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Jan Albert TeSelle was born ini 1800 in Winterswijk, Gelderland, Netherlands. He was the son of Teunis teSelle & Dela Wilterdink
Dela ten Damme was born on January 6, 1802 in Winterswijk, Gelderland, Netherlands. She was the daughter of Aalbert TenDamme & Hinders Nijhof

THE FAMILY OF JAN ALBERT TESELLE & DELA TEN DAMME

Jan Albert TeSelle & Dela ten Damme

Jan Albert TeSelle & Dela ten Damme were married on June 14, 1826 in Winterswijk, Netherlands and they had 7 sons. They lived in Woold, Netherlands. Their 3 youngest sons emigrated to America and settled in Holland (Firth), Lancaster Co., Nebraska. Jan Albert te Selle died on November 25, 1845 in Woold, Gelderland, Netherlands. From Geert TeSelle's excellent website at http://www.tesellefamily.com/eng_content/eng_photos/fokkink_photos.htm : "The te Selle family had lived at "De Selle" for many years as tenants of the owner Jan Albert Bennink. However, Jan Albert Bennink sold the "De Selle" farm in 1861 to Jan Hendrik Hijink, who had become Jan Albert's son-in-law. Jan Hendrik Hijink decided to settle himself at "De Selle", so Mother Dela and her family had to move. Fortunately, finding a new farm home in 1861 proved to be relatively easy, perhaps because many Winterswijk farmers were already beginning to sell their farms to emigrate to America. Mother Dela and her eldest son Derk Willem te Selle (1827-1904) selected the farm "Fökkink", located in the Winterswijk hamlet of Kotten. Three of Dela's sons (Jan Hendrik, Harmen Jan, and Gerrit Jan) were all living at "Fökkink" when they decided to emigrate to the United States in the mid-1800's. Although the following pictures were taken in 1957, the farm probably was little changed from its original appearance in 1861. In several pictures is Derk Willem te Selle (1888-1963), who is the grandson of Derk Willem te Selle (1827-1904) and great grandson of Dela ten Damme-teSelle. The younger Derk Willem retained ownership rights to "Fökkink" because he was the oldest son of the oldest son (Jan Albert te Selle: 1856-1939) of the oldest son (Derk Willem te Selle: 1827-1904) of Dela ten Damme-te Selle. When the younger Derk Willem died in 1963, the ownership of "Fökkink" passed to his eldest son Albert Hendrik (1925 - ), who still lives at "Fökkink" today. Sometime after these photos were taken in 1957, Derk Willem te Selle got permission from local officials to build a new farm on the same location. He turned the farmhouse 180 degrees to get more sunlight into the living areas. Today it would have been impossible to demolish such an antique farm as "Fökkink", but during the years of extensive reconstruction after World War II, it was possible to renovate even historic structures." Dela Ten Damme died on March 26, 1883 in Kotten, Netherlands.
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1957 photo of the Fökkink farm

