Spoelstra

Jan Martens SpoelstraAge: 69 years18521922

Name
Jan Martens Spoelstra
Given names
Jan Martens
Surname
Spoelstra

John Martin Spoolstra

Name
John Martin Spoolstra
Type
immigration name
Given names
John Martin
Surname
Spoolstra
Birth December 11, 1852 30 25
Birth of a sisterAlbertje Martens Spoelstra
November 18, 1854 (Age 23 months)
Death of a paternal grandmotherGrietje Martens Swart
April 13, 1857 (Age 4 years) Age: 66
Death of a sisterAlbertje Martens Spoelstra
September 5, 1861 (Age 8 years)
Birth of a brotherAlbert Martens Spoelstra
September 23, 1863 (Age 10 years)
Death of a fatherMarten Jans Spoelstra
March 25, 18643:00 (Age 11 years) Age: 41
MarriageSjieuwke Aukes BennemaView this family
November 11, 1876 (Age 23 years)
Occupation
arbeider
November 11, 1876 (Age 23 years)

Birth of a daughter
#1
Aaltje Jans Spoelstra
August 29, 1877 (Age 24 years)
Birth of a son
#2
Marten Jans Spoelstra
August 9, 1879 (Age 26 years)
Emigration December 29, 1880 (Age 28 years)
Source: Castle Garden
Publication: castlegarden.org
Birth of a son
#3
August Spoolstra
August 12, 1881 (Age 28 years)
Death of a daughterAaltje Jans Spoelstra
about 1882 (Age 29 years)
Publication: http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/s/p/o/James-H-Spoolstra/index.html
Death of a sonMarten Jans Spoelstra
about 1882 (Age 29 years)
Birth of a son
#4
Martin John Spoolstra
about 1885 (Age 32 years)
Birth of a son
#5
Peter John Spoolstra
about 1887 (Age 34 years)
Publication: http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/s/p/o/James-H-Spoolstra/index.html
Birth of a son
#6
Gerrit John Spoolstra
January 11, 1889 (Age 36 years)
Publication: http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/s/p/o/James-H-Spoolstra/index.html
Birth of a daughter
#7
Alice Spoolstra
April 13, 1890 (Age 37 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#1
Winifred Spoolstra
August 18, 1910 (Age 57 years)
Publication: http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/s/p/o/James-H-Spoolstra/index.html
Birth of a granddaughter
#2
Sophia Spoolstra
October 1, 1913 (Age 60 years)
Publication: http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/s/p/o/James-H-Spoolstra/index.html
Birth of a grandson
#3
Julius Spoolstra
September 25, 1916 (Age 63 years)
Publication: http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/s/p/o/James-H-Spoolstra/index.html
Death of a wifeSjieuwke Aukes Bennema
January 18, 1921 (Age 68 years)
Publication: http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/s/p/o/James-H-Spoolstra/index.html
Death January 28, 1922 (Age 69 years)
Publication: http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/s/p/o/James-H-Spoolstra/index.html
Burialyes

Address: Mt. Greenwood Cemetery, 2900 W 111th Street, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Publication: http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/s/p/o/James-H-Spoolstra/index.html
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: December 30, 1852Ferwerderadeel, Friesland, Nederland
-1 months
himself
11 years
younger brother
-9 years
younger sister
Albertje Martens Spoelstra
Birth: November 18, 1854 31 27Ferwerderadeel, Friesland, Nederland
Death: September 5, 1861Ferwerderadeel, Friesland, Nederland
Family with Sjieuwke Aukes Bennema - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: November 11, 1876Ferwerderadeel, Friesland, Nederland
10 months
daughter
Aaltje Jans Spoelstra
Birth: August 29, 1877 24 22Hallum, Ferwerderadeel, Friesland, Nederland
Death: about 1882New Jersey, USA
23 months
son
Marten Jans Spoelstra
Birth: August 9, 1879 26 24Hallum, Ferwerderadeel, Friesland, Nederland
Death: about 1882New Jersey, USA
2 years
son
4 years
son
3 years
son
2 years
son
Gerrit John Spoolstra
Birth: January 11, 1889 36 34Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death: October 1, 1932Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
15 months
daughter

EmigrationCastle Garden
Publication: castlegarden.org
DeathJames H Spoelstra
Publication: http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/s/p/o/James-H-Spoolstra/index.html
BurialJames H Spoelstra
Publication: http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/s/p/o/James-H-Spoolstra/index.html
Note
Spoelstra to Spoolstra the journey Friesland to Chicago Updated October 1, 2012 (Bron: http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/s/p/o/James-H-Spoolstra/index.html) John Martin Spoolstra (Jan Martens Spoelstra) was born December 11, 1852 in the Netherlands.At age 23 he married Sjieuwke Aukes Bennema age 21, November 11, 1876.In the later part of 1880 he emigrated with his family through the Port of Rotterdam.Dutch emigration records list his Religious Affiliation as Christian Reformed (Christelijk Gereformeerd) and his Economic Class as Indigent (Behoeftigen).Other sources indicate the Dutch emigrated during that time period because more room was needed for their growing families.Their farms were too small to support them and land was too expensive to purchase.They wanted a place where they could worship God unhindered.They had heard glowing reports about the Dutch colony established in South Holland, Illinois.And surely, America was the land of opportunity. John and family sailed to America aboard the ship W. A. Scholten (Netherlands - American Steam Navigation Company) a combination sail and steam powered ship.On December 29, 1880 the ship docked at the Port of New York, District of New York.The Ships Passenger List has Jan Spoelstra, age 28, male, farmer; Sjouke Spoelstra, age 26, female, wife; Aaltje Spoelstra, age 3, female, daughter, and Maarten Spoelstra, age 11months, Male, son, among its passengers. From New York they traveled to Ridgewood, New Jersey, where on August 12, 1881, August Spoelstra was the first American born descendant.Their migration ended with their settling in Roseland south of Chicago, Illinois about 1884. John sought his fortune in the grocery business and by 1886 was a partner in VAN MEERTON & SPOELSTRA GROCERS in Fernwood, Illinois.His hard work and good fortune continued and around the early 1900s he had his own store.The records I have found so far do not indicate when or why the spelling of Spoelstra was changed to Spoolstra.But it appears that the change took place with Johnï¿Ss lineage or just the Spoelstra families within the Roseland area of Chicago. The 1900 Census shows John Spoelstra (age 48) owner of a residence at 247 West 103rd Street and Sjooke (age 46) with five children, August age 19, Martin 15, Peter (my Grandfather) 13, Gerrit 11, and Alice 10.The children who came from Holland, Aalye and Maarten are not listed.The census records indicate Sjouke had given birth to eight children and five were still alive.Because the Dutch were known to give the next child of the same gender the name of the one that had died, I think that Aalye (Alice) Spoelstra died before 1890 when Alice was born.And Maarten Spoelstra died before 1884 when Martin was born.Sjooke had another child born about 1882 based upon the other childrenï¿Ss births.Susie (Sjieuwke) died January 18th 1921 and John Martin Spoolstra died on January 28th of 1922.Both are buried at Mt. Greenwood Cemetery, 2900 W 111th Street, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA.