Janna TeSelle was born in Oostburg, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, on 31 January 1866. She is the first child of Jan Hendrik te Selle (1838-1921) and Hanna Berendina Onnink (1841-1929). Janna was born just three months after her parents landed in New York after traveling across the Atlantic from the Netherlands. The family traveled from New York to Wisconsin to stay with Jan Hendrik’s Aunt Janna te Selle Bloemers (1796-1870) , baby Janna’s namesake. After moving with her family to Nebraska in 1870, Janna eventually married David DeBoer in 1885. She died in Holland, Lancaster County, Nebraska on 5 December 1946.