I was spending a day doing some side research in Pella, Iowa, and I found an interesting census record. It’s for the Earp family – yup those Earps! Attached are the 1850 census and the 1860 census for Wyatt and his family. As I was congratulating myself on my interesting find it dawned on me that Willem’s children would have attended the same school as the Earp children. Wyatt was 3 years older than Jantje, but she would have been in the same grade as Morgan.
It is cool to think that Willem’s children probably played with the Earp children. It is also interesting to contemplate what different paths these two groups of children took later in life. All of them grew up in the same community and attended the same schools, yet the Earp brothers went on to live lives on the edge, while the Burggraaf children all led fairly quiet lives in their farming communities. This is the kind of serendipity that makes genealogy so much fun. Do we have a relationship with the Earps – not at all! But do we have a context of time and place for both families now – you bet!