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Meindersma, Douwe
geboren: ..-..-1857 te Jelsum
overleden: ..-..-1897 te ........
begraafplaats: ...... te ........
beroepen: ..........

getrouwd
23-02-1882
te Nieuwe Pekela

Wegener, Aaltje
geboren: ..-..-±1859 te Nieuwe Pekela
overleden: ..-..-1... te ........
begraafplaats: ...... te ........
beroepen: ..........

Bron: Burgerlijke stand - Huwelijk
Archieflocatie: Groninger Archieven
Algemeen: Gemeente: Nieuwe Pekela
Soort akte: Huwelijksakte
Aktenummer: 5

kinderen:
Meindersma, Jacob
Meindersma, Jessie
Meindersma, Sybe Douwe
Meindersma, Rita (Hendrika)
Meindersma, Herman
Meindersma, Olive (Ollie)

DOUWE SYBE MEINDERSMA was born in Holland in 1857, dead in 1897. He married Aaltje Wegener around 1882.
His parents, Sijbe Douwes Meindersma and Tjitske Jans Kuipers, had children: a girl who died young and Douwe Sybe and were quite wealthy. We suspect that the sister was from another marriage. From a letter from 1877, it seems her name was Eelkje. Her father was in Indonesia for over a year at that time. It also seems that her father was much older than her mother.

The family lived in a large red brick home with an attached barn close to Jelsum (in the Leeuwarden area) in Friesland which were still standing in the 1980’s.
A good sized moat surrounds it. The family in the States was sent an article from a newspaper in Friesland from May 26, 1956 that talked about this house and its grounds.
The house was called “Haskera-Sate”.
There was a list of tenant farmers, beginning with the year 1640 and ending in 1950.
Among those listed was Wiggin Douwe Meindertsma.
He was there from 1860 to 1887.
Douwe Sybe must have lived there from the time he was five until he struck out on his own.

In 1876 Douwe traveled around Indonesia for over a year, apparently as a pleasure trip.
Douwe attended the University of Utrecht.
Aaltje Wegener, who was born in Oude Pekela, Holland, was visiting a cousin in Utrecht and met Douwe at a party.
Her cousin said he would be a ‘good catch’ because he was a wealthy young man.
He had traveled a lot (as Aaltje, or Alice, had with her father in his ship).

Douwe and Aaltje married and Douwe was given a hotel to manage by his father-in-law to help him settle down.
But he apparently still had an urge to travel.
After a few years (in 1885) he came out to America alone and rented part of a home in what is now Columbus Park (in the Chicago area).

He went back to Holland to bring back Alice and his two children, Jacob and Jessie (three months old).
At that point the family was probably living in Stadskanaal, Groningen, the area that most of the Wegener family settled in.
Her mother asked them not to take Jake – she felt this was a whim of Douwe’s and they would be back. Then, when her parents died, Alice went back to Holland and brought Jake (age 19) back to the United States.

He came here using a cane – which was apparently fashionable for young men in Holland at that time.
Anna Boltz said she remembered helping Jake learn English.
Douwe died young: he drank a lot, and once in a bar in the Chicago area he bragged that he had lots of money.
On the way home he was shot to death.

It seems he had just gotten his inheritance and had just come back from the Netherlands where they were working it out.

We don’t know what happened to the money, or even if he was telling the truth.
Since Douwe was a wanderer and drinker, his father disinherited him.
His sister inherited the family money but since she died before he did he ended up with it.

met dank aan Bertram Peter Sluys voor deze gegevens
with thanks too Bertram Peter Sluys for the information



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