John Brongersma

1863–1955 (Age 92)
Spring Lake, Ottawa, Michigan, United States

The Life Summary of John

When John Brongersma was born in 1863, in Spring Lake, Ottawa, Michigan, United States, his father, Cornelis Brongersma, was 45 and his mother, Jantje Visser, was 36. He married Jacobena Olsen on 2 November 1898, in Ferrysburg, Ottawa, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Ottawa, Michigan, United States in 1920. He died in 1955, in Michigan, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in Spring Lake Cemetery, Spring Lake, Ottawa, Michigan, United States.

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John Brongersma
Jacobena Olsen
Marriage: 2 November 1898
Cornelius Brongersma
Maria Brongersma

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    2 November 1898Ferrysburg, Ottawa, Michigan, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 0
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated
    Age 16
    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.
    1887 · The Bagley Memorial Fountain
    Age 24
    "The Bagley Memorial Fountain was erected in 1887 with funds from the estate of John Judson Bagley. Bagley's will ordered the construction of the drinking fountain which would provide the people of Detroit ""water cold and pure as the coldest mountain stream."" H.H. Richards was the architect for the Romanesque-style, pink granite, lionhead fountain. It is engraved with the words, ""TESTAMENTARY GIFT FOR THE PEOPLE FROM JOHN JUDSON BAGLEY A.D. MDCCCLXXXVII""."

    Name Meaning

    Greek: the Lord gave graciously; whom Jehovah gave; whom Jehovah bestowed.

    Sources (11)

    • John Brongersnia in entry for Cornelius Brongersnia, "Michigan Births, 1867-1902"
    • John Brongersma, "United States Census, 1940"
    • John Brongersma in entry for Harold Vanderkolk and Marie Brongersma, "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925"

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