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DeZeeuw, Jan 1844-1914 & Driesje Sneller family


Posted By: Wilma J. Vande Berg - volunteer (email)
Date: 5/10/2020 at 12:19:50

From the Sioux Center Centennial Book 1870-1991 “A People With Convictions” page 302.
Author was John E. and Greta De Zeeuw.
Submitter – Wilma J. Vande Berg

Jan De Zeeuw and Driesje Sneller

Submitter’s book ‘Vande Berg’ published 1995 has an outline of the family of Jan DeZeeuw as follows:

Jan De Zeeuw born 15 Apr 1844 Ridderkerk Zuid Holland died 24 Mar 1914 buried in Sioux Center IA

Obituary of John DeZeeuw

Source: Alton Democrat issue of 4 April 1914, Sioux Center column.
Last Saturday occurred the funeral of John De Zeeuw, who had been sickly for the last few months. He was for years an elder in the First Reformed church and was highly respected. He leaves a large number of relatives and friends....loss. [obscured by tape in old newspaper]

Sioux Center Nieuwsblad of April 1, 1914 In Dutch – Attempted translation…
Jan De Zeeuw – At the age of about 70 years, there is a heartbroken widow, 10 children, all adults and some married, two brothers and one sister. Born in Nederland, South Holland province, he came to Pella, Iowa in 1870 as a youth with his parents, and in 1871 to Sioux County, where the family settled near Middleburg. So he was one of the pioneers. In 1876 he married Driesje Sneller, who now survives him with her children, first in Alton, they have lived at the Sioux Center the last 29 years older and were all those years members of the Reformed Church.

From childhood the deceased brother feared the Lord and wanted to do for Him. He also sought to do this, as he sometimes complained about the imperfection of that service. He served the congregation for twenty years as a faithful member and capable elder. He sincerely wanted to win others to Jesus and lured them with the sweetness and fairness of the Lord's service, which he himself felt. He was given a firm confidence. He knew in what he believed.

In his own household, he was regarded as a God-fearing husband and father, highly esteemed and tender. He suffered a stroke last fall, when people feared that he was going to die. Already later hopes to restore a little revived. It was not accomplished. In all his suffering this was his comfort: The Lord is near the soul that signs to Him. He comforts the heart that weeps to Him crying.

He now rests from his labor and his works follow with him. Because of his faith he speaks even after he has died. Neighbors, friends and all relations are kindly thanked for all the signs of sympathy and the help granted during his illness, death and burial.

Wife: Driesje Sneller born 28 Jan 1852 Elburg Gelderland Netherlands married March 1876 Orange City IA. died 1 Jan 1936 Sioux Center IA. Daughter of Rijk Sneller and Matje Juffer (See their separate BIO)

DeZeeuw, Mrs. John Driesje 1852-1936
Sioux Center News of Jan 9, 1936
Funeral Services were held Saturday afternoon, at the First Reformed Church for Mrs. John De Zeeuw 83 who passed away early New Year’s Morning. Services were in charge of Rev. L. A. Brunsting. Burial was in the Sioux Center cemetery.
Mrs. De Zeeuw had been ill for a number of weeks but had been able to be up and around for a few hours each day. Last Sunday she suffered a paralytic stroke from which she failed to rally.

Driesje Sneller was born Jan 28, 1852 in Elburg Gelderland Neth. At the age of 14 she arrived in America with her parents and lived in Alto WI for five years, in 1871 they moved to Alton, IA and there was untied in marriage to John De Zeeuw. They lived near Orange City and Newkirk for nine years. In 1885 they came to Sioux Center, and since 1893 lived on the same farm a few miles west of Sioux Center. Mrs. De Zeeuw was preceded in death by a child who died in infancy and her husband, who died in March of 1914.

Ten children survive. They are Pleum; Mrs. Wantjes of Hull; Richard of Lansing MI; Mrs. Henry Wandscheer; Peter; John; Mrs. Jake Mol; Mrs. Pearl Vande Brake; Anna and Andrew.

