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Yarrow Cemetery - Mom's Funeral - Katharina (Tienche) Derksen

Elmer Wiens, Pat Gillis, Alvin Siemens, Betty Rempel, Alfred Wiens, Hilda Van Bergen, George Siemens, Victor Siemens
Elmer Wiens, Pat Gillis, Alvin Siemens, Betty Rempel, Alfred Wiens, Hilda Van Bergen, George Siemens, Victor Siemens

 


 

Raymond WiensElmer Wiens
Raymond Wiens Elmer Wiens
Luetta WiensAlfred Wiens
Luetta Wiens Alfred Wiens

 

"1012 Yarrow Central Road Biker Gang"
Luetta Wiens, Raymond Wiens, Alfred Wiens, Elmer Wiens
Luetta Wiens, Raymond Wiens, Alfred Wiens, Elmer Wiens

 


 

"Derksen Sisters (New Years 1980)"
Sally Siemens, Elise (Boyle) Derksen, Kay Simpson (Mother)
Derksen Sisters

 

Julius Derksen - Uncle Julius
Uncle Julius Uncle Julius

 

Christmas - 1959
Katie Wiens, Julius and Elise Derksen, Grandmother, Grandfather,
George and Sally Siemens
Derksen Christmas
Children: Eddy Siemens, Elmer and Luetta Wiens
Also Present: Phillip and Wendy Derksen; Betty, Alvin, Hilda, Victor, and Dennis Siemens; Raymond and Alfred Wiens

 

George Siemens - Uncle George
Elmer,   Uncle George,   Gerhard (Dad)
Uncle George Siemens

 

Wiens and Siemens Children
Raymond and Elmer Wiens,   Betty, Hilda, and Alvin Siemens
Wiens and Siemens Children

 

Wiens and Derksen Children - Cultus Lake 1958
Wendy Derksen, Luetta Wiens, Phillip Derksen, Elmer Wiens, Alfred Wiens, Raymond Wiens
Wendy Derksen, Luetta Wiens, Phillip Derksen, Elmer Wiens, Alfred Wiens, Raymond Wiens

 

Wendy and Elmer, May 28, 2005
Wendy and Elmer, May 28, 2005

 

Ed Siemens, Elmer Wiens, Dennis Siemens (Winnipeg, June 10, 2007)
Ed Siemens, Elmer Wiens, Dennis Siemens

 


 

Grandfather Julius Derksen's Funeral, 1961
Katie, Katharina, Julius, Sara
Grandfather Julius Derksen's Funeral, 1961
Grandmother Katharina Derksen's Funeral, 1965
Katie, Julius, Sara
Grandmother Katharina Derksen's Funeral, 1965

 


 

Katharina and Julius Derksen (Grandmother and Grandfather)
Katharina and Julius Derksen (Grandmother and Grandfather)

 

Aunt Sally's Funeral - Eddy Siemens, Betty Rempel, Betty Wiens, Alfred Wiens
Aunt Sally's Funeral - Eddy Siemens, Betty Rempel, Betty Wiens, Alfred Wiens

 

New Years Party 1979/80 - Phillip Derksen and Alvin Siemens
New Years Party 1979/80 - Phillip Derksen and Alvin Siemens

 

Elise and Julius Derksen Wendy and Phillip Derksen
Elise and Julius Derksen Wendy and Phillip Derksen

 

Sarita Vogels - February, 2006
Sarita Vogels

 

Sarita and Wendy Vogels - March, 2005
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Sarita and Wendy Vogels

 


 

Going to Church in the Winter by Horse Team and Sleigh
Blumenhof, Saskatchewan
Travelling to Church in the Winter by Horse Team and Sleigh

 

Going to Church in the Spring by Horse Team and Buggy
Blumenhof, Saskatchewan
Travelling to Church in the Spring by Horse Team and Buggy

 

Grandfather Derksen's Church Choir
Blumenort, Saskatchewan
Grandfather Derksen's Church Choir in Blumenort, Saskatchewan

 

