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Samuel "Sam" Tilstra
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Birth: Jan. 5, 1879
Skingen
Menaldumadeel Municipality
Friesland, Netherlands
Death: Apr. 10, 1943
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA

He was born in January 1879 as Sybe [!] Tilstra in the small country village Schingen (in the Frisian language called Skingen), municipality Menaldumadeel, in the northwestern part of the Dutch northern province Friesland, the fifth of nine children and fourth son of baker Rinze Tilstra and Baukje Stellngwerf.

The family Tilstra emigrated in 1887 from Schingen, northwest Friesland, Netherlands to the USA.

In 1910 Samuel (31 y, born in the Netherlands), his father Renza Tilstra (62, Netherlands), his mother Bessie (58, Netherlands), his siblings Nicholas (32, Netherlands), , David (28, Netherlands), Annie (30, Netherlands), Ella (26, Netherlands) and Jennie (25, Netherland) lived in Thornton [Township, very likely in or near South Holland, a Dutch truck farmers settlement, just south of Chicago], Cook County, Illinois. His father was one of the early gardeners of South Holland. According to the records of this Census 1910 the family Tilstra immigrated in 1887.

Samuel Tilstra married before 1920 to the eighteen years younger Anna Anker, who was born in March 1898 in the village of Steger, south of Chicago and Thornton Township, Cook County, Illinois.

In 1920 Samuel Tilstra (40) and his wife Anna (22, Illinois) lived at a rented home in South Holland, Cook County, Illinois. According to the records of this Census 1920 Sam Tilstra immigrated in 1889.

In 1930 Sam Tilstra (51, Holland), his wife Annie (33, Illinois) and their son Robert Tilstra (4, Illinois) lived in Thornton [Township], Cook County, Illinois. According to the records of this Census 1930 Sam Tilstra immigrated in 1887.

Samuel Tilstra died in April 1943 in Chicago at the age of 64 years. His widow Annie died in 1984 at the age of about 86 years.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Rinze Tilstra (1847 - 1916)
  Boukje Stellingwerf Tilstra (1851 - 1928)
 
 Spouse:
  Anna Anker Tilstra (1898 - 1984)*
 
 Children:
  Robert J. Tilstra (1925 - 2001)*
 
 Siblings:
  Dirk Tilstra (1874 - 1904)*
  Albert Robert Tilstra (1876 - 1956)*
  Nicholas Tilstra (1877 - 1945)*
  Samuel Tilstra (1879 - 1943)
  Annie Tilstra (1880 - 1920)*
  David Tilstra (1881 - 1912)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Homewood Memorial Gardens
Homewood
Cook County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Peter Hakze
Record added: Jan 09, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 123064398
Samuel Sam Tilstra
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Samuel Sam Tilstra
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Samuel Sam Tilstra
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