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Weidner/Weidenaar family in Montana
Posted by: Brian DeRoo (ID *****3810) Date: June 02, 2006 at 09:56:38
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My grandmother's family came to the United States (Montana) in 1904 (from Friesland, Netherlands). The parent's names were Henry and Catherine Feenstra (or Veenstra). Their children were Petronella (my grandmother, the oldest daughter), Jake (the oldest son), Agnes and Cornelius.

Catherine's maiden name was Weidenaar (or Wagner). The people who sponsored them lived in the Bozeman/Manhattan area of Montana. I think they were relatives of Catherine. So, their surname may be Weidenaar.

They did not get along with the relatives in Montana, and it was a stressful situation. Catherine died in Montana, possibly as a result of the stress of the situation. She is buried in the Manhattan/Bozeman area, but I have not been able to find where.

The family ended up returning to the Netherlands, but my grandmother and her younger sister remained here. My grandmother met another emigrant from the Netherlands, married him, and moved to Michigan.

I am trying to find out information about my great-grandparents, Henry Feenstra and Catherine (Weidenaar) Feenstra. When were they born, and who were their parents? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

--Brian DeRoo


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