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Dirk Martinus Van De Wege was born about 1814 in the Netherlands. He was the son of Jan Van de Wege and Janna Dekker
Esther Elizabeth Van Driel
was born on August 22, 1817 in Terneuzen, Zeeland, Netherlands. She was the daughter of Marinus Van Driel & Janna Bogaerd
Johanna TeBrink
was born about 1841 in the Netherlands. She was the daughter of Derk Jan Tebrinke and Anna Maria Kolwagen

THE FAMILIES OF DIRK MARTINUS VAN DE WEGE:
There are various spellings of the last name, ie. Van De Wege, Vandewege, VanDeWige, Vanderwege, Van Der Wege, etc.

First Marriage:

Dirk Martinus Van De Wege & Esther Elizabeth Van Driel Dirk Martinus Van De Wege & Esther Elizabeth Van Driel were married on April 11, 1835 in Terneuzen, Zeeland, Netherlands. At the time of their marriage, Martinus was age 20 & Esther Elizabeth was age 17. They had at least 3 children. Martinus & the children emigrated from the Netherlands to America sometime between 1852-1858, but no record of Esther Elizabeth has been found in the US. She may have died on the trip to America. Esther Elizabeth had died by 1859 when Martinus was married second to Johanna TeBrinke in Sheboygan Co., WI. See below for more information on the second marriage.
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The Children of Dirk Martinus Van De Wege & Esther Elizabeth Van Driel

Elizabeth Vandewege

Elizabeth Vandewege was born on February 23, 1840 in the Netherlands. Elizabeth emigrated from the Netherlands to America with her father (and mother?) sometime between 1852-1858 when she was age 12-18. (The 1910 census indicates it was in 1854.) Elizabeth married Nolus Swerink about 1859 in Wisconsin, and they had 2 children. The family is listed on the 1860 census of Holland, Sheboygan Co., Wisconsin. Nolus died about 1864, and Elizabeth was married second to Henry John Tebrinke, about 1865 in Wisconsin. Henry & Elizabeth had 5 children. They moved from Wisconsin to Nebraska about 1869, and they are listed on the 1870 census of Lancaster Co., Nebraska. The family is listed on the 1880, 1900 & 1910 censuses of South Pass, Lancaster Co,. Nebraska. In 1900 Elizabeth is listed as having 6 births with 5 surviving, and in 1910 she is listed as having 7 births with 7 surviving. Elizabeth Vandewege Swerink TeBrinke died on January 5, 1912, probably in South Pass, Lancaster Co., Nebraska. Henry John TeBrinke died on May 11, 1919, probably in South Pass, Lancaster, NE. Elizabeth & Henry are both buried in the Holland Cemetery, Lancaster Co., Nebraska.
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Helena Vandewege

