Albert Boxum

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Albert Boxum

  • Birth 1 Jan 1880 Leeuwte, Steenwijkerland Municipality, Overijssel, Netherlands
  • Death 23 Feb 1923 Dispatch, Smith County, Kansas, USA
  • Burial Dispatch, Smith County, Kansas, USA
  • Memorial ID 20992378

Albert Boxum was born in January 1880 in the agrarian neighborhoodship of Leeuwte in the -former, until 1942- country municipality of Ambt Vollenhove, located in the northwestern part of the Dutch eastern province Overijssel, the ninth of eleven children of Albert Boxum and Marrigje ten Napel.

He had in the municipality of Ambt Vollenhove the following ten siblings:
* Hendrikje, born February 2, 1867;
* Marrigje, March 14, 1868;
* Harm, March 30, 1869;
* Jacobje [Jacoba], March 16, 1870;
* Evert, March 15, 1872;
* Jan, October 22, 1873;
* Hendrik, January 7, 1876;
* Grietje [Grace], December 10, 1877;
* Arrie [Harry], May 7, 1882;
* Annigje [Anna], March 15, 1884.

In May 1882 and March 1884 they lived on the Kuinderdijk (= Kuinder's Dyke) in house number 39 in the neighborhoodship of Baarlo, also located in the municipality of Ambt Vollenhove. On August 29, 1885 the Dutch Reformed farmer's family Boxum moved from Baarlo to the nearby dyke village of Blankenham.

October 10, 1895 Albert Boxum arrived with his parents and six siblings on the ship The Majestic from Liverpool at Ellis Island, New York. Their destination was Cawker City, located along the north shore of Waconda Lake and Glen Elder State Park, Mitchell County, in the northern part of Kansas.

In June 1900 Albert Boxum (20 years old, born in January 1880 in Holland, immigrated in 1895, farm laborer), his father Albert Boxum (56, September 1843, Holland, immigrated in 1895, farmer), his mother Mary (58, March 1842, Holland, immigrated in 1895, mother of 3 deceased and 8 living children), siblings Harm (31, March 1869, Holland, immigrated in 1892, farm laborer), Grace (22 December 1877, Holland, immigrated in 1895), Harry (18, May 1882, Holland, immigrated in 1895, farm laborer) and Anna (16, March 1884, Holland, immigrated in 1895), and his nephew John Everett (2, July 1897, Holland) were living on their own farm in Lincoln Township, Smith County, located north of Cawker City, in the extreme northern part of Kansas.

In March 1905 Albert Boxum (25), his father Albert Boxum (62), mother Mary (63), and siblings Herry (23) and Anna (20) were still living on their own farm in Lincoln Township, Smith County, Kansas.

In April 1910 Albert Boxam (30, Netherlands, farmer), his wife Lena (25, Kansas, mother of 1 deceased and 1 living child), his brother-in-law Daniel Vandonge (20, Kansas, farmer), and son Peter A Roxana (4 months, Kansas) were living on their own farm in Glen Elder Township, Mitchell County, Kansas.

In 1915 Albert Boxum (35), his wife Lena (29), their children Peter A (5), Albertam (3), Fanna (1) and Magerate (3 months) were living on their own farm in Lincoln [Township], [Smith County,] Kansas.

On September 12, 1918 the 38 years old farmer Albert Boxum lived with his wife Lena in the small city of Downs, Osborne County, located in the northern part of Kansas, when he was administrated on a WW I Draft Registration Card. He was of medium height and build, had blue eyes, and light hair.

In April 1920 they lived nearby Downs, Osborne County, Kansas, when their son Lloyd was born.

On March 28, 1921 the 41 years old Albert Boxum was naturalized by a District Court in Smith Center, seat of Smith County, Kansas, and became an American citizen. The two witnesses were residing at Downs.

Albert Boxum died in February 1923 at the age of 43 years in the unincorporated community of Dispatch, located about 6 miles northeast of Downs, Smith County, in the northern part of Kansas.

Dispatch was a town founded on strong Dutch principles, in a place that many considered uninhabitable. The first Dutchmen arrived in 1869, and many began to follow their example,
arriving during the 1870s. At one time, the town was coined “The largest Dutch settlement in Kansas.” At its most successful, the town had two churches, a parsonage, a grocery store, a creamery, a post office, and a hardware store/gas station, where local families could have their cars worked on in later years. The town also had two separate cemeteries, located nearly a mile apart. When the Dutch settlers came to Dispatch, the first thing decided was that there would be a church. The Dutch Reformed Church was founded one mile east of Dispatch in 1871. This is the approximate location of the east cemetery. In 1872, a second group of Dutchmen split from this faction, and began their own church, calling themselves the Christian Reformed Church (CRC). The CRC, dedicated in 1917, is nowadays the only building still standing in Dispatch.

His widow Lena died in March 1969 at the age of 84 years, probably at her last residence place, Cawker City, located about 6 miles east of Downs, Mitchell County, Kansas.

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  • Maintained by: Peter Hakze
  • Originally Created by: Luke Broersma
  • Added: 17 Aug 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20992378
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Albert Boxum (1 Jan 1880–23 Feb 1923), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20992378, citing Dispatch Cemetery, Dispatch, Smith County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Peter Hakze (contributor 47703868) .