Person:Harm Laug (1)

m. 1 Aug 1831
  1. Harm Laug1834 - 1834
  2. Harm Laug, Sr.1836 - 1920
  3. Jan (John) H. Laug1839 - 1904
  4. Fenne Laug1843 - 1846
m. 4 May 1858
  1. Harm Laug, Jr.1858 - 1940
  2. Geert Laug1860 - 1926
  3. Geert Willem Koop1863 - 1863
  4. Sena Laug1864 - 1936
  5. Mary J. Laug1867 - 1897
  6. Hannah Laug1869 - 1964
  7. John Laug1872 - 1950
  8. Fannie Laug1874 - 1954
  9. George Laug1877 - 1956
  10. Hattie Laug1880 - 1939
Facts and Events
Name Harm Laug, Sr.
Gender Male
Birth[1][2][3] 13 Mar 1836 Frensdorf, Nordhorn, Hannover, Preußen, Germany
Christening[1] 18 Mar 1836 Frensdorf, Nordhorn, Hannover, Germany
Marriage 4 May 1858 Hesepe, Hannover, Preußen, Germanyto Hindrikje Koop
Immigration[6][7][8] 13 Sep 1864 Piqua, Miami, Ohio, United States
Death[4] 1 Jan 1920 Polkton, Ottawa, Michigan, United States
Burial[5] 5 Jan 1920 Coopersville-Polkton Cemetery, Coopersville, Ottawa, Michigan, United States

Harm's name in his birth record is Laag and in his marriage record Laug. He took the name of Koop when he married Henrietta, which was customary in Germany if the groom lived on his wife's family farm. It appears he changed the name back to Laug when he came to America.

In the censuses he is listed as a farmer.

He appears on the 1920 census, which is strange since he had died.

They lived in a sod house; 3 sides were sod and 1 side was canvas. They spun their own yarn and Roger Patterson has the spinning wheel. Harm knit socks from the yarn for the 9 children. When their daughter Hanna was 14 years old they bought her her first overcoat. Before that she use newspapers tied together under a shawl. (per Roger Patterson).

Cause of death was old age. He wanted to live until January 1, per granddaughter, Geneva. He was buried on his grandson, Gerald's, birthday. Geneva Laug Hosler remembers her parents pulling her on a sled to the funeral.

Image Gallery
  1. 1.0 1.1 Compiler: Theodor Davina. Nordhorn Ev.-ref. Kirchspiel Index und Kirchenbuchtexte Taufen 1800 bis 1850. (1996).

    Record #11734, includes parents names.

  2. Compiler: Theodor Davina. Nordhorn Ev.-ref. Kirchspiel Trauungen 1851 bus 1900 Index und Kirchenbuchtexte. (1997).

    Record #3435, includes birth date/place and parents names.

  3. Birth record photocopy.
  4. Compiler: County Clerk Grand Haven MI. Ottawa County Michigan Deaths.

    Book 5 Pg 329 #1.

  5. Tombstone, Record Type: Tombstone.
  6. Obituary.

    Herm and Hennrietta's

  7. Compiler: Glazier, Ira A. & Filby, P. William. Germans to America Vol. 15. (Scholarly Resources Inc, Wilmington Delaware).

    Pg 415. They came to USA on the ship America from Bremen to New York.

  8. Theodor Davina, Noordhorn Germany, a genealogist who has published several books of records of Bentheim..

    E-mail 11/28/2000.

  9.   Obituary, in Conklin, Ottawa, Michigan, United States. Coopersville Observer (Coopersville, Michigan)
    9 Jan 1920.

    Herman Laug, Sr., aged eighty-three years, nine months, and eighteen days, died at his home near Coopersville, January 1, 1920. He was born in the Province of Hanover, Germany, March 13, 1836. He was united in marriage to Henrietta Koop in Germany in 1857. They immigrated to this country in September, 1864 and settled in Piqua, Ohio. After three years they came to Coopersville, Mich. Mr. and Mrs. Laug, in company with the families of Henry Lubben and Henry Busman, jointly purchased 160 acres in this vicinty, afterward being divided equally between the three families. Mrs. Laug was called to her heavenly home November 9, 1912. Since that time Mr. Laug has spent his remaining years on the old homestead. He leaves four sons, Harm, Geert, John and George, of Coopersville; four daughters, Mrs. Leroy and Mrs. Duiven of Grand Rapids; Mrs. H. Laug and Mrs. J. Wiarda, of Coopersville; twenty-two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was a faithful member of the Reformed church since 1868 and he welcomed death because he knew it would bring him into the presence of his Saviour whom he diligently served in capacity of an elder, deacon and Sunday school superintendent. His life was loss, his death is gain, yet he will be missed by his dear ones who so faithfully cared for him and by all who knew him.
    "Being dead, he speaketh yet."

    Source: Coopersville Observer, Friday, January 9, 1920.