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 Marrigjen “Mary” <I>DeGroot</I> DeLeeuw

Marrigjen “Mary” DeGroot DeLeeuw

Slagharen, Hardenberg Municipality, Overijssel, Netherlands
Death 13 Mar 1949 (aged 92)
Bicknell, Wayne County, Utah, USA
Burial Bicknell, Wayne County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 96037395 · View Source
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She was born Marrigjen de Groot (= the Great) in August 1856 in the country village of Slagharen, located in the northeastern part of the Dutch eastern province Overijssel, the third of eight children and second daughter of Gerrit de Groot (33 years old, laborer) and Hendrikjen Hartgers [has to be: Holm] (laborer), who were married on August 23, 1850. Source: scan of her birth certificate, Familysearch. Marrigjen was named after her paternal grandmother Margjen Alberts Strampel.

On September 13, 1875 her mother Hendrikjen Holm died at the age of 48 years in the peatdiggers village of De Krim, located in the extreme notheastern part of province Overijssel, in the former -until 2000- municipality of Gramsbergen.

On April 14, 1877 Marrigjen de Groot married in the small city of Gramsbergen, seat of the former municipality Gramsbergen, at the age of 20 years the three years older peatmaker Willem de Leeuw (=the Lion), who was born in the southwestern part of the Dutch northern province Friesland, son of laborer Klaas Willems de Leeuw and late Trijntje Harmens Poorte. They were all living in the municipality of Gramsbergen, very probably in De Krim. Source: scan of the marriage certifate, Familysearch.

They had the following children:
* Klaas, April 2, 1878, De Krim, house nr. 58;
* Gerrit, April 1, 1880, in a ship, lying in the Dedemsvaart, about 9 miles southwest of De Krim;
* Trijntje, April 3, 1883, also in a ship, lying in the Dedemsvaart.

Their father Willem de Leeuw was in 1878 still a peatmaker, in 1880 a skipper, and in 1883 a laborer, very probably residing at De Krim.

In the period 1880-1882 Marrigje and Willem were converted to the Mormon religion (LDS Church) by Sybren Van Dyke, Find A Grave Memorial# 31866516, who had emigrated already before to Loa, Wayne County, Utah, USA. On January 9, 1881 they were baptized.

In August/September 1883 Margriet (26 years old), her husband Willem Deleeuw (27, farmer, and their children Gerrit (6), Klaas (4) and Tryntje [5 months] emigrated to the USA. The family departed on the ship "Rotterdam" from the Dutch harbor city Rotterdam and arrived on September 3, 1883 at the port of New York, Castle Garden. The S.S. Rotterdam I was the first ship in use of the Nederlandsch Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappy (NASM) at Rotterdam aka the "Holland Amerika Lijn" (HAL). (Four ships with the name "Rotterdam" would follow.) It's quite remarkable that the family Deleeuw made the last voyage of the Rotterdam I from Rotterdam to New York, because on its way back to Holland it run on September 26, 1883 in the fog aground with piece-goods and 36 passengers at the southwest point of the Zeehondenplaat, on the westcoast of the Dutch southwestern province Zeeland, and broke on 2 October in two. In October 1883 the wreck is sold by auction for destruction. The Deleeuw family sailed "steerage" (achterdek, derde klas). Marrigje's single sister Niesje (de) Groot sailed with them.

In the USA they resided at first in Michigan, and at Ogden and Kingston in Utah, together with the families of Marrigje's sisters Gebke (Gepkie) en Niesje (Netty) de Groot, who were also converted to the Mormon religion.
In 1884 they settled in Lyman, an agrarian community in south-central part of Utah, located nearby the former settlement of Thurber.

In June 1900 Mary D (44 years old, born in August 1856 in Holland, immigrated in 1884 [in Utah?], mother of 1 deceased and 8 living children), her husband William Deleeuw (47, September 1853, Holland, farmer), their son Claus (22, April 1878, Holland, farm laborer), daughter-in-law Minnie (18, July 1882, Denmark), children Hiett (21, April 1880, Holland, sheperd), Trenie (17, April 1883, Holland), Henry (15, November 1885, Utah, sheperd), William (10, January 1890, Utah), Hyrum (8, September 1892, Utah), Emma (5,April 1895, Utah) and Wilford (3, October 1897, Utah) were living on their own farm in Lyman, Thurber town precinct (kiesdistrict), Wayne County, Utah.

In March 1903 her husband Willem de Leeuw returned from a two years Mormon mission in the Netherlands. His last residence place there was Leeuwarden, the capital of the northern province Friesland, where he was born in its southwestern part.

On October 28, 1903 their son Sylvester Dewy was born in Lyman. He died there too in February 1904, less than a half year old.

In April 1907 her husband Willem De Leeuw died at the age of 53 years on his farm between Loa and Thurber, Wayne County, Utah.

In April 1910 Mary De Leeuw (53, widow, farmer), her children Hiet (30 herder on a stock range), William (20, sheep herder on a sheep ranch), Hyrum (17, farm laborer on the home farm), Emma (15) and Wilford (12, farm laborer on the home farm) were still living on their own farm in Lyman, Wayne County, Utah.

In 1914 Rhode Island's Education Commissioner Thomas W. Bicknell offered to donate a 1,000-volume library to any town in Utah that would take his name. Two towns split the prize (with the other town Grayson taking his wife's maiden name Blanding) and in 1915 Thurber became Bicknell and received 500 books.

In January 1920 Mattie Deleeuw (63), her son Hiett (39, head of the household, farmer), his wife Zelma Virtue M (24, Utah), and their son Carl Mcclellan Deleeuw (8 months, Utah) were living on their own farm in Bicknell, Wayne County, Utah.

In April 1930 Mary Deleeuw (73), her son Wilford Deleeuw (32, head of the household, farm laborer), his wife Edna B (3, Utah1), their children Hazel (11, Utah), Elma (8, Utah) and James E (5) were living at their own home, worth $1500, in Bicknell, Wayne County, Utah.

Mary died in March 1949 at the age of 92 years in Bicknell, Wayne County, Utah.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 96037395
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Marrigjen “Mary” DeGroot DeLeeuw (30 Aug 1856–13 Mar 1949), Find A Grave Memorial no. 96037395, citing Bicknell Cemetery, Bicknell, Wayne County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Peter Hakze (contributor 47703868) .