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 Albert Boxum

Albert Boxum

Ambt-Vollenhove, Steenwijkerland Municipality, Overijssel, Netherlands
Death 13 Jan 1908 (aged 64)
Smith County, Kansas, USA
Burial Dispatch, Smith County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 20992386 · View Source
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Albert Boxum was born in September 1843 in the -former, until 1942- country municipality of Ambt Vollenhove, located in the northwestern part of the Dutch eastern province Overijssel, son of Harm Boxum (32 years old, farmer) and Hendrikje Tuin.

On April 27, 1866 farmer Albert Boxum married in the municipality of Ambt Vollenhove at the age of 22 years the two years older Marrigje ten Napel, daughter of farmer Evert Hendriks ten Napel and Marrigje Leeuw.

They had in municipality of Ambt Vollenhove the following eleven children:
* 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;
* Albert, January 1, 1880;
* Arrie [Harry], May 7, 1882;
* Annigje [Anna], March 15, 1884.

In March 1869 and 1870, January 1876 and January 1880 farmer Albert lived with his family in the neighborhoodship of Leeuwte in the municipality Ambt Vollenhove. 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 Albert Boxum moved with his wife and eleven children from Baarlo to the nearby dyke village of Blankenham.

On October 10, 1895 Albt. Boxum (51 years old, farmer) arrived with his wife (52) and seven children, Hend. (daughter, 28), Jacob[je] (daughter, 24), Hendrik (19), Grietje (17), Albt. (14), Arie (11 [hasto be: 9]) and Annigje (9 [has to be: 11]) on the ship The Majestic from Liverpool via Queenstown in Ireland at the port of New York, Ellis Island. 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 (56, born in September 1843 in Holland, immigrated in 1895, farmer), his wife Mary (58, March 1842, Holland, immigrated in 1895, mother of 3 deceased and 8 living children), their children Harm (31, March 1869, Holland, immigrated in 1892, farm laborer), Grace (22 December 1877, Holland, immigrated in 1895), Albert (20, January 1880, Holland, immigrated in 1895, farm laborer), 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 (62), his wife Mary (63), and their children Albert (25), Herry (23) and Anna (20) were still living on their own farm in Lincoln Township, Smith County, Kansas.

Albert Boxum died in January 1908 at the age of 64 years in Smith County, Kansas, likely in the unincorporated community of Dispatch, where he was also buried. His widow Mary died in September 1911 at the age of 69 years in Dispatch, Smith County, 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.

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  • Maintained by: Peter Hakze
  • Originally Created by: Luke Broersma
  • Added: 17 Aug 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20992386
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Albert Boxum (23 Sep 1843–13 Jan 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20992386, citing Dispatch Cemetery, Dispatch, Smith County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Peter Hakze (contributor 47703868) .