Kortlever Family Portrait

The Kortlever Family:
Seated: Jan Kortlever, daughter, Maaike Bel Kortlever
Back: Hugo Kortlever, daughter, daughter, Mary Kortlever Burgraff, John Cornelis Kortlever
The three daughters are Maggie Pen, Nellie Van Diest, and Jennie Noteboom, but I don’t know which is which.

Kortlever Family Portrait

The Kortlever Children

Cornelis born 16 April 1873 in Leerdam, Zuid, Netherlands.1 The only documentation of Cornelis after his birth record on Genlias is the passenger list previously shown. I believe he died previous to the 1885 Iowa State Census because his name is recycled to Baby Cornelis born about 1884.

Maria Mary, 17 October 1874–16 April 1926, married John Burgraff . Mary and her 10 children were previously discussed.

Hugo 18 January 1876–16 Jun 1955.2,3 Hugo was born in Leerdam and immigrated with his mother in 1882. He married Martha Roo (21 July 1883–22 July 1974)4 on 22 September 1903 in Lynden, Whatcom County, Washington.5 They had five children: John H., Raymond B., Carl M., Marshall F., and Victor E. He appears to be close to his sister Mary since she requests he be named guardian of her minor children in her will. Hugo and Martha are buried in Monumenta Cemetery in Lynden.

Maaike 3 September 1877-21 October 1877, Leerdam.6

Bastiaan Cornelis born 30 December 1878 in Leerdam.7 He immigrated with his mother in 1882 and is last recorded on the 1885 Iowa census. I believe he may have died in Iowa before 1895 as I find not found any further record of him.

John Cornelis 6 June 1882–September 1969.8,9 I found no birth record for John on Genlias. It is possible that he was born in Belgium while his mother was waiting for the ship. His World War I Draft Record states his father John Kortlever of Lynden, Washington, is his point of contact. According to an un-sourced family group sheet, John married Mae Agnes Wilcox and died in Long Beach, California.

Cornelis born about 1884 in Alton, Sioux County, Iowa. The only record of Baby Cornelis is the 1885 Iowa State Census. I have found no other records.

Maaike 1 May 1885–18 June 1956. Maggie was born in Iowa and on 25 April 190410 she married Herman Pen (24 January 1875–30 December 1949)11 in Lynden. Maggie and Herman had 11 children: Frank, Johan (John), Jacob, Jennie, Florence, Hugo, Josephine, Dick, John, Marshall, and Cornelius. Herman and Maggie are buried in Monumenta Cemetery.

Cornelia 3 May 1890–13 June 1955.12 Nellie was born in Iowa and on 30 January 191213 she married Rendit Van Diest (5 February 1885-2 June 1959)14 in Lynden. They had 5 children: Cornelius, John B., Gerrit H., Margaret F., and Trenton. Ren and Nellie are buried in Monumenta Cemetery.

Jennie 15 October 1892-23 October 1920.15 Jennie was also born in Iowa and on 20 January 191816 she married Abraham Noteboom (30 January 1883–25 Nov 1970)17 in Lynden. They had one child: Cornelius. Jennie and Abraham are buried in Monumenta Cemetery.



1. Genlias database, Genlias (http://www.genlias.nl/en : accessed 10 Feb 2010), Cornelis Kortleever, 16 Apr 1873, Kedichem; Nationaal Archief (Rijksarchief Zuid-Holland).
2. Genlias database, Genlias (http://www.genlias.nl/en : accessed 10 Feb 2010), Hugo Kortleever, 19 Jan 1876, Kedichem; Nationaal Archief (Rijksarchief Zuid-Holland).
3. Whatcom County, Washington, death certificate no. 12360 (16 Jun 1955), Hugo Kortlever; Washington State Vital Records, Olympia, Washington.
4. Washington State Deparatment of Health, “Washington Death Index, 1940-1996,” database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Feb 2010), Martha Kortlever, 23 Jul 1974, Cert #017155.
5. Whatcom County, Washington, Marriage Licenses, 1753, Hugo Kortlever-Martha Roo, 22 Sep 1903; Whatcom County Marriage Records, Bellingham.
6. Genlias database, Genlias (http://www.genlias.nl/en : accessed 11 Aug 2009), Birth, Maaike Kortlever, 3 Sep 1877; Schoonrewoerd, Zuid, Netherlands.
7. Genlias database, Genlias (http://www.genlias.nl/en : accessed 11 Aug 2009), Birth, Bastiaan Cernelis Kortleever, 30 Dec 1878, Leerdam; Nationaal Archief (Rijksarchief Zuid-Holland).
8. “WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Feb 2010), John Cornelis Kortlever, 6 Jun 1882.
9. State of California Dept. of Health Services, “California Death Index, 1940-1997,” database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Feb 2010), John C. Kortlever, died 11 Sep 1969, Los Angeles.
10. Whatcom County, Washington, Marriage Licenses, Herman Pen-Maggie Kortlever, 25 Apr 1904; Whatcom County Marriage Records, Bellingham, Washington.
11. Whatcom County, Washington, death certificate no. 22307 (30 Dec 1949), Herman Pen; Washington State Vital Records, Olympia, Washington.
12. Whatcom County, Washington, death certificate no. 12357 (13 Jun 1955), Cornelia Van Diest; Washington State Vital Records, Olympia, Washington.
13. Whatcom County, Washington, Marriage Licenses, 748, Rendit Van Diest-Cornelia Kortlever, 30 Jan 1912; Whatcom County Marriage Records, Bellingham, Washington.
14. Whatcom County, Washington, death certificate no. 13179 (2 Jun 1959), Ren Vandiest, age 84; Washington State Vital Records, Olympia, Washington.
15. “Many attend Services for Late Mrs. Abe Noteboom,” (Lynden) Lynden Tribune, 28 Oct 1920.
16. Whatcom County, Washington, Marriage Licenses, 3625, Abram Noteboom-Jennie Kortlever, 10 Jan 1918; Whatcom County Marriage Records, Bellingham.
17. Washington State Deparatment of Health, “Washington Death Index, 1940-1996,” database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Feb 2010), Abram Noteboom, 25 Nov 1970, Cert.#026911