Grandfather Derksen Cutting Wheat (1931)
Grandfather Derksen Cutting Wheat (1931)

 

Pig Butchering Time - Blumenhof, Saskatchewan
Pig Butchering Time - Blumenhof, Saskatchewan

 

Derksen Farm - Blumenhof, Saskatchewan
Derksen Farm - Blumenhof, Saskatchewan

 


 

Julius and Katharina Derksen Family (1935)
Julius, Grandmother, Grandfather, Katie, George Siemens, Sara, Jacob
Derksen Family

 


 

Julius and Katharina (Martens) Derksen Family (1925)
Arrival in Gnadentahl, Manitoba
Johann Derksen's Farm
Sara, Katie, Katharina, Julius, Julius Jr., Jacob
Derksen Family
The Derksen (Dirksen) family became landed immigrants in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada on November 25, 1925, having sailed on the Empress of France (passage paid by themselves) from Southampton, England on October 31, 1925. Of Russian Nationality, they were classified as German speaking people of the German Race, from Sarabash, Crimea. They left Russia traveling on the train from Moscow, crossed the border into Latvia through the Red Gate, and sailed to England from Rigal after they were processed by Canadian Immigration Officials. Grandfather (Julius) was 40, Grandmother (Katharina) 37, Jacob 13, Sarah 12, Katharina 9, and Julius 3. They proceeded to Canada under the auspices of the Mennonite Board, Rosthorn, Saskatchewan with the intention of farming in Canada, traveling with Russian Passports (43298 and 43288) issued in Pjatizarsk, Russia. They listed Grandfather's brother, Martin Dirksen, of Rekeman, Tauriou as next of kin in Russia. Immigration records indicate Grandfather had $500 dollars when he landed in Quebec.

 


 

Gerhard and Katarina (Goossen) Derksen Family (1929)
Agnes (cousin), Jake, Annie
Mr. and Mrs. Derksen
Gerhard is Grandfather's brother
Gerhard Derksen Family

 

Susan Derksen, Aunt Lena, Caroline Derksen, Luetta Wiens
Susan Derksen, Aunt Lena, Caroline Derksen, Luetta Wiens

 

Susie Derksen and Family (Yarrow, September 17, 2005)
Susie Derksen and Family

 

Caroline Derksen and Elmer Wiens (Yarrow, September 17, 2005)
Caroline Derksen and Elmer Wiens (Yarrow, 2005)

 


 

Grandfather Julius Derksen's Military Service
Three Derksen Brothers (1907)
Johann, Heinrich, Julius (Grandfather)
Derksen Brothers (1915)
Gerhard, Julius, Cornëlius Boschman
Derksen Brothers - Johann, Heinrich, Julius (Grandfather) Derksen Brothers - Gerhard, Julius, Mr. Boschman

 

Grandfather Julius Derksen's Military Choir (1909)
Derksen Military Choir

After Catherine the Great acquired the Crimea and lands contiguous to the Black Sea, she invited foreign nationalists to settle in regions that now are part of the Ukraine. On January 19, 1788, the Prussian Mennonites in the Dantzig area "received directly from the most benevolent Russian Monarch herself the assurance of the highest imperial protection and grace" along with "65 dessiatins of the finest lands for each family" (Hildebrand 16). They also received "such gracious rights and privileges" as the freedom to worship as Mennonites, including exemption from military service. Mennonite families founded the Choritza Colony (the "old" colony) in July 1788, numbering 228 families by 1789. After Tsar Paul (in 1800) extended similar privileges, 342 Prussian Mennonite families established the Molotschna Colony (the "new" colony) in 1804. By 1840, 6,000 persons had settled in South Russia (Lohrenz 1). Seventy years after Tsar Paul's Charter of Privleges, Russian authorities challenged the Mennonites' pacifism, by legislating universal military service for all Russians (1874). When about one-third of the Mennonite population of 60,000 emigrated to Canada and the U.S.A. (by 1880), young Mennonite men were offered the alternative of state service in forestry camps. During the war with Japan in 1904-05 and during W.W.1., many young Mennonite men and women found service in the medical corps, often on the front lines, more meaningful (Klippenstein and Dick 3-36).

