Place: Iowa, USA

1880 U.S. Census

The 1880 U.S. Census documents are available to search for free online. The census questions provide a great deal of information for family historians and genealogists.

A Guide to Using U.S. Census Records

The U.S. Census documents are valuable resources for the genealogist and family historian. The data collected has changed over the years since the first census in 1790. Read about the available data and the changes that have occurred.

1900 U.S. Census

The 1900 U.S. Census documents are available to search for free online. The census questions provide a great deal of information for family historians and genealogists.

te Selle, Harmen Jan (1839-1916)

Harmen Jan te Selle (1839 - 1916)

Harmen Jan te Selle (1839-1916) turned out to be quite an itinerant immigrant during his life in the United States. Harmen Jan arrived first in Wisconsin in 1866, moved to Iowa in 1878, and finally settled in Montana from 1891 until his death in 1916. We know very little about his life and activities in… Read more »

Bogaard, Jeannette W. (1884-1973)

Jeannette Bogaard was born on 23 July 1884. She married John Willem TeSelle (1867-1945) in 1923 after the death of his first wife, Geertje Van der Beek (1871-1922). John William and Jeannette had four children together. Jeannette died in Firth, Lancaster County, Nebraska in December 1973, and her body was buried in Orange City, Sioux… Read more »

Jan Willem TeSelle – Letter 2

Matlock, Iowa — 30 April 1923 While Jan Willem is in Matlock, Iowa, starting his new church assignment, his five children are still living back on the farm in Fruitland Mesa, Colorado. His oldest child, Lillie (1899-1997), was primarily responsible for taking care of the youngest children — Edwin, Johanna Margaret, and Carolyn. The oldest… Read more »

Jan Willem TeSelle – Letter 1

Matlock, Iowa — 16 January 1923 Jan Willem TeSelle lived with his family on a ranch in Fruitland Mesa, Colorado from about 1904 to 1922. Fruitland Mesa is near Crawford, Delta County in western Colorado. Jan Willem had moved to Fruitland Mesa from North Yakima, Washington, where he was a minister. According to the recollections… Read more »

Jan Willem TeSelle Letters: 1923 – 1939

Jan Willem TeSelle left his farm in Fruitland Mesa, Colorado, in 1923, and accepted a call to return to the ministry in Matlock, Sioux County, Iowa.  His granddaughter, Jackie Fries Tamas, has possession of the following four letters written by Jan Willem — two from 1923 from Matlock, Iowa, and two from 1936-1939 from Firth,… Read more »

Carolyn TeSelle Valentine

Carolyn TeSelle Valentine, at the age of 71, gave her minister some notes about her life. As a child she lived with her parents, Jan Willem and Geertie TeSelle, on their dairy farm and orchard in Fruitland Mesa, Colorado. She moved to Matlock, Iowa with her father and siblings when Jan Willem married Jeannette Bogaard after Geertie’s death in 1922. Carolyn had two daughters, Mary Lou and Arlyn Joan, with her husband Arnold Valentine.

Johanna Margaret TeSelle Fries History

The Johanna Margaret te Selle – Fries History Recorded by her daughter Jackie Tamas, Taos, New Mexico February 1991. Margaret Fries was born February 26, 1910, on Fruitland Mesa, Colorado, at home during a snowstorm. Fruitland Mesa is about 7 miles from Crawford and further away from Montrose. The mesa is separated from everything by… Read more »