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Ok, so maybe it’s not a full collection.  Uncle Lou (Lambertus Leeuwenhoek) left behind two Bibles, both printed in Dutch.  One is a full size Bible to read at home.  The other is smaller, perhaps the size he could tuck into his pocket and carry around.

Uncle Lou's Bijbels

Uncle Lou’s Bijbels

When my grandfather and grandmother gave me the family photographs and glass negatives, they showed me a family Bible or Bijbel, as it is called in Dutch. It wasn’t one of these, but one that had my direct family tree written inside the cover.  That was what my grandparents used to help guide their memories about the people associated with the photographs.  I don’t know what has happened to the Bible.  I hope someone in the family has it and is taking good care of it.  If you are reading this, Bible-keeper, please let me know it’s safe and, if you can, send me some pix!

The insides of Uncle Lou’s Bijbels

The writing inside the front of the larger Bible

The writing inside the front of the larger Bible

These words are printed inside the front of the smaller Bijbel

These words are printed inside the front of the smaller Bijbel

Inside the front of the smaller Bijbel, next page

Inside the front of the smaller Bijbel, next page

Lou wrote his name at the back of this Bijbel

Lou wrote his name at the back of this Bijbel

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Since I’ve been talking a lot about these DeKorn ancestors and so many of them were born in Kapelle, Zeeland, the Netherlands, I thought I’d scout around online and see what I could see of the town.  I’ve only been to Holland once, for a very brief time, and I didn’t know what towns to look for at the time–so I’ve never seen the area my ancestors came from.

As I showed in a previous post, Kapelle is located in the Dutch province of Zeeland, very close to Goes.  It’s not all that far from Middelburg, the capital of Zeeland.

Kapelle is located at the A flag and Goes is just to the left

Kapelle is located at the A flag and Goes is just to the left

These are houses on the Kerkplein (church square):

Kapellefrom Wikipedia

Kapelle
from Wikipedia

Here is Kapelle in 1910:

Kapelle,Zeeland Zuid Beveland gezin C. van Willegen, 8 kinderen in Klederdracht , meubelhandel en winkel in Galanterieen, hondenkar rond 1910

English: Kapelle (Zeeland NL) train station, r...

Kapelle train station

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Last post I showed you the photo of my great-great-great-grandfather, Boudewijn de Korne.  I just discovered new information about him written by his grandson Joseph DeKorn.  Boudewijn, his wife Johanna, and their two children travelled to the United States with Gerrit Remine (Gerrard Remijnse), who was Johanna’s brother.

They travelled on a sailing vessel and arrived at Kalamazoo, Michigan on June 22, 1856.  However, “they located in Zeeland, Michigan” for several years.  “The voyage across was bad and long.”  Joseph’s father Richard and Aunt Mary told him it took 90 days, but Joseph didn’t believe it was actually that long.

I mentioned that Boudewijn and his wife Johanna had two living children when they left the Netherlands.  The older is Richard DeKorn; I have introduced him several times before.  Note that Richard’s generation appears to have dropped the final E from their last name.

Richard:  Dirk de Korne, born 21 Aug 1851, Kapelle, Zeeland, the Netherlands; died 26 Jan 1930, Kalamazoo,
Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States.  Also known as Richard and, when younger, Derrick.

Richard DeKorn (Dirk de Korne)

Richard DeKorn (Dirk de Korne)

Mary:  Maria Catharina de Korne was born on 4 Jan 1855 in Kapelle, Zeeland, the Netherlands.  Mary married John DeSmit in Kalamazoo in 1873 and they had at eight children.  Her daughter Frances married a Flipse.  When I got married in 1975 my mother took me to Flipse Flower shop to order my bridal bouquet because they were “shirt tail relatives.”  It’s hard to imagine it from this photo, but Mary only died two years before I was born.

Mary DeKorn DeSmit

Mary DeKorn DeSmit

I have not yet traced the DeSmit family, but I do have photos awaiting my results.

After the family moved to the United States, Boudewijn and Johanna had another daughter, Adriana, in 1959, who is one year old in the 1860 census.   Nothing after that.

However, a 10-year-old daughter Jennie shows up in the 1870 census, which Jose from Enhanced News Archive was kind enough to find for me.

