs. A visitation will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 29 at the church. A memorial fund has been established to the Meryl and Gloria Garey Lakeside High School Scholarship Fund. Domoney Funeral Home, 817 Morgan Avenue, Downs, is in charge of arrangements.


Gerret Eggink married Gertrude VanDerMeer on March 20, 1926, recorded in Kit Carson County.

In 1930 Ripon, California, Gerrit is doing odd jobs, both he and Gertie 23. Gerturde is 3, Anon four months, both born in Colorado. Barney Vandermeer, Gertis's brother 21 born in South Dakota is with them.
In 1940 Ripon, California, Gerrit, a produce warehouseman, and Gertie are both 33, with Gerturde C. 13, Anone C. 10, Clarence B. 8, and Clara M. 6, all kids born in Colorado.
Gerti Vandermeer Eggink 1906-1994 was born in South Dakota, buried in Escalon, California with Gerrit Eggink 1906-1986 # 40761562.
"Gertie Eggink, 88, of Escalon died Wednesday in an Oakdale hospital. A native of Platte, S.D., Mrs. Eggink lived in Ripon for 11 years before setting in Escalon 48 years ago. She was a homemaker. She was a member and an organist for 35 years for the Christian Reformed Church. She also was a member of the Senior Kegler Bowling League in Manteca.
Survivors: children, Gert Postma, Arlene Hyden, and Clarence B. Eggink, all of Escalon, and Clara Hyden of Sacramento; sisters, Ann Danhof and Theresa Verver, both of Ripon, and Stena Van Andel of Modesto; brother, Barney Vander Meer of Akron, Colo.; 13 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren."

Arlene married a Hyden, then a Rasters "John & Arlene Rasters. 209-838-7128,"

Clara M. Eggink, 20, married Willard H. Hyden on July 4, 1954 in San Joaquin County.

Clarence B. Eggink, 80, passed away peacefully at his home in Escalon on Friday, April 20, 2012 after a lengthy illness.
He was born on Jan. 12, 1932 in Vona, Colorado and moved to Ripon in 1935. He attended Ripon Christian and Ripon High School and moved to Escalon in 1946. He graduated from Escalon High School where he excelled in basketball and football. He also served in the U.S. Air Force in 1951.
Mr. Eggink was a charter member of the Escalon Christian Reformed Church, where he was a cadet counselor and served as a deacon. He was employed by Escalon Lumber for over 45 years, where he was known as "Clancy" by the staff and customers.
He was a man who loved his family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Alice and children, Larry (Trudy) Eggink, Richard (Donna) Eggink, Cheryl (Bruce) Dragomanovich, and Jim (Kellie) Eggink; stepchildren, Jerry (Phyllis) Hiemstra, Cristy (Steve) Van Laar, Jeannie (Russ) Swier and John (Kim) Hiemstra; 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sisters, Clara (Bill) Hyden of Sacramento and Arlene (John) Rasters of Escalon.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerrit and Gertie Eggink; sisters, Barbara DeVries and Gertrude Postma; and brother, Tony Eggink.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 29 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of Escalon Christian Reformed Church, 2203 California St., Escalon.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 30 at Burwood Cemetery in Escalon followed by a memorial service at Escalon Christian Reformed Church at 11 a.m.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice of Modesto or Escalon Christian Reformed Church.


Mattie VanDerKooi, 22, and Dick J. Eggink, 29, both of Vona, married there February 10, 1926. Witnesses were Antonie Eggink and Chas Van der Kooi.

Buried in Ripon is Dick J. Eggink 1898-1977 # 15207111, with Mattie (Van der Kooi) Eggink 1903-1983.

  Cornelia Eggink Verver was called home to heaven by her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on April 16, 2015, at the age of 86.    
She was born on February 11, 1929 in Vona, Colorado to Dick and Mattie Eggink, the second of seven daughters born to her parents. At the age of  6, she moved with her family to Ripon, California, and lived there for the rest of her life. She attended Ripon Christian Schools, and in 1946 graduated in the first graduating class of Ripon Christian High School.  After high school, Cornelia worked as a dental assistant.  In 1948, she married Jim Verver, and together they raised five daughters.  Cornelia was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church.  She enjoyed church activities, attending and leading in various Bible studies, spending time with family and friends, traveling with her family, and in their retirement years, with Jim. She was a very formidable gin rummy opponent!  Cornelia was also accomplished in needlework, and shared her talent for knitting while assisting in the Life Skills Instructional Program at the Stanislaus County women’s jail. She was a homemaker, and also worked in the laboratory at Manteca Hospital for eight years.  Most of all, Cornelia will be remembered as a humble child of God, a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother.  
   Cornelia was predeceased by her devoted husband of 63 years, Jim, her sisters, Jessie De Angelis and Dorothy Harris, and her great-grandson, Luke Barnes.    She is survived by her five daughters and sons-in law, Lynette and Bill Marble, Charlotte and Joe Holland, Judy and Dennis Vander Plaats, Lori and Bob Van Nieuwenhuyzen, and Valerie and Manuel Tavares, 13 cherished grandchildren, 19 adored great-grandchildren, her beloved sisters and brothers in law, Marie and Al Van Veldhuizen, Marian and Cory Van Spronsen, Charlotte and Bill Viss, her sister Nancy Schuller, her sister in-law Alberdina Alberdi, and brother in law and sister in law Gerrit and Gertrude Verver.  She was “Aunt Connie” to 28 dear nieces and nephews.
  The family is grateful for the excellent and compassionate care Cornelia received during the last months of her life at Bethany Home in Ripon. Burial will be at the Ripon Cemetery on Saturday, April 25, at 10 a.m.

