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Re: family background Kamerick

Posted: 1356722056000
Classification: Query
Hi Kathleen,

This is what I found on Harry:

He was not always known as Harry, but also as Henry H. and Harry Herman.

Henry H. Kamerick, age 22
son of HM Kamerick and Anna Thompson
married Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa 01 Oct 1907 to:
Catherine Doyle, age 22
daughter of Mich Doyle and Julia Dunn

1st WW Draft registration:
Harry Herman Kamerick
birth date 09 Jul 1885

So now we have alternate first names, a birth date and names of parents!

Birth Herman Kamerick
Marion, Iowa 08 Jul 1885

But instead of father HM Kamerick and mother Anna Thompson, I find:
father Harman Thompson, mother A Kamerick

Herman/Henry/Harry gets his mom's last name, so does that mean that his parents are not married?
I couldn't find any marriage Thompson X Kamerick, so I am inclined to believe so. Besides, if his parents were married, he would have his dad's last name.....

In the 1895 Iowa census I find the 2 living in the following household:
Marion, Iowa
Hendrieka Kamerik, 57
Annie Kamerik, 30
Arie Kamerik, 24
Martha Kamerik, 17
Martin Kamerik, 15
Herman Kamerik, 9

So now to mom Anna:

Anna Kamerick, aged 30
daughter of Martinus Kamerick and Henrietta Byrdan
married Pella, Marion, Iowa 29 Oct 1895 to
Edward Reaser, aged 34
son of David Reaser and Charlotte Houke

In the 1900 US census they are listed as:
Edward Reaser, head, born Iowa Jan 1861
Anna Reaser, wife, born Iowa Feb 1866
Harmont Reaser, stepson, born Iowa Jul 1885

So Anna is the daughter of Martinus Kamerick and Henrietta Byrdan (Hendrika Rysdam, aka Henrietta)

Now to the grandparents Martinus Kamerick and Henrietta/Hendrika Rysdam:

Martinus Kamerik
Born Terneuzen 16 Oct 1834 at 09.00 hrs
Son of Govert Kamerik, ships carpenter hand, and Aaltje van den Berge
Birth record on

Married Marion, Iowa 18 Apr 1856 to:

Hendrica Rijsdam
Born Utrecht 17 Sep 1837 at 04.30 hrs
Daughter of Arie Rijsdam, merchant, and Geertruij van Maane
Birth record on:

Their names at marriage:
Martin Kamerick and Heintje Rysdam (Heintje is a pet name for Hendrika)

You can find a lot of info on this family in the various censuses.
Last name is written as Kamerik, Kamerick and even Komrick (1880 census)

Martinus came over to the USA on board the Leila, arr. Castle Garden 15 Aug 1849 with his the following persons:
Stepdad Marinus de Zwarte
Mother Aaltje van den Berge
Half brother Jan de Zwarte
Half sister Janna de Zwarte
Grandmother (maternal) Janneke Harte

The family settled down in Lake Prairie.
1850 census:
The names are badly transcribed, but on the scan their names are clearly readable.
They are living next to Martinus’ uncle, Jan van den Berge, mom Aaltje’s brother.

More censuses (Lake Prairie 1850 and 1856) can be seen on: and

If you need any info from the Dutch side, let me know.....

Kind regards,

PS, all info found on unless stated otherwise.
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