te Selle, Derk Willem (1827-1904)


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Derk Willem te Selle was the oldest son of Jan Albert te Selle (1800-1845) and Dela ten Damme (1802-1883). Derk Willem was born on farm “De Selle” in Woold, where the te Selle family had been long-time tenant farmers…

Derk Willem te Selle (1827-1904) was born on the “De Selle” farm, near Winterswijk, Netherlands. He was the oldest son of Jan Albert te Selle (1800-1845) and Dela ten Damme (1802-1883). In 1861 Derk Willem moved to farm “Fökkink” in Kotten, along with his wife, mother Dela, his young sons, and his three younger brothers — Jan Hendrik, Gerrit Jan, and Harmen Jan. Derk Willem remained at Fökkink for the rest of his life, while his three younger brothers emigrated to America in the mid-1860’s. There are numerous letters in this website between Derk Willem at Fökkink and this three brothers in Nebraska.