Jessie DeAngeles born March 6, 1927, married Jack A. Deangelis in Stanislaus County July 25, 1953.
She died Feb 13, 2008. "Mar. 6, 1927 - Feb. 13, 2008 - Jessie DeAngelis passed away Feb. 13, 2008. Visitation: Mon. Feb. 18, 9 a.m., Fry Memorial Chapel. Graveside: Mon. Feb. 18, 9:30 a.m., Tracy Mausoleum. Memorial Service: Mon. Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., First Christian Reform Church, 305 Bolsh Dr., Ripon."

Charlotte Eggink, 19, married William E. Viss in Stanislaus County on June 13, 1952.
In 1959 they're in Patterson, New Jersey. WIlliam EUGENE VISS born on Nov 29, 1931, Modesto, CA, USA. He married CHARLOTTE EGGINK on 13 May 1952. She was born on 09 Nov 1932 in Ripon.   William Eugene Viss and Charlotte Eggink had the following children:

i. NORMAN ALAN VISS was born on 03 Oct 1953 in Modesto, CA, USA. He married CYNTHIA GEIGER on May 11, 1974. She was born on 04 May 1955.
ii. EVELYN BETH VISS was born on 03 May 1955 in San Francisco, CA, USA. She married ROBERT SMITH on 26 Nov 1975. He was born on 12 Jan 1952 in Hatboro, PA, USA.
iii. Stanley Roy Viss was born on 08 Jan 1958 in Paterson, NJ, USA. He married LARAINE PFEIFFER on Aug 11, 1979. She was born on 14 Dec 1950 in Feasterville, PA, USA.
iv. CAROL AUDREY VISS was born on 19 Jan 1962 in Abington, PA, USA. She married DARYL VAN DYKEN on 14 May 1983. He was born on 26 Feb 1955 in Abington, PA, USA.
v. JONATHAN WILLIAM VISS was born on 06 Nov 1964 in Abington, PA, USA.
"Jonathan William Viss, 47, went home to be with his heavenly father Oct. 18, 2012, in Pueblo. He was born Nov. 6, 1964, in Abington Pa, to William and Charlotte Eggink Viss. He was a resident of Weston.
Jonathan is survived by his wife Cheri and three stepdaughters Chevi, Grace and Mary. He is also survived by his parents William and Charlotte Viss of Abington, brothers Norman and Cindi of Pennsylvania, and Stan and Rachel of Jerusalem, Pa., sisters Evy Smith and Bob of Texas and Carol Vandyken and Daryl of Pennsylvania. In addition, he will be missed by his nieces, nephews and close friends.
Jonathan moved to southern Colorado in 1992 and lived in the Weston area for 20 years as a tree arborist and owned and operated Jon's Tree Service. He was well known in greater Trinidad, Purgatoire Valley, Cuchara Valley, La Veta and Raton, N.M. for his many talents and services to the communities.
Funeral services will be held at Jonathan and Cheri's home in Weston at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. The address of the Viss residence is 19091 Highway 12, which is one mile west of Primero school on the right side of the highway. Burial immediately to follow at Stonewall Cemetery."

Dorothy Ann Harris 1934-1997 is buried in Modesto # 144770031.


Henry Eggink married Wilma D. Sweangen on Sept 23, 1937 in Kit Carson County.
Wilma Darlene Sweangen McNees was born on 2 September 1916 at Denver, the daughter of Oscar Murlin McNees and Leona Rachael Sweangen
Henry Eggink 1913-1992 is buried in Ripon, with Wilma Darleen (Sweangen) Eggink 1916-2003.

"Wilma D. Eggink, 86, of Ripon died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, in a care facility. She was born Sept. 2, 1916, in Denver and lived in Ripon for 61 years. Eggink was an office manager for San Joaquin Valley Hay Growers in Escalon for 30 years.
Survivors: sons, Raymond Eggink of Roseville and Ernest Eggink of Aiea, Hawaii; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Services: — p.m. Thursday, Calvary Reformed Church, 724 Second St.
Visitation: noon to 8 p.m. today, Deegan Ripon Memorial Chapel, 111 S. Palm Ave.
Committal: Ripon Cemetery."


