Place: Iowa, USA

TeSelle, Jan Willem (John William) (1867-1945)

John William TeSelle, 1867-1945

Jan Willem (John William) TeSelle, son of Jan Hendrik te Selle (1838-1921) and Hanna Berendina Onnink (1841-1929), was born in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin in 1867.


Dutch immigration to Iowa began with the settlement of Pella in the summer of 1847, founded by Hendrik P. Scholte. [1.] [Note to Reader: If you are interested in writing an article about Dutch immigration to Iowa, or if you have stories and memorabilia about TeSelle family members in Iowa, we would love to include… Read more »


The history of the TeSelle family in Colorado can be traced back to John Willem TeSelle (1867-1945). After a brief career in the ministry, John Willem and his family moved to Fruitland Mesa, near Crawford, Colorado, where he homesteaded a large farm and built a large farmhouse and a famous big, red, round barn.

Emigration to America

Who were those early te Selle emigrants from the Netherlands to the United States in the mid-1800s? Why did them leave their homeland for an uncertain future in America? How did they make the perilous ocean crossings? Where did they settle? Now many descendants of those early immigrants are returning to visit Winterswijk, Netherlands and learn more about their family roots.