Pessink Family Information

1880 Federal Census, Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI

9 S. Division Street

Pessink, Henry J., 36 yrs., born-Netherlands; Occup-baker & confectioneer

Wilhelmine, 35 yrs., born-Netherlands

Bertie, 10 yrs., born-Michigan, in school

Gerritt, 5 yrs., born-Michigan

Henry J., 3 yrs., born-Michigan

(There was also a Gerrit Jan Pessink, 27 yrs., born-Netherlands, who was a baker. Iím not sure if they would be related. He and his family were living in Holland, MI.)

1900 Federal Census, Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI

303 Ionia Street

Pessink, Henry, born Dec 1838, 51yrs., Netherlands; Immigrated in 1871, Naturalized


Minnie, born Jan 1850, 50 yrs., Netherlands; 4 of seven children are living

Albert, born Jul 1874, 25 yrs., born-Michigan; occ-baker agent

Cena, born Sep 1870, wife of Albert; born-Michigan
Bertha, born Nov 1872, born-Michigan, tailoress

Minnie, born Apr 1884, born-Michigan, in school

If you check the later Greenwood Cemetery, Walker Township, the one for 2001, you will find more of the Pessink family.

If you go to the following website:

You will find "Databases", click on that and if you go to the Obituaries in the newspapers, you will find several Pessinkís listed. If you want a copy of particular obituaries, you may order them from the Western Michigan Genealogical Society, or if you live in the area, you may go to the Grand Rapids Public Library Ė Main Branch, fourth floor and look them up yourself on film.

They also have the Index to the Kent County Marriages, 1849-1929.

There was a Gerrit Pessink who married L. L. Hammer (probably the Lena that is listed in the Greenwood Cemetery records) Book 12 Pg 84 (1896-1900)

If you are interested in finding our more information the WMGS group also have people who will do research into their collection at the G. R. Public Library.

For instance, there are Dutch Immigration Records from 1820-1881; the G. R. City Directories from the 1870ís on, and many other records they have available.

Evelyn Sawyer