The Children of Jan Albert TeSelle & Dela ten Damme

Derk Willem teSelleDerk Willem teSelle was born on July 26, 1827 on the DeSelle Farm, Woold, Winterswijk,Gelderland, Netherlands. His father died on November 25, 1845, when Derk was age 18. Derk married Janna Berendina Weerkamp on March 14, 1855 in Winterswijk, Netherlands and they had 4 children. Based on birthplaces of their children, the family moved from Woold, Netherlands to Kotten, Netherlands between 1859 to 1862. Derk's mother moved to the Fökkink Farm in 1861 when the landlord of the De Selle farm where she had been living decided to sell to his son-in-law. The Fökkink became Derk's as the eldest son, and this farm has been passed down to the eldest sons in his family. Janna died on July 21, 1877 in Kotten, Netherlands. Derk Willem te Selle died in Kotten, Netherlands on February 12, 1904.
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Tobias teSelleTobias teSelle was born on February 26, 1830 on the DeSelle Farm, Woold, Winterswijk,Gelderland, Netherlands. His father died on November 25, 1845, when Tobias was age 15. Tobias married Anna Mina Rotmans on February 22, 1855 in Winterswijk, Netherlands and they had 4 children. They lived in Ratum, Netherlands. Tobias te Selle died on January 22, 1887 in Ratum, Netherlands. Anna died May 5, 1900 in Ratum, Netherlands.
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Hendrik Jan teSelleHendrik Jan teSelle was born on October 3, 1832 on the DeSelle Farm, Woold, Winterswijk,Gelderland, Netherlands. His father died on November 25, 1845, when Hendrik was age 12. Hendrik married Grada Willemina Veenhuisna on March 16, 1859 in Winterswijk, Netherlands and they had 4 children. They lived in Dorpbuurt, Netherlands. Grada died on July 16, 1863, and Hendrik was married second to Aleida Johanna Krozenbrink on October 2, 1867. Hendrik Jan te Selle died on April 4, 1911 in Dorpbuurt, Netherlands.
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Jan Albert teSelleJan Albert teSelle was born on March 16, 1835 on the DeSelle Farm, Woold, Winterswijk,Gelderland, Netherlands. He was the twin of Jan Hendrik TeSelle. Their father died on November 25, 1845, when they were age 10. Jan Albert married Aleida Berendina Hoftijser on June 24, 1859 in Aalten, Netherlands and they had 2 children. They lived in Ratum, Netherlands. Jan Albert te Selle died on April 19, 1894 in Bredevoort, Netherlands. Aleida died in December 1890.
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Jan Hendrik teSelleJan Hendrik "John Henry" TeSelle was born on March 16, 1835 on the DeSelle Farm, Woold, Winterswijk,Gelderland, Netherlands. He was the twin of Jan Albert TeSelle. Their father died on November 25, 1845, when they were age 10. Jan Hendrik's mother moved to the Fökkink Farm in 1861 when the landlord of the De Selle farm where she had been living decided to sell to his son-in-law. Jan Hendrik married Hanna Berendina Onnink on September 28, 1865 in Winterswijk, Netherlands and they emigrated to America the day after their wedding. Jan Hendrik & Hanna had 10 children. They first settled in Oostburg, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, but they moved to Lancaster Co., Nebraska in March 1870. They are listed on the 1870 census of Lancaster Co., NE. They are listed on the 1880, 1900, 1910 & 1920 censuses of South Pass (Firth), Lancaster Co., NE. Jan Hendrik is listed on all US censuses as John H. TeSelle. He was a farmer, and he and his brothers prospered in Nebraska. John Henry tilled 263 acres in 1885, and he owned 480 acres by 1895.Jan Hendrik "John Henry" TeSelle died on March 13, 1921 in Firth, Lancaster Co., NE. Hanna died on March 17, 1929 in Firth, Lancaster Co., NE. They are both buried in Holland, Lancaster Co., NE.
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Gerrit Jan teSelle

Gerrit Jan TeSelle was born on April 21, 1841 on the DeSelle Farm, Woold, Winterswijk,Gelderland, Netherlands. His father died on November 25, 1845, when Gerrit was age 4. His mother moved with her sons to the Fökkink Farm in 1861 when the landlord of the De Selle farm where she had been living decided to sell to his son-in-law. Gerrit married Anna Jonker on June 12, 1868 in Bredervoort, Netherlands. In 1873, Gerrit immigrated America with his wife & 2 children to join his brothers in Nebraska. Gerrit & Anna had 8 children total. The family is listed on the 1880 & 1900 censuses of Panama, Lancaster Co., NE. Gerrit was a farmer, and he had 60 chickens in 1885 that produced about 180 dozen eggs. He also raised wheat, corn adn potatoes. Anna died on January 14, 1908 in Firth (South Pass), Lancaster Co., NE, and Gerrit was remarried to Janna Berendina "Jennie" Onnink about 1909. Gerrit & Jennie are listed on the 1910 census of South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE; at that time they had been married 1 year, Gerrit was age 68 and Jennie was age 70. Jennie died on July 12, 1914, and according to Geert TeSelle's website she is buried in Greenleafton, Fillmore Co., Minnesota. (Gerrit's daughter Dina who married John Berend Sikkink lived in Greenleafton, Filmore Co., MN). Gerrit is listed as widowed on the 1920 census of South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. Gerrit Jan TeSelle died in 1921 in Firth, Lancaster Co., NE.
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Harmen Jan teSelleHarmen Jan "Herman John" TeSelle was born on December 4, 1843 on the DeSelle Farm, Woold, Winterswijk,Gelderland, Netherlands. His father died on November 25, 1845, about a week before Herman John's 2 year old birthday. His mother moved with her sons to the Fökkink Farm in 1861 when the landlord of the De Selle farm where she had been living decided to sell to his son-in-law. Harmen Jan immigrated to America in 1865 with his brother Jan Hendrik "John Henry" TeSelle, and Jan Hendrik's new wife. Herman John married Berendina Aleida Ruesink/Ruusink Schreurs on April 27, 1866 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. Harmen Jan 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. I have not found Johannah on the 1920 census at this time. Johannah died on December 27, 1927 in Firth, Lancaster Co., NE.
The Families of Harmen Jan TeSelle
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