|Birth: ||1870, Netherlands|
In 1880, John Welling came to the United States from the Netherlands with his family aboard the ship the Scheidam. In the group was Jacob and Mary and their children, William, Arie, Leonard, Joseph, Conrad, John, Jacob, Kate, Hannah, Anna and Sena. They expected to go to Iowa as they had heard there was a big Dutch settlement there. But instead they went to Grand Rapids and with their large family they lived in an apartment over a blacksmith shop on Canal Street. John was 10 years old.
When old enough to start out on his own, John relocated to Grand Haven, Michigan area. John met Ella Roossien when attending the First Reformed Church there and they soon wed. Their first home was on a farm in Spring Lake Michigan where daughter Marie was born in 1900. From there, John and brother Jacob started celery farms on the rich soil between Fulton Street and the Grand River. They built homes next door to each other in the 1200 block of Fulton and raised their families there. Daughter Berdean joined the family in 1911 and sadly, Marie died of a heart condition a few months later in 1912. Daughter Marian rounded out John and Ella's family.
John and Ella Welling lived out their lives in their home at 1225 Fulton. Many happy memories of family gatherings at Thanksgiving and Christmas times filled their home with Berdean's (Emil Lesar) and Marian's (Lewis Miller) families.
Jacobus Welling (1832 - 1914)
Anna Maria Snijder Welling (1834 - 1911)
Ella Roossien Welling (1877 - 1960)
Berdean Ruth Welling Lesar (1911 - 1996)*
Willem Welling (1857 - 1916)*
Arie Welling (1860 - 1945)*
Johannes Coenraad Welling (1862 - 1935)*
Leonard Welling (1865 - 1942)*
Anna Steenport (1867 - 1941)*
John Welling (1870 - 1948)
Jacob Welling (1874 - 1967)*
Sina M. Welling (1875 - 1924)*
Lake Forest Cemetery
Created by: Mary Ellen Hermann
Record added: Oct 29, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60806051
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