Hello all you Meerdink Wizzards. I have a BIG genealogy problem I have been trying to solve for about five years.
My Mother is Dorothy Jean Van der Ploeg b.1921, Oostberg.
Her mother (my Grandmother) was Berendina "Delia" Meerdink b.1892 d,1954, Oostberg (she married Nick Vander Ploeg)
Delia was the only child of Gerrit William Meerdink b.1867 -d.1950. Oostberg or Ceadar Groove, and Janna Jan Huibegtse
Now here comes the tricky part. Soon after my GGrandmothers death in 1919 Garrit married again to a woman who had been married to a man named Meerdink. Wife 2 Meerdink had at least three children one whos name was also Delia Meerdink. The other two children may have been named Lizzie and John. My grandmother, Delia Meerdink, became very close to her step sister, Delia Meerdink.
These are the Meerdink brothers to Garrit that I have ruled out:Berend William aka William (step-brother), Arie, and Everet. These are the brothers I haven't been able to find much on: Jan Hendrik (step-brother), Hendrick Jan,and Johannas.
But wait that is not all. The second Delia Meerdink b.1896 married Henry Janisse and had two children. Henry had a brother named Cornelius who married Lucy Daana. After Cornelius died as did my Grandmother Delia, Nick Vander Ploeg married Lucy Dana Janisse, sister in law to Delia Meerdink-Janisse.
SO - WHAT DOES THIS WOMAN WANT???
Can someone shed a light on who to who Garrit William Meerdink's second wife was. Mother to step-sister Delia Meerdink? Also, what Meerdink was wife 2 Meerdink married to the first time?
Please - just don't tell me I am my own grandma.
Nancy Ann Zylman-Helmuth
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