Joseph DeKorn’s documentation mentions Jennie, but not Adriana.  My grandfather identified the woman in this photograph as Jennie, Richard’s sister, who married a man named John Culver and eventually moved to Seattle, Washington.  She died in Pierce, Washington, on July 4, 1947.  According to her death record, she was born around 1861.  One difficulty in searching is that there is another Jennie Culver (married to Earl) who lived in Kalamazoo during Jennie DeKorn Culver’s lifetime.

So the question remains: was there an Adriana born in 1859 as well as Jennie born in 1860 or 1861?  Or are they the same person?  If Adriana had lived and kept her name, she would have been mentioned in Joseph’s statement.  So either she passed away as an infant or she became known as Jennie or, perhaps most likely, the census got her name wrong to begin with.

Jennie DeKorn Culver

Jennie DeKorn Culver

This is a photo of Jenny and John Culver’s children:

The Culver Children

The Culver Children

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Maybe you thought that the furthest back I could find photos were for Richard DeKorn and his wife Alice Paak DeKorn, my great-great-grandparents.  Nope.  I have a photo of Richard’s father, Boudewijn de Korne.  He was born on June 11, 1816 in Kapelle, Zeeland, the Netherlands.

Boudewijn de Korne

Boudewijn de Korne

He was a laborer in Kapelle, Zeeland, the Netherlands, as of May 31, 1847.   On 21 Aug 1851 he was a “arbeider,” or laborer, still in Kapelle.

In 1856, Boudewijn emigrated with his wife, Joanna Reminse, and two children; his reason was “amelioration of existence.”  At that point he was still a laborer.

Johanna was born July 15, 1817 in Kapelle.  On May 21, 1847, she was a laborer in Kapelle.  On August 21, 1851, she was known as Janna Remijnse.

Johanna died in 1864, at the age of 47, in Kalamazoo.  Boudewijn (Boudewin) died in 1873 at the age of 57 in Kalamazoo.

These are their three children born in the Netherlands (note that research shows he emigrated with 2 children, but then see that Geertruit died in infancy):

Richard:  Dirk de Korne, born 21 Aug 1851, Kapelle, Zeeland, the Netherlands; died 26 Jan 1930, Kalamazoo,
Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States.

Geertruit de Korne was born on 28 Aug 1848 in Kapelle, Zeeland, the Netherlands.  She died on 6
May 1849 at the age of 0 in Kapelle, Zeeland, the Netherlands.

Mary:  Maria Catharina de Korne was born on 4 Jan 1855 in Kapelle, Zeeland, the Netherlands.

At least one more child was born in the United States.  In the 1860 U.S. census, the DeKornes had a one-year-old daughter Adriana.  Also, according to family accounts there was a daughter Jennie.  Was Jennie the same person as Adriana or were there at least two children born after the family emigrated to Michigan?

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Dutch Arnold

Dutch Arnold

Dutch Arnold was the saloon keeper on S. Burdick Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

My grandfather had this photograph and explained to me that he was “Dutch Arnold, the saloon keeper,” but I don’t believe Dutch was a relative.

So I looked him up and found out that the man has a history.

From the Kalamazoo Gazette files

From the Kalamazoo Gazette files

Read more articlesabout Dutch.

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Last post I told you about my great-great-grandmother Alice Paak (Peek) DeKorn. She had three younger sisters, who all grew up in Kalamazoo, as well.  There were two brothers, but I have not tracked them down yet.  To clarify about the last name: Grandpa first identified the name to me as Paak, but genealogical research in the Netherlands shows that the name is actually Peek.

As a reminder, this is Alice:

Alice Paak DeKorn

Alice Peek DeKorn

Here is her sister Annie, born Anna Catharina Peek on January 6, 1855 in Lexmond, Zuid-Holland, the Netherlands.

Annie Paak

Annie Peek

Here is her sister Mary, born Maaike Peek on July 29, 1859 in Lexmond, Zuid-Holland, the Netherlands.

Mary Paak Remine

Mary Peek Remine

Here is her sister Carrie, born Cornelia Peek on 8 May, 1862 in Lexmond, Zuid-Holland, the Netherlands.

Carrie Paak Waruf

Carrie Peek Waruf

While the Peek girls are all pretty, clearly my great great is the prettiest of all!

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Alice Paak (Peek) DeKorn's shawl

This fine woolen shawl was owned by Alice Paak (Peek) DeKorn.  The predominant color is a dark green.  My great great grandmother passed away in 1908, so this family artifact is over 100 years ago.  It is in perfectly pristine condition.

Close-up of Alice's shawl
Close-up of Alice’s shawl

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