Pilgrim Home cemetery Holland

Pilgrim Home Cemetery Ottawa County

Dutch immigrants Hendrikus "Henry" Dykema (1836-1869) and Martin Deboe (1837-1908) are buried in the soldiers' section; German immigrant Henry Koenigsberg (1826-1911) is buried nearby.

Note that Martin was discharged from the 3rd Michigan during the war and subsequently reentered the service in the 23rd Michigan Infantry.





Hendrikus "Henry" Dykema

Hendrikus Dykema, also known as “Henry,” was born 1836 in the Netherlands.

“Henry” immigrated to the United States, and eventually settled in western Michigan. (He may have been related to a farmer named Pieter Dykema and his wife Ida, both born in the Netherlands and both of whom immigrated to America sometime before 1850 when they were living in Holland, Ottawa County; they were still living in Holland, Ottawa County in 1860.)

By 1860 Henry (listed as “Dickma”) was employed as a mill worker in Allendale, Ottawa County, working in the Richard Roberts’ mill along with Jerry Sullivan, who would also enlist in Company C.

“Henry” was 25 years old and possibly still living in Allendale when he enlisted in Company C on May 13, 1861. (Company C was made up largely of German and Dutch immigrants, many of whom lived on the west side of the Grand River in Grand Rapids. This company was the descendant of the old Grand Rapids Rifles, also known as the “German Rifles”, a prewar local militia company composed solely of German troopers.)

He was wounded in the shoulder on May 31, 1862, at Fair Oaks, Virginia, but his wound was apparently not severe and he soon returned to duty.

Henry was wounded a second time, this time severely, on August 29, 1862, at Second Bull Run, and subsequently hospitalized in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania through the rest of the year. He was dropped from the company rolls on January 10, 1863, at Camp Pitcher, Virginia, but returned from dropped status on March 5, 1864, at Brandy Station, Virginia. Nevertheless, he apparently did not rejoin the Regiment and was a provost guard at Philadelphia in March, and in April was reported on detached service in Philadelphia. He probably remained on detached service until he was mustered out of service on June 20, 1864.

After his discharge Henry apparently returned to Ottawa County.

Henry apparently died sometime before January of 1869 when he was reburied on January 13, 1869, in Pilgrim Home cemetery in Holland, Ottawa County. (It is entirely possible that Henry died of his wounds in Philadelphia and his body returned to Michigan for burial.)

No pension seems to be available.

Martin DeBoe

Martin DeBoe was born March 19, 1837, in the Netherlands, the son of John (b. 1810) and Caroline (Van Loob. 1811).

As a young boy Martin immigrated to the United States with his family, and eventually settled in Holland, Ottawa County, Michigan, perhaps as early as 1847. In any case, by 1850 Martin was living with his family in Grand Rapids where his father worked as a laborer.

Martin married Jannetje or “Janke” (“Jane”) Goodluck (b. 1838) on November 2, 1859, and they had at least two children, a son by the name of Jacob, who was, according to one report, born around the time they got married, and another son Peter.

Martin apparently worked off and on in Grand Rapids and in 1859-60 he was working as a carpenter and boarding at John Minderhand’s in Grand Rapids; by 1860 he was reported to be working for Leonard Storb, another a laborer, in Grand Rapids’ Third Ward but was living with his wife and son in Holland, Ottawa County.

Martin stood 5’4” with hazel eyes, brown hair and a light complexion and was 24 years old and probably still living in Holland when he enlisted in Company I on May 13, 1861. (Company I was made up largely of men from Ottawa County, particularly from the eastern side of the County.) He was shot in the right hand/wrist on May 31, 1862, at Fair Oaks, Virginia. He was subsequently hospitalized in Stewart’s Mansion hospital in Baltimore, but by early July he was reported to be “doing well.” He was discharged for a disability caused by his gunshot wound on August 9, 1862, at Baltimore.

After his discharge from the Third Michigan Martin returned to Holland where he reentered the service as First Lieutenant in Company I, Twenty-fifth Michigan infantry at the organization of that Regiment on August 22, 1862, for 3 years, commissioned as of August 10, crediting Holland, Ottawa County.

In April of 1863 he was promoted to Captain, commissioned to date February 17, and was mustered out as of March 1 to accept the promotion, replacing Captain Dowd. In June of 1863 Martin was with the regiment at Green River, Kentucky, but from October 14, 1863, through at least January of 1864 he was at home on sick leave, although the details of his illness are unknown. He was absent sick again in April of 1864, suffering from “remittent” fever, and from typho-malarial fever April 19-24 and again from fever on July 11 but was present for duty in August of 1864. He was suffering from “debility” August 1-18 and from acute diarrhea in November of 1864.

Martin was wounded in the right foot at Nashville, Tennessee, on December 16, 1864, returned to duty and was mustered out of service at Salisbury, North Carolina, on June 24, 1865.

After the war Martin returned to Holland where he resumed the carpentry trade, and for some time worked for the Cappon & Bertsch tannery.

He was a member of the Old Third Michigan Infantry Association, as well as Grand Army of the Republic Van Raalte Post No. 262 in Holland, a Protestant, and he received pension no. 74,396, drawing $6.00 per month in 1883 for a gunshot wound to the right hand, increased to $12.00 in 1907 and then to $15.00.

He was living in Holland in 1883, 1890 and in the Third Ward in 1894, and indeed he probably lived in Holland until he was admitted to the Michigan Soldiers’ Home (no. 4948) on April 4, 1907. In September of 1907 Martin had one of his hands amputated at the Home hospital.

Martin died of carcinoma of the right arm and axilla at the Home hospital at 8:00 a.m. on October 17, 1908, and his remains were sent to Holland where he was interred in the Pilgrim Home cemetery, Holland.