Helena Vandewege was born in May 30, 1841 in Hoek, Zeeland, Netherlands. Her mother died when Helena was age 8-17. Helena immigrated from the Netherlands to America with her father (and mother?) sometime between 1852-1858 when she was age 11-17. Helena married Dr. Evert Jan Brethouwer on July 12, 1858 in Sheboygan Co., Wisconsin, and they had 12 children. The family is listed on the 1870 census of Holland, Sheboygan Co., Wisconsin. They emigrated from Wisconsin to Nebraska sometime between 1872-1876, following Helena's father who had moved there in 1869. Evert & Helena are listed on the 1880, 1885 & 1900 censuses of South Pass (Firth), Lancaster Co., Nebraska. According to a family history, "Dr. Brethhouwer was a country doctor; both he and his wife were born in the Netherlands. In Wisconsin, the Brethouwers lived on a small farm or acreage which contained maple trees. They would tap the trees to collect buckets of maple syrup to use on the table and make candy. According to Aunt Minnie and Aunt Lena, it was the 'only kind of candy they had'. The Brethouwers later settled in Holland, Nebraska. Dr. Brethouwer had an office in his home. He pulled teeth, delivered babies, had different kinds of pills for any ailment one might have." In 1900, Helena was listed as having immigrated to America in 1858, and she was age 59 with 12 births and 6 surviving children at that time. Helena Van De Wege Brethouwer died in 1902 in Holland, Lancaster Co., NE. On July 21, 1903, Evert was married second to Caroline Bonney Davenport in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska. It was his second marriage and her third. Evert and Caroline are listed on the 1910 census of Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska. Caroline died between 1910 to 1920, and Evert is listed as age 87 & widowed on the 1920 census of South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE, living near his widowed daughter Esther Poort. Evert Jan Brethouwer died on May 18, 1923 in Holland, Lancaster Co., NE.
The Family of Evert Jan Brethouwer & Helena Vandewege
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Jane VandewegeMary Jane Vandewege was born on October 8, 1842 in Hoek, Zeeland, Netherlands. She is listed as Mary on the IGI record of her birth, but as Jane on all other records I have found for her. Her mother died when Jane was age 6-15. Jane emigrated from the Netherlands to America with her father (and mother?) sometime between 1852-1858 when she was age 10-16. Jane's father remarried about 1859. Jane, age 16, is not listed with her father & stepmother (who was age 19) on the 1860 census of Holland, Sheboygan Co., WI, and I have not found her in 1870 or any other record at this time. Her father & stepmother had a daughter born in 1869 who they also named Jane. Mary Jane Vandewege Brethouwer died sometime after 1860, but I don't know when or where.
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Maria Vandewege Maria Vandewege was born in November 1846 in the Netherlands. Her mother died when Maria was age 2-11. Maria emigrated from the Netherlands to America with her father (and mother?) sometime between 1852-1858 when she was age 7-11. Maria's father remarried about 1859. Maria, age 13, is listed with her father & stepmother (who was age 19) on the 1860 census of Holland, Sheboygan Co., WI. Maria married Abraham Kommers on May 28, 1866 in Holland, Sheboygan Co., WI, and they had 12 children. They emigrated from Wisconsin to Nebraska about 1869, probably with Maria's father and his family. They are listed on the 1870 census of Lancaster Co., NE, living one household away from Maria's father. Abraham & "Mary" are listed with their family on the 1880, 1900 & 1910 censuses of South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. In 1900 Maria is listed as having 12 births with 9 surviving children, and in 1910 she is listed as having 12 births with 8 surviving children. The 1900 lists Maria's immigration date as 1853 & the 1910 lists it as 1855. Maria Vandewege Kommers died on June 6, 1913, probably in South Pass, Lacaster Co., NE. Abraham died on January 8, 1914. Abraham & Maria are both buried in the Holland Cemetery, Lancaster Co., Nebraska,
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Martinus Vandewege (Elder)Martinus Vandewege was born in September 1849 in Netherlands. His mother died before he was age 10. He emigrated from the Netherlands to America with his father (and mother?) sometime between 1852-1858, when he was age 3-9. Martinus' father remarried in about 1859, and Marinus, age 11, is listed with his father & stepmother (who was age 19) on the 1860 census of Holland, Sheboygan Co., WI. Martinus had a half brother, born in 1861, who was also named Martinus. I assume he emigrated from Wisconsin to Nebraska either with his father & stepmother in 1869 or with his sister Helena & her family in 1872-1876, but Martin is not living with either family at age 21 in 1870 and I have not found him on the 1870 census at this time. Martin married Jozina "Cynthia" Vermaas on October 23, 1879 in Lancaster Co., NE, and they had 10 children. The family is listed on the 1880 census of South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. They are listed on the 1900 & 1910 censuses of Panama Twp, Lancaster Co., NE. In both 1900 & 1910, Martin is listed as immigrating in 1852, and Jozina is listed as having 10 births with 8 surviving children. The family is listed on the 1920 census of South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. Martin's son Herbert married Mary Schreurs, who was a daughter of Manus John Schreurs (stepson of Harmen Jan TeSelle). Martin's son Jennie married Herman John TeSelle, son of Harmen Jan TeSelle & Johanna Brethouwer. For more information on Manus Schreurs or Herman John TeSelle, see, The Families of Harmen Jan TeSelle. Martinus Vandwege died in 1926 in Lancaster Co., NE. I have not found Jozina on the 1930 census at this time. Jozina Vermaas Vandewege died in 1931 in Lancaster Co., NE. Martinus & Jozina are both buried in the Holland Cemetery, Lancaster Co., Nebraska.
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Second Marriage:

