Tjeerd (Chester) Miedema is the immigrant ancestor of our branch of the Miedema family. On May 1, 1880, at age 27, he emigrated from Franekeradeel, Friesland on the Rotterdam. Also travelling on the Rotterdam that month was Kornelis Folkertsma and his 8 children. On 17 June 1880, shortly after arriving in Grand Rapids, MI, Jeltje Folkertsma and Tjeerd Miedema were married.
TJEERD PIETERS4 MIEDEMA (PIETER HESSELS3, HESSEL JELGERS2, JELGER1 JACOBS) was born January 20, 1853 in Peins, Friesland, Netherlands, the son of PIETER HESSELS MIEDEMA and PIERKJEN TJEERDS MEYER. He died September 08, 1943 in the Holland Home, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He married (1) JELTJE FOLKERTSMA June 17, 1880 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, daughter of CORNELUS FOLKERTSMA and TETJE BRUINSMA. She was born April 07, 1857 in Franeker, Friesland, Netherlands, and died February 28, 1909 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He married (2) MINNIE LAMMERS August 23, 1911 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, MI, daughter of JOHN LAMMERS and JOHANNETTA VAN POOTEN. She was born December 04, 1857 in Netherlands, and died February 17, 1942 in Holland Home, Grand Rapids, MI.
Children of TJEERD MIEDEMA and JELTJE FOLKERTSMA are:
i. TETTJE (TILLIE)5 MIEDEMA, was born June 21, 1881, and died 1958. She first married BERN TIGGLEMAN, and later (2) JACOB PROSE. He was born 1868.
ii. PIETERNELLE MIEDEMA, b. July 31, 1884, Grand Rapids, Michigan; d. December 18, 1943, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
iii. JOANNA MIEDEMA, was born February 08, 1887, and died July 20, 1940 in Iowa. She married DIRK FLIETSTRA June 09, 1918 in either Moline or Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was born April 06, 1884, and died October 1966 in Artesia, CA.
iv. PETE MIEDEMA, was born September 27, 1889, and died March 06, 1990 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He married HATTIE DEGROOT.