1.Pleun De Zeeuw born 10 Dec 1876 died 28 Nov 1954 Sioux Center, IA Wife: Lillian Van Putten 1884 -1976
2.Maatje ‘Martha’ DeZeeuw born 30 Apr 1878 Alton IA died 9 May 1956 Boyden IA Husband: John Warntjes 1867-1902
3.Rijk ‘Richard’ born 15 Mar 1880 Alton IA died 13 Sep 1953 Lansing MI Wife: Pieternella ‘Nellie’ Van Lente 1884 -1974
4. Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ De Zeeuw born 5 Dec 1881 Alton IA died 26 Jul 1956 Sioux Center IA. Husband: Johan Hendrik Wandscheer 1866 -1954
5.Pieter ‘Peter’ De Zeeuw born 10 Sep 1883 Alton IA died 17 Mar 1939 Sioux Center IA
6.Jan Arie De Zeeuw born 12 Jul 1885 Sioux Center died 13 Apr 1887
7.Jan Arie De Zeeuw born 14 Aug 1887 Sioux Center died 10 Jun 1972 Wives: Agnes Mulder 1889 - 1922 Dina Hubers 1888-1923 – Hull IA
8.Gerretje ‘Gertie’ De Zeeuw born 24 Jan 1889 died 24 Feb 1916 Sioux Center IA Husband: Jacob Mol 1886-1955 Sioux Center, IA
9.Polonia ‘Pearl’ De Zeeuw born 26 Jun 1891 died 31 Oct 1963 Husbands: William Vande Brake 1890-1920 Rock Valley and John Smith 1891-1964
10. Heintje ‘Anna’ De Zeeuw born 12 Apr 1893 died 8 Dec 1977
11. Dries ‘Andrew’ De Zeeuw born 8 Nov 1895 died 1980 Sioux Center IA. Wives: Alida Berghuis 1897-1957 and Jennie Vander Aarde 1907-1978

ANCESTORS – by submitter
Ancestors of Jan De Zeeuw born 1844 - 1914
Parents – Pleun De Zeeuw born 1812 died Oct 1899 Orange City IA He was the son of Arij De Zeeuw and Apolonia Van Dijk

Elizabeth De Haan Born 1816 Barendrecht, Zuid Holland, Neth died abt 14 Sep 1892 Orange City IA daughter of Jan De Haan and Rookje Den Ouden

Ancestors of Driesje Sneller 1852 - 1936
Parents –
Rijk Sneller born 29 Sep 1816 Oldebroek, Gelderland Neth. Died 17 Jul 1888 Alton, IA He was the son of Egbert Sneller and Wichertje Rozeboom

Matje Juffer born 18 Feb 1825 Elburg, Gelderland Neth. Died 29 Mar 1904 Orange City IA.She was the daughter of Dries Juffer and Driesje Egberts Bosch.

Commencing with the account from the Centennial Book.

The mother in the picture was Driesje Sneller, daughter of Rijk Sneller and Matje Juffer, Driesje’s sister was Heintje (Mrs. Evert Vermeer), her brother was Eibert Sneller, another brother Dries Sneller. This indicated the ties to the many descendants of Mr. and Mrs.Rijk Sneller in the Sioux Center area.

The father in this picture was the son of Pleum de Zeeuw and Elizabeth De Haan. They moved to the USA from Barendrecht, Netherlands on April 11, 1879.

Children born to this marriage were Rookje, Johanna, Apolonia, Magdelena, Arie (died at 9 years) Jan (died young) Hilletje, Pieter (died at 1 year) Arie (died as a child) Pieter (died at 4 years) and Arie Pleun.

Subbmitter’s note:
There may be a glimse into the family life of Jan and Driesje in the coming BIOs of John A. DeZeeuw and Gerritdina Hubers story and that of Pleun J. De Zeeuw and Lillian Van Putten story

Continued with the Centennial book account:
Picture below:
(Left to right) Top row: Andrew (later married Alyda Berghuis and later married Jennie Vander Aarde Vermeer), Elizabeth (Mrs. Henry Wandscheer), Peter, Pleun (later married Lillian Van Putten), Richard, Mrs. John A. De Zeeuw (nee Agnes Mulder), John A. (who later married Dina Hubers).

Second row: John Warntjes holding son Richard, Jan (father) and Driesje (Sneller) mother, Martha (Mrs. John Warntjes) holding son Walter, Mrs. Richard De Zeeuw (nee Nellie Van Lente) holding son Donald.

Front row: Pearl (Mrs. William Vande Brake, later married John Smith), child John Warntjes of John and Martha, Anna, child Henry Warntjes of John and Martha, Gertrude (Mrs. Jake Mol).

(There was also a child named Jan Arie who died at age two.)

The mother in this picture was Driesje Sneller, daughter of Rijk Sneller and Matje Juffer. Driesje's sister was Heintje (Mr. Evert Vermeer), her brother was Eibert Sneller, another sister, Wiggertje (Mrs. Dirk Bos), and another brother Dries Sneller. This indicates the ties to the many descendents in the Sioux Center area.

The father in this picture was a son of Pleun De Zeeuw and Elizabeth De Haan. They moved to the United States from Barendrecht, the Netherlands, on April 11, 1870. Children born to this marriage were: Rookje, Johanna, Apolonia, Magdalena, Arie (died at 9 years), Jan (died ? date), Hilletje, Pieter (died at 1 year), Arie (died as a child), Pieter (died at 4 years) and Arie Pleun.

by John E. and Greta De Zeeuw

A People with Convictions: A History of Sioux Center, Iowa 1870-1991
As written at time of publication - 1991


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