Martinus Van De Wege & Johanna TeBrink Martinus was married second to Johanna TeBrinke about 1859 in Sheboygan Co., WI. At the time of this marriage, Martinus was about age 45 and Johanna was about age 18. Martin had at least 3 children from his first marriage, and he and Johanna had at least 5 more children. Based on birthplaces of their children, the family moved from Wisconsin to Nebraska about 1869. They are listed on the 1870 census of Lancaster Co., NE. Martinus Vandewege died sometime between 1870-1880, probably in Lancaster Co., NE. Johanna is listed as widowed with the children on the 1880 census of South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. Johanna TeBrinke Vandewege died sometime after 1880, probably in Lancaster Co., NE.
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The Children of Martinus Van De Wege & Johanna TeBrinke

Dirk J. Vandewege Dirk J. Vandewege was born on December 13, 1859 in Cedar Grove, Sheboygan Co., Wisconsin. He is listed as Derk, age 6 months, with his parents on the 1860 census of Holland, Sheboygan Co., WI. The family emigrated from Wisconsin to Nebraska in 1869, and Dierk, age 10, is listed with his parents on the 1870 census of Lancaster Co., NE. He is listed as Dirk, age 20, with his parents on the 1880 census of South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. Dirk married Emma Savilla Peter on December 11, 1888 in Lancaster Co., NE and they had 9 children. The family is listed on the 1900 census of Buda, Lancaster Co., NE. Dirk was listed as a Merchant, Dry Goods in 1900. He evidently owned a store in Princeton in the early years of the century as there are numerous references to this in issues of "The Hickman Enterprise". Dirk and his family moved from Nebraska to Kansas in 1906, following his brother Martinus who had moved there about 1892. Dirk & family are listed on the 1910 & 1920 censuses of Prairie View, Phillips Co., KS. They are listed on the 1930 census of Grant, Norton Co., KS. According to his obituary, Dirk retired from farming in 1932 and moved to Almena, Norton Co., KS. Dirk J. Vandewege died on November 29, 1936 at his home in Almena, Norton Co., Kansas. He was age 76 when he died. Emma died on December 29, 1948 in Denver, Colorado (at the home of their daughter Savilla). Dirk & Emma are both buried in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Norton Co., KS. Of their 9 children, 8 were still alive in 1948 (one daughter died before the age of 2).
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Martinus Vandewege (Younger)Martinus Vandewege was born on June 13, 1861 in Wisconsin. He had an older half-brother who was also named Martinus after their father. His parents emigrated with their family from Wisconsin to Nebraska in 1869, and Martinus, age 9, is listed with his parents on the 1870 census of Lancaster Co., NE. He is listed at age 18 with his parents on the 1880 census of South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. There is also a Martin Vandewege, age 19, who is listed as a farm laborer in the household of John W. Prey in Centerville, Lancaster Co., NE, who may be this Martin. Martinus married Maggie Boeve om March 6, 1890 in Harlan, Nebraska, and they had at least 8 children. Based on birthplaces of their children, the family moved from Nebraska to Kansas in 1892 or 1893. They are listed on the 1900, 1910,1920 & 1930 censuses of Grant Twp, Norton Co., KS. In 1900 & 1910 they are living next to the household of Martinus' brother John. In 1900 Maggie is listed as having 5 births with 5 surviving, and in 1910 she is listed as having 7 births with 7 surviving. In 1920, Martin is listed as "Tenis M. Vanderwege". Martinus & Maggie moved from Norton to Phillips Co., KS sometime after 1930. Martinus Vandewege died May 30, 1953, probably in Phillips Co., KS. Martinus & Maggie are both buried in Phillips Co., KS.