Peter Dolfin 1869-1916 is buried in Smit Cemetery # 41007582, with Katie (Vaan der Vlugt) Dolfin 1867-1920.

In 1920 Kit Carson County, Minnie 24 and Peter G. Dolfin 22 are farming.

They're in Ripon, California in 1930 and 1940, no children.

July 1955 Yuma "Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Eggink and Bob of 'Rippen' California, visited from Thursday until Saturday with their friends, Mr. and Mrs. William Weisshaar and family. Junior and Gene of Idalia visited the family on Sunday."

Minnie 1894-1984 is buried there # 98018850, with Peter R. 1897-1985.


Anna Eggink married Harry "Honbein" on December 16, 1925 in Denver.


Andrew Eggink married Minnie Schrader on May 17, 1933 in Kit Carson County.

Andrew Eggink and Minnie RubySchrader had Robert Alden Eggink born August 16, 1936.

Andrew is with parents in Ripon California in 1930, and in 1940 is in Kit Carson County, 31, born in Iowa, with Minnie 28 born in Colorado. Robert 3 was born in COlorado.

Minnie R. Eggink 1911-1979 is buried in Ripon # 100527639, with Andrew 1908-1989.
She was in Logan County, Colorado in 1920, 8, with John E. Shrader 35 born iN Nebraska, and Mary E. 33 in Kansas. John M. 11, Frances M. 9, Minnie R. 8, Augusta R. 7, Hazel M. 3, and Leslie V. eight months were born in Colorado.

John E. Schrader 1873-1954 and Mary E. Schrader 1886-1974 are buried in Brush Colorado # 81162937.

Robert, age 22, married Margaret C. Hall in San Luis Obispo, California on October 4, 1958.


In 1940 Ripon, California, Herman Groetsema is 33, Tessa 28, Clara M.6, Norma H. 4, and Harold A. six months.

Gressa Groetsema, born Feb 13, 1912 in Colorado, died April 27, 1991 in San Joaquin County.
She's buried in Ripon 1912-1991 # 97099695, with Herman Groetsema 1906-1984.


Fred W. Eggink married Grace Van Palen on August 20, 1918, both were 21, from Vona.

In 1940 Ripon, California, Fred and Grace are both 43, with Anthony F. 20 born in Colorado, James H. 19, Richard H. 17, Herman S. 16, and Joyce H.l 10 in California.
Peter George Dolfin, 22, of Seibert married Minnie Eggink of Vona, 24, on September 3, 1919. Fred and Ada Eggink were witnesses.


James Eggink 1917-1919 is buried in the Smit Cemetery, Kit Carson County # 40557522.


The other James registered for WWII in Kit Carson County, born August 6, 1919 in Vona, with mother Cornelia, also of Vona, as his next of kin.

James Wilbert Eggink, born about 1919, married Jennie Dyk in Gallatin County, Montana on November 12, 1946.


In 1940 Jewell County, Kansas, Ben Dengerink is 42, born in Kansas, with Ada 39 Iowa. Wanda is 14, Carol Ann 10, and Duane 8, all three born in Kansas. They're next to John and Gertrude Dengerink and thier three teenageers, so likely a brother.

Ada (Eggink) Dengerink died May 5, 1975 in Ripon, age 74, wife of Ben.
She's buried in Ripon # 15481542, with Bernard 1897-1984.

Merlin Duane Dengerink was born on June 22, 1931 in Kansas, He died on June 19, 1990 in San Joaquin Co., California, Usa, he was 58 years old. He is buried in Ripon Cemetery, Ripon, San Joaquin County, # 104672980.

In 1956, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Dengerink of Ripon announced the engagement of their daughter, Carol, to Robert L. Hand of Ada. She attended Calvin College was was teaching the 4th and 5th grades at Ada Christian. Mr. Hand spent two years in the nNavy and opened a shoe store in Ada.

Larry James Dengerink 1942-2001 is buried in Ripon # 100683277.

In the Claremont Cemetery, Stratton are Oldon M. Eggink dying August 18, 1929 and Cornelia L. August 24, 1940 "Our Darlings"

April 21, 1966 Sioux County, Iowa "Relatives and friends in Hull received word of the death of Mrs Nellie Eggink. She was the former Nellie Bos of Hull. "Mrs. Nellie Eggink, 78 of 15923 Eucalyptus St., Bellflower California died April 11.
She is survived by two daughters Mrs. Bootsma and Mrs Cobie Seymour, five sons; Alfred, Neal, Henry, Elmer, and Leroy Eggink; three sisters Mmes. Kate Vander Werff, Cornelia Vander Meer and Emma Wilks; one brother Clarence Bos and 14 grandchildren.
Services were held on Thursday April 14 11 am at the Whifte Funeral Home."

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