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Dientje "Dinke/Dina" Van Drunen Swets
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Birth: Dec. 6, 1827
Werkendam Municipality
Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
Death: Jun. 24, 1895
South Holland
Cook County
Illinois, USA

She was born in 1827 as Dientje van Drunen in Sleeuwijk, in the former municipality De Werken en Sleeuwijk, in the utter northwestern part of the Dutch southern province Noord-Brabant, on the river Merwede, the busiest river of Europe, daughter of Bastiaan van Drunen (35 y, farmer) and Vijverke Snoek (32 y).

On 9 April 1853 Dientje van Drunen married in the former municipality De Werken en Sleeuwijk to Wouter Swets, born in Hardinxveld, in the southeastern part of the Dutch southwestern province Zuid-Holland.

On 16 December 1853 their daughter Aartje was born in Hardinxveld.

On 26 May 1856 farmers Wouter (31 y) and Dientje (28) Swets and their daughter Aartje (3) arrived on the S.S. Epaminondas from Germany at the port of New York. On the same ship sailed Lue [Giel] Smets (farmer, 37), his wife Hendrika (34, farmer) and their children Barend (12), Teuna (10), Teunis (6) and Wouter (3). Giel Smets is very probably a -remote- relative of Wouter Smets.

Dina Swets died in June 1895 at the age of 71 years in the Dutch truck farmers settlement of South Holland in Cook County, Illinois, just south of Chicago. Her husband Wouter Swets died in the same year at the age of about 69 years.

In January 2016 FAG contributor Glen DeYoung went to the Homewood Gardens Cemetery to see if Dina and Wouter Swets still had visible headstones. He looked at all of the stones in the Swets family plot where they are buried, and he could not tell which one of the old unreadable stones were theirs. But in June 2016 he had finally a chance to dig around in the Swets family grave plot at the Homewood Memorial Gardens Cemetery, and was able to find the headstones of Wouter and Dientje Swets. They were in the Swets plot, but they were buried. The stone of Dientje was readable with a little work, but the headstone of Wouter (which is next to Dientje on the left side) is completely worn smooth. Both headstones are the same matching style of stone.
Family links: 
  Bastiaan Van Drunen (1792 - 1873)
  Vijverke Snoek Van Drunen (1795 - 1877)
  Wouter Swets (1825 - 1895)
  Bastian Swets (1858 - ____)*
  Alice Swets Braschler (1859 - 1950)*
  Teunis Swets (1861 - 1942)*
  Sophia Swets Kikkert (1863 - 1929)*
  Wouter Swets (1866 - 1941)*
  Antonia Swets VandeHoef (1867 - 1948)*
  John Swets (1868 - 1944)*
  Antonie Van Drunen (1815 - 1906)*
  Anneke Van Drunen Schaap (1818 - 1894)*
  Johannis Van Drunen (1821 - 1908)*
  Cornelius W Van Drunen (1823 - 1914)*
  Arie VanDrunen (1826 - 1910)*
  Dientje Van Drunen Swets (1827 - 1895)
  Peter B Van Drunen (1829 - 1911)*
  Adriaana Van Drunen De Graaff (1833 - 1909)*
*Calculated relationship
Homewood Memorial Gardens
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Peter Hakze
Record added: Oct 11, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 118508965
Dientje Dinke/Dina <i>Van Drunen</i> Swets
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Dientje Dinke/Dina <i>Van Drunen</i> Swets
Added by: Peter Hakze
Dientje Dinke/Dina <i>Van Drunen</i> Swets
Added by: Peter Hakze
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