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Anna M. Vandewege Anna Marie Vandewege was born on February 6, 1865 in Wisconsin. Her parents emigrated with their family from Wisconsin to Nebraska in 1869, and Anna, age 5, is listed with her parents on the 1870 census of Lancaster Co., NE. She is listed at age 15 with her parents on the 1880 census of South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. Anna married Samuel Liesveld about 1883, probably in South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. They had at least 9 children. The family is listed on the 1900, 1910, 1920 & 1930 censuses of South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. Samuel is listed on all censuses as having occupation Farmer, General Farm. Anna is listed in 1900 as having 6 births with 5 surviving children, and in 1910 as having 9 births wwtih 7 survivng children. Samuel Liesveld died on January 6, 1932. Anna Marie Vandewege Liesveld died on December 19, 1941, probably in South Pass (Firth), Lancaster Co., NE. Samuel & Anna are both buried in the Holland Cemetery, Lancaster Co., Nebraska
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John VandewegeJohn Vandewege was born in May 1866 in Wisconsin. His parents emigrated with their family from Wisconsin to Nebraska in 1869, and John, age 4, is listed with his parents on the 1870 census of Lancaster Co., NE. He is listed at age 14 with his parents on the 1880 census of South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. John married Mary Ann about 1890, probably in Nebraska. John moved from Nebraska to Kansas, possibly with his brother Martinus in 1892 or 1893. They are listed on the 1900 & 1910 censuses of Grant Twp, Norton Co., KS, living next door to the household of John's brother Martinus. I do not find record of any children for John & Mary, but in 1900 & 1910 they are raising Jennie Miller, who was the daughter of John's sister Jane who had died in 1894. They returned from Kansas to Nebraska sometime between 1910-1920, and they are listed on the 1920 census of South Pass, Lancaster Co., Nebraska. They are listed on the 1930 census of Firth, Lancaster Co., Nebraska. Mary Ann died on July 27, 1931, probably in Nebraska. On December 3, 1936, John was listed in his brother Dick's obit as living in Firth, (Lancaster Co.) Nebraska. John Vandewege died on October 17, 1950, probably in Firth, Lancaster Co., Nebraska. John & Mary Ann are both buried in the Holland Cemetery, Lancaster Co., Nebraska.
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Jane Vandwege Jane Vandewege was born about 1869 in Wisconsin. She has an older stepsister, born in 1842, who is also named Jane. Her parents emigrated with their family from Wisconsin to Nebraska in 1869, and Jane, age 1, is listed with her parents on the 1870 census of Lancaster Co., NE. She is listed at age 11 with her parents on the 1880 census of South Pass, Lancaster Co., NE. Jane married Victor Allen Miller, probably about 1890 in Lancaster Co., NE, and they had 2 children, born in July 1891 and August 1892. Jane Vandewege Miller died sometime in 1894 in Holland, Lancaster Co., NE. She is buried in the Holland Cemetery, Holland, Lancaster Co., NE, but there is no stone for her and the church burned along with the records in 1929. I have not found Victor Miller in 1900, but son Alva V. Miller, born July 1891, is listed as a grandson in the household of Victor's parents David & Susan Miller on the 1900 census of Nemaha, Gage Co., NE. Jane's daughter Jennie Miller is listed as a niece in the household of Jane's brother John Vandewege in 1900 & 1910. Victor A. Miller is listed as widowed on the 1910 census of Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE, and also on the 1920 & 1930 censuses of Lincoln, Gage Co., NE. Victor died about 1950, and he is buried in Gage Co., NE.
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