Jan Burggraaf was born 9 May 1858 in Pella, Marion County, Iowa, and was the youngest son of Willem Burggraaf and Seigje Stek.1 He used the Americanized version of his first name and the alternate spelling of Burgraff later in life. Everyone is listed on the family tree with the original spellings given to him by his parents. All of John’s children used the Burgraff spelling by the time of their deaths.
His federal census records were fairly easy to locate and they show a clear migratory path from Iowa, to Minnesota, to Washington, but the family also resided for a short time in South Dakota. In addition, the federal and state census records combine to name all 15 of his children.
I’m going to deal with John first with a couple of family group sheets and then with a timeline based on records. The family group sheets can be accessed by clicking on the highlighted name of the wife below. Sources for individuals will be handled in separate posts.
Jan (John) Burggraaf (1858 Iowa – 1921Washington),
married his second cousin Elizabeth (Lizzie) Burgraff 11 Dec 1879 Marion Co., Iowa,2
Elizabeth Burggraaf (11 Sep 1860 Iowa – 5 Dec 1892 Iowa).
Children of John and Elizabeth:
Pieter Burggraaf (1880 Iowa – 1956 Washington),
William Burggraaf (1883 Iowa – 1940 Minnesota),
Albert Burggraaf (1885 Iowa – c.1892 Iowa),
Arrie Burggraaf (1886 Iowa – 1893 South Dakota),
Sadie Burggraaf (1887 Iowa – 1899 Minnesota),
Married his housekeeper Maria (Mary) Kortlever 12 Aug 1893 Lyon Co., Iowa,3
Maria (Mary) Kortlever (1874 Netherlands – 1926 Washington)
Children of John and Mary:
Maaike (Maggie) Burgraff (1892 Iowa – 1967 Washington),
Elizabeth Burgraff (1895 Minnesota – 1976 Washington),
John Burgraff Jr. (1896 Minnesota – 1983 Michigan),
Janry (Jane/Jennie) Burgraff (1899 Minnesota – 1969 Canada),
Hugo Burgraff (1901 Minnesota – 1969 Washington),
Albert Burgraff (1902 Minnesota – 1995 Washington),
Arie (Ike) Burgraff (1908 Washington – 1939 Oregon),
Bastjaan (Bert) (1909 Washington – 1938 Washington),
Marion Burgraff (1910 Washington – 2007 Washington),
Sadie C. Burgraff (1912 Washington – 2010 Washington).
I will place the full timeline with sources in the next post.
1. Whatcom County, Washington, death certificate no. 85 (14 May 1921), John Burgraff; Washington State Vital Records, Olympia, Washington.
2. Iowa, Marion County Clerk of the District Court, marriage certificate (short form), Marriage No. 160 (11 Dec 1879), John Burgraff-Elizabeth Burgraff.
3. Iowa District Court, Clerk’s Certificate as to Marriage Record, Rock Rapids (12 Aug 1893), John Burgraff-Mary Kortlever; Lyon County District Court, Rock Rapids, Lyon, Iowa.
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