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John Freerks Bosgraaf
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Birth: Mar. 28, 1859
Kollumerzwaag
Friesland, Netherlands
Death: Feb. 9, 1944
Grand Rapids
Kent County
Michigan, USA

John and Betje came to America in 1890. They traveled straight to Grand Rapids where a sizeable Dutch immigrant population was already existing. John worked in the furniture manufacturing business along with many other laborers from the Netherlands and Poland. John worked as a painter and finisher. He learned English and became an American citizen in 1915. John and Betje left the Netherlands with their four children and his wife's two sisters. Altogether they had five children, only Agnes, the only one born in America, had any grandchildren. His son, Herman died unmarried at age 28. Two child, Freerk and Aukje died in childhood and a daughter Minnie married but had no children. The Bosgraafs were members of Alpine Avenue Christian Reformed Church and were dedicated church goers. They lived on Widdicomb Ave near Leonard St. in a modest home for many years. As was typical of their Dutch green thumb, they had a garden on their small property. The house was razed in the 1990s to make the parking lot bigger for an adjacent church.

John loved to spoil his grandchildren. He would give them nickels for ice cream cones in the summer. His gold Elwin pocket watch is in the possession of his great grandson Kirk Vredevelt. 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Betje Harmens Dykstra Bosgraaf (1859 - 1947)*
 
 Children:
  Minnie Bosgraaf Timmer (1885 - 1951)*
  Herman Bosgraaf (1886 - 1915)*
  Freerk Bosgraaf (1889 - 1892)*
  Agnes Bosgraaf Ayars (1894 - 1963)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Greenwood Cemetery
Grand Rapids
Kent County
Michigan, USA
 
Created by: Kirk Vredevelt
Record added: May 06, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36798265
John Freerks Bosgraaf
Added by: Kirk Vredevelt
 
John Freerks Bosgraaf
Added by: Kirk Vredevelt
 
John Freerks Bosgraaf
Added by: Kirk Vredevelt
 
 
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