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Re: Aaltje Dreyer & Bouwe Hoogland
Posted by: Cheryl (ID *****0007) Date: May 01, 2006 at 05:57:13
In Reply to: Re: Aaltje Dreyer & Bouwe Hoogland by Joan Carlson of 332

This is all I have:

My grandfather was born 23 August 1867 in the county of Wonseradeel, Friesland. Here is the record:

Birth record (county of) Wonderadeel, 1867
Date of recording 24 August 1867, page number 75
Bouwe Hoogland, born 23 August 1867
Son of Jeen Bouwes Hoogland and Sjeuwke Simons van der Zee

So, Bouwe Jeens Hoogland was the son of Jeen Bouwes Hoogland, who was the son of Bouwe Jans Hoogland, who was the son of Jan Wytzes Hoogland (see the familyname record below). Jan Wytzes Hoogland was born between 1763-1764.

Jeen Bouwes Hoogland and his wife had 12 children.

A possible town where your grandfather was born is "Schettens, Friesland (in the county of Wonseradeel) where one brother and one sister were also born. These three were the only ones born in the county of Wonseradeel. The other 9 were born in various other counties in Friesland.

Your "Hoogland" family name came in 1811 and was registered as follows:

Jan Wytzes Hoogland was living in the town of Doniaga, Friesland (then in the county named Doniawerstal but now that county is known as Scharsterland). He had 8 children (4 boys, listed first, and 4 girls). Your line comes from the third son "Bouwe" age 11, the name your grandfather was given when he was born thus being named after his paternal grandfather.

Benjamin (Bouwe) Highland (Hoogland) married Alice (Aaltje) Dryer (Dreyer) between 1892-1896 (I believe it would be in the year 1892 based on the info I stated above regarding the 1910 census) in Kent County, Michigan. Their marriage record can be found in Book 11, page 79, in the marriage records for Kent County, Michigan. You can probably contact them and order their marriage record. According to the 1910 census, Alice was Ben's first wife.

So, here is the birth information for Aaltje (Alice) Dreyer in Friesland:

Birth record (county of) Westdongeradeel, 1870
Date of recording 13 September 1870, page number 61
Aaltje Dreyer, born 12 September 1870
Daughter of Arjen Martens Dreyer and Pietje Folkerts Kamstra
Living in (the town of) Hantum

I noticed that one of Ben and Alice's sons was named "Arjen" and that is a very distinctly Frisian name. That led me to believe that Alice's father was possibly named Arjen because the Dutch back then named their children specifically after their parents. That led me to search births of girls named Aaltje with father's named Arjen, around 1870-1871 in Friesland. Their were only three and that led me to the Dreyer name in Kent County.

So here is the record for the 1811 taking of the Dreyer name for your grandmother line:

Fopke Arjens Dreyer, living in the town of Blija, county of Ferwerderadeel, had three children: son Arjen, age 7, daughter Aaltje, age 5, son Marten, age 2.

Your grandmother's line comes from Marten, age 2:

Aaltje (Alice) Arjens Dreyer, daughter of Arjen Martens Dreyer, son of Marten Fopkes Dreyer, son of Fopke Arjens Dreyer, son of Arjen Pieters.

Fopke Arjens Dreyer (grandfather of Alice) was born 16 March 1773 in the town of Janum, Friesland.

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