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Harmen Jan teSelle was born on December 4, 1844 in the Netherlands. He was the son of Jan Albert te Selle & Dela ten Damme.
Berendiena Aleida Reusink Schreurs was born on Jan. 29, 1841 in Aalten, Netherlands. She was the daughter of Jan Willem Reusink & Grada Christiena Rensink
Johanna Arnolda Brethouwer was born in April 1859 in Wisconsin. She was the daughter of Dr. Evert John Brethouwer & Helena (also known as Ellen or "Lena") Van de Wege

The Family of Harmen Jan "Herman John" teSelle and Berendiena Aleidia Reusink Schreurs:

Harmen Jan teSelle & Berendiena Reusink SchreursHarmen Jan "Herman John" te Selle & Berendiena Reusink Schreurs were married on April 27, 1866 in in Holland, Sheboygan Co., WI. Berendiena was a widow with a young son, and she and Harmen Jan had 3 more children. Herman John & Berendiena are on the 1870 census of Town Holland, Sheboygan Co., WI. They moved with their family from Wisconsin to Nebraska in the Spring of 1871 following Herman's brother Jan Hendrik (John Henry) who had moved to Nebraska in March 1870. Herman complained about coming too late for a decent harvest in a letter he wrote to Winterswijk in the Fall of 1871. The family settled in Lancaster County. Berendiena died on March 11, 1876, a week after the birth of her last child who was named after her. This child also died in infancy. See below for more information on Harmen Jan's second marriage to Johanna Brethouwer.
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The Children of Harmen Jan teSelle and Berendiena Aleida Reusink Schreurs are:

Manus SchreursManus John Schreurs was born in December 17, 1864 in Cedar Grove, WI to Berendiena Reusink and her first husband Manus Schreurs. Manus Schreurs died in 1865, and Berendiena married Harmen Jan teSelle in WI in 1866 when John was about 2 years old. John is listed as John Schrurs, age 5, with Herman & Berendiena on the 1870 census of Town Holland, Sheboygan Co., WI. He moved with his mother & stepfather to Nebraska in 1871, when he was about age 6. John's mother Berendiena died about 1876 when John was about age 12, and Harmen Jan remarried to Johannah Brethouwer. On the 1880 census of South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE, John is listed as John TeSelle, age 15, a son in the household of Herman & Johannah TeSelle. John married Esther Kommers on April 11, 1887 and they had at least 6 children. He is listed as John Schreurs on the 1900 census of South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE with his wife and 4 children - also in the household is Dick Abbink, widower of Manus' sister Dela. John Schreurs is listed as occupation Hardware Merchant. In 1910 John & his family are listed on the census of Nemaha, Gage Co., NE, and in 1920 they are on the census of Midland, Gage Co., NE. I have not found him on the 1930 census at this time. Manus' daughter Mary married Herbert Vandewege, who was a grandson of Martinus Vandewege. Manus John Schreurs died April 28, 1952 in prob NE. He is buried in Firth, Lancaster Co., NE.
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Dela TeSelleDela "Dillie" TeSelle was born April 21, 1868 in WI. She is listed at age 2 with her parents on the 1870 census of Town Holland, Sheboygan Co., WI. She moved with her parents to Nebraska in 1871 when she was about age 3. She is listed as Dille, age 12, with her father & stepmother on the 1880 census for South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. Dela married Dick Abbink in March 1888. Dela TeSelle Abbink died on Feb.13, 1900 in Lancaster Co., NE. Dick Abbink is listed as widowed on the 1900 census of South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. At that time he was listed as a boarder in the household of John & Esther Schreurs. He is listed as a boarder in the household of Henry & Helena (TeSelle) Obbink on both the 1910 & 1920 censuses of in South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. Dick & Dela are both buried in the Holland Cemetery, Lancaster Co., Nebraska. Dela is buried under the name Dellia Abbink.
William TeSelleWilliam TeSelle was born September 23, 1871 in NE. He is listed as Willie, age 11, with his father & stepmother on the 1880 census for South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. William married Clara Bade on March 10, 1896 , and they had 8 children. William & Clara are listed on the 1900, 1910, 1920 & 1930 censuses for South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. William TeSelle died on Feb. 28, 1936, probably in South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. William and Clara are both buried in the Holland Cemetery, Lanacaster Co., Nebraska.
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Berendiena TeSelleBerendiena Aleida TeSelle was born on March 4, 1876 in NE. Her mother died a week after her birth. Norma Prophet was told by Dillie TeSelle/Tenhulzen Wubbels "Following the mother's death, Herman John TeSelle offered a married couple a place to stay until they found a place of their own. The lady also had a baby about the same time as Herman John's wife; she nursed the newborn TeSelle baby. Mrs. Wubbels added, "The baby needed nourishment. Babies were not fed from the bottle during those days. The lady looked after Herman John's other children until the couple moved away. The baby lived for awhile and died of 'summer complaint'." Herman John remarried, and the first child of her father's second marriage (born in 1877) was also named Berendiena Aleida. Berendiena Aleida te Selle died on August 8, 1876 in Lancaster Co., NE.

