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John Jay Zeldam

Male 1896 - 1979  (83 years)


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  • Name John Jay Zeldam 
    Born 22 January 1896  Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 October 1979  Ellenton, Manatee County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
      Registered Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI. 5 Jun 1917
      John Ten Zeldam Jr. 223 Montgomery, Grand Rapids
      Age 21. b. 22 Jan 1896, Grand Rapids
      Occupation: trimmer, Wilngarith[?] Showcase, Jefferson & P.M.
      Single
      Previous experience: private, national guard, 3 days
      Tall, medium build, brown eyes, dark hair

      From Heroes All! A compendium ... for exceptional heroism ... in the war with Germany, 1917–1919, edited by Harry R. Stringer, Washington DC: Fassett Publ., 1919, page 431:
      Distinguished Service Cross
      ZELDAM, JOHN J. Private
      Company M, 126th Infantry. For extraordinary heroism in action north of Cierges, France, August 1, 1918. Following an assault, in which he was wounded in the leg by a machine-gen bullet, and when further advance was impossible because of a barrage, he took refuge in a shell hole. From this shelter he observed a comrade who was seriously wounded and needed assistance. Despite heavy artillery and machine-gun fire, he crawled 20 yards through the open, reached the helpless man, and took him back to the shell hole. After the two had lain in the shell hole nearly the entire day, Private Zeldam, leaving his canteen with his companion, crawled across the danger zone and obtained assistance to carry the other wounded man to a dressing station. Home address, J. Zeldam, father, 1065 Canfield Avenue, Grand Rapids, Mich.

      Michigan Marriages
      Return of Marriages in the County of Kalamazoo
      17 Apr 1920 at Kalamazoo. Wm. Wolvius, minister. Witnesses Miss Edna Voss & Mr. Francois Zeldam, both of Grand Rapids
      John Zeldam Jr, age 24, of Kalamazoo, b. Grand Rapids, elevator operator, son of John Zeldam & Mary Hamling
      Henrietta Zomerhuis, age 20, of Grand Rapids, b. Netherlands, factory worker, daughter of Jennie

      1930 Federal Census. Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan
      Roll 1001, page 16B
      743 Ionia Avenue
      John Zeldam, head, 34, m. age 24, b. MI, parents b. Netherlands, packer, furniture
      Harriette Zeldam, wife, 30, m. age 20, b. Netherlands, parents b. Netherlands
      Bettie M. Zeldam, daughter, 6, b. MI, father b. MI, mother b. Netherlands

      1936 Grand Rapids City Directory
      John jr (Henrietta) Zeldam, sprayer, h711 Ottawa av NW

      1940 Federal Census. Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan
      Roll 1899, page 11B
      John Zeldam, head, 44, 8th grade, b. MI, spray man, enamel works
      Henrietta Zeldam, wife, 40, 8th grade, b. Netherlands
      Betty M. Zeldam, daugher, 16, 1 year HS, b. MI
      They lived in the dame place, Grand Rapids, five years previously.

      1946 Grand Rapids City Directory
      John (Henrietta) Zeldam, sprayer Grand Enameling Wks, h405 Knapp NE

      1955 Grand Rapids City Directory
      John J (Henrietta) Zeldam, crater Mastercraft Furn, h1156 Ecklund NE

      Florida Death Index
      John Jay Zeldam, b. 22 Jan 1896, d. 9 Oct 1979 in Sarasota County, FL

      Social Security Death Index
      John Zeldam, b. 22 Jan 1896, d. Oct 1979, residence Sarasota, FL, last benefit Ellenton, Manatee Co., FL, issued MI before 1951
    Person ID I104784  Schirado
    Last Modified 25 July 2013 

    Father John Zeldam,   b. May 1858, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 January 1947, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years) 
    Mother Maria Hamelink,   b. 22 January 1864, Hoek, Zeeland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 October 1933, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 16 August 1883  Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F20080  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Henrietta Zomerhuis,   b. 24 February 1900, Deventer, Overijssel Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 October 1975, Ellenton, Manatee County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 17 April 1920  Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. B. M. (Private) Zeldam
    Family ID F68799  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart


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