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Re: The first Arnold Van Fossen in America
Posted by: Richard Sell (ID *****5057) Date: June 26, 2006 at 08:03:48
In Reply to: Re: The first Arnold Van Fossen in America by Clay Fox of 383

Hello, Clay: Certainly...from my raw notes, I see a Getruide VAN VOSSEN born 30 Aug 1716 (no parents noticed); on page 21, an Aleta VAN VOSSEN married 24 Apr 1746 to Willem BLOM; on page 26, Hendrik VAN VOSSEN (name entry only); on page 22, Marike VAN VOSSEN married 2 Oct 1736 Jan VAN HENKELOM; on page 29, Joannes VAN VOSSEN (no information entered).

Then I noted on page 15 an Arnold VAN ACKEN married 21 Dec 1746 to Aleida REINDEREN, and Arnold died 26 Dec 1781 at Crefeld. I see that this Arnold is listed in the BRAVE NEW WORLD book on page 217, marrying Alida Reinermann at Goch. So whoever extracted those BRAVE NEW WORLD family church records must have looked at this church book. But there has to be a lot more records somewhere. There are likely more VAN VOSSEN's in the records, and I know there were more VAN ACKEN's, but I was just skimming, looking mostly for any ZELLEN's (my line...there were none, but a family named SEELE/ZEELE/SEELEN is of interest there). The records, written in Dutch and German, I think, are reasonably easy to read, as the ink is not very faded. There is an index at both ends of the records, but it seems to be by the given name, not surname, so is a little awkward. Most entries are written in a ledger, with the name on the left, then a column for birth date, marriage date, death date. Many entries are just the name. The film is : Kirchenbuch, 1650-1933, Mennoniten Gemeinende Goch, FHL INTL film # 174390. Hope this helps a bit.

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