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Betje Harmens Dykstra Bosgraaf
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Birth: Apr. 28, 1859
Kollumerzwaag
Friesland, Netherlands
Death: Apr. 7, 1947
Grand Rapids
Kent County
Michigan, USA

Betje, the Dutch equivalent of Betty, came to America with her husband John and two sisters and brothers-in-law. They settled in Grand Rapids Northwest side. Betje never learned to speak English as she lived in a Dutch immigrant community. Her first grandaughter Betty Ayars was named in her honor.

One meal that has come down through her cooking is the family favorite called Lima beans and metworst. Metworst being a Dutch sausage. The meal is served with cornbread and bits of fried bacon with greese. As she lost her teeth, at her daughters house she could not chew the meat so she dropped it down the heating duct thinking it was going to get burned up. Some days later her son-in-law, George, found the offending meat and figured out how grandmother had miscalculted.

Her great grandson Kirk Vredevelt has her vinegar flask and her great granddaugher Karrie Scudder has her teaspoon holder for "lepeljes" Dutch for small spoons.
Her great great grandaughter Elizabeth Vredevelt, also her 4th generation namesake, has the green velvet Bible she gave her daugther Agnes on Christmas day 1909. 
 
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 Spouse:
  John Freerks Bosgraaf (1859 - 1944)
 
 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
Plot: S-240-10
 
Created by: Kirk Vredevelt
Record added: May 06, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36798272
Betje Harmens <i>Dykstra</i> Bosgraaf
Added by: Kirk Vredevelt
 
Betje Harmens <i>Dykstra</i> Bosgraaf
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Betje Harmens <i>Dykstra</i> Bosgraaf
Added by: Kirk Vredevelt
 
 
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