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Portraits of
Emigrants from Emsland



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.. Emslanders to the American Mid-West
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Peter Dirckx & Helena Bekel

Peter Dirckx was not an Emslander. He arrived in Cole County in 1847
as the leader of a group of emigrants from Eckloo in Belgium.

Helena Bekel was born Nov 20, 1833 in Gross Hesepe.
She emigrated with her parents and siblings in 1842
and married Peter Dirckx in 1852 in Taos, Cole County, MO.

The photo above was copied from page 89 of the book
History of St. Francis Xavier Church, Taos, Missouri, Illustrated, 1838-1988
purlished in 1988 by the St. Francis Xavier Sesquicentennial Committee
and availabel for purchase through the parish.

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