Derksens Line to David Doerksen

This follows my Derksen/Doerksen ancestors on Mon's side, up to the earliest one I know of at present.

Mom as a young woman

My Parents

Elizabeth Kroeker, b.11/29/1918, d.11/10/1997 at home in Hague.

my Dad as a young man

Heinrich H. Friesen, b.2/20/1916, d.2/24/2007 in Rosthern, Saskatchewan. He married Elizabeth Kroeker on 10/17/1947 (daughter of Gerhard Kroeker and Elisabeth Friesen).

My Grandparents

showing Gr'ma the book I had just finished to honour her -
A Godly Inheritance

Elisabeth Friesen, b.5/6/1896 in a sod house, in North West Territories, before it became Saskatchewan. She died in Rosthern hospital on 8/16/1989. This is the beloved Gr'ma whom I sought to honour with the family history book, A Godly Inheritance published in 1988.

Gerhard D. Kroeker, b.3/8/1891 in Russia, d.11/9/1970. (His first name is given as Gertrud on the ship passenger list in 1891, which is incorrect. The 1901 Canada Census says he was born 2 Apr 1891). He married Elisabeth Friesen, 7/12/1914.


Isbrand Friesen, b.3/12/1867 in South Russia, d.6/4/1945 in Hague, Saskatchewan. He married Anna J. Neudorf, on 9/9/1894. They had 7 children: Elisabeth (above), Anna, David I., Jacob I, twins, Isbrand N &am; Katharina, and Maria.

Anna J. Neudorf, b.9/21/1874 in South Russia, d.5/31/1947 in Hague, Saskatchewan. (Her o.s. birth date was 9 Sep).


David L. Friesen, b.5/13/1839 in South Russia, d.8/3/1911 in Blumenheim, Hague-Osler Reserve, Saskatchewan. In Dyck & Harms (1998, p.191), David is shown to be born on 5/13/1834. He married Elisabeth Bueckert on 10/6/1861 in South Russia.

Elisabeth Bueckert, b.12/23/1841 in South Russia, d.3/28/1913 in Osler, Saskatchewan. One record says she died at Blumenheim, Saskatchewan.

3rd Great-Grandparents

Jacob Bueckert, b.12/25/1811 in Chortitza, Chortitza, South Russia, d.11/14/1884. R219-3 Some sources give death as 12/14/1884. Jacob and his family immigrated to Canada in June 1877, sailing on the SS Sarmatian (Dyck & Harms, 1998, p.147). He married (1)Helena Doerksen on 11/13/1834. He married (2)Justina Loewen on 7/20/1880, b.11/15/1822 in Neuenburg, Chortitza, South Russia, d.1900 in Blumengart, West Reserve, Manitoba, Justina: Her death may be in Manitoba Vitals as Justina Loewen died 4/23/1900 RM Rhineland, age 77.

Helena Doerksen, b.6/21/1816 in South Russia, d.12/27/1878. R219-3.

4th Great-Grandparents

Franz Doerksen, b.1/17/1792 in Neuendorf, Chortitza, South Russia, d.3/29/1877 in South Russia. Wiens, Helen, 1997, p.82 says Franz and Helena were the first settlers of Osterwick, Russia, but Osterwick was founded 3 years before their marriage in Schoeneberg and they had children in Schoneberg more than ten years later. Dyck 1998, p.147 says his birth was 1/18/1792 in Montau, Friesland. Registered at Neu Osterwick #29 in 1850. He married Helena Klassen on 10/12/1813 in South Russia.

Helena Klassen, b.8/15/1796 in Rosenthal, Chortitza, South Russia, d.Feb/1878.

5th Great-Grandparents

Jacob Derksen, b.12/21/1767, d.2/20/1806 in Neuendorf, Chortitza, South Russia. He migrated from Ellerwald, Prussia to Neuendorf, Chortitza, S. Russia in 1789 (B.H. Unruh, p.270, 272), likely in the company of his parents. In the 1795 Chortitza Colony Census he is listed with his father-in-law Franz Klassen at Neuendorf #24 (B.H. Unruh, p.241). In the 1801 and 1802 Censuses he is also listed at Neuendorf #24 (B.H. Unruh, p.255). See the Froese book for additional Derksen info.

(Additional children are identified in Dyck & Harms - that appear to contradict some of the existing information (1998, p.147). He married Susanna Klassen, Abt 1790 in Chortitza Colony, South Russia.)

Susanna Klassen, b.12/1/1770 in Montau, Schwetz, Prussia, d.11/2/1817 in Osterwick, Chortitza, South Russia. She married (1)Jacob Derksen, Abt 1790 in Chortitza Colony, South Russia. She married (2)Johann Abram Neudorf, 12/29/1806 in Neuendorf, Chortitza, South Russia, b.3/1/1783 in Petershagenfeld, Gross Werder, Prussia, d.4/15/1860 in Osterwick, Chortitza, South Russia, Johann: In the 1801 Chortitza Colony Census he is listed as a servant with the family of Wilhelm Zacharias #265327 at Schoenhorst #2. In the 1808 Census he is listed at Neuendorf #18 (B.H. Unruh, p.268) and in the 1814 and Oct 1816 Censuses at Neu Osterwick #4 (B.H.Unruh, p. 283). Johann Neudorf and Susanna Klassen reportedly had eight children (Neudorf, 1974, p.2). In his foreward, Neudorf says Johan had two sons from his first marriage and three sons from his second marriage. For more information about his descendants, see J.J. Neudorf's book, "He Leadeth Me." Ruth Friesen (1996, p.4) indicates that Johan and Susanna had four sons (two died in infancy) and with his second wife he had 13 children.

6th Great-Grandparents

David Doerksen, b.Abt.1740, d.Bef.1801 in Neuendorf, Chortitza, South Russia. In the 1776 W. Prussia Census he is listed in Ellerwald, Trift 3 with 4 sons and 5 daughters. He was a member of the Ellerwald Gemeinde. He migrated from Ellerwald, Prussia to Neuendorf, Chortitza, S. Russia in 1789 (B.H. Unruh, p.270,272). In the 1795 Chortitza Colony Census he is listed at Neuendorf #4 (B.H.Unruh, p.240). He likely died between 1797 and 1801 as he is listed in the 1797 Census in Neuendorf (P.Rempel, p.30), but he isn't found in the 1801 Census. One record says he was born in 1733. One source says that he immigrated from Tiegenhagen, Prussia. Carol Bone says he died in 1802 in Y., Somme, Picardie, France. He married Maria ____ , Abt 1760.

Maria _____, b.Abt.1736, d.Jun/1801 in Neuendorf, Chortitza, South Russia. She was a widow at the time of her death.

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