Albert Smith Balkema

29 January 1869–22 December 1940 (Age 71)
Zeeland, Ottawa, Michigan, United States

The Life of Albert Smith

When Albert Smith Balkema was born on 29 January 1869, in Zeeland, Ottawa, Michigan, United States, his father, Nicholas Balkema, was 32 and his mother, Lydia Keziah Watson, was 27. He married Winifred P Coats on 22 March 1898, in Grandville, Kent, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Grandville, Kent, Michigan, United States in 1930 and Grandville, Grandville, Kent, Michigan Territory, United States in 1940. He died on 22 December 1940, in East Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Grandville Cemetery, Grandville, Kent, Michigan, United States.

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Albert Smith Balkema
Winifred P Coats
Marriage: 22 March 1898
Elson P Balkema

Spouse and Children

22 March 1898
Grandville, Kent, Michigan, United States


    Elson P Balkema


Parents and Siblings

    Nicholas Balkema


    Lydia Keziah Watson




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World Events (8)

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 1

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.
1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated

Age 10

After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.
1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 21

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.

Name Meaning

Frisian: from the personal name Baleke, a pet form of Baldewin ( see Baldwin ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Smit Balkema in household of Klaus Balkema, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Albert Balkema, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Albert Balkema, "United States Census, 1930"

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