Johannes Martens Miedema
Lolkje Jorrits Bierma
|Johannes Martens Miedema was born on
September, 5 1875 in Ferwerd as a son of Marten Jelles Miedema and
Sjoukje Willems de Groot. Hence, when he left to America in March 1896
he 20 years young. In his itinerary he states that he crossed the Big
Pond with a ship of the Holland America Line without mentioning the
name of the ship. However, it appears to have been the ss "Maasdam II"
that arrived from Rotterdam in New York on March 23, 1896.
In november 1898 he came back home along with his pal Jasper Hogendijk and with a whole lot of experiences. To the best of our knowledge their other pal, Siebe Mellema, stayed in America.
On May 19, 1900 Johannes Martens Miedema married in Ferwerderadeel to Lolkje Jorrits Bierma. She was born on April 9, 1878 in Hallum and was a daughter of Jorrit Hessels Bierma en Sieuwke Siedzes Miedema. This marriage stood for 75 years.
They are mentioned on http://nl.wikisage.org/wiki/Lijst_van_lang_getrouwde_en_oudste_echtparen_in_Nederland ("List of long married and oldest married couples in the Netherlands") :