John J Fisher

16 September 1857–21 March 1935 (Age 77)
Grand Haven, Ottawa, Michigan, United States

The Life of John J

When John J Fisher was born on 16 September 1857, in Grand Haven, Ottawa, Michigan, United States, his father, Jan Visser, was 20 and his mother, Hendrika Henrietta Boeve, was 21. He married Dina Wolters on 10 May 1883, in Grand Haven, Ottawa, Michigan, United States. He lived in Grand Haven, Ottawa, Michigan Territory, United States for about 20 years. He died on 21 March 1935, in Grand Haven, Ottawa, Michigan, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Lake Forest Cemetery, Grand Haven, Ottawa, Michigan, United States.

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John J Fisher
Dina Wolters
Marriage: 10 May 1883

Spouse and Children


    Dina Wolters


10 May 1883
Grand Haven, Ottawa, Michigan, United States

Parents and Siblings

    Jan Visser


    Hendrika Henrietta Boeve





    Henry Fisher


    Frans Frank Fisher



    Johanna Anna Fisher


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World Events (8)


Age 6

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

Age 6

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.
1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated

Age 22

After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.

Name Meaning

1 English: occupational name for a fisherman, Middle English fischer. The name has also been used in Ireland as a loose equivalent of Braden . As an American family name, this has absorbed cognates and names of similar meaning from many other European languages, including German Fischer, Dutch Visser, Hungarian Halász, Italian Pescatore, Polish Rybarz, etc.2 In a few cases, the English name may in fact be a topographic name for someone who lived near a fish weir on a river, from the Old English term fisc-gear ‘fish weir’.3 Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a fisherman, Yiddish fisher, German Fischer.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John Visser in household of Jan Visser, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John J Fisher in entry for Peter W Fisher, "Michigan, Census of World War I Veterans with Card Index, 1917-1919"
  • John Fisher in entry for Andrew Leonard Fisher, "Michigan, Census of World War I Veterans with Card Index, 1917-1919"

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