Gradus Hesselink was born on October 18, 1801 in the Netherlands to Teunis Hesselink and Anna Geertruid ter Haar. After his mother died, he went with his father to the Hesselink Farmhouse (Hesselink, Kotten 17) in Kotten, Winterswijk, Netherlands. His father remarried there.

Gradus married first to Geertruij Geijking. He married secondly to Harmina Klomps on December 30, 1838 in the Netherlands. Prior to arrival in the Untied States, Gradus served for 10 years in the Dutch army. Gradus lived at Kotten 1849.

Gradus, Harmina, and their two daughters left the Netherlands. The family left their home on February 2, 1848. They made their way to the port at Rotterdam and took the Elisha Denison to New York. They arrived on October 29, 1849. They made their way to western New York. They settled in Clymer, New York where Gradus purchased ladn and was a farmer. They lived in Clymer for the rest of their lives. Gradus died in Clymer in 1870.


Offspring of Gradus Hesselink and Harmina Klomps (1803-1893)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Johanna Geertruida Theodora Hesselink (1840-1905) 1 January 1840 Winterswijk, Gelderland, Netherlands 1905 Clymer, Chautauqua County, New York, United States Jan Willem te Kolstee (1830-1895)
Christina Hesselink (1846-?) 10 February 1846 Winterswijk, Netherlands


  1. 1860 United States Federal Census, Clymer, Chautauqua County, New York.
  2. 1870 United States Federal Census, Clymer, Chautauqua County, New York.
  3. History of Erie County, Pennsylvania, article about grandson, John George Kolstee
  4. Elisha Denison Ship Manifest page 3, October 29, 1849


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