  • Hildebrand, Peter. From Danzig to Russia. Trans. Walter E. Toews with Adolf Ens. Winnipeg: CMBC Publications, 2000.
  • Klippenstein, Lawrence and Jacob Dick. Mennonite Alternative Service in Russia. Kitchener, Ontario: Pandora Press, 2002.
  • Lohrenz, Gerhard. Zagradovka. Trans. Victor G. Doerksen. Winnipeg: CMBC Publications, 2000.

 


 

Sara and Jacob Martens
Great Grandparents
Grandmother Derksen's Parents
Katharina (Dekker) and Wilhelm Martens
Great, Great Grandparents
Grandmother Derksen's Grandparents
Jacob and Sara Martens Whilhelm and Katharina Martens

Whilhelm Martens, son of Whilhelm and Maria (Nikkel) Martens, was born on January 5, 1819 in the village of Tiegenhagen of Marienburg, Prussia, about six miles from Dantzig. At the age of sixteen, he apprenticed as a tailor with Kornelius Loepp. In 1837 he emigrated (walked) to Halbstadt, Russia where he met and, in 1844, married Katharina Dekker, daughter of the Hutterite couple, Benjamin and Susanne Dekker. While living in the Hutterite Colony of Huttertal with Katharina's parents, Whilhelm and Katharina had ten children. In 1872, the family moved to Zagradovka in the province of Kherson, a new Mennonite settlement purchased by the mother colony of Molotschna. Katharina died at the age of 89 years. When Whilhelm died in 1919 at the age of one hundred years, the extended family numbered 211 persons (Lohrenz 8-13).

Lohrenz, Gerhard. Zagradovka. Trans. Victor G. Doerksen. Winnipeg: CMBC Publications, 2000.

Family of Sara (Krôker) and Jacob Martens
Family of Sara and Jacob Martens
Back Row:
Sarah Martens, Julius Derksen, Abraham Friesen, Franz Martens, Wilhelm Martens, Jacob Martens, Elizabeth Martens
Front Row:
Katharina (Martens) Derksen, Maria (Martens) Friesen, Sarah (Kröker) Martens, Jacob Martens, Anna (Ott) Martens, Katharina (Wiens) Martens

 


 

Great Grandmother Anna (Janzen) Derksen and Great Grandfather Jacob Derksen (1886)
Grandfather Julius Derksen is two years old
Derksen Family (1886)
Back Row: Anna and Peter
Front Row: Anna (Janzen) Derksen, Jacob Derksen, Julius Derksen

 

Derksen Family (1910)
Derksen Family (1910)
Anna, Maria, Julius, Johann, Matilda, child
Gerhard, ___ Goossen, Adolf Reimer, Martin, child, child, child
Annchen,Tina, child,

 

M.B. Gemeindechor von Tiege, Sagradowka, 1911
M.B.  Gemeindechor von Tiege, Sagradowka, 1911

 


 

Derksen Genealogy - Compiled by Grandfather Julius Derksen

Click for Complete Derksen Genealogy   going back to 1605!

The Derksen name was spelled many ways: Dürksen, Doerksen, Duerksen, Deurksen, Dirksen, Dirkson, Dircksen. Dürksen or Doerksen was the usual spelling in Prussia and Russia, while Derksen is the most common spelling in Canada.

Russian birth and death dates use the Julian Calendar.

Generation #1

A. Great, Great, Great Grandfather Julius Gerhard Dircksen, (b. May 5, 1746, son of Gerhard Dirksen and Sara Claassen; d. 1828)

Great, Great, Great Grandmother Margaretha Claassen, (b. 1774, daughter of Abraham Claassen)
Married April 17, 1798

Children:

Born

Died

Johann Julius    

May 1, 1800    

   

Jacob Julius    

March 9, 1803    

March 10, 1858    

B. Great, Great, Great Grandfather Martin Regehr (Regier), (b. 1778, son of Johann Regier; d. May 27, 1854)

Great, Great, Great Grandmother Maria _____ (b. 1784)

Children:

Born

Died

Maria M.    

