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Jan Twiest

Male 1842 - 1920  (78 years)


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  • Name Jan Twiest 
    Born 5 April 1842  Roswinkel (Emmen), Drenthe Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Laborer 
    Died 15 November 1920  Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 18 November 1920  Washington Park Memorial Gardens, Grand Rapids Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Jan (John) and Lammechje (Laura) immigrated to Michigan in 1884 with six children. Two others were born after they arrived. Laura’s parents had immigrated to Michigan 17 years earlier.

      1884 Michigan State Census. Wyoming Township, Kent County
      John Twist was 38 years old, Lamencha 38, Hermanus 17, Dena 15, William 12, Gertrude nine, Frederick six, and Garrett three. All were born in the Netherlands. John and William work in the plaster mill. The family has only been in Michigan one month (no date is given at the top of the page for when this census was actually taken). All but Fred and Garett can read and write.

      Grand Rapids City Directory, 1889. Grand Rapids, MI: R. L. Polk and Co., 1889.
      Five Twiests are listed in the directory, all living at 467 Lincoln. Dena and Roberdiena are probably the same person working two jobs.
      John Twiest, laborer
      Herman Twiest, varnisher, Widdicomb Furn Co
      Roberdiena Twiest, belt mkr
      Dena Twiest, net mkr, business F. Rainville
      Wm Twiest, laborer

      1900 Federal Census. Grand Rapids ward 6, Kent Co., Michigan
      Roll 722, page 23A, ED 67
      454 Lincoln Street
      John Twist, head, b. Apr 1843, age 57, m. 33 years, imm. 1884, day laborer
      Lamagiche Twist, wife, b. Dec 1846, age 53, m. 33 years, 9 children, 8 living, imm. 1884
      Fred Twist, son, b. Apr 1879, age 21, imm. 1884, delivery
      Geret Twist, son , b. Jan 1881, age 19, imm. 1884, machine [can’t read word]
      Jennie Twist, daughter, b. Sep 1885, age 14, milliner
      Alyda Twist, daughter, b. Dec 1880 [should be 1890], age 10, at school
      All were born in the Netherlands, and their parents, too, except Jennie and Alyda born in Michigan.

      1910 Federal Census. Grand Rapids ward 6, Kent Co, Michigan
      Roll 657, page 10B, ED 82
      457 Lincoln St.
      John Twist, head, 67, m. 43 years, b. Holland, parents b. Holland, imm. 1884, laborer
      Laura Twist, wife, 64, m. 43 years, 9 children, 8 living, b. Holland, parents b. Holland, imm. 1884
      Alida Twist, daughter, 21, single, b. MI, parents b. Holland, millinary

      1920 Federal Census. Walker Township, Kent County, Michigan
      Roll 779, page 5B
      Walker Road
      John Tweist, head, 76, imm. 1882, b. Netherlands, parents b. same
      Lamdechje Twiest, wife, 76, b. Netherlands, parents b. same

      Certificate of Death, State of Michigan, Department of State, Division of Vital Statistics; Walker Township; Kent County; Register 13, Number 528. John Twiest died 15 November 1920 of Apoplexy. He was married to Lammiche Steen, born in Drenthe, Netherlands, on 5 April 1842, and was 78 years, seven months and 10 days old at death. His father was Herman Twiest and his mother, Gertude Wynhold. Both were born in the Drenth, Netherlands. He was buried in Washington Park Cemetery on 18 November 1920. J.H. Joldersma & Son of Grand Rapids were the undertakers. Gerrit Lemmink, with a residence at North and Bristol NW, was the informant.

      John’s obituary appeared in the Grand Rapids Press, Tue 16 Nov 1920.
    Person ID I3944  Schirado
    Last Modified 6 June 2012 

    Father Harmannus Twiest,   b. 2 August 1795, Sellingen (Vlagtwedde), Groningen Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 January 1847, Roswinkel (Emmen), Drenthe Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Mother Geertruda Wijnholds,   b. 8 October 1812, Emmen, Drenthe Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 June 1878, Nieuw Dordrecht (Emmen), Drenthe Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 10 May 1838  Emmen, Drenthe Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F829  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Lammechje Steen,   b. 18 December 1845, Smilde, Drenthe Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 March 1926, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 21 June 1866  Emmen, Drenthe Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Herman Twiest,   b. 1 November 1866, Nieuw Dordrecht (Emmen), Drenthe Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 June 1960, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
    +2. Roberdena Twiest,   b. 21 February 1869, Nieuw Dordrecht (Emmen), Drenthe Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 December 1956, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    +3. William Twiest,   b. 16 December 1871, Nieuw Dordrecht (Emmen), Drenthe Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 November 1943, Lakeland, Polk County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    +4. Gertrude Twiest,   b. 7 October 1874, Nieuw Dordrecht (Emmen), Drenthe Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 July 1957, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +5. Frederick Twiest,   b. 4 April 1878, Nieuw Dordrecht (Emmen), Drenthe Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 June 1956, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +6. Gerrit Twiest,   b. 22 January 1881, Nieuw Dordrecht (Emmen), Drenthe Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 December 1945, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    +7. Jennie Twiest,   b. 19 September 1884, Grandville, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. April 1970, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     8. Alida Twiest,   b. December 1890, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 August 1915, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 24 years)
    Family ID F710  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S194] GenLias.


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