The Family of Harmen Jan teSelle and Johanna Arnolda Brethouwer:

Harmen Jan te Selle & Johannah Arnolda BrethouwerHarmen Jan (Herman John in the US) remarried Johannah Brethouwer on May 7, 1876. They had 13 children, and named the first child Berendiena. Herman, Johannah and family are on the 1880, 1900 & 1910 censuses for South Pass Pct, Firth Village, Lancaster Co., NE. Herman John was a farmer. He had six horses in 1885, made 800 pounds of butter on his farm, harvested 260 busheld of oats from 13 acres and picked two bushels of apples from a two-acre apple orchard. Eleven of their children were still living in 1910. Three of their children married children of Derk & Dena Obbink. Harmen Jan "Herman John" teSelle died on June 22, 1919 in Firth, Lancaster Co., NE. Johannah is listed as widowed on the 1920 census of South Pass, Lancaster, Nebraska, living with her son Gerrit. Johannah died on December 27, 1927 in Firth, Lancaster Co., Nebraska. John Henry & Johanna are buried in the Holland Cemetery, Holland, Lancaster County, Nebraska.
Photo Sons of Herman John TeSelle
Photo Daughters of Herman John TeSelle
Tombstone of Herman John & Johannah TeSelle

The Children of Harmen Jan teSelle and Johanna Anolda Brethouwer:

Dena TeSelleBerendiena Aleda "Dena" TeSelle was born April 23, 1877 in NE. She is listed as Dena, age 3, with his parents on the 1880 census of South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. Dena married Dionisius Gerrit "Dea" VanderGriend and they had 5 children. They are listed on the 1900 census of Firth Village, South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. Based on birth places of their children, they moved from Nebraska to Washington sometime between 1902 to 1907. They are listed on the 1910, 1920 & 1930 censuses of Delta, Whitcom Co., WA. Dena returned from Washington to Nebraska sometime between 1930-1946. Berendiena Aleda "Dena" TeSelle VanderGriend died on Sept. 13 1946 in Firth, Lancaster Co., NE. Dea died in February 1948.
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Evert TeSelle

Evert John TeSelle was born September 02, 1878 in NE. He is listed as Everett, age 2, with his parents on the 1880 census, and as Evert J., age 21, on the 1900 census, both in South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. Evert TeSelle married Minnie Obbink on January 23, 1902 in Lancaster Co., NE. Minnie was the daughter of Derk & Dena Obbink. Evert & Minnie had 4 children. After their marriage they lived for a few years in South Pass, Lancaster Co. NE, but they moved to Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE area about 1909 and lived there until their deaths. Evert & Minnie were in the Lancaster Pct, Lancaster Co., NE in 1910, in College View Village, Lancaster Co. NE in 1920, and in the 1928 & 1929 City Directories and 1930 census for Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE. Evert was a salesman for Wells & Frost, and Minnie was the manager of the Katherine K Garment shop, which made corsets and other ladies undergarments. Minnie died August 06, 1946 and Evert died January 30, 1962. Both died in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE and are buried in Firth Cemetery, Firth, Lancaster Co., NE.
The Family of Evert TeSelle & Minnie Obbink
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Albert H. TeSelle

Albert H. TeSelle was born on July 2, 1880 in South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. He is not listed with the family on the 1880 census, but is listed with the family as Albert, age 20 on the 1900 census of South Pass. Albert married Lizzie Obbink, daughter of Derk & Dena Obbink. Albert & Lizzie had 3 children. I have found different names for Lizzie in different records. Albert & "Alida" are on the 1910 census, and she is "Almata" are on the 1920 census, both in Lynden, Whatcom Co., WA. Lizzie is listed in her mother's obit in 1928 as Mrs. A.H. TeSelle of Linden, Wash. Albert & "Alyda" are on the 1930 census of Sunnyside, Yakima Co., WA. Albert's occupation is listed as "salesmen department store" in 1910, "salesman grocery store" in 1920 and "carpenter private job" in 1930. Albert H. TeSelle died Oct. 13, 1932 in Moxee, WA. Lizzie is listed on her sister Minnie's obit in 1946 as Elizabeth Obbink of Yakima, WA. She died on March 7, 1955, also in Moxee WA. Albert & Lizzie are both buried in the Holland Cemetery, Moxee City, Yakima, Washington. Lizzie is buried under the name Alyda TeSelle.
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Tombstone of Albert H. TeSelle
Tombstone of Elizabeth Alyda Obbink TeSelle