July 7, 1807    

     

Generation #2

Great, Great Grandfather Jacob Julius K. Derksen, (b. March 9, 1803; d. March 10, 1858)

Great, Great Grandmother Maria M. (Regehr) Derksen, (b. July 7, 1807; )
Married January 3, 1828

Children:

Born

Died

Maria

September 23, 1828

 

Margareta

March 13, 1830

    1837

Jacob

February 11, 1832

January 23, 1910

Martin

July 9, 1834

 

Johann

July 9, 1837

    1848

Gerhard

October 19, 1839

 

Anna

October 23, 1841 Schoensee, Molotschna, South Russia

December 31, 1901 Samara, Asiatic Russia

Julius

July 10, 1844

18 weeks after birth

Margareta

October 10, 1845

19 weeks after birth

Julius

March 4, 1847

 

Margareta

January 5, 1849

    1879

Generation #2

Great, Great Grandfather's Brother Johann Julius Derksen, (b. May 1, 1800; d.  )

Great, Great Grandfather's Sister-in-Law Margaretha Hamm, (b. 1804; d.   )

Children:

Born

Died

Jacob

June 9, 1832

January 1921

Generation #3

Great Grandfather Jacob Derksen, (b. February 11, 1832; d. January 23, 1910)

Great Grandmother Anna (Janzen) Derksen, (b. September 23, 1840; d. 1909)
Married March 1, 1861

Children:

Born

Died

Jacob

April 11, 1862

April 23, 1862

Anna

April 1, 1863

 

Jacob

April 11, 1865

 

Peter

January 23, 1868

 

Martin

February 25, 1870

February 4, 1947, Ipkymek, Siberia

Maria (Strauss)

February 25, 1872

July 8, 1953, Oklahoma, USA

Aron

February 1, 1874

 

Justina

November 4, 1875

November 22, 1875

Heinrich

September 24, 1876

 

Gerhard

March 7, 1879

December 20, 1965, Yarrow, B.C.

Johann

September 19, 1880

April 26, 1955

Julius

January 27, 1884

March 10, 1961

Generation #3

Great, Grandfather's Cousin Jacob Derksen, (b. June 9, 1832; d. January 1921)

Great, Grandfather's Cousin-in-Law Helene Delesky, (b. October 5, 1835; d. February 16, 1918 )

Children:

Born

Died

Peter Doerksen

July 25, 1877

May 21, 1922

Generation #4

Grandfather Julius Derksen, (b. January 27, 1884; d. March 10, 1961, buried Yarrow Cemetery, B.C.)

Grandmother Katharina (Martens) Derksen, (b. December 30, 1886; d. May 31, 1965, buried Yarrow Cemetery, B.C.)

Children:

Born

Died

Jacob

January 26, 1911

December 30, 1938,
buried Yarrow Cemetry, B.C.

Sara

April 10, 1912

November 21, 1997,
buried Yarrow Cemetry, B.C.

Katharina

March 28, 1915

January 3, 2004,
buried Yarrow Cemetry, B.C.

Julius

March 23, 1921

March 3, 1978

Generation #4

Grandfather's Brother Gerhard Derksen, (b. March 7, 1879; d. December 20, 1965)

Katarina Goossen, (b. October 21, 1876, Alexandertal, Russia; d. May 2, 1945, Chilliwack, B.C., buried in Yarrow cemetery)

Children:

Born

Died

Annie Derksen

July 8, 1909,
Blumenort, Russia;

July 3 , 1990,
Clearbrook, B.C.

Jacob George

October 20, 1911,
Alexandertal, Russia

July 15, 1994,
Chilliwack, B.C.

