John Feenstra

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John Feenstra

  • Birth 18 Apr 1872 Beetsterzwaag, Opsterland Municipality, Friesland, Netherlands
  • Death 31 May 1935 Douglas County, South Dakota, USA
  • Burial Douglas County, South Dakota, USA
  • Memorial ID 84966383

John was born Jan Veenstra in April 1872 in the village of Beetsterzwaag, located in the mideastern part of the Dutch northern province Friesland.

In 1875 his father died and his mother Froukje Jongsma remarried in 1878 the widower Jogchum Maas.

April 25, 1884 Jan arrived with his family, incl. his brother Anne, at the port of New York, Castle Garden, all under the surname Maas.

They lived two miles north of the Dutch agrarian settlement New Holland in Douglas County in southeast South Dakota, when John married in 1899 at the age of 27 years to the 22 years aged Effie Hubers, who was born in the Netherlands too, in the province Overijssel.

Between 1899 and 1921 they had four daughters and five sons, very probably all born in Douglas County.

In 1900 they were living near Harrison, in 1915 in Joubert Township, resp. just east and west of New Holland.

John liked farming and enjoyed fishing.


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  • Created by: Peter Hakze
  • Added: 13 Feb 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 84966383
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Feenstra (18 Apr 1872–31 May 1935), Find A Grave Memorial no. 84966383, citing New Holland Cemetery, Douglas County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Peter Hakze (contributor 47703868) .