Source: Prophet, Norma TeSelle, "Te Selle Family History - Pictorial Panels from the 1989 Reunion", Firth, Nebraska , 1989

On August 12, 1989, in Lincoln, Nebraska, there was a reunion of more than 230 descendants of three pioneer Te Selle brothers who emigrated from the Netherlands and eventually settled in Lancaster County, Nebraska, in the early 1870s: Jan Hendrik (John Henry) te Selle (1838-1921), Gerrit Jan te Selle (1841-1921), and Harmen Jan (Herman John) te Selle (1844-1919). This document includes pictures, genealogy charts, and other memorabilia that were organized for that reunion by its organizer, Norma Norvella nee Te Selle Prophet (1923-2009).

Norma TeSelle Prophet (1923-2009)


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Norma Norvella (Te Selle) Prophet was born on July 26, 1923, in Firth, Lancaster County, Nebraska to Benjamin F. and Alma (Dietz) Te Selle. She died on December 17, 2009, in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska, at the age of 86. As with all of us, the importance of her life was not the dates of… Read more »

South Pass Township, Nebraska – 1921 Plat Map


A 1921 plat map of Nebraska South Pass Township 7 North shows several parcels of land owned by te Selle family members.

TeSelle Parcels in the South Pass Township in 1921 The 1921 South Pass map, which is officially described as Township 7 North, Range 7 East of the 6th Principal Meridian, contains several parcels identified by the TeSelle name. The owners of all of these TeSelle parcels are related in some way to the three original TeSelle brothers.… Read more »

Schreurs, Manus John (1864-1952)


Manus John Schreurs (1864-1952), son of Manus Schreurs (1824-1865) and Berendina Aleida Reusink (1841-1876), was born on December 17, 1864, in Cedar Grove, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. When baby Manus John was only 10 months old, his father Manus died, on October 22, 1865. His mother Berendina was left alone to raise her young son. The… Read more »

TeSelle, Anna (1882-1940)


Anna TeSelle (1882-1940), daughter of Gerrit Jan te Selle (1841-1921) and Anna Jonker (1843-1908), was born in Firth, Lancaster County, Nebraska, on July 24, 1892.

TeSelle, John (1879-1958)


John TeSelle (1879-1958), son of Gerrit Jan te Selle (1841-1921) and Anna Jonker (1843-1908), was born in Firth, Lancaster County, Nebraska, on October 8, 1879.

TeSelle, William John (1877-1900)


William John TeSelle (1877-1900), son of Gerrit Jan te Selle (1841-1921) and Anna Jonker (1843-1908), was born in Firth, Lancaster County, Nebraska, on April 30, 1877. William died on September 11, 1900, at the young age of 23. Little is known about William’s life. Perhaps some of his relatives can share information about him.

TeSelle, Dena (1875-1944)


Dena TeSelle (1875-1944), daughter of Gerrit Jan te Selle (1841-1921) and Anna Jonker (1843-1908), was born in Holland, Lancaster County, Nebraska, on March 4, 1875.

TeSelle, Dela (1873-1940)


Dela TeSelle (1873-1940) was the daughter of Gerrit Jan te Selle (1841-1921) and Anna Jonker (1843-1908). Anna was pregnant with Dela when Gerrit Jan and his family emigrated to Nebraska from the Netherlands in July 1873. Dela was born in Firth, Lancaster County, Nebraska, on September 30, 1873.

te Selle, Willemina Elisabeth (1871-1919)


Willemina Elisabeth te Selle (1871-1919) was born on September 14, 1871, in Bredevoort, Netherlands, the daughter of Gerrit Jan te Selle (1841-1921) and Anna Jonker (1843-1908). In July 1873, shortly before her second birthday, Willemina was brought to the United States by her parents, along with Willemina’s older brother, Jan Albert te Selle (1869-1941). Gerrit Jan and his… Read more »

te Selle, Jan Albert (1869-1941)


Jan Albert te Selle (1869-1941) was born on September 17, 1869, in Bredevoort, Netherlands, the son of Gerrit Jan te Selle (1841-1921) and Anna Jonker (1843-1908). In July 1873, shortly before his fourth birthday, Jan Albert was brought to the United States by his parents, along with Jan Albert’s little sister, Willemina Elisabeth (1871-1919). Gerrit Jan and… Read more »