Helena TeSelleHelena TeSelle was born July 10, 1882 in South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. She is listed with her parents as Helena, age 17, on the 1900 census of South Pass. Helena married Henry Obbink on January 21, 1904, and they had 4 children. Henry was the son of Derk & Dena Obbink. Henry & Helena Obbink are listed on the 1910 & 1920 censuses of South Pass, Lancaster Co. NE. They are on the 1930 census for Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE. Henry is listed in the 1940 Who's Who for Lancaster Co., NE, and Henry is listed in her sister's obit in 1946 as living in Lincoln, Lancaster, NE. Helena is listed in her brother Evert's obit in 1962 as Mrs. Henry Obbink of Lincoln. Helena TeSelle Obbink died in December 1964, probably in Lancaster Co., NE. Henry died in 1976.
Children of Henry & Helena TeSelle Obbink photo
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Minnie TeSelleHarmina "Minnie" TeSelle was born July 1884 in South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. She is listed with her parents as Minnie, age 15, on the 1900 census of South Pass. Harmina married Ernest William Dietz about 1910 and they had one son. Ernest's sister Alma later married Minnie's brother Benjamin. Ernest & Minnie are listed on the 1910 & 1920 censuses of South Pass. Ernest died on May 20 1929, and Minnie is listed as widowed on the 1930 census of South Pass. There is a son, Weslie, that is listed as age 20 on the 1930 census, but is not listed with Ernest & Minnie in 1920. Harmina "Minnie" TeSelle Dietz died on April 29 1960, probably in Lancaster Co., NE.
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Bertha TeSelleBertha Johanna TeSelle was born January 28, 1887 in South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. She is listed with her parents as Bertha, age 13, on the 1900 census of South Pass. Bertha married Jacob S. Kallemeyn about 1912 and they had 3 children. Jacob & Bertha are listed on the 1920 census of South Pass. Jacob & Bertha are listed on the 1930 census of Firth, Lancaster Co., NE, living next door to Bertha's brother Gerrit & his wife Pearl. Bertha Johanna TeSelle Kalleymeyn died Dec 4 1951, probably in Lancaster Co., NE.
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Herman J. TeSelle Jr.Herman John TeSelle Jr. was born August 02, 1888 in South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. He is listed with his parents as Herman J., age 11, on the 1900 census of South Pass. Herman married Jennie Vandewege about 1913 and they had 3 sons.Jennie was the granddaughter of Martinus Vandewege. Herman & Jennie are listed on the 1920 & 1930 censuses of South Pass. He is listed in his brother Evert's obit in 1962 as Herman (TeSelle) of Firth. Herman John TeSelle died on Dec 1, 1963 in Firth, Lancaster Co., NE. Jennie died on August 7, 1982.
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Benjamin F. TeSelleBenjamin F. TeSelle was born November 23, 1889 in South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. He is listed with his parents as Benjamin, age 10, on the 1900 census and Benjamin, age 20 on the 1910 census, both in South Pass. Benjamin married Alma Ida Dietz on Dec. 22, 1915, and they had 5 children. Alma's brother Ernest was married to Ben's sister Minnie. Ben & Alma are listed on the 1920 & 1930 censuses of South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. Benjamin F. TeSelle died July 30, 1959 in NE. Ben & Alma's daughter Norma TeSelle Prophet has been researching the TeSelle family for many years. She has a large collection of letters that Herman John & his brothers wrote from America to send home to their family in Holland, as well as several family photos and is a main source of information for the TeSelle family history.
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Johannah TeSelleJohannah TeSelle was born Sept. 15, 1891 in South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. She died in infancy. Johannah TeSelle died March 25, 1892 in South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE.
John H. TeSelleJohn Henry TeSelle was born January 31, 1892 in South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. He is listed with his parents as John H., age 10, on the 1900 census and as John H., age 17, on the 1910 census, both in South Pass. John married Johanna Jessie Stiehl about 1917 and they had 3 children. John & Johanna are listed on the 1920 census of South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. I have not been able to find the family on the 1930 census at this time. John Henry TeSelled died on July 12, 1955 in probably Lancaster Co., NE.
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Gerrit H. TeSelleGerrit H. TeSelle was born August 1893 in South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. He is listed with his parents as Garret, age 6, on the 1900 census and as Garret, age 15, on the 1910 census, both in South Pass. Gerrit married Pearl Edna Spellman about 1925 and they had 2 children. Gerrit & Pearl are listed on the 1930 census of Firth, Lancaster Co., NE, living next door to Gerrit's sister Bertha & her husband Jacob Kallemeyn. Gerrit TeSelle died on Oct. 15, 1953 in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE.
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Annie TeSelleJohanna Marie "Annie" TeSelle was born September 15, 1896 in South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. She is listed with her parents as Johannah M., age 4, on the 1900 census, and as Annie, age 12, on the 1910 census, both in South Pass. Johannah married William Fischer and they had 6 children. She is listed in her brother Evert's obit in 1962 as Mrs. William Fischer of Gardena, CA. Johanna Marie "Annie" TeSelle Fischer died on Nov 9, 1972 in Gardena, Los Angeles, California. She is listed on the California Death Index 1940-1997 under the name Anna Fischer.
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Corneil TeSelleCorneil TeSelle was born Sept. 8, 1898 in in South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. He died before the age of 2. Corneil TeSelle died Jan 1 1900 in South Pass (Firth), Lancaster Co., NE.