Rense Halma1

M, #410, b. 2 Jul 1853, d. 22 Nov 1917
     Rense Halma was born on 2 July 1853 in Ferwerderadeel, Friesland, Netherlands.1,2,3 He married Johanna Halma in 1883.2 Rense Halma died on 22 November 1917 in Passaic County, New Jersey.1
     His parents were Kornelis Renzes Halma and Wytske Eelkes Terpstra.3 He immigrated on the Amsterdam, from Rotterdam, arriving 11 Oct 1881 in New York.4 He was a dry goods peddler in 1900, and a silk winder in 1910.5,2

His obituary (original in Dutch) appeared on 7 December 1917 in the Het Oosten
On 22 November The Almighty
saw fit to take from our side my beloved
husband and the children's caring father
Rense Halma
at the age of 64 years, 4 month and 20 days.
Our loss is deep, but we take soulace
in his own testimony, that his life was in Christ,
and that his death will be also be a gain.
     For the grieving family,
          Mrs. Rense Halma
          Mr. and Mrs. R. Yeskoot
          Mr. and Mrs. P. Meter
          Mr. and Mrs. C. Halma
          Mr. and Mrs. M. Halma
          Miss A. Halma
          Miss L. Halma
          Miss J. Halma
          Mr. J. Halma
          Mr. R. Halma Jr
It pleased the Lord to take from our midst
on 22 November 1917 our member
Mr. R. Halma
at the age of 64 yrs.
Although we mourn with the family, we cherish the hope
to be reunited with him in Heaven.
     For the Men's Society "Love the Truth and
the Peace" of Prospect Park, NJ
          S. Husselman, Secr.1

1900 Fed. census: Household of Rense Halma, 74 East 22nd Street (3rd Ward), Paterson City, Passaic County, New Jersey. Household consists of Rense, his wife Johanna and eight children: Alsie (Apr 1883), Lizzie (Aug 1884), Cornelius (Apr 1886), Matthias (Jul 1888), Alex (Apr 1891), Lena (Sep 1893), Jennie (Sep 1896), and John (Jan 1899).5
1910 Fed. census: Household of Rense Halma, North 8th Street (#635), Hawthorne Borough, Passaic County, New Jersey. Household consists of Rense, his wife Johanna and six children: Cornelius (23), Alex (19), Lena (16), Jennie (14), John (10) and Raymond (9), all born in NJ. They have 9 living children.2


  1. [S16] Oosten, Dec 7, 1917, pg 4.
  2. [S5] 1910 Federal Census, Rense Halma, 26 Apr 1910. T624 Roll: 904 Page: 189, ED 64.
  3. [S3] Genlias, Ferwerderadeel Births : 1853 #B 60.
  4. [S37] Castle Garden, online, Amsterdam, arr 11 Oct 1881.
  5. [S4] 1900 Federal Census, Rense Helma, 7 Jun 1900. T623 Roll: 992 Page: 72, ED 130.