Sietsema Leibeus Descendants
Posted By: Dan Davis (email)
Date: 5/25/2020 at 12:55:18
I am searching for anyone who is a descendant or has a family connection to John and Dora/Madora (Leibeus) Sietsema. I have found clues and small bits of information in the Iowa counties of Wapello, Grundy, Butler, Lee and Des Moines. After many years of searching, I have found the identity of my great great grandparents. John Sietsema and Dora/Madora Leibeus were married 10/11 1867 in Wapello County Iowa. I have found 3 Children, Anna Sietsema was born in 1869 and married William LaFeber, Elisabeth Sietsema was born in 1874 and married Frank Reinhard/Reinhardt and John born in 1877 and married Anna Singleton who are my great grandparents. For reasons unknown, Johnís surname changed from Sietsema to Sitzmore and made it almost impossible to find any ancestors or descendants due to the lack of knowledge that this name change had occurred. The Sitzmore surname has no origin and appeared for the first time in the 1885 Iowa census in the city of Eddyville, township of Harrison, Mahaska County. It has a family listed as John Sitzmore age 41, Dora Sitzmore age 40, Annie Sitzmore age 16, Lizzie Sitzmore age 11 and John Sitzmore age 8 and next appeared in a U.S. census in 1920 in Peoria Illinois as John Sitzmore 48, Anna 36, Beatrice 17, Daniel 12 who is my maternal grandfather, Magdeline 9, Walter 6, and Wilbur 5. To this day, anyone with the surname of Sitzmore can be directly traced to John.
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