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Kornelis David "Cornell, Neil" De Jong
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Birth: Jan. 9, 1911
Dongeradeel Municipality
Friesland, Netherlands
Death: Mar. 4, 2008
Grand Rapids
Kent County
Michigan, USA

He was born in January 1911 as Kornelis David de Jong in the village of Wierum on the North Sea coast in former municipality Westdongeradeel in the utter northeastern part of the Dutch northern province of Friesland, son of 34 yeas aged carpenter Remmeren de Jong (1876 Wierum - 1967 Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan) and Jantje de Jong (1876 Wierum - 1953 Grand Rapids). Cornelis had three brothers: David [Cornel] (1901 Blija, Ferwerderadeel, Friesland, Netherlands - 1967 Providence, Rhode Island), Remmeren "Raymond" (1902 Blija - 1982 Grandville, Kent, MI) and Meindert (1906 Wierum - 1991 Allegan, Michigan).

The Christian Reformed family De Jong emigrated on 16 May 1914 from Wierum, Friesland, Netherlands to Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, United States. They arrived on 2 June 1914 on the SS Nieuw Amsterdam at the port of New York, Ellis Island. In Grand Rapids they lived successively in four houses in the vicinity of Wealthy Street and Diamond Avenue. The De Jongs joined the nearby Dennis Avenue Christian Reformed Church. The four boys Americanized quickly, but initially endured hazing as newly-arrived immigrants.

In 1920 Corniel Deyoung (9 y), his father Remnen Deyoung (43), his mother Jantje (43), his brothers David (18), Remnen (17) and Meindert (13) lived in Ward 2 of Grand Rapids, Kent County, in the western part of Michigan.

In 1930 Corniel De Jong (19), his father Raymond De Jong (53), his mother Jennie (54) and his brother Meinard (24) lived in Walker, a northwestern suburb of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan.

In May 1940 Cornell Dejong (29, bricklayer), his wife Martha (29, Michigan) and their daughter Mary (2, Michigan) lived at an own home, worth $1800, in Paris Township, since 1967 called Kenwood, a city just north of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan. They lived in 1935 at the same place.

His wife Martha died in 1995. Widower Corneil De Jong died in March 2008 in Grand Rapids at the age of 97 years, but lived more than 40 years in Ada, about six miles east of Grand Rapids.


DE JONG Mr. Corneil De Jong, a former resident of Ada, died on Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at Fulton Manor in Grand Rapids at the age of 97. Mr. De Jong was born January 9, 1911 in the Netherlands and immigrated to the US as a young child with his family. He was the youngest of four siblings, David, Raymond and Meindert, all of whom preceded him in death. A life-long resident of Grand Rapids and Ada, Neil spent his working days as a self-employed brick mason and his leisure time as an avid fisherman, hunter and gardener. In his later years he enjoyed writing stories about growing up in the Grand Rapids area for the Ada Data, a newsletter of the Ada CRC where he was a member for over 40 years. The support of the Ada CRC congregation during his stay at the Holland Home has been deeply appreciated by Mr. De Jong and his family. The family also thanks the staff of Fulton Manor's Fourth Floor Assisted Living for their loving care of him. Mr. De Jong passed away on the date of his wedding anniversary. His wife, Martha preceded him in death in 1995. He is survived by two children, Mary (Edward) Bekker of Ada, and Cornell "Rem" (Susan) De Jong of Marquette, Michigan. He also leaves behind five grandsons, John (Amy), Andrew (Kathie) and Douglas Bekker; David (Hope) and Peter (Ann) De Jong, and several great grandchildren. Funeral services, including committal, will be held Saturday 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Fulton Manor with Rev. Harvey Kiekover officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to CRWRC or to Ada CRC. Zaagman Memorial Chapel.

See also:
Family links: 
  Remmeren De Jong (1876 - 1967)
  Jantje de Jong De Jong (1876 - 1953)
  David Cornel De Jong (1901 - 1967)*
  Remmeren De Jong (1902 - 1982)*
  Meindert De Jong (1906 - 1991)*
  Kornelis David De Jong (1911 - 2008)
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Peter Hakze
Record added: Dec 22, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 122038413
Kornelis David Cornell, Neil De Jong
Added by: Peter Hakze
Kornelis David Cornell, Neil De Jong
Added by: Peter Hakze
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