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5 Jan 2014

John Klootwijk (1833-1914) of Grand Rapids

John Klootwijk of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, was born as Johannes on 16-3-1833 in Numansdorp, The Netherlands. His parents are Jacob Klootwijk (1807-1884) and Pleuntje Huijzers (±1808-1856).

Johannes married (1) on 29-2-1856 in Numansdorp a local girl, Johanna Laurina Liefting (1820-1858). She was 12½ years his senior. Johanna Laurina already had an 8-year-old daughter Johanna Cornelia and - upon marrying her - Johannes claimed to be the child's father, although he had been a teenager at the time of her birth. In 3 years time Johanna Laurina gave birth to 3 more children, but they all died young. Johanna Laurina died 17 days after the birth of her youngest child on 29-10-1858. 

Johannes married (2) on 11-2-1859 in Numandsdorp another local girl, Trijntje van Pernis (1831-1862). Within a year Trijntje gave birth to a daughter Pleuntje (1860-1929). In 1883 Pleuntje married Jan Hendrik Buurman and moved to Rotterdam. Trijntje had died early 1862.
Hattie Ludwick-

Johannes married (3) on 6-6-1862 in Zuid-Beijerland 22-year-old Maria Leeuwenburg. Their 1st daughter was born in 1863 in Numansdorp, but died young. Another daughter, Hendrika, was born in Klaaswaal and died young in 1870.

In 1872 Johannes (John) Klootwijk and Maria (Mary) Leeuwenburg moved with their toddler Annigje Jannigje (Annie) Klootwijk (1869-1934) to the USA. In 1890 Annie married Leonard Wieland (1868-1944). Another daughter, Henriette (Hattie) Klootwijk, was born in 1874 in Saugatuck, Michigan. She married John Ludwick in 1893. The couple youngest child, Clara, was born in 1877.

Uit Grand Rapids, 13-6-1912

The article above mentions the golden wedding anniversary of Johannes Klootwijk and his third wife.

Bronnen:, GenLias,

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