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VanRooyen, Walter 1834-1903 & Jennie Muilenburg Family


Posted By: Wilma J. Vande Berg - volunteer (email)
Date: 7/2/2022 at 09:38:40

Van Rooyen, Wouter ‘Walter’ 1834-1903 and Jannigje ‘Jennie’ Muilenburg Family

The BIOS of Wouter ‘Walter’ Van Rooyen was compiled from various sources by Wilma J Vande Berg of the Greater Sioux County Genealogical Society.

From a family report on ancestry.com (prepared by other than submitter)
Wouter ‘Walter’ Van Rooyen was born 26 October 1834 at Utrecht, Netherlands. His parents were Cornelis van Rooijen 1794-1871and Geertrui Griffoen 1793-1847. He died 2 Apr 1903 Floyd Tsp, Sioux County IA. He married Jannigje ‘Jane’ ‘Jennie’ Muilenburg. She was born 23 July 1844 Vuren Gelderland, Netherlands and died 1 May 1913 Hospers, Sioux County IA. She was the daughter of Huibert Muilenburg 1822-1918 and Klazientje L. ‘Klazina’ VerSteeg 1823-1897.

Wouter Van Rooyen was first married to Hendrika Beyers on 11 Jan 1860 Marion County IA. Source was Marriage records of Marion County IA 1845-1915. She died about 1865 Pella IA. She was the daughter of Hart Gerrit Beijer 1812-1860 and Maria Rap 1814-1848

Walter Van Rooyen and Jannigje Muilenburg were married 23 Aug 1866 Marion County IA.

CHILDREN of Wouter Van Rooijen ‘Walter Van Rooyen’ Obituaries of some of the children listed below can be found on www.iagenweb.org/Sioux under obits.

Children of Walter and Hendrika listed were: Four children were born two survived. The two that died were possibly Luitje Van Rooijen born 6 Mar 1864 and Harry born 1865.
1 . Cornelius Van Rooyen born 1860 Pella IA – 1935 His wife was Mary Menning.
2 . Gertruda Van Rooyen 1864 Pella, IA 1927 She married John Muilenburg 1857-1940

Children of Walter and Jannigje listed were:
3 . Clasina ‘Clara’ Van Rooyen 1867 Pella, IA 1954 She married Nicholas Balkema 1865-1954
4 . Huibert Van Rooyen born 11 Mar 1870 Marion County IA died 24 Jul 1950 Sheldon IA He married Mary Leenhouts.
5 . Johannes ‘John’ Van Rooyen born 4 July 1871 Iowa died 3 Jul1963 Long Beach CA His wife was Gertrude Balkema.
6 . Jacob Van Rooyen born 23 Sep 1873 Alton IA died Oct 1953 He married Ida Vellinga 1879 -1960
7 . Adriantje Van Rooyen born 26 Oct 1875 Newkirk IA died Aug 6, 1941 at Hospers IA She married James Hyink 1872-1948
8 . Hendrik ‘Henry’ Van Rooyen born 13 Dec 1877 Sioux County IA died Mar 16, 1950 Sioux City IA His wife Martha Zorgdrager 1879-1943.
9 . Johanna Van Rooyen 1880 died 5 Aug 1882 Floyd Tsp Sioux County IA
10. Elizabeth Van Rooyen born 5 May 1882 Newkirk IA died 15 Nov 1968 Sheldon IA She married Benjamin Hyink
11. Joseph W. Van Rooyen Born 21 Sep 1885 Newkirk, IA died after July 1963 in Sioux City IA. His wife was Margaret Cummings died abt Nov 1, 1967 Sioux City IA.