Generation #4

Grandfather's Brother Johann Derksen, (b. September 19, 1880; d. April 26, 1955)

Louise Fletcher

Children:

Born

Died

David

 

 

Mary (married Peter Enns)

Annie (married Bill Dyck)

 

 

Martha (married John Plett)

 

 

Generation #4

Grandfather's Second Cousin Peter Doerksen, (b. July 25, 1877; d. May 21, 1922)

Grandfather's Second Cousin-in-Law Katharina Reimer, (b. September 23, 1877; d. November 3, 1959, Gnadenheim, Paraguay)

Children:

Born

Died

Peter Doerksen

March 14, 1905

 

Generation #5

George Siemens, (b. October 24, 1907, Saskatchewan; d. February 8, 2005)

Mother's Sister Sara Siemens, (b. April 10, 1912, Russia; d. November 21, 1997)

Children:

Born

Died

Betty Lou

October 20, 1940

 

Alvin

December 22, 1941

 

Hilda

February 7, 1945

 

Victor

May 1, 1947

 

Edwin

February 22, 1950

 

Dennis

May 23, 1953

 

Generation #5

Father Gerhard Peter Wiens, (b. November 26, 1913, Saskatchewan) (remarried Erica Neumann (b. August 15, 1924))

Mother Katie (Tina) Wiens (Derksen) , (b. March 28, 1915, Russia; d. January 3, 2004, Langley, B.C.) (remarried Dixon Cameron Simpson)

Children:

Born

Died

Raymond Floyd

December 20, 1941

 

Elmer Gerald

November 19, 1944

 

Luetta Rose

November 25, 1946

 

Alfred Norman

September 24, 1948

 

Generation #5

Mother's Brother Julius Derksen, (b. March 23, 1921, Russia; d. March 3, 1978, Abbotsford, B.C.)

Elise Boyle, (b. October 23, 1924, Vancouver, B.C.; d. July 24, 1994, Abbotsford, B.C.)
Married March 2, 1945

Children:

Born

Died

Phillip

July 21, 1948

 

Wendy

June 27, 1952

 

Generation #5

Mother's Cousin Jacob Derksen, (b. Oct. 20, 1911, Alexandertal, South Russia; d. July 15, 1994, Chilliwack, buried in Yarrow cemetery

Susie Giesbrecht, (b. December 6, 1916 Wohldenfuerst, Kuban, Russia, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter P. Giesbrecht)

Children:

Born

Died

John (Jack) Donald

August 26, 1939

 

Edward Ronald

August 11, 1942

 

Caroline Esther Doris

October 23, 1944

 

Susan Linda Loraine

 

Generation #5

Mother's Cousin David Derksen

Margaret Thiessen

Children:

Born

Died

John

 

 

David

 

 

Delores

 

 

Ronald

 

 

Eleanor (married John Guenther)

 

 

Marlene

 

 

Generation #5

Mother's Third Cousin Peter Doerksen, (b. March 14, 1905; d.  )

Mother's Third Cousin-in-Law Susanna Kliewer, (b. December 18, 1916; d.  )

Children:

Born

Died

Helga Doerksen

July 30, 1957

 

 


 

Martens Genealogy - Compiled by Franz W. Martens
Courtesy of the Centre for Mennonite Brethern Studies

Generation #1

A. Great, Great, Great Grandfather Wilhelm Martens, (b. April, 1792; d. March 12, 1848)

Great, Great, Great Grandmother Maria Nikkel, (b. June, 1797; d. February 26, 1835)
Married August 5, 1817

Children:

Born

Died

Wilhelm    

January 5, 1819    

May 4, 1919    

Johann    

   

   

Jacob    

   

   

Heinrich    

   

   

Maria    

   

   

B. Great, Great, Great Grandfather Benjamin Dekker, (b. November 23, 1797, son of Benjamin and Katharina (Kleinsassser) Dekker; d. December 6, 1868)

Great, Great, Great Grandmother Sussanna Wijap, (b. March 6, 1798; d. July 30, 1868)
Married November 28, 1815

Children:

Born

Died

Samuel    

August 21, 1823    

June 11, 1891    

Katharina    

July 13 1826    

January 30 1916    

Susanna    

October 25, 1828    

October 16, 1889    

Generation #2

Great, Great Grandfather Wilhelm Martens, (b. January 5, 1819; d. May 4, 1919)

Great, Great Grandmother Katharina (Dekker) Martens, (b. July 13, 1826; d. January 30, 1916)
Married September 26, 1844

Children:

Born

Died

Wilhelm I

December 7, 1845

December 24, 1845

Wilhelm II

November 9, 1846

   

Katharina I

February 24, 1848

July 16, 1850

Johann

October 7, 1849

December 6, 1919

Katharina II

July 15, 1851

    1930

Jakob

November 7, 1853

February 8, 1930
Bluemenort, Saskatchewan

Heinrich

June 11, 1856

October 2, 1876

Maria

June 6, 1859

November 1, 1884

Peter

August 2, 1862

November 29, 1919

Susanna

March 9, 1865

December 8, 1881

Franz W.

March 5, 1869

January 21, 1942

David

March 5, 1869

January 23, 1876

Generation #3

Great Grandfather Jacob Martens, (b. November 8, 1853; d. February 8, 1930)

Great Grandmother Sara (Krôker) Martens, (b. August 3, 1854, daughter of Johann J. and Maria (Sudermann) Krôker; d. February 15, 1922); Married October 7, 1875

Children:

Born

Died

Spouse

Johann

November 3, 1876

February 5, 1896

 

Wilhelm

February 25, 1879

November 29, 1919

Anna Ott

Maria

June 22, 1881

 

Abraham Friesen

Jacob

March 9, 1884

 

Katharina Wiens

Katharina

December 30, 1886

May 31, 1965

Julius Derksen

Peter

June, 1889

June 1889

 

Franz

November 5, 1890

 

Agatha Peters

Sarah

January 15, 1893

 

Abraham Koop

Elizabeth

June 21, 1896

 

Jacob Koop

Generation #4

Grandfather Julius Derksen, (b. January 27, 1884; d. March 10, 1961, buried Yarrow Cemetery, B.C.)

Grandmother Katharina (Martens) Derksen, (b. December 30, 1886; d. May 31, 1965, buried Yarrow Cemetery, B.C.)

Children:

Born

Died

Jacob

January 26, 1911

December 30, 1938,
buried Yarrow Cemetry, B.C.

Sara

April 10, 1912

November 21, 1997,
buried Yarrow Cemetry, B.C.

Katharina

March 28, 1915

January 3, 2004,
buried Yarrow Cemetry, B.C.

Julius

March 23, 1921

March 3, 1978

Generation #5

George Siemens, (b. October 24, 1907, Saskatchewan; d. February 8, 2005)

Mother's Sister Sara Siemens, (b. April 10, 1912, Russia; d. November 21, 1997)

Children:

Born

Died

Betty Lou

October 20, 1940

 

Alvin

December 22, 1941

 

Hilda

February 7, 1945

 

Victor

May 1, 1947

 

Edwin

February 22, 1950

 

Dennis

May 23, 1953

 

Generation #5

Father Gerhard Peter Wiens, (b. November 26, 1913, Saskatchewan) (remarried Erica Neumann (b. August 15, 1924))

Mother Katie (Tina) Wiens (Derksen) , (b. March 28, 1915, Russia; d. January 3, 2004, Langley, B.C.) (remarried Dixon Cameron Simpson)

Children:

Born

Died

Raymond Floyd

December 20, 1941

 

Elmer Gerald

November 19, 1944

 

Luetta Rose

November 25, 1946

 

Alfred Norman

September 24, 1948

 

Generation #5

Mother's Brother Julius Derksen, (b. March 23, 1921, Russia; d. March 3, 1978, Abbotsford, B.C.)

Elise Boyle, (b. October 23, 1924, Vancouver, B.C.; d. July 24, 1994, Abbotsford, B.C.)
Married March 2, 1945

Children:

Born

Died

Phillip

July 21, 1948

 

Wendy

June 27, 1952

 

 


 

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