Kortlever Family Two

Based on the information in John (Jan) Kortlever’s obituary, the family arrived in Lynden in about 1900.1 Both John and his son Hugo appear in the Bellingham City Directory (which included Whatcom County) in 1901 and 1902. His obituary further stated that the family had spent the four years previous to their arrival in Minnesota.

I have not yet been able to locate the Kortlever family on the 1900 census. It is possible that they are on the move during the time of the June enumeration. Daughter Mary and the Burgraff family are in Nobles County, Minnesota, as are John’s brother’s Bastiaan and Peter Kortlever.

Jan and Maaike appear on the 1910 census in Lynden with their two youngest daughters Nellie and Jennie.2 On this census Maaike states she is the mother of 12 children, 6 of whom are still alive. Counting Baby Cornelis born about 1884 – I know of 10 children:
Cornelis – born 1873 Netherlands – not found after arrival record,
Maria (Mary) – born 1874 Netherlands – alive on 1910 census Lynden,
Hugo – born 1876 – alive on 1910 census Lynden,
Maaike – born 1877 – died 1877 Netherlands,
Bastiaan Cornelis – born 1878 Netherlands – not found after the 1885 Iowa census,
John Cornelis – born 1882 Netherlands – alive on later records,
Cornelis – born 1884 Iowa – not found after 1885 census,
Maaike (Maggie) – born 1885 Iowa – alive on 1910 census Lynden,
Cornelia (Nellie) – born 1890 Iowa – alive on 1910 census Lynden,
Jennie – born 1892 Iowa – alive on 1910 census Lynden.

The records are up on Genlias for the births of Jan and Maaike’s children and there are no other children listed in the Netherlands, although there is a gap between 1878 and 1882. There is also a gap between Maggie and Nellie in Iowa 1885 to 1890. Records in Iowa for the time period are pretty sketchy – anyone know of a family bible?

John and Maaike next appear on the 1920 census completed 7 January 1920 in Denver Colorado.3 They are there with their daughter Jennie and her husband Abraham Noteboom and Jennie’s child Cornelius Noteboom. They are in Denver because Jennie is desperately ill with pulmonary tuberculosis. The clear, dry air and higher altitude in Denver was a last hope for the family. The treatments did not help and Jennie was taken home to Lynden where she died later that year.



1. “Will Hold Kortlever Services Next Monday,” (Lynden) Lynden Tribune, Thur., 17 Aug 1922, p. 2.
2. 1910 U.S. census, Whatcom County, Washington population schedule, North Lynden, enumeration district (ED) 351, p. 5A, dwelling 87, family 87, John Kortlever, age 61; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Aug 2009); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T624, roll 1674.
3. 1920 U.S. census, Denver County, Colorado population schedule, Denver, enumeration district (ED) 46, p. 6A, dwelling 130, family 135, John Kortlever, age 70; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Aug 2009); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T625, roll 158.

John Burgraff Dies

A large crowd of relatives and friends gathered on Monday at the home of Mr. & Mrs. John Burgraff to help Mr. Burgraff celebrate his 63rd birthday anniversary. A sumptuous birthday dinner was served in the early afternoon, and a good time enjoyed by the following; Mr. & Mrs. Hugo Kortlever, and sons Victor & Marshall, Mr. & Mrs. Ren Van Diest and son John, Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Dyksterhuis and children John & Helen, Mr. & Mrs. John Kortlver and son John, Mr. & Mrs. John Enos, Mr. & Mrs. A. P. Burgraff of Lawrence, Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Zweegman, Mr. Abe Noteboom and son Cornelius and Mr. Bastian De Hoog. In the evening more guests arrived to honor Mr. Burgraff’s birthday. The evening was spent very pleasantly in music and conversation and at a late hour refreshments were served. – The Lynden Tribune, Forest Grove Column 12 May 1921

Just 7 days later on 16 May 1921 John Burgraff died of a heart attack.1

WILL HOLD FUNERAL SERVICES FOR LATE JOHN BURGRAFF
Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 1:30 at Knapp’s Parlors for the late John Burgraff who died suddenly Saturday evening at his home at Ten Mile. The Rev. A.J. Brink and Rev W. O. Benadon will conduct the services.

Mr. Burgraff had been feeling well up to the time of retiring Saturday evening. He had entertained friends at his home was apparently in good health. He became seriously ill later in the evening, and passed away at 10:30.

Mr. Burgraff was 63 years old. He was born in Pella, Iowa. At the age of 35 he went to Minnesota where he was married to Miss Mary Kortlever, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Kortlever of Lynden. Sixteen years ago he came to Lynden with his family.

Besides his widow, he is survived by 12 children. – The Lynden Tribune, Thursday, 19 May 1921.

John is buried in Monumenta Cemetery.



1. Whatcom County, Washington, death certificate no. 85 (14 May 1921), John Burgraff; Washington State Vital Records, Olympia, Washington.