CENSUS RECORDS Notice the enumerator spellings of the names
1860 census of Lake Prairie Marion County IA lists Wouter Van Rooyen 28 and wife Heintje Van Rooyen with her brothers Gerrit Beyer 17 and Gyabert Beyer 13.
1870 census of Holland Tsp Sioux County lists Wouter 35, Jane 25, Cornelius 9, Gertrude 7, Harry 5, Cusina 4, Hubert 1.
1880 census of Floyd Tsp. Sioux county IA lists Walter Rooijen 46, wife Janneke age 35, Cornelus 19, Truitje 16, Claasina12, Hubert 11, Johannis 8, Jacob 6, Adrianntje 4, Henry 2 and Johanna 5 mo.
1900 census Walter Van Rooyen age 65 born Netherlands lived in Floyd Tsp Sioux County IA, immigrated in 1865, wife Jannigje Van Rooyen, age 55, occupation landlord, Children were Lizzie 19 born May 1882, Joe 14 born 1886.

OBITUARY of Walter Van Rooyen
Source – Published in the Alton Democrat of April 11, 1903
Walter Van Rooyen died at his home in Newkirk last Thursday morning April second at seven o’clock. Sixty-eight years ago last October he was born in the historic town of Utrecht Holland where he lived till seventeen years old. When he dropped his spade in the midst of tilling the soil of his native land and announced his determination of setting out for America, his relatives had him examined for insanity. But he left them at that early age and crossed the ocean alone. He landed at New Orleans and came to Pella. Shortly before the rebellion he was married and was soon after drafted. Rather than leave his young wife and babes he hired a substitute for $1700 as many did in those strenuous days.
Four children were born to him of that union of whom two are living today. They are Cornelius and Mrs. John W. Muilenburg at Orange City. His wife dying he married Miss Jennie Muilenburg of Pella and to them there were born at Pella, Hubert now at Hospers and Mrs. Nic Balkema of Sioux Center.
With his family he came to Sioux county thirty-three years ago with the Hospers colony and helped found Orange City. He settled on a fine piece of land northeast of the new town and just south of where he later helped to found Newkirk. Here there were born to him six children. They are John, Jake, Mrs. James Hyink, Henry, Mrs. Ben Hyink, Joseph and one dead. He was one of the first deacons of the first church in Orange City and later an elder continuously till the founding of the church at Newkirk of which he was a charter member and an elder till death.
He was an upright man and the community was the better for his life. Three years ago he and his wife left the farm and established a home in Newkirk. He had been ailing for a year or more and confined to the house several weeks. His funeral Saturday was one of the largest ever seen in Sioux county. He was buried at Newkirk. Source: Alton Democrat, April 11, 1903.

Birth record for Wouter Van Rooijen from www.wiewaswie.nl has Wouter van Rooijen born 28 Oct 1834 at Kockengen Utrechts to Cornelis van Rooijen and Geertrui Griffoen.
From immigration lists on ancestry.com lists Wouter Vanrooijen age 21 born abt 1835 arrived 1856 New Orleans

OBItUARY of Jannigje Mrs wouter Van Rooyen 1844-1913
Source: Alton Democrat (5-10-1913)
Birth: July 23, 1844
Death: May 1, 1913
Mrs. Jannigje (Muilenburg) Van Rooyen died at the James Hyink home on Thursday of last week. Mrs. Van Rooyen had suffered with diabetes for about eight years and she succumbed to a severe attack of this disease.
Deceased was born in the Netherlands on July 23rd, 1843 and was therefore 69 years of age when she passed away. When three years old she came to America with her parents.
In August 1866 at Pella, Iowa she was married to Wouter Van Rooyen and three years later, 1869, the pair came to Sioux county, being among the first settlers.
Deceased was the mother of nine chilren, eight of whom survive: Mrs. N. Balkema of Sioux Center, Hubert of Hospers, John of Newkirk, Jacob of Newkirk, Mrs. James Hyank of Hospers, Henry of Newkirk, Mrs. Ben Hyink of Newkirk and Joe of Newkirk. Deceased in also survived by her father, H. Muilenburg of Orange City.
Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon from the Reformed church of Newkirk, Reverend R. S. Douwstra officiating. The funeral was very largely attended.

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